The School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Ghana

by Israel Boafo Bansah

The School of Medicine and Dentistry of the University of Ghana focus will be on quality teaching through the use of innovation and information technology to improve on teaching and learning.

The University runs a modular course structure. Under this structure, the University’s academic programme has been organised into a semester system, and instruction takes the form of courses evaluated in terms of credits. Units of courses are examinable at the end of every semester and, if passed, a student shall earn credit(s) for the Units. The courses are coded and arranged in progressive order of difficulty, or in levels of academic progression.

1.2    Each faculty shall provide detailed information about the structure of course leading to the award of Bachelors’ degree.

1.3    It is the responsibility of each student admitted to the University of Ghana, to be familiar with the specific requirements of the degree as well as the rules, regulations and policies of the University. 

1.4    Each student is responsible for ensuring that the courses in which registration is effected satisfy the programme requirements of the Bachelor’s degree sought; advice and/or counseling for all who need assistance is freely available.

1.5    It is also understood that every student, by the act of registering, agrees to abide by all rules, regulations and policies of the University of Ghana and of the Faculties or Departments in which that student is registered.

1.6    Each student is expected to be familiar with the General Information outlined in this Handbook as well as the information pertaining to the Medical School. Students shall therefore be held liable for any lapses. When in doubt, students may consult their Heads of Department in writing with a copy to the Executive Secretary asking that advice be given in writing.

1.7    Exemption from any of these General Regulations may be granted only by the express permission of the Academic Board on the recommendation of the appropriate Faculty Board. 

1.8    The University reserves the right to change rules, regulations and policies, as well as programme and course requirements given in this Handbook without prior notice.

2.0    Admission to the Medical School
2.1.1    Further to the General Regulations regarding admission into the University of Ghana, admission to the Medical School for the BSc (Med. Sci.) and MB ChB Programmes shall follow an interview of eligible candidates with the following backgrounds: 
i.    Students who have completed Level 100 in Biological Science or Biomathematical Sciences (Chemistry option) in the Faculty of Science in the University of Ghana and have obtained a minimum CGPA of 2.50.
ii.    Candidates who satisfy the general requirements for admission under the “O” and “A” Level of the G.C.E. or its equivalent in Science (Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Mathematics) with a maximum aggregate of seven (7).

2.2.1    Candidates with the Bachelor’s degree in Basic Medical, Biological or Physical Sciences, as well as those who may have completed part of the MB ChB (or its equivalent) in a recognized university, may be considered for admission on the recommendation of a special committee appointed by the Dean. The Special Committee shall vet the transcript of the candidate as well as course content of the degree, with a view to determining the suitability of the degree or previous training and make appropriate recommendations to the Dean.

3.0    Bachelor of Science (Medical Sciences) – (BSc (Med. Sci.))  PROGRAMME

3.1    Academic Year/ Structure
The Academic Session shall comprise two semesters.

3.2    Semesters 1 & 2 (in the Faculty of Science) shall be used to upgrade the level of science of the SSSCE candidates to levels currently prevailing at the GCE Advanced Level in the Sciences. During this first year of the programme a semester shall be of 16 weeks duration, which will be structured as follows:
13 weeks of Teaching
1 week of Revision
2 weeks of Examinations.

3.3    Semesters 3, 4, 5 & 6 (Basic Sciences and Para-Clinical Sciences)
A semester shall be of 18 weeks duration and be structured as follows:
15 weeks of Teaching
2 weeks of Revision
1 week of Examinations.

4.0    Courses/Subjects For Levels 200 & 300
4.1    Level 200 Courses, Semesters 3 and 4
Students shall study the following subjects: Medical Sociology, History of Western Medicine, Psychology, Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, and Physiology. 

4.2      The course in African Studies is compulsory. A candidate shall be deemed to have pass-ed a course in African Studies in order to be eligible for the award of a BSc (Med. Sci.) degree.

4.3    Level 300 Courses:  Semesters 5 & 6
Semester 5 & 6 shall be devoted to courses in the Para-Clinical Sciences (Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology).

Students, after Semester 6, may opt for a year’s Intercalated BSc (Hons) Degree programme in the Basic Sciences and Para-Clinical Sciences subjects. Such students shall have attained at least a credit in the relevant subject.

The final decision on admission to a particular Intercalated BSc Degree will be made by the relevant department.

5.0    Definition of Course Unit
A course unit shall be defined as follows:
i.    One-hour lecture  = 1 Unit
ii.    One-hour tutorial  = 1 Unit
iii.    One, two/three-hour practical session  = 1 Unit

6.0    Definition of Course Credit
A credit shall be defined as follows:
i.    One-hour lecture or tutorial/week/semester
ii.    One two/three-hour practical/week/semester.

7.0    Grading System for Courses & Subjects
7.1    Student performance in a subject/course shall be graded as follows:
Grade        Numerical              Interpretation              Grade
Marks %                          Point
A        70 – 100        Excellent          4.00
A-       65 – 69         Very Good        3.75
B+      60 – 64         Good                3.50
B        55 – 59         Above Average  3.00
B-       50 – 54         Pass                  2.50
C+      45 – 49*      Pass                  2.00
C        40 – 44*       Pass                 1.50
D        30 – 39         Fail                   1.00
F         0 – 29           Fail                       0
X              –               Fail                      0
Z              –            Disqualification    –
I               –            Incomplete         –
Y              –            Continuing         –
*    May be taken as pass in the grading of courses only.  Otherwise they constitute failure grades in subjects.

7.2    Grade Point (GP): Each grade is assigned an equivalent grade point as indicated above. The number of (grade) points earned by a student, for each course completed, is computed as the product of the number of credits for the course and the grade point equivalent of the grade obtained in that course.

7.3       Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The student’s cumulative grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points obtained, up to any specified time, by the total number of credits of all courses for which the student has registered up to that time.

7.4     Final Grade Point Average (FGPA): The FGPA is the CGPA for all courses under consideration calculated up to the end of a student’s academic programme.

7.5     Clinical subjects are not awarded grade points.

8.0    Definition of Grades
8.1    Pass Grades: Grades A to B- constitute Pass grades in a subject. Grades A to C constitute Pass grades in a course.
8.2      Failure Grades: Grades C+, C, D, F, X, Z constitute Failure grades in a subject. Grades D, F, X, Z constitute Failure grades in a course.

8.3    Continuing: A grade Y, denoting Continuing shall be awarded at the end of a semester to any student who is taking a course, which continues into the next semester.

8.4    Non-Completion of Course:
i.    A grade I, denoting Incomplete, shall be awarded to a student who is unable to complete a course for reasons adjudged by the Board of Examiners as satisfactory.  Such a student shall be expected to complete the course the very next time the course is available.
ii.    A grade X shall be awarded to a student who is unable to complete a course for reasons adjudged by the Board of Examiners as unsatisfactory.

8.5    Disqualification:
i.    A grade Z denotes Disqualification from an examination as a result of an examination malpractice or offence, and shall be awarded whenever it is established that a candidate had attempted to gain an unfair advantage in an examination, be it in a Principal subject or an Ancillary or any other paper.
ii.    A candidate awarded a grade Z may be debarred from taking a University Examination for a stated period, or indefinitely, or may be expelled from the University.
iii.    A grade Z may be awarded only by the Board of Examiners.

8.6    Honours: 
For Basic Sciences and Para-Clinical Sciences, Honours shall be awarded as follows: 
Distinction        –    80-100%
Credit               –    70-79%

9.0    Student in Good Standing
A student in good standing shall be one whose Grade Point Average (GPA) is at least 2.50 (Grade B-) in each subject.

10.0    Probation and Withdrawal
10.1    A student who fails to obtain a grade point average of 2.50 (50%) in a subject shall be eligible for the Supplementary Examinations.

10.2    A student who fails to obtain the requisite pass in a subject after the Supplementary Examinations shall be asked by the Executive Secretary to repeat the year and the course.

10.3     A student who fails to obtain the requisite pass in the subject after repeating the year shall be asked by the Executive Secretary to withdraw from the Medical School.

10.4    A student can proceed to the next stage of the programme if and only if he/she has passed all the courses of the preceding level.

11.0    Duration of Programme
11.1    The minimum period for the Basic Sciences and the Para-Clinical Sciences shall be 4 semesters and the maximum period shall be 8 semesters.

11.2       A candidate who is unable to complete his/her programme within the maximum period allowed shall lose all credits accumulated. Such a candidate shall not be allowed to re-apply for admission into the BSc (Med. Sci.) degree programme.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants should have a good qualifications in IB, GCE A’levels, and WASSCE/SSSCE examinations or its equivalent.
  • Applicants would be required to study for the Associate Degree in Preclinical Sciences Programme (ADPCS) at Gulf Medical University – U.A.E. All credits acquired at the Gulf Medical University – U.A E. will be transferred to the MB ChB programme at UGSMD – Ghana and continue with the Clinical Courses in Accra, University of Ghana (UG) at the School of Medicine & Dentistry (SMD) and upon successful completion of the courses/credits at UGSMD – Ghana be awarded the MB ChB degree by virtue of an articulation agreement between both institutions.
  • Applicants will be required to have passed GRE or ILETS or TOEFL or be prepared to sit for the exams in the first year in Ajman.

Nature of Programme and Duration

The Transnational Medical Programme is a Six (6) Year Medical Programme leading to the award of MB ChB, UG. Students will be admitted in August 2018 and are expected to graduate in 2024.

Who can Apply

This Programme is especially targeted at:

  • Ghanaian candidates who qualify for admission locally in Ghana but are unable to secure placements and want to therefore travel abroad to study Medicine in a reputable collaborating university.
  • Foreign candidates in the sub region and globally who want to study Medicine and graduate with MB ChB degree from UGSMD – Ghana.

Mode of Application

Applicants are to apply online by visiting Gulf Medical University (GMU) website at or University of Ghana School of Medicine and Dentistry (UGSMD) website at and follow corresponding links to GMU/UGSMD. Prospective candidates will be interviewed prior to admission. More information is provided at the GMU website.

Application Deadline

Applicants for the Transnational Medicine Programme must apply on or before 31st August 2018. Admissions will be given on a first-come basis.

Other Costs

Prospective Applicants are to check from GMU admissions Office for other costs e.g.

  • Registration
  • Accommodation
  • Visa and Immigration charges
  • Health Insurance
  • Cost of living in Ajman

For further information, please contact the School of Medicine & Dentistry Administration Block, Academic Affairs Office (Room 23), Korle-Bu or GEMP Secretariat (Adjacent to Reproductive Health/Maternity Block), Korle-Bu.

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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