Degree Type: 

Doctor of Philosophy

Department: 

Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences

Programme Duration: 

3 years (Standard Entry)

4 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 

Regular

About Programme: 

The degree to be awarded is designated as PhD (Integrated Coastal Zone Management)

Rationale

Unsustainable land use in coastal areas in Ghana driven by rapid infrastructure development, e.g. port expansion, oil and gas development are impacting the productivity of coastal areas.  In addition, poor management and overexploitation of coastal natural habitats and ecosystems threaten coastal life-supporting systems. Climate change–related events such as sea-level rise, land subsidence, storm surge, and increased coastal flooding contribute to the vulnerability of coastal areas. The PhD programme in ICZM is therefore designed to build the needed human resource capacity to respond to these challenges.

 

PhD Programme Structure

Candidates admitted with Bachelor’s degree and/or a taught Master’s degree (e.g., MSc) will pursue a 4-year PhD programme; candidates admitted with research-based Master’s degree (e.g. MPhil) will pursue a 3-year PhD programme.

PhD programmes are offered only in full-time mode. The periods of study are as follows:

Degree

Total Period of Study

*Course work

Normative Duration of Research

3-year PhD

36 months

-

24 months

4-year PhD 

48 months

2 semesters

24 months

 

*This applies only to candidates admitted with Bachelor’s degree for 4-year PhD programme; they will be required to take courses on discipline-specific knowledge and research skills. Candidates admitted with a taught Master’s degree will undertake 4-year research.

Supervisors may recommend appropriate courses to equip students for their research work and thesis writing. Candidates for 3-year PhD programme may be recommended to audit requisite courses.

The total credit load for each PhD programme is as follows:

PhD Programme Structure

Credits

Year I

Semester I

Courses

15

Semester II

Courses

15

Sub-total

30

Years II 

Semester I

Thesis [preparation and defence of research proposal (6 credits); literature review and reconnaissance/pilot (6 credits)]

12

Seminar

3

Semester II

Thesis [data collection]

12

Seminar

3

Sub-total

30

Years III

Semester I

Thesis [data collection]

12

Seminar

3

Semester II

Thesis [data collection and analyses]

12

Seminar

3

Sub-total

30

Years IV

Semester I

Thesis [data analyses and thesis write-up]

12

Seminar

3

Semester II

Thesis [thesis write-up, submission and defence]

12

Seminar

3

        Sub-Total per Year

30

 

*Total (Minimum Credits)

120

*Total credit for candidates admitted with MPhil (3-year PhD) will be 90.

Entry Requirements: 

Candidates applying for admission into the PhD programme in Integrated Coastal Zone Management must hold a good research-based Master’s degree in a relevant natural/social science discipline, from a recognised university.

Target Group

  • Master’s degree holders in relevant Biological and Social Science fields.
  • Professionals with relevant background in the coastal and marine industry- government, private and NGO sector.

Expected Output

  • Trained high-level manpower for teaching, research and extension in the areas of Integrated Coastal Zone Management in tertiary institutions.
  • High-level personnel with managerial capacities in the coastal zone management and related fields produced.
  • Graduates capable of training lower level personnel in coastal zone management  produced.

Progression Requirements

  • Students pursuing 4-year PhD must pass all required course work (grade C minimum)
  • All students should present their research proposals successfully in a seminar  
  • All students must make good progress on the research activities and submit biannual progress report to the Department and UCC School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
  • All students must participate in at least 75% of the regular seminars organized by Department and SGS.

Graduation Requirements

A candidate will be considered successful if his/her PhD thesis:

  • Passes both internal and external assessment (60% minimum score)
  • Is successfully defended in a viva voce (60% minimum score).

In addition, candidates must satisfy all SGS and UCC requirements for graduation.

Goal / Objectives: 

The goal of the PhD Programme in Integrated Coastal Zone Management is to train high-level professionals with the needed technical and scientific competencies to engage in research, extension and training in marine and coastal resources management. 

At the end of the programme, graduates will be equipped to:

  1. suggest technical policy advice to government and coastal-related industries 
  2. lead enforcement of regulatory efforts at all levels of coastal management
  3. provide solutions to help sustain the social and economic assets of coastal areas
  4. engage in teaching and research in coastal resources management in academia.

Career Opportunities: 

You can find jobs in the following areas:

  1. Government agencies like Fisheries Ministry
  2. NGOs engaged in aquatic environmental campaign
  3. Industries in fish processing and canning
  4. Firms engaged in commercial fishing.