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PhD Programme in Development Studies

UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, LEGON

 

 

INSTITUTE OF STATISTICAL, SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH (ISSER),

GHANAIAN-GERMAN CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES,

PHD IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES

 

The Ghanaian-German Centre of Excellence for Development Studies is a collaborative venture between the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana and the Centre for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany.

The Ghanaian-German Division for Development Studies (GGDDS) under the Centre offers Ghanaians and other African Social Scientists a highly competitive doctorate in Development Studies. The PhD Programme is designed to enhance students’ professional capacities and to address important development issues innovatively. The Centre is being funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

The 4-years programme also provides global perspective of cultural and social changes, crystallizing students in international development concepts, theories and approaches. It offers students analytical and practical skills they need for critical engagement in development issues and debates.

 

Programme Structure

Year 1 – Course work

  1. Core courses(s)
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
  • Project Planning, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Development
  • Theories of Social Change

 

  1. Elective Course(s):
  • Political Economy and Development
  • Poverty Analysis
  • Population, Environment  and Health
  • Advanced Gender Studies

 

Year 2

  1. Mandatory course(s)
  • Research Proposal
  • Comprehensive Examination

 

  1. Research and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) component
  • Traineeship/Internship
  • Experiential Research Learning
  • Field trips
  • Summer school – Centre for Development Studies(ZEF), University of Bonn
  • Seminar 2 – Experiential Research Learning
  • Thesis

Year 3

  • Seminar 3 – Thesis Progress Report
  • Thesis

Year 4

  • Seminar 4 – Provisional Thesis Findings Report
  • Thesis finalization and submission

 

Problem Based Learning

Students in Ghana and abroad choose ISSER because of its reputation for cutting edge research. This programme allows students to tackle problems through critical thinking and comprehensive research. Students are taken through problem based learning as well as real life tasks and field work supervised by research fellows.