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Graduate Programmes

Brief about PhD Programme

The PhD programme is three (3) years. The method of teaching and transfer of information to students will be in the form of lectures, seminars and design exercises, field work and tutorials. The Programme is a structured programme consisting of six (6) months of taught courses. There are six (6) major modules to be taken and each module lasts between three to four weeks. Also, each module has between two to three courses.

                          PhD Modules and Courses



Module 1: Skills Development And Research Methodology

CCLU 711 Skills Development

CCLU 713 Research Methodology

Module 2: Geo-Spatial Analysis

CCLU 721 Basic Geographic Information Systems

CCLU 723 Basic Remote Sensing

CCLU 725 Advanced Remote Sensing

Module 3: Statistics and Modelling Tools

CCLU 731 Statistics

CCLU 733 Modelling Tools

Module 4: Soil Resources, Policy and Management

CCLU 752 Soil Management and Conservation

CCLU 754 Dry Land Management

CCLU 756 Land Ecosystems Functions

CCLU 745 Land Law and Resource Economics

Module 5: Integrated Land Use Modelling

CCLU 762 Integrated Land Use Modelling and Applications

Module 6: Land and Climate Systems Interactions

CCLU 771 Climate Science

CCLU 774 Assessment and Removal of GHG’s

CCLU 772 Biogeochemical Cycles

Module 7: Thesis

CCLU 871 PhD Thesis


Research Phase timetable




Month 7

Proposal and budget presentation

Finalize proposal and budget

Student depart to home


Month 12

Students are to present Literature review.  This will help students focus on activities derived from their objectives.

Month 15

Students are expected to present work done and methodology of the progress report.

Month 16

Results (Preliminary)

Month 20

Students are expected to be on campus / online presentation

Month 21

Students are expected to present first draft paper.

Month 24

Students are expected to present a journal publication.

Month 27

End of Germany travels

Month 28

Students expected to be on campus

Month 30

The second draft paper is expected from students.

Month 32

Presentation of draft thesis

Month 34 to 36

Students are expected to submits their thesis to Graduate School and defend

Call for Application

Scholarship Opportunity

The DRP through the School of Graduate Studies, KNUST is pleased to announce availability of scholarships. All applicants are encouraged to indicate on the fee-paying forms their willingness or otherwise to be enrolled as self-financing students with alternative means of sponsorship in case they do not qualify for scholarship.


Scholarship-holding PhD fellows will receive a monthly stipend to cover accommodation and other expenses for the duration of the programme. Approved travel costs, costs for fieldwork, etc., will be reimbursed. The disbursement of scholarship funds will be connected to the successful delivery of research work deliverables to be agreed upon between the programme Director, the Supervisor, and the PhD fellow at the onset of the research work.


Field research will be sponsored after a successful course work and defence of a PhD proposal. The PhD fellow can travel to Germany once during the PhD fellowship period to participate in PhD level courses and joint supervision, if their conditions allow. The trip will be 3 – 6 months in duration. Airfare will be paid for by WASCAL and a monthly stipend to cater for lodging and personal expenses in Germany.


Entry Requirements

In conformity with the entry requirement of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the successful candidate will have a minimum of:

  • Second Class (Upper Division) in their First degree and a good Master’s degree in Soil Science, Agricultural Engineering (Soil and Water Engineering option), Civil Engineering (Water Resources/Hydrology option), Geomatic Engineering, Natural Resources (Silviculture and Forestry, and Watershed management), Mathematics, Geography, Land Economy, Atmospheric Physics, Climatology, and other relevant disciplines, with an average of at least 60 %. Submit academic transcripts as evidence.
  • English Proficiency as indicated below:
      • Must have first or second degree with English language as the medium of instruction, OR
      • Must have an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in the English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) with above average score.
      • Otherwise the candidate will have to undertake a three-month pre-master’s intensive English course at University of Cape Coast.
  • Full time availability for a period of forty-two months.
  • Demonstrate adequate intellectual capacity, maturity and effective decision making and problem-solving potentials.
  • Experience with modelling and GIS would be an advantage but not a prerequisite.
  • Must be able to travel to Germany for a period of 3 - 6 months


Application Supporting Documents/Additional Information

  • Completed application form
  • Detailed CV
  • Fee-paying form (Click here to download)
  • Two letters of reference (one from a supervisor at the Master’s level)
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Official transcripts for BSc and MSc degrees
  • Photocopy of official certificates for BSc and MSc degrees
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Evidence of current and previous employments (if applicable).
  • Submit both soft and hard copies of a short concept note (max. 3 pages outlining the justification, objectives, methodology and expected outcomes of your research idea.
  • Submit both soft and hard copies of a letter of motivation (max. two pages) with the heading “WASCAL DRP - CCLU PhD” outlining the following:
    • Why you want to study Climate Change and Land Use at the PhD level
    • Your current occupation
    • Why you are well-suited to study this programme
    • How your admission into the PhD Climate Change and Land Use Programme will fit into your professional vision
    • How your home country stands to benefit after your training

        You may also add other relevant information and/or experience you feel is necessary to support your application