M.A. (Water Resources Management)




The water demand for various needs has been increasing over time, our capacity to capture and store fresh water has expanded throughout history. Efforts to learn to use it more efficiently are continuing as the human capacity to cope up with the challenge in the water sector is lagging behind. This programme, M.A in Water Resources Management is therefore designed to expose the students and other water resources professionals to a wide spectrum of knowledge on water resources management taking into consideration the socio-economic demands and constraint of the effects of human activities on water environments. The Subject Benchmarks under this programme, within the UNESCO International Standard Classification of Education, include 031 (environmental sciences); 0712 (water pollution control), 0532 (Earth sciences, especially Geography), 0712 (environmental protection) and 1021(water supply and quality)


Philosophy of the Programme

The Philosophy of the programme is to promote education in water resources, research, and outreach activities with local and international organizations, providing intellectual analyses, hands-on learning experiences and collaborative connections. It looks at the four pillars of sustainable use of water viz; Environmental sustainability, Economic efficiency, Social equity and Water governance.


Rationale of the Programme

Water resources play a dominant role in several sectors i.e. Urban and rural water supply and sanitation, agriculture, power, and environmental sectors (i.e. in maintaining environmental assets, such as the landscape, health, forestry, industry, and transport) etc. The prosperity of human welfare and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and in other parts of the world depend on the wise use of water resources and the homogeneity of the environment. The constantly growing high demand imposed on water, the economic importance of water resources management and design has posed a great concern to the scientific evaluation (research work) of both the qualitative and quantitative nature of the hydrologic cycle, i.e. pure or theoretical and applied hydrology (engineering hydrology). Consequently, the capacity building in the form of training for higher levels in the water sector is therefore, a prerequisite for sustainable management and conservation of water resources and that’s why this program has been revised to be in tandem with these changes


Goal of the Programme

The main goal of the programme is to advance water resources philosophy and management methodology whose academic and practical importance provides the basis for sound understanding and appreciation of the world water resources thus producing graduates with international repute committed to scholarly excellence in water resources development and management.

It seeks to provide students with opportunity to acquire the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills needed to protect, manage and develop water resources in sustainable manner.

It seeks to foster clear awareness of the concern about the challenges facing global water resources.

It also seeks to prepare graduates who can be of service in a wide range of professions such as teaching, planning, research, mapping water resources, policy making as well as being of service to the other sectors of the economy

Expected Learning Outcomes of the Programme

At the end of the programme the learner should be able to:

(i)              Describe the process of hydrologic cycle and its processes

(ii)            Explain the various water management techniques and options

(iii)           Demonstrate an understanding of water resources management techniques in mitigating the problem faced by water resources against demands

(iv)            Use appropriate techniques and methods for assessing water availability against competitive demands and uses.




Coursework for the programme shall be delivered through face-to-face sessions for full-time and part-time students.

Open, Distance and Electronic Learning (ODeL)

a)   The ODeL mode of delivery shall be through multi-media approach, including a variety of self-instructional print and electronic study materials as the ODeL Campus may from time to time determine.

b)   In addition, there will be limited face-to-face instruction during residential sessions for ODeL students. The face-to-face instruction shall not exceed one-third of the instruction time.

Virtual and Online

Due to the current pandemic, the classes are mainly delivered online.

List of Courses/Units

First Semester

1.     Core:

CGP 501: Statistical Techniques and Analysis

2.     Core:

CGP 511: Research Methods

3.     Core:

CGP 737: Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation of Water Resources Data

4.     Core:

CGP 739: Water Resources Planning and Management

Second Semester

5.     Core:

CGP 512: Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit

6.     Core:

CGP 738: Water Resources Development and Management

7.     Core:

CGP 746: Water Resource Management and Sustainable Development

8.     Core:

CGP 748: Soil Erosion, Sediment Transport and Reservoir Sedimentation

Third Semester

9.     Core:

CGP 741: Management of Water Extremes

10.  Core:

CGP 743:Water Supply and Sanitation

11.  Core

CGP 747: Watershed Management Techniques

12.  Core

CGP 745: Water Law and Policy Framework in Water Resource Management

13.  Elective:

CGP 515: Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

14.  Elective:

CGP 740: Integrated Water Resources Development and Management

15.  Elective:

CGP 744: Rain Water Management Techniques

16.  Elective:

CGP 742: Ground Water Resource Management


17.  Elective:

CGP 753: Water Resources Economics and Policy



Duration and Structure of Course Units

The common regulations of duration and structure of course units in the Faculty of Arts shall apply.

a)   The degree programme shall consist of coursework, examination, and project or thesis.

b)   The programme shall be covered in a minimum of four (4) semesters of fifteen (15) weeks each and a maximum of fifteen (15) semesters from the date of registration.

c)   Each candidate in the Project Option shall be required to successfully take twelve (12) taught course units, comprising eight (8) core course units, and four (4) elective course units. In addition, candidates shall be required to take a project, which shall be equivalent to four (4) course units.

d)   Each candidate in the Thesis Option shall be required to successfully take eight (8) taught course units, comprising eight (8) core course units. In addition, candidates shall be required to take a thesis, which shall be equivalent to eight (8) course units.

e)   Each course unit shall have a minimum of forty five (45) contact hours, and shall be covered within a semester of 15 weeks.

f)    Each student shall be required to take a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of four (4) course units in one semester.

g)   On successful completion of coursework, the student shall present a research proposal for approval in a departmental seminar.

h)   After approval of the research proposal, the student will undertake supervised research, write and submit a thesis within the remaining period of the programme.


Minimum Admission Requirements

The common regulations for admission requirements for Masters Degree in the University of Nairobi shall apply. In addition, the applicant must have the following minimum qualifications:

a)   Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, of at least Upper Second Class Honors in geography or relevant discipline.

b)   Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, of Lower Second Class Honors in geography or relevant discipline and a postgraduate Diploma.

c)   Bachelor of Arts or Science degree, of Lower Second Class Honors in geography or relevant discipline and minimum of 2 years work experience in a relevant field.

d)   Bachelor of Arts or Science Pass Degree in geography or relevant discipline and Postgraduate Diploma.

e)   Bachelor of Arts or Science Pass Degree in geography or relevant discipline and 3 years work experience in a relevant field.


Regulations for Credit Transfers

The common regulations for credit transfer and exemptions of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

a)   A student shall be allowed to seek credit transfer or exemptions for up to one-third of the total taught course units provided that they are equivalent to those offered by the University of Nairobi and were taken at equivalent level of study from an institution recognized by the University of Nairobi Senate.

b)   A student seeking credit transfer or exemptions shall send a formal application to the Director, Graduate School through the Dean, Faculty of Arts and Chairperson of Department, justifying the request, and attaching relevant supporting documents.

c)   Grades for transferred course units shall be entered in the candidate’s transcript while the exempted course units shall be entered as ‘exempt’.

d)   Credit transfers in case of exchange students shall be applicable only to specific Memoranda of Understanding or Agreements signed in advance between the University of Nairobi and the collaborating universities/institutions for joint programmes.



Students Obligations

The student shall be required to attend all the scheduled lectures and tutorials for the registered course units.


Lecturer Obligation

The course lecturer shall be required to deliver the curriculum to the learners as per the teaching timetable, apply problem-based learning approaches, align the curriculum to learning needs and outcomes, be available for consultation by students, and assess learners based on the curriculum and aligned learning outcomes.

Appendix VI: Fees Structure


No. Of Units


(13,500 per unit)


(1,000 per unit)


















Per semester

Student ID


Per annum



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Extension of registration period


Per annum

Extension of correction period


Per three months

Extension of revision period



Extension of supervision period



Examination of revised thesis/project paper





·       Appropriate fieldwork fees shall be charged separately

·       Foreign students from outside the partner states of the Northern Corridor Integration Project (Republics of Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan) to add 25% on all charges