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He worked as a Mining Engineer at Tarkwa Goldfields Ltd until 1987 when he joined the University as Lecturer. He obtained his PhD degree from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, in 1994. Prof Al-Hassan has served in several capacities in the University as Senior Hall Tutor, Head of Department, Dean of Students, Vice Dean, and Dean.
He has also served on various local and national committees and boards including the National Accreditation Board. His research areas include Mineral Reserve Estimation, Mine Planning and Design, Mineral Economics and Small Scale Mining. He is a Member of Ghana Institution of Geoscientists (GhIG) and Australasian Institution of Mining; and Metallurgy (AusIMM). Prof Al-Hassan is a consultant in Mineral Resource Management, Mine Planning and Design and Small-scale mining.