Established in 2009, the Department of Planning is one of the Pioneer Departments of the Faculty of Planning and Land Management of the SDD University of Business and Integrated Development Studies. The Vision of the Department is to be the leading Department for planning research and education in Africa through the training and formation of versatile and competent professional planners and critical planning scholars in Africa. The Department celebrated its 10th anniversary in the 2019/2020 Academic Year and has produced eight cohorts of its BSc planning programme graduates.

The Department currently runs the following graduate and undergraduate programmes:


  • MPhil Monitoring and Evaluation (Regular/Distance via Weekend)
  • MSc Monitoring and Evaluation (Sandwich)
  • MPhil Strategic Planning and Management (Regular/Distance via Weekend/ Top-up)
  • MSc Strategic Planning and Management (Sandwich)
  • PhD Planning for Sustainable Development


  • BSc Planning
  • BSc Urban Design and Planning
  • Diploma in Integrated Urban Planning

The Department adopts a practically-oriented and integrated approach to planning as a problem solving activity. The structure of our programmes therefore consists of taught courses, case studies/field work, practical based knowledge co-production projects, planning studio workshops, seminars and project work/thesis. Our planning studio workshops constitute the major highlights of our program me where students acquire all the relevant skills for a successful career in the planning profession. The pillars of the programmes of the Department are: the integration of the physical, economic, socio-cultural and environmental aspects of development; implementation and sustainability of development programmes; field-based training, research and group learning processes; incorporation of ICT and entrepreneurial skills in the training; blending of theory and practice; and forging collaborations and networks with planning and development oriented organisations and institutions in and outside of Ghana.

Research Interests

The Department currently has sixteen (16) full time teaching staff made up of two associate professors, six senior lecturers, and fifteen PhDs with diverse specializations and expertise in the field of development planning, urban/spatial planning, GIS, sustainable development, environmental governance, climate change, impact evaluation and development governance.The research focus of the Department spans various issues relating to sustainability and planning, critical urbanism, urban green spaces planning and management, land administration and planning, rural and urban transformations, sustainable WASH services, urban services delivery, development governance, social policy, and development policy among others.


Job Prospects

Many of the graduates of the Department are working in various sectors including the Local Governance Service, Non-Governmental Organisations, banking; micro finance institutions, Ministries of planning, health, local government and rural development; the security agencies; Community Water and Sanitation Agency, the pharmaceutical sector among others.  Employer reports on the performance of our graduates show that they are noted as being multi-skilful, hardworking, with excellent presentation skills and up to the task at the work environment.

Course Requirements

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