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Programme Outline (Genetics & Plant Breeding)

The Department of Crop Science is one of the units in the School of Agriculture, College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS). The Department provides an enabling environment that attracts and maintains high caliber Crop Scientists who train quality graduates and develop strategies for sustainable production of crops through the strengthening of both basic and applied research, teaching and extension.


In light of tremendous advances in plant genomics over the last decade, the Department is collaborating with the West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI) and the Illinois Plant Breeding Centre, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA, under the USAID SIL Project, to revise the MPhil Plant Breeding curriculum. This revision has been made to include the newer generation of experimental and computational approaches in genomics that ensure maximal genetic gains in crop improvement and also provide hands-on practical experiences in both phenotypic evaluation and marker-assisted selection.


Students will undertake nine months of coursework at the University of Ghana. Subject to funds availability, students may be given the opportunity to embark on internships in advanced laboratories in the USA for two months experiential learning and skills development in Plant Breeding. Students will then undertake their theses research in the second year.