Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Science

A PhD degree programme in Plant Science involves carrying out specialized research with focus on aspects such as, plant breeding, plant biotechnology, plant pathology, plant physiology, horticulture, seed technology, weed science and entomology. The PhD degree is conferred on upon submission of a written thesis which reports results of research work that makes an original contribution to the area of study.


3 Years (Full-Time)

  • Candidates must be Graduates of the University of Zambia or other recognized Universities who hold a Master’s degree in Agricultural Sciences or a related Science field;
  • Candidates whom the university recognizes as having equivalent standing to holders of the Master’s Degree of the University;
  • Candidates who do not possess the primary degree but have completed a Master’s degree;

Notwithstanding the provisions stipulated in a, b and c, an applicant for admission to the Doctor of philosophy programme may be required to take a qualifying examination and in certain cases to pursue an approved course in preparation.


Doctor of Philosophy Programme

Category Zambian Non-SADC Candidates
Category B: Per Academic Year K14,920.00 $10,304.00

Part Time Fees

  • Part-time fees for postgraduate programmes are charged at 50% of the full-time rate.

Non Tuition Fees

Registration Fees

  Zambian Non-SADC Candidates
Registration K500.00 $80.00
Late Registration K200.00 $30.00

NB: Late registration shall be K200 per additional month after registration period

Examination Fees

  Zambian Non-SADC Candidates
Part I
Masters Degree/Diploma
K1,000.00 $500.00
Part II/Research
Master (Thesis)
K4,500.00 $800.00
Part II/Taught
Master (Dissertation)
K3,000.00 $700.00
Doctor (Thesis) K6,000.00 $900.00
Supplementary (Part I)
Examinations (Per Course)
K500.00 $120.00
Re-examination (Internal Examiners)
K2,500.00 $400.00
Re-examination (Internal Examiners)
K1,000.00 $250.00
Re-examination (All Examiners)
K4,000.00 $800.00
Re-examination (All Examiners)
K2,000.00 $500.00

Other Fees

  Zambian Non-SADC Candidates
Student Amenities K150.00 $50.00
Medical K200.00 $60.00
Union K150.00 $50.00
Maintenance K200.00 $60.00
Internet Connectivity K150.00 $50.00
Student Handbook K200.00 $60.00
Library K200.00 $60.00

Suggested Student Upkeep and Research Costs (Payable to the student)

  Zambian & Non-SADC
Hostel Accommodation (Per month) K700.00
Student Stipend (Living on campus per day) K90.00
Student Stipend (Living outside campus per day) K120.00
Research Cost: Masters ~ 70% Tuition fees
Book Allowance K5,000.00

Here is how to apply for the course.