It is a three-year structured program consisting of 6 months of (basic & specialized) courses followed by 12 to 18 months of research work leading to a dissertation and defense. Basic Courses (modules I & II) include Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Applied Physics, Meteorology and Climatology.
Specialized courses (modules III to VI) include Hydrology, Coupled climate systems related to land-use, hydrology, agriculture and policy development and Integrated water resources management (IWRM), climate/hydrological modeling, Climate Change impact, adaptation, and mitigation.
The research component includes proposal preparation and presentation in the first six (6) months of study, field work based on their area of specialization and visits to Germany for specialized equipment and facilities training. The field work can be done in the GRP lead university or at other WASCAL institutions depending on expertise (supervisor), equipment and accessibility to relevant data. Dissertation and defense – Students should submit a dissertation on their research and publish at least one article in a reputable peer-reviewed journal. The defense of the dissertation is done at UniversitÃ© dâ€™Abomey-Calavi before a graduate committee that includes one professor from the German partner university and related professors from the other network universities.