The Okavango Research Institute offers a multi-disciplinary MPhil/PhD programme in Natural Resources Management. Okavango Research Institutes is a dynamic academic research institute of the University of Botswana initiates, coordinate and conducts research that promotes effective natural resources management, environmental management and environmental monitoring. The programme is offered on full and part time basis through minimal course work and research leading to a thesis/dissertation. The graduate programme offers students the opportunity to carry out a natural science or social science research-based higher degree in the unique environment of the Okavango and Kalahari regions..

Since inception in 2008, the MPhil/PhD programme has attracted over 50 students, enrolled for MPhil and PhD from the SADC region. There are currently 40 graduate students in enrolled in the programme at MPhil and PhD level.


To produce graduate students with detailed knowledge and understanding of sustainable natural resource management especially of wetlands


  • To enhance the capacity of Batswana graduate students to be better placed to effect natural resource management, especially in the context of river basins.
  • To provide a regional facility to train graduate students from the SADC region including the Okavango river basin to better inform partners with respect to joint natural resource management within southern Africa.
  • To provide a focus for training in association with international partners in areas of both wetland and dryland science informing natural resources management throughout Botswana


The graduate programme provide the candidate with an enhanced research experience. Students conduct independent research, showing sound scholarship and constituting a substantial original contribution to the advancement of knowledge in a particular aspect of natural resources management science. The candidate is expected to have mastered advanced techniques in collecting, analysing and interpreting significant data sets, and should demonstrate wide knowledge and depth of understanding of literature in the field of study; develop a capacity for critical appraisal of existing facts, ideas and theories and be capable of producing an advanced treatise through the analysis and synthesis of the relevant data, concepts and theories.


The graduate programme is offered within the scope of the Okavango Research Institute’s five (5) Research Programmes. These are:

  • Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Water Resources Management
  • Sustainable Tourism, and
  • Climate Change



  • MPhil:A minimum of 2 semesters and a maximum of 6 semesters
  • PhD:A minimum of 6 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters


  • MPhil: A minimum of 4semesters and a maximum of 12 semesters.
  • PhD: A minimum of 8semesters and a maximum of 16 semesters


  • MPhil: 24
  • PhD: 72


MPhil:    GPA: Minimum 3.5 on a 5-point scale from a recognized University/Institution

MPhil/PhD: Masters with course work only

PhD:  Masters with course work and research

MPhil/PhD Programme Graduates

            Number of Graduating students

Year                  MPhil               PhD                 Total

2013                     1                     2                       3

2014                     5                     0                      5

2015                     5                     2                      7


  • Nqobizitha Siziba  Spatiotemporal variability of micro-invertebrates and small fishes in temporary floodplains of the lower Okavango delta, Botswana: Examining the importance of large floods PhD
  • Moseki R. Motsholapheko Rural livelihoods and household adaptation to flood variability in the Okavango Delta, Botswana PhD
  • Owen Musora Tourists and Employees’ Perceptions of Environmental Impacts of Tourism Activities in the Okavango Delta, Botswana MPhil
  • Lambani Bosekeng The Relationship Between Soil Moisture Availability Crop Growth and Yield in Flood Recession Farming of the Okavango Delta: The Case of Maize MPhil
  • Keoikantse Sianga Habitat selection by buffalo and zebra in relation to spatial and temporal variability of resources in the Savuti-Mababe-Linyanti ecosystem of northern Botswana MPhil
  • Edwin I. Mudongo The Influence of Grazing and Fire Management on Rangeland Dynamics in the Kgalagadi EcoSystem – Western Botswana MPhil
  • Botilo Thato Tshimologo Scent marking and dietary patterns of African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus, Temminck 1820) in northern Botswana MPhil
  • Chandapiwa Molefe The influence of hydro-climatic factors on the spatial development of molapo farming in the Okavango Delta, Botswana MPhil
  • Keotshephile Mosimane A first quantification of biogenic silica pools in an evaporation-dominated wetland system: the Okavango delta, Botswana MPhil
  • Aobakwe Kathleen Lubinda Evapotranspiration in various riparian woodland species of the Okavango Delta, Botswana MPhil
  • Kelebogile Gaone Mpho The effects of flooding variability on litter decomposition and nutrient dynamics in a seasonal floodplain of the Okavango Delta, Botswana MPhil


School of Graduate Studies
University of Botswana
Tel: +267 355 2839
Fax: +267 318 5100
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Graduate Program Coordinator
Okavango Research Institute
Tel: +267 681 7230
Fax: +267 686 1835
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