Ghana / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Due to differences in Ghana and UK education systems, applicants who have completed the SSCE will need to successfully complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course. 

Applicants to Faculty of Science and Engineering 

Students with high grades in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) would be considered for the University’s Science and Engineering with an integrated foundation year programme. The minimum requirements are as follows: 

  • grade B3 (in WAEC) is required in five relevant subjects (including Maths and Physics), with all remaining subjects at C4 or above;
  • C6 in WAEC in English Language;
  • for some courses higher grades in other science subjects may be required depending on the chosen pathway. 


Applications for the University’s Biosciences with a foundation year programme would be considered following completion of the SSCE on a case by case basis. 

Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Nursing and Psychology 

Students who have achieved five passes in Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) at Grade B3 or higher would be considered for the foundation programmes run in partnership with the University by INTO Manchester. Subject specific requirements may also apply. 

NCUK International Foundation Year

The University is a member of the Northern Consortium (NCUK). NCUK offers an International Foundation Year (IFY)  in Accra. Students who complete the IFY and achieve the required academic standard will be considered for admission onto undergraduate programmes. 

For information on studying for a foundation in Ghana please visit NCUK site

Bachelor's degree 

For entry onto an undergraduate degree programme, we accept the following qualifications:

  • SSSCE or WASSCE plus successful completion of a recognised foundation course as detailed above;
  • three GCE A-levels or an International Baccalaureate;
  • ND (Upper Credit);
  • HND (Upper Credit). 

Although formal undergraduate applications must come through UCAS, we are happy to consider your qualifications informally to indicate the likely chances of gaining admission. 

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Postgraduate taught programmes 

Applicants for a master's degree will generally require a bachelor's degree from a recognised institution with a minimum class of a 2:1 or a minimum GPA of 3.5/5.0. 

For some courses, a good 2:2 bachelor’s degree may be acceptable. 

Postgraduate research 

A master's degree from a good university will allow access onto an MPhil or PhD. 

Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised and we strongly recommend that prospective applicants make initial enquiries with the potential supervisor or School before submitting a formal application. 

A research proposal might be required along with your formal application. Please check with the School to which you wish to apply. 

English language requirements 

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency. 

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’. 

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English language policy, including a list of some of the English language qualifications we accept. 

The University may consider WAEC, NECO, IGCSE/O-level English, or International Baccalaureate Language (English) or Language and Literature (English) at high grades as a recognised English language qualification. 

Some Schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course, while others give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English language proficiency before starting the course. 

Other entry requirements

Please note that this is generic information only. Faculties and Schools have different entry requirements and some qualifications may not be acceptable for certain courses, so it is important to check with the School directly before you apply.

Some courses have additional entry requirements such as previous work experience, submission of written work with the application or previous study of a particular subject.