WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$248 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Arts
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Archaeology is the art and science of studying the ancient and recent human past through material remains. Archaeology is central to examining, recovering and preserving evidence and artefacts from past human cultures across space and time.

It remains a highly interdisciplinary field; intersecting with the humanities, social, biological and physical sciences. While survey, excavation and analysis of finds remain a basic part of archaeological work, the essence of Archaeology is to broaden and deepen understanding of human cultures. This is achieved through problem solving and sophisticated use of evidence and theoretical argument. Archaeology specialties include: Prehistoric Archaeology (study of past cultures with no written language); Underwater Archaeology (study of remains of human activity beneath the surface of water bodies) and Historical Archaeology (study of cultures that existed during periods of recorded history).

Historical Archaeology is further divided into Classical Archaeology (Ancient Greece & Rome) and Biblical Archaeology (Middle East). Other specialties include Urban Archaeology, Industrial Archaeology, Bio-Archaeology, Cultural Resource Management Archaeology and Forensic Archaeology.

A little less than 90 per cent of Archaeology has seen a progression of its methods and theory from one that depended mainly on excavating artefacts for museums with little data to highly advanced historical, statistical, linguistic, ethnographic and cross cultural analytical approaches. Considering that, over 99% of total human history has no written records; Archaeology is unparalleled in filling in the gaps from the Palaeolithic Age (Prehistoric) to Recorded History. Of critical importance is its role in tackling the heavy and incessant questions intelligent beings seek to unravel such as where, when, why and how humans lived on the earth.

Further, archaeological findings do not only give a rational account of the human past, (particularly development of human culture, agriculture and complex societies) they also form existential evidence for establishing linkages of the modern world with the past on subjects such as cultural identity, ethnicity, materialism and gender. It also contributes to national development through the documentation of heritage and the provision of human resources for the tourism sector.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Develop solid foundation in archaeological practice, method and theory.
• Be able to appraise key methods and techniques used in modern archaeological fieldwork, survey and artefact analysis.
• Develop the competence to plan and tailor research projects to answer questions and test archaeological hypotheses.
• Be familiar with important sites and archaeological case studies from a range of countries and periods.
• Demonstrate the ability to apply archaeological principles to real-life situations such as offering advice to organisations on the cultural impact of proposed plans, policies and programmes.
• Be able to apply archaeological knowledge to heritage tourism development.

Class discussion, The use of PowerPoint and audiovisuals to screen documentaries at lectures. Occasional educational field trips are organised to heritage studies sites. Two weeks of field school training in practical archaeology and ethnographic field methods and techniques are organised for the final year students. Students are also exposed to the processes of mounting exhibitions and taking tourists on tour of the Museum of Archaeology at UG.

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

In determining eligibility for admission to Level 100 programmes, applicants’ aggregate score in the three core and three elective subjects as indicated below shall not exceed 24.

• Core Mathematics, English and Social Studies
• Three Electives.

The programme is open to applicants interested in the Performing Arts with aggregate 12 or better. They will be expected to attend an audition or interview.

For International Students:
West Africa WASSCE:

Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics &a Social Science subject.

Electives: Credit passes in any Three (3) Elective subjects

The programme is open to applicants interested in the Performing Arts with aggregate 24 or better. They will be expected to attend an audition or interview.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:
GCE (Cambridge) – ‘A’ Levels

Entry requirements:

Passes in any Three (3) ‘A’ Level subjects

Applicants must have the following subjects to qualify to read the under listed courses:

Economics, Mathematics or Statistics – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
Computer Science – ‘A’ Level Mathematics
French – ‘A’ Level French
English – ‘A’ Level English Literature
Geography – ‘A’ Level Geography

International Baccalaureate:

  • Applicants must have at least Grade 4 in any Three (3) HL subjects
  • In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL) and Mathematics (SL).
Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities with the BA Archaeology programme are mainly found in universities, museums and government agencies. With further postgraduate studies, students can have access to a wider career scope such as archaeological

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $248
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,524


Fritz Biveridge
BA, MPhil, PhD (Ghana)
Senior Lecturer / Head of Department

Benjamin Warinsie Kankpeyeng
B.A (Ghana); MA, PhD (Syracuse)
Associate Professor

David Akwasi Mensah Abrampah
B.A., M.Phil Ghana

Gertrude Aba Mansah Eyifa-Dzidzienyo
BA, Mphil, PhD (Ghana)

Henry N.A. Wellington
BSc MSc (KNUST), Dr. Ing (Aachen), Dr. Ing (Braunschweig)
Professor (Post Retirement Contract)

James Boachie-Ansah
BA, MA (Ghana)
Professor (Post Retirement Contract)

Kodzo Gavua
B.A (Ghana); MA, PhD (Calgary)
Associate Professor (Post Retirement Contract)

Samuel Nilirmi Nkumbaan
B.A., MPhil., PhD (Ghana)

Wazi Apoh
BA MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Binghamton)
Senior Lecturer

William Narteh Gblerkpor
BA, MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Texas)

Relevant Contact

Fritz Biveridge
Head of Department
Office of School Of Arts
Responsible for admission inquiries
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