Graduate Studies Programme

The WASCAL Graduate Studies Programme supports and facilitates academic education amongst West African universities in association with German counterpart institutions. The activities focus on the training of doctoral and Master’s students.

The Graduate Studies Programme consists of six Doctoral programmes and four master’s programmes.

Doctoral Programmes

West African Climate System
Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria

Climate Change and Water Resources
Université d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC), Benin

Climate Change Economics
Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD), Senegal

Climate Change and Biodiversity
Université Felix Houphouet Boigny (formerly Université de Cocody‐Abidjan), Côte d‘Ivoire

Climate Change and Land Use
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana

Climate Change and Agriculture
L’Institut Polytechnique Rural de Formation et de Recherche Appliquée, (IPR-IFRA), Mali and University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Master's Programmes

Climate Change and Human Security
University of Lomé, Togo

Climate Change and Education
University of The Gambia (UTG), The Gambia

Climate Change and Energy
Université Abdou Moumouni de Niamey (UAM), Niger

Climate Change and Adapted Land Use
Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria

Introductory Seminar at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana. Photo: Vasco Silas Alordome.

Host University

Each of the six doctoral programmes and four master's programmes is autonomous and based at one lead university selected in a consultative process among the candidate countries. The programmes pool the scientific and educational strength of faculties in the West African region and thereby facilitate high quality research and education. A significant part of the WASCAL effort is the strengthening of this trans-national communication and capacity building.

Interdisciplinary Approach

Added value is gained by cross-linking experts and university institutes between the ten identified priority fields, thus enabling an interdisciplinary working approach. This involves teaching, student supervision, and exchange of cross-border experiences.

German Partner Universities

The German partner universities collaborate with the Doctoral Programs and Master’s Programs through curriculum development, visiting professorships and co-supervision of graduate students. In addition, West African students and faculty members are given the opportunity to conduct research at German universities or to visit counterpart research institutions.

Language Requirements

Language of all the programmes is English, but applicants are not rejected should they only have a limited command of the English language. Language training programmes for graduate students are provided for both English and French.

Resources and Facilities

The WASCAL Competence Center is a common resource for all the WASCAL students, and faculties that will have access to all facilities. Their research is integrated in the overall WASCAL agenda. The overall programme is coordinated by the Capacity Building Department located at WASCAL Headquarters in Accra.


Prof. O. Janet Adelegan
Director of Capacity Building

Graduate Studies Programme Office Accra

CSIR Office Complex
No 6 Agostino Neto Road
Airport-Accra, Ghana

Phone: +233 289 012 557

Email: adelegan.j(at)

Coordination in Germany

Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF)
Center for Development Research
University of Bonn
Walter-Flex-Straße 3
53113 Bonn

Phone: + 49 228 73 7249

Further Information

Download our Graduate Studies Programme flyer