Ph.D Integrated Coastal Zone Management
Doctor of Philosophy
Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences
3 years (Standard Entry)
4 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.
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|
|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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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:
- suggest technical policy advice to government and coastal-related industries
- lead enforcement of regulatory efforts at all levels of coastal management
- provide solutions to help sustain the social and economic assets of coastal areas
- engage in teaching and research in coastal resources management in academia.
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