WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$362 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Food Process Engineering
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Engineering Sciences
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Food Process Engineering is a scientific multidisciplinary field dealing with the development and refinement of food products for human and animal consumption. As a scientific discipline, Food Process Engineering encompasses the practical application of science to develop efficient industrial production, packaging, storage, and marketing of wholesome and convenient foods.

Education in Food Process Engineering includes training in materials science [rheology, mass transfer properties, and thermal and electrical food properties] applied mathematics, quality control, engineering design of food process, and microbiological applications in food processing. Experts in Food Process Engineering work in academia, the public sector and industry with the primary role of assessing the problems concerning food production, food quality, process and plant design and food regulation.

In recent times, the food process industry has been characterised by efficient mass production and transportation of food supplies. This development has been dictated by increasing concentration of people in urban areas, where large segment of the population depend on large quantities of pre-treated, pre- processed, or ready-to-eat foodstuffs.

Driven by this need, food process engineers are at the forefront of developing and refining food products that are uniform in quality and safe. Another emerging trend is the preferences for non-thermal processed foods. Food process engineers are thus applying techniques such as highly hydrostatic pressure, pulsed electric fields, light pulses, ultrasound and magnetic fields to satisfy this demand.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to;
• Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the relevant theoretical foundations and concepts of mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics and engineering as applied to Food Process Engineering.
• Be able to conduct, analyse and interpret experiments and apply experimental results to improve processes.
• Be able to apply new technology, design, plan, control and manage food process engineering systems.
• Be able to differentiate and select efficient technology in the development of agroindustry processing to achieve profitable and environmentally safe outcomes.
• Demonstrate an appreciation for professional, ethical and social responsibilities.


Level 100 (First Year)

Course CODE COURSE title total credits
FAEN 101 Algebra 4
FAEN 107 General Chemistry 3
FAEN 109 General Physics 3
FAEN 105 Engineering Drawing with CAD 3
FAEN 103 Basic Mechanics I 3
UGRC 110 Academic Writing I 3
Total 18
Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:dicated below shall not exceed 24.

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Elective Mathematics, with at least a B3 in Elective Mathematics

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science &a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Further Mathematics and any two of Chemistry, Physics or Biology.

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:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Mathematics and any two (2) of Chemistry, Physics, Biology.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Mathematics and any two of Chemistry, Physics, Biology.
In addition, applicants must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), and at least C in a science subject at the IGCSE or equivalent.

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

Graduate of Food Process Engineering work in diverse fields in academia, public sector and food industry in the following areas.
• Process and Product Development
• Food Processing Operations
• Packaging
• Food Safety
• Food Biotechnology
• Process and Quality Monitoring and Control

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $362
Tuition Fees for International students: $7,677


H. Mensah-Brown (BSc (KNUST), MSc (Ife), MBA (Ghana), PhD, DIC (London))
Senior Lecturer

S. Sefa-Dedeh (BSc (Ghana), MSc, PhD (Guelph))
Professor (on contract)

G. Afrane (BSc (KNUST), MSc (Vanderbilt), PhD (Rochester))
Senior Lecturer (On contract)

I.O.A Hodgson (BSc (KNUST), MSc (B. Columbia), PhD (Loughborough))
Part-time Lecturer

Firibu K. Saalia (BSc, MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Georgia))
Professor (Head of Department)

Vitus A. Apalangya, (BSc (Ghana), MSc & PhD (Tuskegee))

Victory Fiifi Dsane (BSc (UG), MSc (Korea University))
Assistant Lecturer

Gladys Kontoh (BSc (Ghana), MSc (Ghent and KU Leuven))
Assistant Lecturer,

Relevant Contact

Department of Food Process Engineering
Responsible for admission inquiries
Firibu K. Saalia
Head of Department