Agricultural Economics

Programme Rationale
The Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension recognizes the urgent need to train high calibre agricultural economists to support the nation’s agricultural development efforts. The existing postgraduate programme at the Masters level has the limitation of research diversification, capacity building for programme renewal and human resource development in Agricultural Economics for research and higher learning institutions.

Programme Goals/Objectives

The PhD programme in Agricultural Economics has the main aim to equip candidates with the necessary tools of analysis and professional competence in Agricultural Economics to be able to function independently in the competitive global environment.

The specific objectives are to:

  • Assist students to build sound conceptual, theoretical and technical knowledge base in Agricultural Economics
  • Assist students to develop desirable attributes for research and scholarly activities for professional development
  • Train high calibre Agricultural Economists at the PhD level for universities and research organizations in Ghana and beyond.

Programme Structure

The PhD programme will be by research. On the basis of transcripts, students admitted in the programme who do not satisfy all the relevant course requirements will be required to audit some M.Phil (Agricultural Economics) courses of the University of Cape Coast.
A student admitted into the programme would immediately be assigned an advisor until substantive supervisors are assigned in the second semester of the first year. She/he would be required to prepare a proposal and defend it at a departmental forum by the end of her/his first academic year. The Departmental Committee on Graduate Studies will submit a report on the progress of the work and also give specific recommendations on the student to the Faculty Committee on Graduate Studies for further action.
The Faculty Committee would study the recommendations and further recommend to the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) whether or not the student should progress or withdraw from the programme. Those who receive approval from the Committee would continue to complete their theses for examination. Within the study period, all students are expected to present at least three seminar papers before completing their study (see Table 1). These should cover issues from the students' field work, summary of the study findings and a presentation based on a topic of the students' own choice but which is not on the thesis. Students are expected to submit soft bound cover theses for internal and external assessment by the end of their third academic year.

Table 1: Programme Schedule for Ph.D. Students


 Year 1

Student Responsibility/ Output:

1st Semester:

  • Initial literature review 

2nd Semester:

  • Complete research proposal
  • Present  a first seminar 

By the end of the First Year, thesis proposals would be assessed for approval by Department and Faculty Graduate Committees.  Students who score B grade and above will proceed with the thesis. Those who score below B would be given only a second chance to redeem themselves

 Year 2

Student Responsibility/ Output:

1st Semester:

  • Complete first three chapters
  • Conduct pilot study
  • Present a second seminar 

2nd Semester:

  • Conduct main data collection 

Supervisors will report on candidates’ progress. Department and Faculty Examiners’ Committees will recommend to the SGSR for student to continue or withdraw from the programme.          

 Year 3

Student Responsibility/ Output:
1st Semester:

  • Present a third seminar
  • Complete a draft thesis 

2nd Semester:

  • Complete a soft bound cover thesis
  • Present a final seminar 

The Department will process theses for internal & external assessment through the SGSR

Admission Requirements: 

To be admitted to the programme for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics, a candidate must have a researched M.Phil in Agricultural Economics or a related field from an accredited University.