Master of Philosophy
Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
2 years (Standard Entry)
Modes of Study:
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme is a two year in duration, comprising coursework in the first year and thesis/research work in the second year.
Ghana is a protein-deficient country in which fish forms more than 60% of animal protein intake. There is however, a yawning fish demand gap that currently stands at about 450, 000 MT annually. Aquaculture had been recognised to have a great potential and offers the best long-term solution to the ever-increasing deficit in fish supply in Ghana. But lack of human capacity to support a thriving aquaculture development is one of the major limitations in the national effort to bridge the gap in fish demand and supply. The Department of Fisheries and aquatic Sciences therefore proposes to mount the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Aquaculture to address this problem.
- Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a Second Class Lower Division or higher
- Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries related course with a Second Class Lower Division or higher
- In addition, candidates must pass an oral interview
Specific requirements for graduation:
The course work assessment during the first year is based on assignments, reports from practical work as well as quizzes. These form 40% of the total exam mark. The End of Semester examinations constitute 60% of the total mark. A thesis research in the second year will starts after successfully completing the course work. Departmental seminar presentations are held to ascertain students’ progress and to allow faculty and other students make relevant inputs. The thesis is subjected to both external and internal review after submission by the student. If successful, an oral examination (viva) is held for the student. Upon successful defence, the department then recommends to the School of Graduate Studies to consider awarding the candidate for an award of MPhil degree in Aquaculture.
- First degree holders in Biological sciences and related fields.
- Workers in the aquaculture and fishing industry
- Trained middle-level manpower to assist with teaching, research and extension in tertiary and other research institutions.
- Personnel with managerial capacities in the aquaculture industry produced.
- Graduates capable of training lower-level personnel in aquaculture institutions on aquaculture data collection produced.
For progression from Year 1 to Year 2, students should:
- Obtain a minimum grade of C in all first year courses
- Present their research proposals successfully in a seminar
- Must make good progress on the research activities and submit one progress report to the Department and UCC School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
- Must participate in at least 75% of the regular seminars organized by Department and SGS
Candidates will be considered successful if his/her MPhil thesis:
- Passes both internal and external assessment (60% minimum score)
- Is successfully defended in a viva voce (60% minimum score)
In addition, candidate must satisfy all SGS and UCC requirement.
Goal / Objectives:
The main goal of the MPhil programme in Aquaculture is to produce a high level personnel to develop and sustain a vibrant aquaculture industry in Ghana. The specific objectives are to:
- Equip the students with knowledge and hands-on skills in aquaculture
- Train the students in the relevant research and teaching skills
- develop in the students, competencies in problem solving and policy formulation in aquaculture
- Develop aquaculture entrepreneurial skills in the students.
You can find jobs in the following areas:
- Government agencies like Fisheries Ministry
- NGOs engaged in aquatic environmental campaign
- Industries in fish processing and canning
- Firms engaged in commercial fishing.
FAS 811: AQUACULTURE HOLDING FACILITIES
FAS 812: WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT
FAS 813: BIOLOGY OF SELECTED CULTURE SPECIES
FAS 814: FISH NUTRITION
FAS 815: DISEASES AND PARASITES OF FISH
FAS 816: SEED PRODUCTION AND STOCKING
FAS 817: AQUACULTURE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
FAS 818: CURRENT RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATION IN AQUACULTURE
FAS 841: CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION IN COASTAL COMMUNITIES
FAS 800A: SEMINAR I
FAS 899B: THESIS RESEARCH IN AQUACULTURE
FAS 800B: SEMINAR II
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Yes