Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

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Geographie (Geography)

Name of the HEI offering the course: University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC)

Type of academic programme: Doctorate

Thematic field of study: Governance  and Social Sciences

Title of the academic programme: Geographie (Geography)

Duration (in semesters): Six Semesters (A Semester is covered in 24/6 months)

PhD in Geography is validated in completing 180 credits in whole, among which 120 credits for research work and sixty for in-depth geographical theories and social and human sciences methods, teaching training and communication, and scientific essay writing
Objectives (max. 150 words):

(Objectives of the master/doctoral programme in relation to the identified needs and the link to the thematic field(s) proposed; etc.)

The PhD in Geography programme is designed to produce academic researchers as well as professionals capable of applying an inter-disciplinary approach to address diverse development issues: climate change, environment issues, land occupation and exploitation of farming lands and the use of fertilizer’s impact on the sustainable human development to enhance human wellbeing, livelihoods and economies of developing countries in rural and urban areas.

Structure and content (max. 400 words):

(Structure and content of the programme, subjects covered; assessment methods; etc.)

The PhD in Geography is delivered by coursework, examination and thesis using lectures, field work report, in-depth social sciences methodology and sociolinguistic theories courses, discussions, seminars. Each semester is validated after successful oral presentations evaluated by a thesis committee of full and associate professors with a report sent to the board of doctoral Studies School. The PhD students are required to publish two papers in journals approved by reading committee. The PhD thesis defence is public and evaluated by a panel composed of home and abroad full and associate professors. The grading of this presentation ranges from A (Summa cum laude), B (Magna cum laude) and C (Cum laude).
Learning outcomes (max 200 words):

(The expected learning outcomes in view of the students’ future academic opportunities and employability, the personal competences, and the impact at institutional, national, regional levels)

Learners on this programme are able to articulate the relations between climate, land, farming systems, and environment and population fluctuations to understand economic changes. They can conduct critical thinking and researches about human adaptation strategies to climate changes for a better use of environmental resources. The scholars are also able to interact with other disciplines to produce insights about sensitive issues to develop environment-friendly agricultural technologies for a sustainable development.
Recognition and accreditation obtained:

(The master/doctoral program offered must have been recognised and accredited at the time of this application. The official proof of accreditation can be asked by the Agency for all programmes indicated in this section during project implementation.)

The name of the relevant authority that accredited the program:

University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Board of Education Offices Approval Act N°00358-99/UNB/SG/VR/CAA/SEOU on 11th June 1999 (with a review every five years).

Period of validity of accreditation:
Five Years (2014 – 2019)


 Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme


Academic Mobility for African Sustainable Development/AMAS

The overall objective of the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility programme is to promote sustainable development and ultimately contribute to poverty reduction by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in Africa.


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