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MPhil (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) Degree Programme

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MPhil (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) Degree Programme

Rationale

Climate Change can be attributed directly or indirectly to human activities (e.g., through burning fossil fuels, deforestation, forest degradation, urbanization, etc.) that alter the composition of the global atmosphere and natural climate variability observed over a relatively long period of time (UNFCCC). Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change, climate variability and uncertainty as a result of its location in the world’s hydro-climate zone. For instance, Ghana's climatic conditions have changed in the past four decades with the country recording a temperature increase of 1°C. Within the same period rainfall and runoff declined by about 20% and 30% respectively. Such extreme and unpredictable events have devastating consequences for Africa’s socio-economic development, food security, water resources, health and livelihoods, with Ghana being no exception to the impacts of climate change.

There is therefore a critical need for specialist qualification and skills to equip personnel to conduct research and disseminate knowledge on the impacts of climate change and natural resources depletion to improve human well-being and livelihoods in vulnerable communities.

Aim

The proposed MPhil (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) degree programme is designed to impart present and future professionals in the field of natural resources management with practical and theoretical knowledge on the role of integrated natural resources management in addressing climate change and development.

Goals  

The MPhil (Climate Change and Integrated Natural Resources Management) degree programme is specifically designed to:

  • Cater for the needs of experienced managers, planners, policy makers, prospective scientists/lecturers and students who wish to enhance and develop research/teaching skills and competences in integrated natural resources management consistent with current and emerging needs in the climate change arena.
  • Offer both experienced and less experienced students the opportunity to obtain a high level practically-oriented training in multi-scale and multi-disciplinary approaches to planning, research, teaching, use and management of natural resources for development in a rapidly changing climate in developing countries’ context.
  • Develop employability and entrepreneurship through practically-oriented teaching and learning methods
  • Equip learners to think and act creatively both in industry, research and teaching.

Specific Objectives

Upon completion of this programme, graduates will:

  1. Possess advanced theoretical and applied knowledge pertaining to natural resources management and climate change;
  2. Be equipped to either teach in tertiary institutions (Polytechnics and Universities) or become research scientists;
  3. Acquire knowledge on innovative ways and the role of technologies in management of natural resources in addressing climate change;
  4. Acquire knowledge on how to generate innovative ideas to inspire the development relevant for transformation of economies of developing countries in the face of climate change;
  5. Demonstrate in-depth understanding on key issues balancing economic production and environmental sustainability;
  6. Apply problem-solving skills and competencies in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  7. Demonstrate good oral and written communications skills, ability to work effectively both independently and in a team, and good knowledge of work and human values;
  8. Prepare their continuing professional development plan towards lifelong learning, research, teaching and generation of new ideas and findings.

Students’ admission

To be admitted to the MPhil degree programme, applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management, Environmental Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, Social Science or related fields from a recognized higher education institution. Additional requirements are:

  • At least a Second Class degree, or
  • A GPA not less than 2.5 out of 4 or equivalent from a recognized higher education institution.

Course structure (Elective and Core Courses)

Code Course Name Semester Credits Elective (E) or Core (C)
CCRM 501 Climate Science 1 2 E
CCRM 503 Climate Change Impact, Adaptation and Mitigation 1 2 E
CCRM 505 Climate Change Modelling 1 2 E
CCRM 507 Natural Resources Governance 1 2 E
CCRM 601 Geographical Information Systems (GIS) 1 2 E
CCRM 509 Emerging and Traditional Bio-energy Systems 1 2 E
CCRM 511 Statistics 1 2 C
CCRM 603 Seminar 1 1 2 C
CCRM 502 Natural Resource Economics and Marketing of Bio-Products 2 3 E
CCRM 602 Project Planning and Management 2 3 E
CCRM 504 Ecosystem Management 2 2 E
CCRM 506 Research Methods 2 3 C
CCRM508 Scientific Communication and Oral Presentation Techniques 2 2 C
CCRM 604 Seminar 2 2 2 C
CCRM 606 Supervised Practical Training & Thesis 2 30 C

 

Mode of Delivery

The programme will be taught in English by a team of internationally-renowned natural resources scientists, climate scientists, policy analysts and economists, using the Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE) platform to deliver courses on the programme. This entails a ‘blended learning’ system that combines face-to-face classroom instruction with minimal classroom contact hours (reduced seat time); and easily-accessible and flexible online learning via the MOODLE platform.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this 2-year programme, graduates will:

  • Gain skills for integration of knowledge in multiple resources planning, use and management;
  • Acquire knowledge on innovative techniques for the management of natural resources to address challenges related to climate change impacts;
  • Acquire knowledge on innovative ideas that inspire national development and are relevant for the transformation of economies of developing countries in the face of climate change;
  • Be capable of demonstrating in-depth understanding of how to balance economic production of forest products and environmental sustainability;
  • Apply problem-solving skills and competencies in climate change adaptation and mitigation;
  • Demonstrate good oral and written communications skills, ability to work effectively independently and in a team, with adequate knowledge of work and human values;
  • Be prepared for continuing professional development towards lifelong learning, research and generation of new ideas and findings.