Welcome Message

I Welcome you to the Department of Chemistry of the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana.

The Department offers an undergraduate honours degree programme which include elective or optional courses taken by students from different schools in the university including School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, and Allied and Biomedical Sciences.  The Department also offers MPhil and PhD degree programmes. It receives exchange and visiting students from different countries. The range of courses reflects the ‘centre stage’ that Chemistry occupies within the sciences, as well as the wide range of career opportunities available to science graduates. Our degree programmes include many courses that allow a further range of options for study abroad (USA, Japan, Australia and Europe), to gain work experience within the chemical industry, or through long term research projects for higher degree.
Over the past three years, the Department has, annually on average, admitted about 1500 undergraduate and 20 graduate students including visiting students from different countries.  Our students are supported by about 24 academic, 15 technical, 4 non-technical and 2 administrative staff. Senior members with varied background and experience offer quality services in teaching and research in the areas of Organic, Physical, Analytical/Environmental Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.
As a multi-disciplinary science department, lecturers are engaged in collaborations with their counterparts in the biological, and physical sciences. The Department, including some of its research laboratories is partly located in the new Frank Torto Building and partly in the old Chemistry buildings. The Department draws research funding from local industries and many organisations including, the University of Ghana Research Fund, Royal Society of Chemistry, RSC; Medicines for Malaria Ventures, MMV; International Foundation of Science (IFS); Alexander von Humboldt Foundation; Royal Society-Leverhulme Trust Africa and prizes from Industry and Government. Just recently, one of our young researchers won the Young Research Scientist Award, Gold category, in the First National Science Congress.
Our teaching programme is strongly supported by local industries with many of them sponsoring undergraduate prizes awarded annually for outstanding achievement. Our teaching and research laboratories are standard and equipped with appropriate state-of-the-art instrumentation such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Single Crystal X-ray diffractometer, Infrared spectrometer, and Ultraviolet spectrophotometers. We are in the process of establishing a Student Welfare Team and upgrading of our main lecture theatres to include state-of-the-art audio and visual facilities for effective teaching and learning.
The Department has a dynamic, vibrant and highly stimulating teaching and research environment which has been achieved through a blend of high-quality students and faculty who are committed to teaching, learning and scientific discovery. We welcome applications from students for our BSc, MPhil and PhD programmes. The choice of subject areas is extensive, and we are confident that we have a course to suit your interests. We want to be sure that whatever your future ambitions may be, these are achieved at the department.
The University of Ghana’s Legon campus is situated on the West view of the Accra Legon Hills at the northeast of the centre of Accra with many attractions ranging from sporting to cultural. The campus is conveniently located outside the city centre with easy access to shops and restaurants. Legon is a great place to live and study! I hope that you find subsequent pages informative and interesting. Please contact us directly if we can help further in providing you with information on what the Department has to offer.