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M.Sc ESPM

The programme is designed to prepare students to identify, develop and implement effective solutions to environmental challenges, with particular emphasis on developing country contexts. The programme aims to generate understanding of the scientific principles underlying environmental changes and stimulate the requisite social, economic, legal and policy capacity for practicing and potential decision-makers in central and local government, as well as corporate businesses, and other non-state organizations.

It offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary curriculum in environmental studies that challenge students' ability to integrate theory and practice for systematic analysis, holistic understanding, and management of key environmental issues in various social contexts.

Above all the programme would ensure that institutions which who are involved in teaching environmental courses would have enough specialist in the field.

With these dimensions in view, our syllabus and combination of subjects are devised to produce the technocrats to the service the nation and the general public.

 Aims and Objectives

The objectives of the programme are to

  • Empower students with skills for translating environmental knowledge into policy frameworks and management strategies.
  • Strengthen the capacity of students through the development of appropriate research, communication and other professional skills,
  • Systematically elaborate a participatory instructional approach by which lecturers and students will interact for effective learning and cross-learning
  • Equip students to improve their analytical thinking in the assessment of environmental impacts of human activities
  • Develop the students’ professional attitudes, the interpersonal and entrepreneurial skills required by practitioners in the environmental management industry

Admission Requirements and Target Group:

It is aimed at middle and senior level functionaries and policy practitioners working in the public or private sectors as well as at international, regional, national or local levels. In addition the course is open to prospective students with career interests in the subject of environmental science, policy and management. This includes people working in corporate sector, civil society and non-governmental organisations. The course is also open to researchers and faculty in academia aspiring for careers or with research interest in the subject. Candidates applying for the Masters programme in Environmental Science, Policy and Management should have an undergraduate degree – preferably Geography, Natural Resources, Agricultural Science, Biological Sciences, Planning, Civil Engineering, Economics and other related courses – Applicants to the programme must have a First or Second Class (Lower Division) honours degree from a recognized university/tertiary institution or an equivalent approved by the Institute.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from this programme will be equipped to address environmental challenges at any level, depending on their specialisation. Following their participation, graduates are well positioned to operate optimally within international and national environmental regulatory bodies, national policy departments and agencies, environmental health departments of local governments, policy think-tanks and civil society advocacy groups as well as serve in advisory capacities for environmentally conscious community- and faith-based organisations.

The course also provides opportunity for those intending to further their training at the doctoral level in any particular specialised aspect of environmental science, policy and management.

9.0 Teaching Approach

The course will be administered through a varied set of teaching approaches with the aim of ensuring an optimal learning environment is created for the participants. Besides the conventional instructional approach, participants shall be involved in and undertake group work, field visits, demonstrations and practice, role playing, seminar presentations, and self-study. The professional experiences of participants and facilitators will be an integral part of the learning and cross-learning by which the course will ensure knowledge diffusion.

Graduation Requirements

  1. Candidates shall pass all courses and obtain minimum total credits of 43.
    1. Candidates shall report a minimum of 4 weeks of internship duly assessed.
    2. Candidates shall attend and pass an oral examination on their thesis.
    3. Complete an Internship
    4. To pass a course, a student must obtain a minimum of 50% of the marks available and an average of 55% for all courses.

Programme Structure

Students are required to undertake internship, workshops and a research dissertation. In addition to these, students will be required to complete 8 core courses and four electives for the academic year broken into two semesters.

 

TOTAL CREDITS

16

6

18

YEAR ONE: SEMESTER ONE- CORE COURSES

YEAR ONE: SEMESTER ONE- ELECTIVE COURSES

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

T

P

C

ESPM 511

Energy Production, Use & Conservation

3

0

3

ESPM 513

International Environmental Law

3

0

3

ESPM 515

Environmental Economics and Valuation

3

0

3

ESPM 527

Environments, Business and Society

3

0

3

ESPM 539

Environmental Strategies at the Local Level

3

0

3

ESPM 504

Principles of Environmental Justice

3

0

3

ESPM 525

Water Resources & the Hydrological Cycle

3

0

3

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

T

P

C

ESPM 502

Climate Change

3

0

3

ESPM 533

Environmental Policy Frameworks & Legal Reforms in Ghana

3

0

3

ESPM 506

Environmental Assessment

3

0

3

ESPM 508

Research Methods

3

3

4

2 ELECTIVES

 

6

0

6

 

Total Credits

18

3

19

YEAR ONE: SEMESTER TWO- CORE COURSES

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

T

P

C

ESPM 529

Waste Management

2

3

3

ESPM 531

Marine Ecosystems

2

3

3

ESPM 535

Gender and Environment

3

0

3

ESPM 537

Wildlife Resource Management

3

0

3

ESPM 541

Tourism and Environment

3

0

3

ESPM 545

Wetlands Management

3

0

3

ESPM 510

Environment & GIS II

2

3

3

ESPM 547

Environment and GIS III

2

3

3

ESPM 543

Soil and Coastal Erosion

3

0

3

ESPM 519

Contamination and Remediation

3

0

3

ESPM 523

Sectoral Management Strategies

3

0

3

ESPM 521

Environment and Politics

3

0

3

YEAR ONE: SEMESTER TWO- ELECTIVE COURSES

YEAR TWO (SEMESTER ONE AND TWO)

COURSE CODE

COURSE TITLE

T

P

C

ESP 550

Thesis

0

36

12

ESP 552

Internship

0

12

4

ESP 554

Study trips/Workshops

0

12

4

 

Total Credits

0

60

20

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