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University For Development Studies UDS 2021/2022 Programmes and Requirements

University For Development Studies UDS 2021/2022 Programmes and Requirements

There are several list of Courses offered in University for Development Studies Tamale. These courses are very important for any one who wants to be become a student of the school. You must know all these courses and their requirement before to even apply to the school.



  • 4-Year BSc Agriculture Technology
    • Agricultural Mechanization & Irrigation Technology
    • Agronomy
    • Agricultural Economics & Extension
    • Animal Science
    • Horticulture and Biotechnology
  • 4-Year BSc (Family & Consumer Sciences)
  • 4-Year BEd (Agricultural Science)
  • 4-Year BSc Veterinary Nursing
  • 4-Year BSc Food Processing Technology
  • 4-Year BSc Biotechnology and Molecular Biology


  • 4-Year BSc Renewable Natural Resources
    • Forest & Forest Resources Management
    • Range & Wildlife Management
    • Ecotourism & Environmental Management
    • Fisheries & Aquatic Resource Management


  • 4-Year BSc Agribusiness
    • Agricultural & Resource Economics
    • Agribusiness Management & Finance
    • Agricultural Extension
    • Rural Development & Gender Studies
    • Climate Change and Food Security
  • 4-Year BSc Social Change Communication
  • 2-Year Diploma in Social Change Communication


  • 4-Year BSc (Actuarial Science)
  • 4-Year BSc (Computer Science)
  • 4-Year BSc (Financial Mathematics)
  • 4-Year BSc (Mathematical Science (Mathematics Option))
  • 4-Year BSc (Mathematical Science (Statistics Option))
  • 4-Year BSc (Mathematics-With-Economics)
  • 4-Year BSc (Accounting-With-Computing)
  • 4-Year BSc (Information Technology)
  • 4-Year BEd (Mathematical Sciences)
  • 2-Year Diploma in Statistics
  • 2-Year Diploma in Computer Science
  • Bridging Science Programme
    • Candidates may apply for a six-week bridging programme to prepare them for admission into the University’s Mathematics and Science-based degree programmes at the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, Navrongo Campus.
    • Preference will be given to female students from disadvantaged schools.

The Bridging Programme is a residential fee-paying programme at the Navrongo Campus.


  • 4-Year BSc (Applied Biology)
  • 4-Year BSc (Applied Chemistry)
  • 4-Year BSc (Biochemistry)
  • 4-Year BSc (Applied Physics)
  • 4-Year BSc (Earth Science)
  • 4-Year BSc (Environmental Science)
  • 4-Year B.Ed (Physical Sciences)


  • 4-Year BA Integrated Development Studies with the following options:
    • Environment and Resources Management Option;
    • Economics and Entrepreneurship Development Option;
    • Development Communication Option;
    • Development Administration Option.
  • 2-Year Diploma in Integrated Community Development (DICD)


  • 4-Year BA (Integrated Community Development (ICD))
  • 4-Year BSc (Planning)
  • 4-Year BSc (Real Estate)
  • 4-Year BSc (Land Management)
  • 4-Year BSc (Development Management)
  • 2-Year Diploma in Development Management


  • 4-Year BA (Integrated Business Studies)
  • 4-Year BSc, Accounting
  • 4-Year BSc. Accounting with Finance
  • 4-Year Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2-Year Diploma in Integrated Business Studies


  • 6-Year MBChB (Medicine)
  • 6-year Medicine (PBL 1)
  • 2/3-Year BSc (Nurse Anaesthesia)


  • 4-Year BSc (Community Nutrition)
  • 4-Year BSc (Nursing)
  • 4-Year BSc (Midwifery)
  • 2/3-Year BSc (Nursing)
  • 2-Year BSc (Midwifery)
  • 3-Year BSc (Nurse Practitioner)
  • 6-Year Doctor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS.D)


The Faculty of Education is admitting suitably qualified persons into a fulltime and/or a top-up Bachelor of Education programmes in the following courses;

  • 4-Year BA (Development Education) – Tamale Camus
  • 4-Year B.ED (Social Science) – Wa Campus
  • 4-Year B.ED (Business Studies) – Wa Campus
  • 4-Year B.ED (Agriculture Studies) – Nyankpala Campus
  • 4-Year B.ED (Mathematics Studies) – Navrongo Campus
  • 4-Year B.ED (Science) – Navrongo Campus
  • 4-Year B.Ed in Early Childhood Care and Education – Tamale Campus
  • 2-Year B.Ed in Basic Education –Tamale Campus
  • 2-Year Diploma in Development Education


4 – Year BSc. Agricultural Engineering with options in

  • Farm Power and Machinery Engineering
  • Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
  • Food and Post-Harvest Engineering
  • Soil and Water Conservation Engineering

4 – Year BSc. Mechanical Engineering with options in

  • Thermo-Fluids Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Applied Mechanics Engineering
  • Design and Manufacturing Engineering


Sandwich courses leading to the award of diplomas in the following programmes:

  1. Diploma In Agriculture Technology;
  2. Diploma in Biotechnology;
  3. Diploma in Family and Consumer Sciences;
  4. Diploma In Agricultural Education;
  5. Diploma in Social Change Communication;
  6. Diploma in Basic Education.
  7. Diploma in Social Science Education
  8. Diploma in Business Education
  9. Diploma in Science Education
  10. Diploma in Mathematics Education
  11. Diploma in Basic Education
  12. Diploma in Early Childhood Care Education
  13. Diploma in Development Education
  14. Diploma in Education
  15. Diploma in Natural Resource Management

Below are the requirements for all the listed courses above:


i. WASSCE Holders (for Degree Programmes)

WASSCE holders seeking admission into Degree programmes must have at least C6 in all their three Core and three Elective Subjects.

WASSCE holders who have Grade D7 or E8 or F9 in any one of their three Core or three Elective subjects are advised not to apply for a degree programme.

Candidates should therefore possess, at least, credit scores/grades in the following:

  • Three core subjects (English Language, Mathematics (Core) and Integrated Science / Social Studies).
  • Any three elective subjects in the relevant programmes.
  • Aggregate Score of the best six subjects (three core and three electives) must not exceed 3. However, admissions will be on competitive basis, and various programmes offered in UDS have their cut-off points much lower than aggregate 36 for WASSCE.
  • Candidates should note that Social Studies is not an elective subject.
  • For candidates who read Arts and Business subjects at WASSCE, a grade in Social Studies may be used in place of the grade in Integrated Science in the calculation of their aggregates if the Social Studies grade is better than the grade in Integrated Science. This is however on condition that the candidate has at least a pass in Integrated Science.
  • For Science students, however,Social Studies (Core) does not replace Integrated Science (Core) in the calculation of candidates’ aggregates.

ii. WASSCE Holders (for Diploma Programmes)

Candidates who do not meet the requirements for Degree programmes in UDS are advised to apply for any one of the Diploma programmes(Diploma in Integrated Community Development, Diploma in Integrated Business Studies, and Diploma in Development Management, all of which are offered at the Wa Campus; Diploma in Development Education is offered in Tamale Campus; Diploma in Statistics and Diploma in Computer Science are both offered in Navrongo Campus; and Diploma in Social Change Communication is offered in Nyankpala Campus)

  • To be admitted into a Diploma programme, three credits passes in the area of specialization (elective subjects) and at least two passes (D7 or better) in English Language and Mathematics in WASSCE is required. Any candidate without a pass in English Language and Mathematics (core) need not apply for the Diploma. It is not likely that all candidates with the minimum requirements for Diploma programmes will be admitted. Preference will be given to candidates who have good grades/credit passes.

Candidates, who have met the requirements for Degree programmes (Credits in three electives and three core subjects), but have aggregates that are not good enough may be admitted into Diploma programmes.

iii. HND and other Diploma Holders Seeking Admission into Degree Programmes

HND and other Diploma applicants seeking admission to Degree programmes should possess at least a:

  1. Second Class Lower or better in related programmes would be admitted into Level 200;
  2. Third Class or Pass would be considered for admission to Level 100.
  • Candidates would be required to pass a selection interview to be conducted by the University.

Mature Applicants

(This is applicable to only programmes under Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS), Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences, Faculty of Education (FOE), School of Business and Law (SBL), and Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM), Faculty of Applied Science (FAS), Faculty of Agriculture (FoA), Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources (FRNR); and also the BSc Mathematical Science Option in the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (FMS).

Eligible applicants for the Mature Entry must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 25 years or above by August 31, 2017
  • Have passes in five G.C.E.‘O’ Level subjects including English Language, Mathematic/Statistics and Science.
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) holders must have passes or better (A to E) in English Language and Mathematics (Core) plus any other credit passes in three elective subjects. (For candidates wishing to pursue Mathematical Science courses, the elective subjects should include Elective Mathematics).
  • West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), holders must have passes or better (A1 to D7) in English Language and Mathematics (Core) plus any other credit passes in three elective subjects. (For candidates wishing to pursue Mathematical Science courses, the elective subjects should include Elective Mathematics).
  • Candidates would be expected to write and pass both a selection examination (June, 2021) and an interview (June, 2021) to be conducted by the University at the Tamale Campus.
  • Only candidates who obtain satisfactory marks in the selection examination and interview will be admitted to pursue the degree programme.

1. Registered Nurses

Applicants to the 3-Year BSc Nurse Practitioner programme or 2/3-Year BSc Nursing programme must be Registered Nurses with a Diploma or State Registered Nurses Certificate and at least three years working experience. Candidates without three years working experience are advised not to apply.

For the BSc Nurse Anaesthesia programme, candidates should have one of the following: RGN (Diploma) with a minimum of 3 years post-registration working experience, RGN (BSc Nursing) with 2 years post-registration working experience and Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia with 2 years working experience

2. Calculation of Aggregates

For the avoidance of doubt, the University for Development Studies has adopted the WASSCE system for computation of final aggregates. Equivalences are as follows:

A A1 1
B B2 2
C B3 3
D C4 4
——– C5 5
——– C6 6

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