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Tuition Fees:$342 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Physics
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Physical and Mathematical Science
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Physics is a physical science that studies matter and the energy fundamentals and forces that govern interactions between particles. The subject embraces the study of a wide range of phenomena from the very small to the very large from quarks to galactic structures along with everything in-between.

Physics is considered as the fundamentals science because all other natural sciences apply the principles and laws established by it. It has several focal areas including applied physics, biophysics, computational physics, geophysics, high- energy physics, mathematical physics ,material science, nuclear physics plasma physics and physics education.

Physicist work in a rather wide range of field, some physicists do basic research to increase knowledge while others focus on applied research by applying theories to practical problems. Applied research in physics is responsible for the creations of new technologies, products and processes. Physicists also apply their analytical skills to solve problems in engineering, medicine, economics, finance, law and government.

Physics is deeply rooted in quantitative thinking, problem solving, modelling and experimentation. For this reason theoretical breakthroughs usually serve as the springboard for new technologies. Research in physics has contributed to advances in many fields and current science and technology fields such as superconductivity, nanotechnology, fuel cells and medical imaging are being led by physicists

At the end of the programme, students are expected to;
• Be able to demonstrate skills in scientific inquiry, problem solving and laboratory techniques.
• Develop well-rounded knowledge of scientific theories and models that explain the properties of the natural world such as atom formation.
• Be able to conduct scientific experiments and studies to test theories and determine properties of matter and energy.
• Develop the ability to analyse and model data using applicable mathematical calculations and computer software.
• Demonstrate understanding of the general principles in Physics.

Curriculum

LEVEL 100 (First Year)

FIRST SEMESTER

Code Title Credits
MATH 121 Algebra and Trigonometry 3
MATH 123 Vectors and Geometry 3
PHYS 101 Practical Physics I 1
PHYS 143 Mechanics and Thermal Physics 3
Select one course
STAT 101 Introduction to Statistics 3
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 3
CHEM 110 Practical Chemistry 1
EASC 101 Physical Geology 3
Total   13

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Code Title Credits
PHYS 102 Practical Physics II 1
PHYS 144 Electricity and Magnetism 3
MATH 122 Calculus I 3
MATH 124 Mechanics 3
Total   10

LEVEL 200

FIRST SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

MATH 223 Calculus II

3

PHYS 205 Practical Physics III

1

PHYS 241 Atomic Physics and Quantum Phenomena

2

PHYS 245 Electromagnetism I

3

Select one course
STAT 203 Elementary Statistical Methods

3

MATH 225 Algebra

3

Total  

12

 

SECOND SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

PHYS 206 Practical Physics IV

1

PHYS 242 Oscillations and Waves

2

PHYS 244 Mathematical Methods I

3

PHYS 246 Nuclear Physics I

2

PHYS 248 Introduction to Physics of Materials

2

PHYS 256 Computational Methods in Physics I

2

Total  

12

 

LEVEL 300

FIRST SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

PHYS 305 Practical Physics V

I

PHYS 343 Physics of Large Systems I

2

PHYS 345 Electromagnetism II

3

PHYS 359 Physics of Solids I

2

PHYS 351 Optics

3

Total  

11

Electives (Select a minimum of 4 credits)
PHYS 361 Physics of the Atmosphere

2

PHYS 347 Electronics I

3

PHYS 365 Physics of the Ocean

2

SECOND SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

PHYS 306 Practical Physics VI

1

PHYS 342 Mechanics and Fields

3

PHYS 344 Mathematical Methods II

3

PHYS 352 Quantum Mechanics I

3

PHYS 354 Special Relativity

2

Total  

12

Electives (Select a minimum of 4 credits)
PHYS 356 Computational Methods in Physics II

3

PHYS 362 Principles of Applied Geophysics

2

PHYS 364 Principles and Applications of Neutron Activation Analysis

2

STAT 306 Design of Experiments

3

 

LEVEL 400

FIRST SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

PHYS 410 Project

3

PHYS 401 Seminar I

1

PHYS 443 Physics of Large Systems II

3

PHYS 459 Physics of Solids III

2

Total  

9

Electives (Select minimum of 6 credits)
PHYS 447 Electronics II

2

PHYS 455 Energy Systems

2

PHYS 461 Principles of Radioactive Dating

2

PHYS 465 Principles of Telecommunications

2

SECOND SEMESTER

Core

Course Code

Course Title

Credits

PHYS 410 Project

3

PHYS 402 Seminar II

1

PHYS 446 Nuclear Physics II

2

PHYS 448 Particle Physics

2

PHYS 452 Quantum Mechanics II

3

PHYS 454 Contemporary Physics

2

Total  

13

Electives (Select a minimum of 2 credits)
PHYS 462 Basic Meteorology

2

PHYS 466 Physics of the Nanoscale

2

PHYS 468 Introduction to Cosmology and Astrophysics

2

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

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 and a Science subject
Electives: Credit passes in Physics, Chemistry, Further Mathematics

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:
Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics

International Baccalaureate:

Three (3) HL subjects comprising:
At least Grade 4 in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
In addition, they must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), Mathematics (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

1. GHANAIAN APPLICANTS
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.

DIPLOMA/HND TO DEGREE APPLICANTS
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.

2. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND GHANAIANS APPLYING FROM ABROAD
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
Swift: ECOCGHAC

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

Physics graduate can enter the field of engineering, industry, finance, management, medicine, law, government or secondary education graduate. Graduates can also opt for advanced study in physics or related fields such as astrophysics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science, earth science or the life sciences.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $342
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,945

Lecturers

George K. Nkrumah-Buandoh (BSc MPhil PhD (Ghana) ICTP Dip. (Trieste))
Senior Lecturer
geon@ug.edu.gh

Dr. Nana Ama Browne Klutse
Snr. Lecturer
nklutse@ug.edu.gh

KOFFI HUBERT AZODA
LECTURER
hakoffi@ug.edu.gh

Ilenikhena Peter Aluede Sosiwanlan
VISITING SCHOLAR (2015-2017)
prpailenikhena@ug.edu.gh

Dr. Samuel Asampana Atarah, BSc(Hons) Physics & Dip Ed (UCC), M.Phil (Helsinki), Ph.D (De Montfort, UK)
Head of Department
Senior Lecturer
saatarah@ug.edu.gh

Gebreyesus G. Hagoss: B.Sc., M.Phil. (Ethiopia), Ph.D. (Germany)
Lecturer
ghagoss@ug.edu.gh

Abraham Amankwah (Dip Ed BSc (Cape Coast) MSc (Bremen) PhD (Ghana))
Lecturer
aamankwah@ug.edu.gh

Allison F. Hughes ( BSc, MSc, PhD (Ghana))
Lecturer
ahughes@ug.edu.gh

Rodney Abugre
Assistant Lecturer in Physics
rabugre@ug.edu.gh

Josef K.A. Amuzu (MSc (Ghana) PhD (Camb))
Professor
jkaamuzu@ug.edu.gh

A.A. Yankson (BSc Dip Ed (Cape Coast) MPhil, PhD (Ghana))
Lecturer
ayankson@ug.edu.gh

George Kusi-Appiah (BSc (Kumasi) MSc (Tromsø) MPhil (Leeds))
Lecturer
gkusiappiah@ug.edu.gh

A. Kuditcher (BSc (Kumasi) MSc, PhD (Ann Arbor))
Senior Lecturer
akuditcher@ug.edu.gh

Godfred B. Hagan (B.Sc., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Ghana))
Lecturer
gbhagan@ug.edu.gh

M.N.Y.H. Egblewogbe (BSc, MPhil, PhD (Ghana))
Lecturer
nanayaw@ug.edu.gh

Joana A.M. Hodasi (BSc MPhil (Cape Coast))
Lecturer
jamhodasi@ug.edu.gh

Dr. Joseph Asare
Lecturer
josephasare@ug.edu.g

Relevant Contact

 
Department of Physics
Responsible for admission inquiries
Dr
Samuel Asampana Atarah
Head of Department