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Application Forms for admission to degree and diploma programmes in the University for Development Studies (UDS) are now on sale to Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) holders, West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) holders, HND/Diploma holders, Mature applicants and State Registered Nurses (SRN).

SSSC/WASSC candidates who took the examination in November/December the previous year and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. Such candidates should provide details of the examination and index numbers and forward the results to the University as soon as they are available indicating their preferred courses.


Undergraduate programmes are pursued under the following Faculties, School and Centre:

  • The Faculty of Agriculture - Nyankpala Campus:-offers courses leading to a BSc Degree in Agriculture Technology.

  • The Faculty of Integrated Development Studies - Wa Campus:-offers a composite degree in BA Integrated Development Studies.

  • The Faculty of Applied Sciences - Navrongo Campus:-offers degree courses in Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences. All students would normally do first year foundation courses in the basic Sciences before branching to any of the options from the second year.

  • School of Medicine and Health Sciences - Tamale Campus:-offers courses in Human Biology, BSc Community Nutrition and a Diploma in Rural Nurse Practitioner. The Human Biology Programme leads students to an MB CHB Degree.



All SSSC/WASSC holders seeking admission into the degree programmes must have passes/credits in;

  • Three core subjects, namely English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies. (Minimum of E8 in Integrated Science is required for Arts Students).
  • Any three elective subjects in the relevant programmes.

The aggregate score of the six subjects mentioned above must be 36 (WASSCE Scale) or better. The minimum score accepted by the University is a credit of C6 in each of the six subjects.

HND and other Diploma Holders

HND and other Diploma holders seeking admission into the degree programmes should posses a First Class or Second Class Upper Division in the relevant area.

The applicants would be admitted to year two (2) after successfully passing selection interviews to be conducted by the University.

Mature Applicants. (This is applicable to only BSc Mathematical Science option courses, IDS and ICD).

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 25 years or above by August 31, 2009;
  • Have passes in five G.C.E. ‘O’ Level subjects including English Language, Mathematics/Statistics and Science;
  • SSSC/WASSC holders must have passes in English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science and three elective subjects. This should include Elective Mathematics; for applicants wishing to pursue mathematical science option courses).
  • Candidates would be expected to write and pass a selection examination and an interview to be conducted by the University.
  • Successful female candidates of the University’s Bridging Programme in Science for Applied Science programmes.
  • Only those candidates who would have obtained normal University admission with an aggregate score of at least 36 (WASSCE Scale) in six subjects from the Science Programme will be considered.
  • Preference will be given to females from disadvantaged schools.
  • It is a residential fee-paying programme at the Navrongo Campus of UDS.
  • Only candidates who become successful in continuous assessment and an end of training examination to be conducted by the Faculty of Applied Sciences will be considered for admission.

District Assemblies, Communities and NGO’s are encouraged to identify and sponsor potential candidates. Details of the cost of training will be sent directly to short listed applicants.

Degree Holders

BSc Certificate holders (with First Class or Second Class Upper Division) in the relevant science field would be admitted to pursue MBChB as full fee-paying students.

State Registered Nurses

Applicants to the 3-year Nurse Practitioner programme or 3-year Nursing must have State Registered Nurses Certificate with at least three years experience.

Two routes for admission are available

  • Normal (This applies to Government subvented students)
  • Fee-paying

The University shall admit 10% on fee-paying basis.

Fee-paying applicants must clearly write “Fee-paying” on their completed application form.

For the avoidance of doubt the University for Development Studies has adopted the following grading equivalences for SSSCE and WASSE;

A A 1 1
B B 2 2
C B 3 3
D C 4 4
C 5 5
C 6 6
E D 7 7
E 8 8


Candidates wishing to apply for admission may purchase Application Forms from the following recommended Post Offices throughout the country.

Kaneshe Post Office
General Post Office
Accra North Post Office

Legon Post Office
Kumasi Main Post Office
KNUST Post Office
Suame Post Office
Mampong Post Office
Obuasi Post Office
Kejetia Post Office
Sunyani Post Office
Techiman Post Office
Bechem Post Office
Wenchi Post Office
Dorma Ahenkro Post Office
Berekum Post Office
Koforidua Post Office
Nkawkaw Post Office
Akosombo Post Office
Oda Post Office
Ho Post Office
Aflao Post Office
Keta Post Office
Hohoe Post Office
Wa Post Office
Lawra Post Office
Tumu Post Office
Jirapa Post Office
Cape Coast Post Office
Winneba Post Office
University Post Office
Mankasim Post Office
Takoradi Post Office
Tarkwa Post Office
Market Circle Post Office
Sefwi Wiaso Post Office
Axim Road Post Office
Bolga Post Office
Bawku Post Office
Navrongo Post Office
Damongo Post Office
Bole Post Office
Salaga Post Office
Tamale Main Post Office
Yendi Post Office
Bimbilla Post Office

A set of application forms costs GH˘50.00 for direct applicants and GH˘55.00 for Mature, Diploma/HND and Bridging applicants.

Completed Application Forms should be returned to the following address by April 03, 2009. However, all mature applications should be returned by February 19, 2009.

The Registrar
University for Development Studies
P. O. Box 1350

Examinations for mature candidates are scheduled to take place on Saturday, February 27, 2009 at the Wa permanent Campus of the University.


The general public is hereby informed that the University for Development Studies (UDS) will start Postgraduate Programmes in the following areas during the 2008/2009 academic year.

Faculty of Applied Sciences

  • PhD & MSc in Mathematics
  • PhD & MSc in Statistics
  • PhD & MSc in Biometry
  • PhD & MSc in Applied Statistics
  • PhD & MSc in Statistical Computing
  • PhD & MSc in Computational Mathematics
  • PhD & MSc in Mathematical Physics

Faculty of Agriculture

  • PhD & MSc in Post Harvest Technology
  • PhD, MPhil/MSc in Innovation Communication
  • MPhil. in Biotechnology
  • MSc in Soil & Water Conservation & Management
  • MSc in Meat Science & Technology

Faculty of Integrated Development Studies

  • MA/MPhil in Development Management
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Development Management

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should have a related good first degree in the relevant field or its acceptable equivalent from a recognized University.
  • Applicants will be short listed and invited for a section interview.
  • Applicants should be capable of meeting all financial obligations in connection with the course.

All the new courses are full time academic programmes.

MPhil In Development Studies

This is a four-year sandwich programme leading to the award of an MPhil in Development Studies. This course requires that Students spend 3 months each year in residence. The remaining 9 months of the year are dedicated to on-the-job periodically supervised research. The course centre is the Navrongo Campus of the University.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have a good first degree or its acceptable equivalent from a recognized University.
  • Applicants should be in employment.
  • Applicants will be short listed and invited for a selection interview
  • Applicants should be capable of meeting all financial obligations in connection with the course.

Role of the Employer

  • The employer should endorse the release of the student(s) for residential academic work in UDS for 3 months each year for 4 years.
  • The employer should permit follow-up training from Lecturers of UDS on the student's job within the 9 months of each year for 4 years.

The higher degree application forms can ONLY be obtained from the University Cashier, UDS Central Administration, Tamale