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Admission Requirements for Post Graduate Programmes

MSc./MPhil/PhD ENVIRONMENT, WATER AND SUSTAINABILITY (PEWS)

Programme Description and Objectives

The Postgraduate Programme (MSc/MPhil/PhD) in Environment and Water Sustainability (PEWS) at UENR, is uniquely designed (by a consortium of three departments: Environmental Management, Fisheries and Water Resources and EORIC, in consultation with EPA – Bono Regional Head Office, Ghana Water Company Ltd – Bono Regional Head Office, and Community Water and Sanitation Agency - Bono Regional Head Office) to train professionals, young scholars and individuals with the requisite competencies to contribute effectively to Ghana’s efforts in:

(1) building resilience to increasing water scarcity,

(2) addressing emerging environmental sustainability challenges of the 21st century relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and national development frameworks, and

(3) providing industrial demand – driven solutions to water and environmental problems.

The target participants are industry players from Ghana Water Company Limited, Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Mining Companies, Oil and Gas Companies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and International Development Agencies that provide water and environmental solutions. Others include:

Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development; Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation; Water Resources Commission; Mineral Resource Commission; Environmental Protection Agency; Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; Ministry of Lands, Forestry and Mines; Mines Department and Private / Public Research Institutions. Individuals hoping to pursue academic and research careers are also encouraged to apply.

  1. The MSc Programme is professionally-tailored. It is scheduled to run over a period of 18 months consisting of two semesters of course work, and another semester of both course work as well as project report/semester paper. The project report/semester paper shall be industrial problem - solving and/ or demand-driven oriented. Students identify specific problem(s) with an industry in any of the critical areas, conduct scientific investigation and propose solutions to the problem.
  2. The duration of the MPhil programme is 24 months (two years). It entails two semesters of coursework and two semesters of intense, independent scientific enquiry into any environmental or water related issue(s).
  3. The Doctor of Philosophy degree programme runs for a minimum duration of six semesters (three years) and maximum of ten semesters (five years).
 

Presently, all programmes run on full-time regular basis; however, lectures are held in the evenings of Friday (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm) during week (working) days and weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).

To be eligible for admission into the MSc/MPhil in Environment, Water and Sustainability programme, candidates must be graduates of this university or any university recognized by the Academic Board.

Applicants must have a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) degree in the relevant field of studies (e.g. natural resources management, water resources management, environmental sciences/ management, environmental planning, geography, environmental engineering, or related fields). In both instances, applicants must have a minimum of one (1) year post qualification working experience, and will be required to undergo a selection interview. To be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programme in Environment, Water and Sustainability, applicants must have obtained a Master’s degree from this university or any university recognized by the Academic Board, with a strong potential to conduct independent research. Applicants must have a minimum of one (1) year post qualification working experience, and will be required to undergo a selection interview.

Graduates in the field of Natural resources, Planning, Social Science, Human Geography, Agriculture or any related discipline from a recognized university are eligible to apply.

MPhil: 2 years

Weekend only

To be eligible for admission into the Master of Philosophy in Social Forestry and Environmental Governance programme, candidates must be graduates of this university or any other university recognized by the Academic Board and should have obtained a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) degree in the relevant field (e.g. Natural resources, Planning, Social Science, Human Geography and Agriculture). The applicant must complete National Service prior to the commencement of the academic year he/she is seeking to enroll into the programme.

MPhil SOCIAL FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE

Programme Objectives:

The objective of the programme is to train the requisite human resources for forest and environmental policy formulation, management and governance. Graduates of the programme would be capable of identifying challenges and providing interventions that harness environmental, social and rural development. Also, graduates would have a high sense of professionalism, committed to problem-solving, active in community partnership,

and approach their work with integrity.

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