Master of Science in Applied Entomology


Master of Science in Applied Entomology aims at training advanced personnel competent in agricultural entomology, medical and veterinary entomology and who are well equipped to meet the challenges in agriculture, medicine and veterinary. This would be possible since the programme will enable students to:

  1. Provide high quality training in various aspects of Entomology at a national, regional and international level.
  2. Produce personnel with specific skills who are capable of providing specialized consulting services such as identification, surveillance, control and management of arthropod pests and/or vectors of diseases and the pathogens they transmit or the conditions they cause, and other practical aspects of Entomology.
  3. Train students in current trends in Entomological research and prepare them for doctoral studies.


The programme runs for a minimum of two academic years and a maximum of three academic years and is by course work, examinations and thesis. Coursework consists of lecture, tutorials, practicals field work in appropriate disciplines and seminars. Students are required to take all six (6) core units and eight additional elective units in any of the two specialization options giving a total of fourteen (14) units. On successful completion of coursework, students devote their second year on research projects in the areas of their individual relevant disciplines then write and present their theses to the board of post graduate studies for examination. 

Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

The general regulations for Master’s degrees in the School of Science shall apply. The following shall be eligible for registration for the Master of Science degree in Applied medical and veterinary, Applied Agricultural Entomology, Applied Medical Entomology, Parasitology and Epidemiology 

  • A holder of a Bachelor of Science degree with at least an upper second class honors with Zoology either as a single subject or as one of two science subjects studied at Bachelor of Science degree level.
  • A holder of a Bachelor of Education Science degree who has studied Zoology to degree level either as a major or as regular subject and has attained at least an upper second class honors degree and has studied another science subject to degree level.
  • Holder of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Education Science degree with a lower second class honors degree and has majored in Zoology may be accepted provided he can produce evidence of proven two years postgraduate research ability.

A Pass Degree in Zoological Sciences or equivalent, plus a relevant Postgraduate Diploma may be considered for admission.


An Msc graduate in entomology hasa variety of tasks including studying classification, life cycle, distribution, behavior, ecology, population dynamics and physiology of insects. Entomologists do research onforest pests, agricultural pests, urban pests and medical and veterinary pests and their control. Entomologists are teachers, consultants and researchers and can work for private organizations, universities or government agencies.Many entomologists research on integrated pest management and finding suitable pest control techniques to keep pests at bay.There are many entomologists who are teachers in many colleges and organizations. Government agencies have employed entomologiststo help prevent the entrance of harmful, destructive pests from foreign countries by setting up plant and animal quarantine agencies. All organic food, artifacts, baggage and animals are examined at international ports of entry under the supervision of trained entomologists. Agricultural entomologists are important in giving information to protect valuable crops from insect pests damage.

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