Taught Masters Degree
AIMS offers an intensive 1 year taught Masters degree in mathematical Sciences accredited by the Universities of Ghana and Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The course provides both a broad overview of cutting-edge sciences and strong mathematical and computing research skills. The course is unique, offering students exposure to a range of topics, thereby allowing them to make an informed choice as to their future specialisation. The goal is to develop well-rounded scientists, with excellent problem-solving skills, capable of creative thinking and genuine innovation.
Faculties from the Universities of Ghana and Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have been intimately involved in developing the AIMS course, ensuring it is well integrated with local undergraduate and masters courses, and with local postgraduate research opportunities.
World-leading scientists and educators have volunteered to teach at AIMS. Their participation ensures an education of the highest international quality.
Tutors (often including AIMS alumni) provide teaching and administrative assistance, assistance to foreign language speakers, and continuity across the visiting lecturers.
Students are registered at one of the three local universities: Cape Coast, Ghana or KNUST.
Completing a course of such scope and depth in just one academic year is possible only if it is highly intensive, so students must come prepared to work hard and focus. The residential nature of AIMS allows far greater contact time between lecturers and students than normally available in a university setting. Courses are student-centred but very demanding. Students study two subjects at a time every three weeks, with morning lectures and related afternoon problem solving and computing sessions. Each course consists of 30 hours contact time (10 per week). Additional tutorials and special lectures are often held in the evenings, when students complete their assignments. No special preparation for the course is needed on a student's part. However, the working language is English and foreign students are advised to take an English language course before arrival. The course also carries a large component of scientific computing, and many hours are spent in the computer lab; students who have improved their touch typing skills before the programme will have a distinct advantage.