The PhD programme starts in August each year according to the University of Ghana’s academic calendar. The course is one of the main components of the GGDDS programme. It is one of the few PhD programmes in the University of Ghana that offers courses that provide advanced education and methodological and professional training.


Teaching Modules

The course contains five (5) modules that focus on:

  • economic and social change theories
  • governance and institutions
  • natural resource use and management
  • qualitative and quantitative research methods and analysis
  • professional skills

Teaching is carried out by a large number of lecturers from ISSER, other departments of the University of Ghana and ZEF. Co-teaching by lecturers from the University of Ghana and ZEF is encouraged and provides an interdisciplinary perspective for students as well as mutual capacity building for lecturers.


Students of the programme are mainly supervised by Professors/Senior Research Fellows at ISSER. Other Professors/Senior Research Fellows of the University and ZEF are occasionally called in to assist when necessary.