The University of Ghana is a co-educational secular institution of higher learning, offering a wide range of academic programmes to which it admits applicants with different academic backgrounds. The University's academic programmes cover sub-degree certificates/diplomas, bachelors' degrees, masters' and doctoral degrees. As a policy, the University admits applicants from all races and nationalities, irrespective of their religious, cultural, social or ethnic persuasions. There is no minimum age limit for admission to any of the approved programmes of study in the University of Ghana. The Academic Board of the University has decided that with effect from the 2007/2008 academic year it will no longer admit applicants in possession of 'A' Level certificates issued by the West African Examinations Council. Any reference therefore to GCE 'A' Levels in this brochure is to all other certificates other than those issued by the WAEC, Ghana.
The University of Ghana has restructured its undergraduate programmes with effect from the 2010/2011 academic year. The following are some of the highlights of the changes:
For the Bachelor of Arts programme, applicants will be expected to select subjects from the bouquet of courses provided, up to four (4) choices in order of preference.
i) For the Bachelor of Arts programme, applicants will be expected to select subjects from the bouquet of courses provided, up to four (4) choices in order of preference.
ii) Holders of other qualifications including International Baccalaurette (IB), IGCSE, GCSE, American Grade 13 examinations which hitherto were admitted to Level 200, will be admitted to Level 100.
iii) A degree in Adult Education has been introduced. Adult Education will now be offered at the Level 100 to be possibly combined with other BA subjects.
iv) All Diploma Holders will also be admitted to Level 200 of the same subject area as their diploma qualification.
The Bachelor's degree courses (BA, BSc, B.Pharm, BMus, BFA,) are of an 8-Semester (4-year) duration for candidates who possess the Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent and candidates with the General Certificate of Education 'A' Level and its equivalent, The post-first degree Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree has a 4-semester (2-year) duration. The Bachelor's degrees in Medicine and Dentistry normally last 11 semesters (5 1/2 years). Bachelors' degrees in Business, Agriculture, Arts, Law, Pharmacy, Science, Engineering Sciences and Social Studies are classified (First Class, Second Class-Upper Division, Second Class-Lower Division, Third Class and Pass). Degrees are awarded with Honours to candidates who attain Third Class or higher. The Bachelor of Science in the Medical Sciences [BSc Med. Sci], as well as the Bachelor's degrees in Medicine and Surgery (MB ChB) and Dentistry (BDS) are not classified. They may, however, be awarded with Distinction or Credit in the various disciplinary subjects.
SUB-DEGREE / CERTIFICATE/DIPLOMAS
Applicants for admission must have obtained at least six passes at the Senior Secondary School Certificate examination including all four Core subjects or the Post-Secondary Teachers Certificate 'A' of the Ministry of Education of Ghana. Candidates would be expected to pass a qualifying examination to gain admission.