WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$352 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Postharvest Technology
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Agriculture
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Post-harvest technology deals with the science applied to agricultural produce after harvest for the purpose of preservation, conservation, processing, packaging, storage, distribution and marketing to meet the food and nutritional requirements of consumers.

Post-harvest technology ensures the quality of perishables while improving the sustainability of the fresh chain. This is achieved through the use of optimum harvest factors, reduction of losses in handling, packaging, transportation and controlled atmosphere (CA) storage with modern infrastructure and processing into a wide variety of products.

Postharvest technology is fundamental to achieving food sufficiency by avoiding losses and provision of quality food and nutrition as well as more raw materials for processing, thus ensuring better returns to farmers. Experts who work in post-harvest technology apply an interdisciplinary approach which includes scientific creativity, technological innovation and commercial entrepreneurship.

There is considerable interest in the development of new or improved post-harvest storage and foodprocessing techniques.
This interest is driven by high post harvest losses especially in developing countries and global consumer demand for high-quality foods that are both fresh and nutritious. On the one hand, improved post harvest techniques imply that more food will be added to the world’s food basket, thus reducing the need to intensify production in the future.

On the other hand, demand for more fresh products has resulted in a wider use of improved controlled-atmosphere storage methods as well as new non-thermal technologies. Since the global market now prefers fresh products over canned and frozen products, post harvest technology is continually adapting to address this need.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Demonstrate a solid foundation in the techniques used in post harvest technology and the underlying mechanisms which determine and limit these techniques.
• Be able to integrate knowledge acquired across functional areas and disciplines in crop science, horticulture, biotechnology and post harvest physiology.
• Be able to describe the nature and causes of post harvest diseases, disorders and pest incidence.
• Develop skills in the diagnosis of post harvest diseases, disorders and pests, and the ability to implement control measures to rectify them.
• Be able to devise means to add value to agricultural produce through appropriate post harvest techniques.

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two of Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and 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:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.
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

Graduates of post harvest technology work in food processing industries, wholesale, retail and import/export organisations where produce quality is paramount. Given the high post harvest losses in developing countries; the competence and infrastructure to maintain the freshness or minimise the deterioration of produce after harvest offers huge business and career prospects.

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $352
Tuition Fees for International students: $4,999

Relevant Contact

School of Agriculture
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