The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Development Studies seeks to provide highest level scholarship to individuals involved in different aspects of activities that promote the advancement/betterment of society (in Ghana and elsewhere). It is also geared towards the greater fulfilment of the well-being of individuals, groups and societies at large.

Teachers/lecturers, researchers, development workers, NGO leaders, health and political leaders are some of the persons this course seeks to target. The PhD programme is also directed at middle and upper level policy makers and development practitioners as well as university graduates with an excellent academic record.

Every year, seven candidates are admitted to the programme after a competitive screening process. Self-funding students can also join the programme, if qualified.

The programme starts with a course work focusing on development theories, research methodologies and provides training in managerial and professional skills. After the course work, there are opportunities for students to visit up to three months of summer school in Germany. In the second year, students will be required to undergo industrial attachment up to a maximum of twelve months. The remaining years will be devoted to the thesis and seminar/conference presentations.