Teaching at AIMS Ghana

The Masters degree in the Mathematical Sciences is a 10-month programme which runs over 3 semesters. There is an oral defense of the research project at the end of the academic year followed by a graduation ceremony.

Semester 1 Skills courses: These are designed to provide introductory and foundational material to the students, and are structured to achieve pre-defined outcomes, with little flexibility in their content. All courses are compulsory.

Semester 2 Review Courses: These are fundamentally different in that they include a wide range of topical issues and are more flexibly designed. Students are required to complete 2 out of the 3 available review courses in each time slot, a total of 12. The 3 choices in each time slot will be balanced with respect to focus on mathematics, physics and interdisciplinary topics such as computer science, biomathematics, financial mathematics, and more. The on-going

Semester 3 Essay phase: During the seven-week-long essay phase students work on a research topic with a supervisor. Students are encouraged to produce essays which could for example be publishable in a journal, or form an outstanding introduction to the field that could be used by other students entering the area.

During this phase targeted communication skills and computing classes may continue, at the lecturers’ discretion. The purpose of the essay phase is

  • to give students the opportunity to work with an expert supervisor on a non-trivial project;
  • to go through the process of independently reviewing, understanding and explaining scientific or mathematical material;
  • to optionally (usually) do experiments – on a computer or otherwise – and report the results;
  • to write a scientific report.

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