Master Research Programme on Informatics for Climate Change


The UNIVERSITY OUAGA 1 PR. JOSEPH KI-ZERBO, OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso has enrolled for the first batch, eleven (11) Students  to study for the  Master Research Programme in Informatics for Climate Change (MRP-INFORMCC) in Burkina Faso under the Capacity Building Programme of the West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), with funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research( BMBF).

WASCAL is a wholly West African international organization with focus on academic and transdisciplinary research, building graduate-level scientific capacity and serving policy makers in West Africa with science-based advice on adaptation to climate change impacts and land use management. It cooperates with many agencies and universities in the region, providing a knowledge platform of excellence for its partners.

WASCAL is funded by BMBF, multilateral and bilateral partners and its 11 West African member countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. WASCAL’s mission is to provide information and knowledge services at the local, national and regional levels to West African member countries to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. We do this through capacity building support to young West African scholars in fields of climate, natural and social sciences and by delivering climate and environmental services in
member countries.


 The Master Research Programme in Informatics for Climate Change (MRP-INFORMCC) is aimed at training a critical mass of experts with adequate scientific computation and climate data management skills in West Africa.


The time frame for the Masters programme is two years. During the first-year students participate in the course programme of their Master Research Programme and work on their research outline.  Research will be conducted during the second year within a period of six to nine months. Students would be expected to complete their theses and internships with relevant government ministries, the national meteorological/hydrological agencies or relevant industry during the last three to six months of their study. The 24 months full time programme has the following components:

  1. Preparatory phase- 4 months
  2. Lectures– 15 months -3 semesters at The University Ouaga 1 Pr Joseph KI-ZERBO (UO1-JKZ)
  • Research Proposal preparation – concurrent with (ii) above
  1. Internship/Field/Research Work/
  2. Final Thesis write-up and defence – 2 months


Candidates applying for Master Research Programme in Informatics for Climate Change (MRPINFORMCC) must have a minimum BSc degree (second class upper division) or equivalent in Social, Physical and Natural Sciences and Engineering (Computer Science, Physics, Meteorology and Climate science, Geography, Geoscience, Economics, Agriculture, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Engineering).

Other general requirements include:

  1. Citizen of WASCAL member country.
  2. Five credits including Mathematics and English Language that are also equivalent to Francophone university grading system.
  • Gender-balanced selection decision.
  1. Proficiency in English Language.


The Master Research Programme is a structured programme with English as language of instruction.

Therefore, the following are the language requirements:

  1. Credit passes in English language at O/L West African School Certificate Examinations or at baccalaureate.
  2. Pass proficiency test in English language e.g. TOEFL.

Contact Information


Prof. Tanga Pierre ZOUNGRANA