Ph.D Fisheries Science
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
3 years (Standard Entry)
Modes of Study:
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme involves a 3 –year thesis/ research work into a problem in the area of specialisation. There is no course work for PhD students but where necessary, a student may be required to take some prescribed courses at the masters’ level. Students at this level start the thesis/ research work from the first year and are expected to complete after 3 years before the award of a PhD Degree.
Fisheries play a very important role in the economy of Ghana. Currently, it employs about three million people and contributes 2.6% of gross domestic product. Recent monitoring information indicates that the fisheries are in a state of decline which calls for urgent management actions to reverse the trend. National institutions mandated to oversee development and management of the sector are constrained by a shortfall in high level personnel to direct and undertake research on the multispecies fishery of the country. The PhD programme in fisheries science is therefore meant to enhance the research and analytical skills of the students through long term studies on selected fish and shellfish species to generate information for sustainable management of the fishery.
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|
|Years II||Semester I||Thesis [preparation and defence of research proposal (6 credits); literature review and reconnaissance/pilot (6 credits)]||12|
|Semester II||Thesis [data collection]||12|
|Years III||Semester I||Thesis [data collection]||12|
|Semester II||Thesis [data collection and analyses]||12|
|Years IV||Semester I||Thesis [data analyses and thesis write-up]||12|
|Semester II||Thesis [thesis write-up, submission and defence]||12|
|Sub-Total per Year||30|
|*Total (Minimum Credits)||120|
*Total credit for candidates admitted with MPhil (3-year PhD) will be 90.
Candidates applying for admission into the PhD Fisheries Science programme must hold a good research-based Master’s degree in Fisheries Science, Biology or any related field of study
- Master’s degree holders in Fisheries Science, Biology and related fields
- Professionals in the fishing industry: both government and private
- Trained high-level manpower for teaching, research and extension in tertiary and other research institutions.
- High-level personnel with managerial capacities in the fishing industry and related fields produced.
- 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.
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 Fisheries Science programme is to produce high-level human resource for the fisheries sector.
The specific objectives are to:
- produce highly-skilled personnel to address issues in the fisheries sector;
- produce high-level personnel capable of creating and disseminating relevant knowledge to promote the sector; and
- train personnel capable of facilitating policy formulation to support growth of the sector.
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.
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 0
- Certificate No
- Assessments Yes