The aim of this program is to produce a cadre equipped with essential technical skills and knowledge for effective and efficient utilization and management of land and water resources in the face of climate change impacts on the environment and agricultural water availability. The Department therefore also aims to contribute towards the raising of standards of living of Zimbabweans, directly or indirectly, through teaching, research, development and application of sustainable current technical skills in land and water resources management technologies.

To achieve its goals, the department will produce graduates who will bring benefits to human beings, animals and the environment after acquiring detailed knowledge in land use planning, soil and water conservation, irrigation and other technologies appropriate for sustainable development in agriculture.

Entry Requirements


Normal Entry

At least five ‘O’ level subjects including English Language, Mathematics and one Science subject at grade C or better, plus “A” Level passes in Biology/ Agriculture;
Maths/Physics and any one of the following: Chemistry, Geography, Engineering Drawing or their equivalents.

Special Entry

Special entry would be granted to students who, in the opinion of the Departmental Board, have outstanding passes in a relevant Diploma, subject to such a qualification meeting part of the requirements of the program.

Mature Entry

Persons who are at least 25 years of age for males and 23 years for females on the first day of the academic year in which the admission is sought and who are not eligible for entry under the Normal or Special Entry Regulations may apply for mature entry provided that:

Applicants must have passed five approved ‘O’ Level subjects including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalents) and must have demonstrated potential suitability for University studies by virtue of their attainments and/or relevant work experience.
Normally, applicants should have completed their full-time school or college education at least five before the start of the academic year in which
admission is sought.
Applicants who wish to be considered under the Mature Entry provisions may be required to attend interviews and/or special tests at the University
designed to assess their command of the English Language, numeracy and reasoning ability and general suitability for admission to the Bachelor
of Science degree in Land and Water Resources Management (Honours) studies.
Applicants who have previously attended Mature Entry tests and/or interviews without success will not be considered for admissions under this
form of entry unless in the intervening period they have acquired additional qualifications and/or experience.

Visiting School

To qualify for the visiting school programme, a candidate in addition to satisfying the minimum requirements as prescribed under the general and faculty regulations of English and Mathematics at Ordinary level , must have the following;
A national Diploma in Agriculture or equivalent relevant qualifcation,
Proof of employment in an agriculture related organization,
General provision for the four year degree programme apply except for work related learning which runs concurrently with the second level of studies,
The programme is three years long.

Career Prospects


Graduates can follow any of the following careers;

within industry – as designers, research officers, laboratory technicians, field and sales officers.
within government – as lecturers, extension officers or research officers with institutes and research stations.
within agricultural enterprises – as managers, development officers and consultants.
Self-employment – as farmers, agricultural contractors and consulting Engineers.

Graduates can also continue into higher degree programmes, which provide a basis for research and academic careers.

In Level 3, all students will be on Work Related Learning for a minimum period of ten months. During the same period, students will be expected to carry out a research project.

A student shall be enrolled for at least six modules, a minimum of which two should be core/compulsory at any time during the semester, Students can include in their programme of study, modules offered by other departments.

The module combination should be feasible in terms of the timetable.

A student may change his/her registration for modules to be taken in any semester only during the first two weeks of the beginning of each semester.6.





A draft report of the dissertation must be submitted to the departmental Chairperson by the last day of the first semester of the final year of study. The Final dissertation write up is submitted not later than eight weeks after the official opening date of the second semester of the final year of study. The Dissertation mark shall consist of an oral presentation and a write up whose contributions are 25% and 75% respectively.