Academic input is delivered through two types of courses: core courses and elective courses. Core courses are compulsory for all participants and contain more than 50 percent of the total curriculum. They provide participants with the fundamental conceptual knowledge, analytical skills and techniques, contextual understanding, environmental awareness and overall perspective, which will serve as the base for the programme. The elective courses, which are offered only in the second year, will give participants a deeper understanding of different functional areas and enable them to specialize in areas of their choice.
The concept of credit is used to compute the workload of a course. As a general rule, a four-credit course requires a commitment of about 100 hours from the participant of which 25 hours are to be spent in the classroom (usually 20 sessions of 90 minutes each) and the balance to be utilized for preparation and assignments. The courses carry two, three or four-credits.