The University of Development Studies offer many courses that span across most faculties of education. The majority of courses offered at UDS are focused on Education sciences with relation to development studies while the rest of the courses offered in UDS Ghana are focused on the Health Sciences, Mathematical Sciences, Planning and Land Management and Law. There are a number of different campuses with each campus having different courses with different structures for example a course whose classes are in the weekend to make it easier for people that are on a work study program is one of the courses offered at UDS Tamale campus and is not an option at the WA campus.Here are the courses offered at the Tamale campus.
The total university population stands at just a little over 17000 students, out of which only there is a record low 10 female students that study engineering and the other 71 are male. The School of Engineering is the smallest school by student capacity among the science courses offered at UDS. The largest school by size is the Faculty of Education with almost 3500 students.
The University of Development Studies has 4 campuses across the Ghana and has 5 schools. The 9 faculties are distributed appropriately across the schools. We will take an in depth look at the list courses offered at UDS and the requirements for entry. In this article we will focus our attention on the list of programmes offered at UDS Tamale campus for the campuses section and the entry requirement as well. We will also go over the application process and how you can access the fee information and more:
General entry requirements courses offered at UDS
Here are the UDS entry requirements for each level
1. Degree programs
All applicants that would wish to join a degree program and are WASSCE holders are to have at least C6 in their three core and three elective subjects. Grades D7, E8 or an F9 will be the least likely to make it into the degree program.
The required score/credits are:
- Three core subjects (which can be English Language, Mathematics (Core), Integrated Science/Social Studies. Note that Social Studies can be interchanged with Integrated Science if the candidate has at least a pass in Integrated Science but the Social Studies score is better)
- The substitution of Integrated Science score is only done if the student did Arts and Business subjects in WASSCE. It does not apply to Science Students.
- The best three elective subjects depending on the degree you wish to pursue.
- Admission is competitive so the best students out of those that have applied will get selected based on the criteria of selecting subjects to calculate the cut-off points. So the cut-off points shift depending on how the application stack up against each other.
2. HND and diploma holders seeking admission to degree programs
This is another way through which one can be given the chance to pursue a degree at the University of Development Studies. To qualify for admission through this method you need to have at least a Second Class Lower or a better certification so as to join the degree at Level 200. A Pass or a Third Class certificate will allow you admission but you will have no time advantage as you will have to join the degree at the start at Level 100.
Candidates who wish to be admitted will be required to pass an interview to be admitted. This year’s interviews will be taking place on the 22nd of June at the Tamale campus.
3. Diploma courses
These are the requirements for WASSCE holders to be allowed to study one of the diploma courses offered at UDS:
- Three credit passes in the area of specialization that is in the elective subjects that you pick
- Two passes, D7 or better grades in English Language and Mathematics.
- Note that a majority of applications for admissions to a diploma course are accepted and that you can still get admission in case you have met the requirement but your aggregate score is low. So go ahead and apply to the programs anyway, you might get admitted.
Certificate courses offered at UDS are all eligible for one to take on a sandwich study where you essentially are studying the curse part time and working as well.
4. Registered nurses
Registered Nurses that would wish to pursue the Nursing practitioner courses on the 2/3 year nursing programmes courses have a different sort of requirements. They first have to have a Diploma or State Registered Nurses Certificate and at the least have practiced actively for three years. The university advises those without the work experience to not apply. The stakes are higher for BSc Nurse Anaesthesia as they require to have the stipulated condition above and a RGN (Diploma) or RGN (Nursing) with 2 years’ work experience after registration and also an Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia with another two years of work experience.
5. Mature applicants
In this years, those that will be considered as mature applicants are those that will be 25 years or older by the 31st of August 2018.
Theses category of admissions and its requirements are only applicable to the following faculties:
- Faculty of Agriculture (FOA)
- Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS)
- Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences (FACS)
- Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment (FNRE)
- Faculty of Applied Science (FAS)
- School of Business and Law (SBL)
- Faculty of Education (FOE)
- Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM)
- BSc. Community Nutrition option of the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS)
- BSc Mathematical Science option in the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (FMS)
The applicants should at least a pass in the G.C.E “O” Levels in five subjects including Mathematics/Statistics, Science and English. SSSCE holders need five passes, in English Language and Mathematics (Core) and three electives. (If you intend to pursue your degree in a Mathematical Science course then you will need to have one of the electives passes be an Elective Mathematics).
WASSCE holder must have a pass or better in five subjects including Mathematics (Core and English Language as well. The same condition for SSSCE Holders that want to pursue a course in Mathematics Science applies for WASSCE Holders.
Mature Candidates have to go through two more steps before selection for admission. First step is the Selection Examination followed by an interview. Only candidates that are successful after both steps will be granted admission to UDS. The Selection Examination and interviews are scheduled to be done on the 21st of June 2018 at the Tamale Campus.
6. Graduate admissions
Applicants to the postgraduate courses offered at UDS need to first have the relevant degree in the field he would like to further specialize in that is, you must first have an undergraduate degree. An applicant must then pass a selection interview at the relevant university department. Applicants applying to a research related program must first present a research proposal. These fields include MSc by research, MPhil, MPH and PhD.
7. PG.D./M.A./MPhil./MSc programmes
You need an undergraduate degree that is recognized from an institution that is approved. All candidates that have a Second Class Lower degree or higher are encouraged to apply whereas those with a degree below that are unlikely to succeed in gaining admission.
8. PhD progammes
To pursue a Doctorate at UDS you will only need to have an MSc or an MPhil degree from any recognized and appropriately approved university.
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Courses offered at UDS Tamale Campus
The UDS Tamale campus houses the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) and the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) together with the Faculty of Education (FOE). The campus is in the Tamale Metropolitan Area. Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana. The list of the courses offered at UDS can be accessed at the university website here. The list of Postgraduate courses and diploma as well all certificate courses can be found on the site as well. In this article let us take a quick look at the programs offered at UDS Tamale campus arranged by Faculty:
Faculty of Education
There are three courses offered at UDS Tamale that take a 4 year duration from start to completion;
- Bachelor of Arts (Development Education)
- Bachelor of Education in Basic Education
- Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Care and Education
It is a full time course available to all WASSCE Holders.
The only available diploma related course in the Faculty of Education at Tamale campus is the 2 year long Bachelor of Education in Basic Education. This course’s eligible candidates are previous holders of a diploma certificate in Basic Education. The whole course is run on weekends as its focus is people that want to further their training while still keeping their jobs.
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The School offers 3 undergraduate courses and one postgraduate course at Tamale campus. The two medicine courses take 6 years to complete and the nursing course takes 2/3 years.
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
- Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
- Bachelor of Science (Nurse Anaesthesia)
The first two require that you be a WASSCE Holder and that your elective subject be Sciences as well. The third course require a RGN with a diploma or a BSc in Nursing or also an Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia. The admission interviews will be held on 6th June 2018.
The school also offers a Master of Public Health course that spans two years and is research based.
School of Allied Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – takes 4 years and is not open to those that took Business subjects for WASSCE.
- Bachelor of Science (Community Nutrition) – takes 4 years as well. Open to Home Economics candidates.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – lasts the same duration as the nursing course above and is also closed to WASSCE holders with business subjects.
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – taking 2/3 years only open to Registered Nurses or SRN.
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – this course is different and takes 3 years and is for holders of Community Health Nursing and Nurse Assistant Clinical with six credits in WASSCE.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – this course variant takes 2 years and is for those who hold diplomas in midwifery.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – 3 years for those with certificates in midwifery. It is also a variant for those with Registered General Nursing Certificates.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – this course also takes 3 years and is for holders of Community Health Nursing and Nurse Assistant Clinical with six credits in WASSCE
- Bachelor of Science (Nurse Practitioner) – it is exclusively for holders of Diplomas in Nursing and WASSCE Holders should not apply. The course spans a period of 3 years.
On the 4th of June the University will hold examinations for the holders of Diplomas in Nursing and Midwifery to qualify for admission.
There is a 6 year Doctor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS.D) for which the qualification is three credit score in each of the WASSCE core subjects and electives Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics.
The school offers the following postgraduate courses at Tamale campus:
- MSc./M.Phil. in Community Health and Development
- MSc. Public Health Nutrition
- M.Phil. in Public Health Nutrition
- MPhil Chemical Pathology
- PhD Chemical Pathology
The first three courses are taught in split modules and at the end of each module the student is examined before proceeding with the other modules at a pace they wish to move with. They are meant to spa about 2 years. When you complete all the module you will be allowed four months to write a 20000 word dissertation after which you are awarded an MSc, for an MPhil you will have to write 37500 word thesis which is allowed 9 months. It is for this reason that an MSc takes a year while an MPhil takes two years.
Applying to UDS
So now we know some of the courses offered at UDS and cut off points and what the requirements are to be admitted to the different courses offered at UDS Ghana. You can find more information on admission requirements on the university's website. To apply to the University of Development Studies you have to fill and online form after paying the requisite fee at the portal. The fee is $100 for Foreigners after which you follow the instructions laid out here. Domestic applicants for postgraduate studies pay GHC 200 while foreigners pay $150 and follow the instructions here. Domestic applicants for all other programs need to visit the UDS online portal that can be accessed through their website and will need to pay GHC 180 and proceed with instructions laid out here.
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