The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, KNUST IDL Postgraduate Admission Requirements, Entry Requirements, Eligibility and Qualifications required for admission into the institution.
The following are the requirements, eligibility and qualifications to consider before applying for admission into the KNUST IDL Postgraduate Programme 2021/2022.
Recommended – KNUST IDL Postgraduate Admission Form
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS OF PROGRAMMES
Unless otherwise stated, all MPhil/MBA programmes are two years duration and MSc/MPA programmes are one-year duration.
Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
1. Commonwealth Master of Business Administration
The CMBA programme is designed by Commonwealth of Learning (CoL) to help practicing professionals, managers and public officers to gain a higher level of competency in their respective functions, and expand their perspective to encompass a more international outlook. The programme is offered on weekends with a learner-oriented system; allowing greater flexibility in learning, while students continue with their regular work. At the heart of the programme is the excellent learning materials licensed from some of the top universities across the Commonwealth.
i. Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University; or
ii. A professional qualification (chartered level) eg. ACCA, CA, ICA, ICM, with a minimum of two (2) years’ relevant work experience.
2. MBA International Business
Individuals planning a career in business must understand the intricacies of doing business with partners from other countries. Culture, language, political systems, geography, and socio-economic factors all influence a person’s business practices. One needs broad knowledge on the culture and business practices of different backgrounds to be successful in the global marketplace. International business prepares one for diverse knowledge of counterparts from other cultures for competitive advantage purposes.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University or institution of higher learning; with at least 2 years work experience.
3. MPhil. Post-Harvest Technology (Horticulture)
The programme aims at equipping participants with up-to-date practises and methods of handling, processing and storage of agricultural produce as well as structures and equipment employed in the handling, processing and storage of such produce.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Post-Harvest Technology, Agriculture, Agricultural Biotechnology, Natural Resource Management, Biological Sciences and other related sciences.
4. MPhil/MSc Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
There is growing demand on technocrats who handle development programmes and projects to come up with better ways of: steering the processes involved in the planning, implementation and management of development interventions; identifying and addressing problems that crop up before, during and after implementation of such interventions; assessing the outcomes and impacts of programmes and projects; and providing useful and timely information for policy makers. These trends have culminated in a steady shift towards specialisation and the emergence of new fields of training to tackle various aspects of development interventions, including project management, monitoring and evaluation, procurement management, risk management, among others. In recent times, the government, development partners and development-oriented Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are increasingly putting emphasis on Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) as part of their quest for efficiency in the formulation, implementation and management of their policies, programmes and projects. Consequently, it becomes necessary for this Programme to cater for this development gap.
i. A good bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised University, plus a minimum of one year working experience (including national service);
ii. MPhil Applicants are required to submit a research proposal on an appropriate topic that is relevant to the programme.
5. MPhil/MSc. Industrial Finance and Investment
The MSc Industrial Finance and Investment (MIFI) programme is developed with the broader aim of producing new generation of Financial Managers and Investment Analysts; and promoting techniques of achieving financial and investment systems efficiency. The course content provides a sound, broadly-based education covering the advanced principles in finance, financial markets and institutions, treasury and investments. By working closely with industry to understand their needs, the programme is designed to produce graduates with the knowledge and skills that businesses tell us they require.
i. Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in the following disciplines: Accounting, Commerce, Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Actuarial Science, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science and related disciplines.
ii. A final Professional Certificate (i.e. Chartered Level) from ACCA, ICAG, CFA and CIMA plus a minimum of 2 years working experience.
6. MPhil/ MSc. Logistics and Supply Chain Management
The programme is designed to provide an opportunity for candidates to study contemporary theory and practice as well as pragmatic issues in the field of supply chain and logistics through industrial field trips which would constitute part of the programme. It is basically targeted at purchasing, supply chain and warehouse managers as well as logistics managers in diverse fields of practice who will wish to upgrade themselves.
i. A good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Logistics and Supply Chain Management related discipline; or
ii. A good first degree in any discipline with appreciable work experience in Supply Chain, Logistics or Transport Management; or
iii. An international advanced diploma in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
7. MSc Procurement and Supply Chain Management
The main purpose of the programme is to sensitise, train and build up the capacity of officials of the public sector, NGOs as well as officials and executives from the private sector on procurement and supply chain management issues. The programme further seeks to offer a clear emphasis on the importance of professional relationships with other corporate functions as well as those with other upstream and downstream players in the overall supply chain.
i. Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Supply Chain Management;
ii. A good bachelor’s degree in any discipline with relevant practical experience in Procurement; or
iii. Applicants that are chartered members of CIPS with two years’ work experience
8. MPhil/MSc Business Consulting and Enterprise Risk Management
The programme, (BCERM) is open to all working professionals from Ghana and other countries who want to develop a career in Business Consulting and Enterprise Risk Management. The entry requirements for admission to the programme are:
i. A good bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised University.
ii. Professional qualifications (i.e. Chartered Level) in Accounting, Banking, Finance, Administration, Marketing, Management, Insurance, Engineering, Risk Management, etc. (e.g. ACCA, CIM, CFA, CFM).
9. MPhil/MSc. Educational Innovations and Leadership Science
The programme is open to individuals from Ghana and other countries who want to obtain professional qualification in Educational Leadership, Planning and Management.
Entry Requirement: Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in any discipline.
10. Master of Education
The Master of Education (M.Ed.) programme aims at inculcating skills into higher education students and non-professional teachers who seek to attain knowledge in education or attain the status of a professional teacher.
Entry Requirement: Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in an appropriate field of study.
11. MSc. Geography and Sustainable Development
The exploitation of earth resources to meet global demand for energy, food, shelter and other human needs has reached unprecedented levels. However, the planet’s resources need to be harnessed in a way so it can continue to provide for the needs of this generation and future ones. In response to this challenge and need, the MSc Geography and Sustainable Development brings together expertise across the breadth of the Geography discipline and integrates the social and natural sciences to examine and build the capacities of students in principles and practice of sustainable development.
Entry Requirement: The programme is primarily designed for professionals who have a degree in other disciplines and want to obtain interdisciplinary knowledge in Geography and Sustainable Development as well as to develop a career in the field. The pre-requisite for admission is:
i. A good bachelor’s degree in any Geography and Development related discipline.
ii. Other Candidates with professional qualifications may be considered.
12. MSc. Accounting and Finance
The Accounting and Finance programme is developed with the broader aim of creating a new generation of experts in finance and accounting, through the provision of sound and broad-based education that covers the advanced principles and application of accounting and finance. It also equips students with solid grounding and knowledge in quantitative techniques, appraisals and evaluation of relevant financial and accounting issues.
i. Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Accounting or Finance; or
ii. A good first degree with option in Accounting e.g. BSc Mathematics with Accounting;
iii. Any other good degree with Part II qualification from recognised professional accounting bodies such as: ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, etc.
13. MSc. Health Informatics
The programme is designed for a wide range of people including medical lab technicians, nurses, midwives, medical practitioners, paramedics, and IT managers who want to keep ahead in this rapidly advancing field of health informatics.
i. Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Technology and Communication, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Food Science, Environmental Science, Biological Science, Human Biology, Nursing, Paramedics, Midwifery, Pharmacy, Herbal Medicine, Medical Laboratory, Biomathematics, Biostatistics, Engineering, Quantitative-related programmes;
ii. Applicant whose first degree is not listed under (i) above but have worked in the medical field for at least three years may be considered.
14. MSc. Information Technology
The programme is aimed at preparing candidates for a range of managerial and executive functions, relating to information communication technology and how information and communication technology can be leveraged for competitive advantage.
Entry Requirements: A good first degree from a recognised University in any of the following areas: Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Communication Technology, Business Information Technology, Mathematics, Engineering, etc.
15. MSc. Project Management (ACCRA AND TAKORADI CENTRES ONLY)
The programme is aimed at preparing candidates for a range of managerial and executive functions relating to projects in any industry. The programme is to bridge the continuous human resource deficit in this area and provide project management professionals with the knowledge required to reduce the challenges of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling project activities in an acceptable manner within any socio-economic environment.
i. Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree (at least a 2nd Class Lower or better) in any field or discipline;
ii. Candidates should have a minimum of two years relevant industrial or research experience.
16. MSc. Actuarial Science
The programme in Actuarial Science is open to applicants with a minimum of 2nd Class Lower Division in the following programmes: Actuarial Science, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering Accounting, Finance, Economics or any programme within the Mathematical Sciences with evidence of Mathematical or quantitative ability.
17. MSc. Applied Statistics
The programme is designed for graduates who have professional interest in the use of statistics in their everyday work and life. It is opened to graduates from the humanities, social sciences, life and health sciences and those who have a need to use statistics in their work, but have not had sufficient or current training in applied statistics.
Entry Requirements: A good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Statistics, Mathematics or a Mathematical-related degree such as Actuarial Science, Economics, Computer Science, etc.
18. MSc. Human Nutrition and Dietetics
This programme is designed to build capacity and produce a cadre of health personnel with requisite knowledge and skills in the field of human nutrition and dietetics, aimed at promoting nutritional health and wellbeing.
Entry Requirements: Candidates with a good Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Food Science and other related courses may apply.
19. MSc. Food Quality Management
The programme is designed for candidates with requisite qualifications who are already working in the food industry. It is expected that the training shall among others, build the skills of candidates in understanding consumers’ behaviour, maintaining quality and improving safety in the food industry.
Entry Requirements: A good first degree from a recognised University in Food Science and Technology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Nutrition Science, Biology, Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering or any closely related science or technology BSc programme.
20. MSc. Development Management
The programme was established under the auspices of United Nations Universities (UNU) and implemented by a network of Universities in South Africa, Northern Africa and Europe. The programme is concerned with the facilitators and obstacles to development, whether environmental, social, economic or political. The programme would among other things discuss how some countries have developed without any strong natural resource endowments and how some countries have been able to propel periods of strong growth by excessively exploiting their resource base.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree in any of the following disciplines: Planning, Building Technology, Land Economy, Architecture, Business Administration, Social Sciences or Engineering.
21. MSc. Environmental Science
This multidisciplinary programme aims at training students to recognise and understand the threats and conflicts in the environment today and appreciate the steps required to develop realistic solutions. The systematic approach adopted to this programme enables students to deal with all aspects of the environment.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Geography, Culture and Tourism, Natural Resource Management and Agriculture.
22. Master of Public Administration
MPA combines extensive coverage of the field of public administration with strong focus on effective management of public services coupled with strong leadership skills. Participants would have the opportunity to undertake in-depth discussion and analysis of public policies and its politics, management and leadership problems facing public organisations, non-profit and private institutions.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Arts or Science. Admission preference would be given to candidates working within the Public Service.
23. MSc Security and Justice Administration
This programme has been designed to meet the increasing demand for enhanced professionalism in security and justice administration. This programme is designed for people in the corporate, private, international aid, security, police or military sectors who want to enhance their academic and professional knowledge and skills in the area of security and justice administration.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good first degree in any discipline from a recognised University.
24. MSc Energy and Sustainable Management
This programme is expected to create a new generation of Energy and Sustainable Management specialists and promote techniques of achieving energy investment efficiency. The course content provides a sound, broadly-based education, covering the advanced principles in energy, petroleum and gas management, grid energy management, rural energy development and sustainable management.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good first degree in any discipline from a recognised University.
25. MSc Hospitality and Tourism Management
The hospitality industry is growing very rapidly and contributes substantially to the world’s GDP. To ensure that Ghana takes advantage of this growth, it is important to train people with the right skills and knowledge to leverage on the gains made and further make the sector more competitive. This programme aims at bridging the gap between theory and practice, leading to improved productivity and entrepreneurship among participants.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a good first degree in any related discipline from a recognised University.
26. MSc Strategic Management and Leadership
This programme is for professionals who are already in strategic management and leadership positions or individuals who are preparing themselves to be in management positions. In an increasingly competitive job market, this programme will aid the professionals’ development and help them to stand out in their strategic leadership positions. It is a highly practice-based programme aimed at providing students with the opportunity to enhance their current business practice, experience and develop skills such as interpersonal skills, leadership and project management skills, negotiation, and research skills.
i. Applicants must possess a good first degree from a recognised University or institution of higher learning.
ii. Applicants with Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership shall be given exemptions or credits up to the number of courses they have already taken;
iii. Applicants with postgraduate Certificate in either Strategic Management or Leadership or both shall be given exemptions or credits up to the number of courses they have already taken
27. MSc Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership
This is an intensive and balanced academic and practitioner-relevant programme of study for career development in the field of Corporate Governance. The programme will inform and equip participants to effectively respond to the many governance challenges that organisations in the private and public sectors face today. In particular, consideration will be given to the key ingredients necessary for securing the highest standards of effective corporate governance, encompassing content such as Corporate Finance, Leadership Theory and Practice, Strategic Management for Change Leadership, Corporate Governance (Theory, Principles and Practice), Accountability and Regulatory Governance, International Corporate Governance and Accountability, Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility, Management Consulting and Information Analytics among others.
Entry Requirement: Applicants must hold a first degree (with a minimum of 2nd Class Lower Division) in any discipline from a recognised University.
28. MSc Insurance and Business Continuity
The need for human resource with solid background in insurance, management and knowledge in business continuity are highly preferred in today’s modern industry. This is in view of risks associated with business enterprises and the need to ensure business sustainability/continuity.
i. Applicants must hold a good first degree in any discipline from a recognised University.
ii. In addition, candidates must have at least two years working experience.
iii. Candidates with relevant professional qualification such as ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM, CPA, CIB, CII, ICMCI, CIRM may be considered
29. MSc in Agribusiness Management
The Master of Science degree in Agribusiness Management is designed to equip students with analytical business skills that fulfil the unique demands of the agribusiness industry. The focus of this programme is to produce competent individuals who are knowledgeable in the theory and practice of agribusiness management.
Entry Requirements: A good first degree in Agribusiness Management, Business Administration, Agriculture and relevant subject areas from a recognised University or Institution of Higher Learning.
30. MSc Mechanical Engineering
The aim of the programme is to train a critical mass of high-level professional engineering manpower that will provide leadership and innovation in industry. The programme will cover the areas in:
i. Design Manufacturing and Applied Mechanics Engineering
ii. Thermal Science and Energy Systems Engineering, and
iii. Industrial Engineering
Entry Requirements: A good first degree in Mechanical Engineering or an allied discipline from a recognised University.
31. MSc. Development Finance
The programme is aimed to produce middle level and top management professionals with relevant skills in development finance to enable them tackle the challenges posed by the market players. It aims at equipping students with knowledge of the key issues and debates in financing development. It is also aimed to equip students with the necessary skills to make a meaningful contribution to policy formulation and implementation, by focusing on financial development policy and financial management, with specific reference to developing countries.
Entry Requirements: A good first degree in Economics, Finance and related disciplines from a recognised University or other higher institutions of learning.
32. MSc. Biotechnology
The programme is designed to equip graduates with knowledge, skill, and research capability in the elucidation of plant and animal diseases, as well as manufacture of biological products that have capacity to provide therapeutic effects, serve as diagnostics and processing aids, industrial enzymes, biofuels and biochemicals for industrial applications, bioremediation/bio-restoration of the environment, and enhance food security and safety.
i. Applicants must possess a good first degree in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Chemical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Renewable Natural Resources or any related programmes from a recognised University.
ii. Applicants in Biotechnology-related managerial positions, self-employed, regulatory agencies and related fields with relevant degrees may also be considered.
33. MSc Cyber Security and Digital Forensics
The threat of Cyber Security attacks is increasingly evident to individuals and organisations around the world; from hacking to phishing, scamming to grooming, and botnets to cyber-terrorism, while the variety and ingenuity of exploits appear to expand constantly. The popularity of the role of the Internet to all aspects of our daily lives, ranging from Telecommunications, Banking, Education, Governance, Manufacturing, Media, National Securities among others, have also contributed to the proliferation in malicious activities taking place in the digital world. The programme focuses on two aspects: Cyber Security (protecting computers, networks, computer programmes, and data from unintended or unauthorised access, change, or destruction) and Digital Forensics (the approach to critical analysis of digital evidence to synthesise knowledge and scientific method to gain understanding of criminal behaviour as well as the economic impact). The MSc Cyber Security and Digital Forensics degree programme is designed to fill the gap by providing skills training to prospective students with new scientific methods in combating Cyber Crime and improving Digital Forensic investigations.
i. A good first degree from a recognised University in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Physics, Mathematics, Telecommunication, Business Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and other related Science or Engineering background.
ii. Candidates with professional qualification and experience in the relevant area may be considered.
iii. In addition to (i) and (ii) above, applicants may be required to go through background security check with the relevant state agency.
34. MSc. Management and Human Resource Strategy
This programme is aimed at ensuring participants learn the prerequisites of business leadership, critical thinking and analytical skills, reinforced with a thorough grounding in the key principles of business management. By specialising in Management and Human Resource Strategy, participants will gain deeper understanding of how to use an organisation’s best resource (the workforce) to achieve its strategic goals and get the very best out of each individual and team. Participants would also study key perspectives and standpoints on human behaviour, how these behaviours are affected by times of uncertainty and change and what you can do to mitigate these challenges.
Entry Requirement: Applicants must possess good first degree in any discipline from a recognised University.
35. MSc Environmental Resource Management
Ghana abounds in Natural Resources, which have played important roles in agricultural, industrial and minerals development for ages. The exploitation of these resources however, has created some negative impacts because of poor environmental management practices. As a result, an Environmental Action Plan (EAP) was formulated in an attempt to control the management of land, mineral and water resources among others. The extraction and manufacturing industries today, use expertise from many other disciplines. In view of this, addressing any environmental problems of industry should involve management of land, forest, wild life, water and the right use of chemicals and its abatement on the ecosystems.
Entry Requirement: A good first degree in Mineral Processing, Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Architecture, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources and Physical Science.
36. MSc Marketing
The programme is expected to give participants an in-depth knowledge of marketing from an academic and practitioner’s perspective. It is further expected to enable participants to address marketing challenges in critical and creative ways. The programme is designed to help those from general business or management-related disciplines to develop, enhance and build their capacities to become innovative marketing professionals, who have the ability to lead strategic decisions in the creation of successful products and services.
Entry Requirement: Applicants must possess a good first degree in any discipline from a recognised University.
37. MSc. Economics (ACCRA CENTRE ONLY)
This is one-year advanced degree programme in the Economic Sciences, is designed to train professionals for industry both at home and abroad. The rationale is to develop competences in three core courses: macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics plus a host of relevant electives. The programme has options in:
a) MSc Economics
b) MSc Economics (Money, Banking and Finance)
c) MSc Economics (Energy and Resource Economics)
d) MSc Economics (Health Economics and Policy)
Applicants must hold a good bachelor’s degree (with a minimum of 2nd Class Lower Division) in: Economics, Economics with (Finance, Mathematics, Statistics, Geography, Law, Sociology, Political Science, and History), Business Administration, Mathematics, Statistics, Engineering, Physics, Actuarial Science, Environmental Science, Land Economy, Natural Resource Management, Geography, Geography and Resource Development, Geography and Rural Development, Geography and Regional Planning and related disciplines.
38. MPhil/MSc. Forensic Science
The MSc/MPhil Forensic Science programme is a one/two academic year programme, designed for science degree graduates who want to learn about the balance of science and law appropriate for practicing as forensic scientists.
Entry Requirements: Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 2nd Class (Lower Division) in the following programmes: Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacy or Human Biology. Candidates who are already employed in the relevant forensic related areas would be considered for admission.
39. PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING PROGRAMMES:
General Entry Requirements
i. Applicants should have at least four years of post-graduation work experience in the relevant engineering field;
ii. Candidates with a 1st Class or 2nd Class Upper with minimum of two years of working experience may be considered
Specific Entry Requirements for Options:
A. Oil and Gas (Mid and Downstream)
Possesses a BSc or B-Tech degree in chemical process and other engineering disciplines from a recognised university;
B. Industrial Operations
Possesses a BSc or B-Tech degree in engineering disciplines from a recognized university;
C. Building Services Engineering
Possesses a BSc or B-Tech degree in engineering disciplines from a recognized university;
D. Energy Systems Engineering
Possesses a BSc or B-Tech degree in mechanical engineering or energy related engineering disciplines from a recogniSed university
E. Municipal Engineering
Applicant must possess a BSc or B-Tech degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental, Sanitary and Municipal engineering or Building Technology from a recognized university;
F. Information and Communication Technology.
Applicants must possess a BSc or B.Tech degree in Computer, Electrical or Telecommunication Engineering from a recognized University;
Duration of MEng Programmes
The professional engineering programmes are MODULAR and the modules will be run during weekends. The programme will cover two (2) academic years
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