COURSE STRUCTURE

Master of Arts (MA) in Population Studies

Course Structure and Unit Requirements for the 12-Month M.A. Programme

Summary of Credits  
Course Work 30 credits
Seminar 3 credits
Dissertation 12 credits
TOTAL 45 credits

 

FIRST SEMESTER
CORE COURSES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 601 Sources, Evaluation, and Adjustment of Demographic Data 2
POPS 603 Population and Development Theories and Policies 2
POPS 605 Basic Population Analysis 3
POPS 607 Introduction to Statistical and Computing Techniques 2
POPS 609 Methods of Social Research 2
POPS 610 Seminar I 3
POPS 600 Dissertation (both semesters) 12

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 611 Qualitative Research Methodology 2
POPS 613 Population and Family Health  2
POPS 615 Population, Ageing and Development  2
POPS 617 Population, Human Resources and Development   2
POPS 619 Population, Environment and Development 2
POPS 621 Population, Health and Development 2
POPS 623 Population Change, Agriculture and Food Security 2
POPS 625 Population, Urbanization and Development 2

 

SECOND SEMESTER
CORE COURSES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 602 Population Variables and Development Planning 2
POPS 604 Social Demography 2
POPS 606 Advanced Population Analysis 3
POPS 608 Advanced Quantitative Analysis 2
POPS 612 Population Estimation and Projection 2

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 614 Gender and Reproductive Health 2
POPS 616 Population, Housing, and Development 2
POPS 618 Mathematical Demography 2
POPS 622 Quantitative Research Methodology  2
POPS 624 Population Change, Governance and Development  2
POPS 626 Population, Education and Development  2
POPS 628 Population, Culture and Development   2

 

To graduate, candidates must pass all core courses, at least four elective courses and the dissertation. Candidates are expected to take at least two elective courses each semester. Although the dissertation is envisaged to span the 12-month period, actual write-up will take place after the second semester examinations, with candidates having up to 10 weeks to complete their dissertations for presentation at a seminar. The completed dissertation is then submitted for examination by an external examiner and internal examiner.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Population Studies

YEAR 1

Summary of Credits  
Course Work 24 - 30 credits
Seminar I 3 credits

 

FIRST SEMESTER
CORE COURSES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 601 Sources, Evaluation, and Adjustment of Demographic Data 2
POPS 603 Population and Development Theories and Policies 2
POPS 605 Basic Population Analysis 3
POPS 607 Introduction to Statistical and Computing Techniques 2
POPS 609 Methods of Social Research 2
POPS 610 Seminar I 3
POPS 600 Dissertation (both semesters) 12

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 611 Qualitative Research Methodology 2
POPS 613 Population and Family Health  2
POPS 615 Population, Ageing and Development  2
POPS 617 Population, Human Resources and Development   2
POPS 619 Population, Environment and Development 2
POPS 621 Population, Health and Development 2
POPS 623 Population Change, Agriculture and Food Security 2
POPS 625 Population, Urbanization and Development 2

 

SECOND SEMESTER
CORE COURSES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 602 Population Variables and Development Planning 2
POPS 604 Social Demography 2
POPS 606 Advanced Population Analysis 3
POPS 608 Advanced Quantitative Analysis 2
POPS 612 Population Estimation and Projection 2

PRESCRIBED ELECTIVES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 614 Gender and Reproductive Health 2
POPS 616 Population, Housing, and Development 2
POPS 618 Mathematical Demography 2
POPS 622 Quantitative Research Methodology  2
POPS 624 Population Change, Governance and Development  2
POPS 626 Population, Education and Development  2
POPS 628 Population, Culture and Development   2

 

YEAR 2

Thesis Writing


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Population Studies

YEAR 1

FIRST SEMESTER
CORE COURSES

Code
Course
Credit Hours
FSSP 701 Philosophy of the Social Sciences 3
POPS 701 Computer Aided Population Analysis 3
POPS 703 Logic of Social Research 3
POPS 705 Population Theory and Policy 3


SECOND SEMESTER
CORE COURSES

Code
Course
Credit Hours
FSSP 702 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods 3
POPS 704 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 3
POPS 706 Social Dynamics, Development and Demographic Processes 3

 

ELECTIVES

Code  Course  Credit Hours
POPS 708 Climate Risk Assessment, Population and Policy 3
POPS 712 Gender, Health and Development 3
POPS 714 Population-Environment Nexus 3
POPS 716 Dynamics of Population, Urbanization and Human Development in the Developing World 3
POPS 718 Functional Integrating of Population and Development Variables 3
POPS 722 Advanced Population Estimation and Projection 3


Note: Students are expected to take at least one elective course per semester.

YEAR 2
Candidates who pass all required course work in the first year will undertake Comprehensive PHD Student Qualifying Examinations during First Semester of the Second Year. These examinations are made up of the following components:
(a)   A publishable review paper on a topic of the candidate’s choice with approval from the Institute
(b)   A take-home examination question paper to be answered and delivered by each candidate for examination
(c)   An oral examination on candidates’ presentations in (a) and (b) above and their knowledge in the field of Population Studies.
Candidates who do not become successful in the Comprehensive examinations shall be given one more chance to retake the examinations before proceeding to the next stage of the programme. Candidates who do not become successful in their second attempt at the Comprehensive examinations shall be asked to withdraw from the PHD programme and opt for MPhil degree as may be considered appropriate and submit a written thesis in another year for graduation.

At the end of the Second Year, the candidate who successfully qualifies through the Comprehensive examinations will be required to undergo practical training in research work and present a report and a seminar on their experiential learning. RIPS has established a research field site in an urban poor community that straddles Old Fadama and Ga-Mashie areas in Accra since 2008. The community is within easy reach of the University of Ghana. Repeated surveys on population, health, environment and poverty issues among the urban poor is being conducted and this is providing unique opportunity for training in research methodology, and also leading to the creation of high-quality longitudinal data for use in programming and planning. Some of the PhD students may be attached to some of the research activities as part of their Experiential Learning Exercise as a requirement of their PhD training.  The research field site also provides a big opportunity for PhD students to improve their skills in handling longitudinal studies.

YEAR 3
Candidates will present their thesis proposal during the First Semester of the Third Year and a First Thesis Progress of work report at a seminar presentation to be organized by the Institute in the Second Semester. Both the proposal and progress report presentations will be examined by RIPS Faculty.

YEAR 4
Candidates will be required to make a second thesis progress of work presentation at a seminar to be organized by the Institute during the Second Semester of the Fourth Year to be examined by RIPS faculty to be followed by a review of the completed thesis for submission for examination at the end of the Second Semester of the Fourth Year.

Thesis: The thesis shall be assigned a total of 45 credits units. The breakdown of the seminar components is as follows:

Seminar I: Research Proposal - 3 Credits

Seminar II:  Experiential Research Learning - 3 credits

Seminar III: First Progress Report on Thesis - 3 credits

Seminar IV: Presentation of Findings - 3 Credits