University Of Ghana UG Legon Duration Of Study Programmes
10. DURATION OF STUDYPROGRAMMES
10.1a The minimum period for completion of the Bachelor’s degree programmes in Arts,
Social Studies, Administration, Agriculture, Engineering Sciences, Pharmacy and
Science shall be 6 semesters and the maximum period shall be 10 semesters for Level
200 entrants. For Level 100 entrants, the minimum shall be 8 semesters and the
maximum shall be 12 semesters. For the Bachelor of Law, the minimum period shall be
4 semesters and the maximum shall be 6 semesters.
In the case of language students in theFaculty of Artswho go on year abroad
programmes, however, the minimum period shall be 8 semesters for Level 200
entrants, and 10 semesters for Level 100 entrants.
10.1b The minimum period for completion of the Bachelor’s degreeprogrammein Engineering
Science shall be 8 semesters and the maximum period shall be 16 semesters.
10.2 These minimum and maximum periods are calculated from the date of first registration.
10.3 After exhausting the minimum duration as specified in 10.1 a above, a student in
Arts, Social Studies, Administration, Agriculture, Engineering Sciences, Pharmacy or
Science may apply for extension of up to four more semesters, during which he/she
shall be required to pay the relevant fees, pro-rated, according to the number of
10.4 Under exceptional circumstances, a student in any of the programmes mentioned in
10.1 above, who is unable to complete his/her programme within the maximum
period specified, may be allowed up to four additional semesters to complete his/her
programme, on a fee paying basis.
10.5 A student who is unable to complete his/her programme within 8 semesters beyond
the minimum period allowed (altogether 14 semesters for Level 200 entrants and 16
semesters for Level 100 entrants) shall lose all credits accumulated, and his/her
studentship cancelled. Such a student may be allowed to re-apply for admission into
11. INTERRUPTION OF STUDY PROGRAMME
11.1 A student may interrupt his/her study programme for two continuous semesters only,
provided that the maximum period allowable for the completion of the programme is
11.2 A student who wishes to interrupt his/her study programme shall apply at least four
weeks before the commencement of the semester to his/her Dean of Faculty, through
the Director of Academic Affairs, stating reasons why he/she wants to interrupt his/her
study programme, with permission duly granted before he/she leaves the University.
The decision of the Dean shall then be communicated to the Registrar who shall also
communicate same to the applicant before he/she leaves the University. The Dean, in
giving approval, may consult with the Counselling and Placement Centre, where
11.3 With the express written permission of the Vice Chancellor, a student may be permitted
to interrupt his/her studies by two additional semesters, but not exceeding four
11.4 A student who interrupts his/her studies for more than 4 continuous semesters shall be
deemed to have lost any accumulated credits. Consequently, his/her studentship shall
be cancelled. Such a student may, however, be allowed to re-apply for admission into
11.5 Where the ground for interruption of studies is medical, the Director of University
HealthServices shall be required to advise the Registrar on the propriety and length of
period of interruption. The Registrar shall cause the Director of UniversityHealth
Services to investigate any medical report reaching his office from any health delivery
facility outside the University Hospital and advise accordingly.
11.6 Any student who does not go through the approved procedures before interrupting his/
her studies shall be deemed to have abandoned his/her studentship. Subsequently, the
Registrar shall cause the name of such a student to be removed from the student roll.
12. INABILITY TO COMPLETE STUDY PROGRAMME
WITHIN MAXIMUM PERIOD
A student who is unable to complete his/her study programme within the maximum
period allowed shall lose all credits accumulated and his/her studentship cancelled.
Such a student may be allowed to re-apply for admission into the University on a fee
13. COURSE CREDIT
One (1) course credit shall be defined as follows:
One hour lecture,
One hour tutorial, or
One practical session (of two or three hours), or
Six hours of field work per week for a semester.
14. CODING AND NUMBERING OF COURSES
All degree courses shall have letter and number codes beginning with four letters
signifying a Department or subject, followed by a three-digit number in one of the
Level 100 Courses : 100 – 199
Level 200 ” : 200 – 299
Level 300 ” : 300 – 399
Level 400 ” : 400 – 499
The third digit in the number code shall be:
Zero (0), for a course that is offered in both Semesters;
Odd (1, 3, 5, 7, or 9) for a course offered in the first Semester;
Even (2, 4, 6, or for a course offered in the second Semester.
15. MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM WORK-LOAD PER
SEMESTER FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
15.1 A full-time student shall be required to carry a minimum workload of 18 credits per
semester and a maximum of 21. Students in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences may,
however, after Level 100 carry a maximum workload of 24 credits. Candidates Candidates
registered for the BSc Agriculture degree shall, however, carry a minimum workload of
21 credits per semester.
15.2 Under special circumstances, a student may, with the approval of the Dean of Faculty, be
allowed to carry a workload outside these limits, provided that the minimum work-load
will not fall below 15 credits per Semester.
16. PART-TIME STUDY
16.1 A student may, on application to the appropriate Faculty Board, be allowed to study for
the Bachelor’s degree on part-time basis.
16.2 A part-time student shall be required to carry a work-load below the minimum
prescribed for full-time students and shall also be required to complete the degree
programme within the periods specified in paragraph 10 above.
16.3 A part-time student shall not be eligible for on-campus accommodation.
17. STUDY PROGRAMME FOR BACHELOR’S DEGREE
The Total Study Programme (TSP) for the Bachelor’s degree shall comprise:
i. General University Requirements
ii. Faculty Requirements (where applicable)
iii. Core Courses – i.e. Major Departmental requirements
iv. Prescribed Electives (to be defined by Department)
v. Free Electives – i.e. of student’s own choosing