Despite being relatively difficult to qualify for, Medicine is still among the top most sought after courses at the tertiary level. The course is one that requires a lot of dedication, patience, hard work and not forgetting an awful lot of tuition fees.
If you plan on studying Medicine at the university in Ghana, here is a complete guide to help you find answers to some of the most common questions aspiring Medical students usually have.
Read to the end to learn all there is to know about applying to Med school in Ghana.
Which University in Ghana is best for Studying Medicine?
There are numerous tertiary institutions; both public and private, that offer Medicine in Ghana.
Below is the list of the top four (4) universities in Ghana that offer medical programs. The list is arranged in descending order of academic performance. The numbers in brackets are the university’s ranking on the global scale.
- University of Ghana (718)
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (734)
- University of Cape Coast (786)
- University of Developmental Studies (791)
How many years does it take to study Medicine in University of Ghana?
In the University of Ghana Medical School, the Bachelor of Science degree in Medicine programme lasts for a period of six years.
After the six-year academic journey, successful students are awarded a first degree in Medicine to prove their experience.
How long is the study of Medicine in KNUST?
In the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, the Medical programme spans over a period of 3 years.
Unlike the University of Ghana, KNUST has split their Medicine program into two stages.
The first stage requires Medical students to complete a 3 year academic programme in the Medical School and pass with good grades before moving on to the second stage.
The second stage is a Clinical programme where the students are made to spend another 3 years learning from experience in the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.
It is after the 6-year period that you will be rewarded with your Bachelor’s degree in Medicine.
What grades do you need to study medicine in Ghana?
To study Medicine in Ghana requires that you score very strong grades and GPA in your WASSCE examinations, diploma or any other form of advanced external examination.
Due to the high level of competition for slots in Medical Schools yearly, applicants with GPAs below 3.5 are less likely to be accepted.
How much does it cost to become a doctor in Ghana?
The cost of tuition in Medical Schools varies with each tertiary institution.
The University of Cape Coast charges an annual tuition fee of about GH¢14,000 while the University of Ghana charges around GH¢7,000.
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology also charges about GH¢6,111 per annum.
The cost of studying medicine in Ghana is quite expensive even for local students. However, the high chances of employment and good wages after school makes it worth the investment.