FACULTY OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science was established in 2002, under the Faculty of Applied Sciences initially with the aim of providing Mathematics education in the University. The Department has been involved in the teaching of Mathematics in the Faculties of Applied Sciences, Integrated Studies, Agriculture and School of Medicine. Owing to the growth of the Department, the Department was upgraded into a Faculty named FACULTY OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES in 2009. The Faculty currently runs six programmes namely: Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematics with Economics, Computer Science, Statistics and Actuarial Science.
It is our vision to be recognized as a centre of academic excellence while championing rural development and poverty alleviation and bringing about a clear and visible transformation of the country especially in the deprived rural areas of the Northern Regions and other parts of Ghana.
Also, the mission of the faculty is to improve a programme of study that is development oriented and practical life skills imparting to make its graduates relevant to the overall national development effort.
The goal therefore is to create an environment that will enhance quality studies and stimulate research in appropriate technologies and development of projects to help solve peculiar problems of society.
DEPARTMENTS OF THE FACULTY
In view of the extreme importance of issues of the environment, its degradation and repairs, every Department has drawn up academic programmes leading to the award of degree of Bachelor of Science denoted B. Sc. Major programme with Environment Science. The Faculty awards a Bachelor of Science degree in the following courses:
- B. Sc. Mathematics (Pure and Applied)
- B. Sc. Financial Mathematics
- B. Sc. Mathematics with Economics
- B. Sc. Information Technology
- B. Sc. Computer Science
- B. Sc. Management Information Systems
- B. Sc. Mathematical Science (Statistics Option)
- B. Sc. Actuarial Science
The diverse and interesting array of degree options are characterized by relevant and integrated training that encourage a participative learning experience. Students develop life learning skills that are highly transferable or applicable in various disciplines which enable them to work in an ever changing environment. The post graduate programmes aim at strengthening the capacity of academic staff and students to engage in outstanding research in Mathematics, both pure and applied, and in the application of such knowledge in bio, medical, chemical and engineering sciences. The wide range in subject disciplines and the strong applied mathematical content are to ensure the attainment of the primary objective of demonstrating the versatility of Mathematics, and how it can be used effectively for the benefit of mankind.
The M.Sc. programmes provide opportunity for in-house training of staff to prepare them adequately for a teaching and research career. The Faculty and the University at large have enough competent staff to handle training at the post-graduate level. Indeed some staff are already supervising postgraduate students of other institutions. In the spirit of reciprocity, the Department will also be able to seek assistance of personnel in other institutions. It will be one of the few public and private institutions in Ghana running postgraduate programmes in the Mathematical Sciences.
The PhD programmes are in three major areas, and UDS will be the only University in Ghana at the moment that will be running programmes in one of them, that is PhD in Biometry/Biostatistics/Biomathematics etc.
In summary, it is proposed to mount specifically the following programmes:
- PhD. in Mathematics/Computational Mathematics
- PhD. in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Biometry
- MSc. in Mathematics/Computational Mathematics
- MSc. in Statistics/Applied Statistics/Biometry
THE DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics and Statistics/Applied Statistics/Biometry is awarded on the basis of a research programme in which, a candidate has made an original and significant contribution to knowledge.
ELIGIBILITY and DURATION
To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree programme, a student must have obtained a Master’s degree from this University or its equivalent from any other University recognized by the Academic Board of this University. Candidates with first class honours degrees in cognate areas (specific requirements for different programmes) may be admitted to a preliminary year and be assigned prescribed courses which must be passed at the B+ level (65% or higher) before formal commencement of the programme may be allowed. A candidate may choose to do the programme on full-time or part-time basis, but the first academic year of the programme (for both categories) will be fully residential. The minimum duration (excluding preliminary year) shall be 3 years (4 years for part-time), and maximum allowed is 5 years (6 years part-time).
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS
The degree of Master of Science in Mathematics is awarded on the basis of course work (70%) and a dissertation (30%). The examination of the MSc dissertation shall follow the same guidelines as for PhD studies in 1. 2.6, except that the external examiner will not need to be physically present but his comments will carry substantial weight in the final determination of marks.
ELIGIBILITY and DURATION
First degree holders with at least second class lower classification in Mathematics or Mathematical Sciences qualify for admission to the programme. The duration of the course is one and half (1.5) to maximum 3 academic years. Course work shall be in the first academic year. At the end of the first year of course work, the Departmental Board may recommend the progression of candidates to the PhD on basis of superior (par-excellence) performance on the advice of the supervisory team. However, candidates who progress to complete the MSc with overall pass of 65% or higher (including 65% passes in at least three-quarters of the courses and the dissertation) will be awarded the Masters degree and recommended for the PhD with two years minimum duration.
MASTER OF SCIENCE IN STATISTICS/APPLIED STATISTICS/BIOMETRY
The degree of Master of Science in Statistics or Applied Statistics or Biometry is awarded on the basis of course work (70%) and a dissertation (30%). The examination of the MSc dissertation shall follow the same guidelines as for PhD studies in 1.2.6, except that the external examiner will not need to be physically present but his comments will carry substantial weight in the final determination of marks.
ELIGIBILITY and DURATION
Graduates with at least second class lower honours in Statistics, Mathematics, Mathematical Sciences qualify for admission to the MSc Statistics or Applied Statistics programme. Admission to other science graduates (second class upper minimum) is possible for the Applied Statistics option, but may be required to take additional undergraduate courses during the first trimester; such applicants will usually spend an extra trimester beyond the normal minimum course duration of one and half academic sessions.
Generally, the programme requires registration and passes in a minimum of 22 credits in the first year (depending on first degree programme and quality of transcript); the supervisory team shall recommend to the Departmental Board the list of courses to be offered by candidates depending on candidates’ background and special interests (Statistics or Applied Statistics). Courses may include undergraduate courses, in which case unit load will be reduced by 33% [That is, a 3 credit undergraduate course offered by a graduate student may be recorded as 2-credit for purposes of post graduate credit].
Second year is devoted to one or two electives, dissertation (6 credits) and defense, in addition to teaching assistantship in at least 2 undergraduate courses (2 credits); however, the Department Board may recommend conversion of candidates to the PhD on basis of year one performance and on advice of the supervisory team. In general, candidates who complete the course with 65% or higher overall (including 65% passes in at least three-quarters of the courses and the dissertation) will be awarded the Masters degree and be allowed to continue for a minimum 2 years towards PhD. Terminal Masters will be awarded to those with average lower than 60%.
OFFICE OF THE DEAN
|Dr. K.A. Gbolagade||Dean|
|Mr. Abukari Mohammed||Assistant Registrar/Faculty Officer|
|Miss Ageboba Priscilla||Senior Administrative Assistant|
|Ms. Ophelia P. Aovare||Senior Administrative Assistant|
|Clifford Bugli||Senior Administrative Assistant|
|Mr. Kuubermeh Paul||Secretary|
|Roland Nabarese Adatekey||Computer Technician|