FAQ

Admissions



Q:
How large is UCC?
A:

The student population of UCC as at 2011 was 15, 835



Q:
How long is the PhD program?
A:

Students use average of 4 – 5 years to complete a PhD in our programs. This includes the time spent performing research and preparing the PhD dissertation.



Q:
If admitted will I receive financial support from the department?
A:

. Typically no, unless you are supported in some other way such as research assistantship.



Q:
Is it possible to do undergraduate research in physics at UCC?
A:

Not only is it possible, but we strongly encourage it! Many students work on individual research projects in collaboration with faculty members. In addition, each student is required to register for PHY 499, in which they undertake independent research projects assigned to them by lecturers of their choice. This is a requirement for graduation. 



Q:
Is there a minimum GPA for graduate admission?
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A low GPA does not automatically exclude you from the program, as long as it is explained and compensated by positive factors, such as good recommendation letters, relevant research experience, etc. According to the rules of the Graduate School, you can only be admitted conditionally, if your GPA is below 3.0. The usual condition is that you pass all your courses during the first year with an A or B. Otherwise, you are dismissed from the program.



Q:
My degree is from an International Institution. I need to have my transcript and certification of graduation translated?
A:

An official, notarized translation of your final transcript and certification of graduation is strongly recommended for all international students.  If a translation is not provided, it is up to the Graduate Program Director as to whether they can understand the courses you completed and the Graduate School as to whether they can understand the graduation certification.



Q:
What is the deadline for applications?
A:

For undergraduate and graduate applications, the annual application deadline is March 31. In rare cases, graduate students admissions are offered to a limited number of students with unusual background and peculiar problems. Graduate students interested in need of such special admissions should contact the Graduate Admissions Committee Chair or the Graduate Program Director before applying.



Q:
When will I choose a research advisor?
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Typically in your second year (for our M.Phil program), but it depends on whether you have a clear research interest when arriving at UCC or whether you are undecided and need to look longer to find your field of interest.  The first year is mostly spent on general coursework, but some students do research rotations to make them aware of the different research areas available in the department. Most students start working with a professor during or at the end of their first year.



Q:
When will I know whether I have been admitted to UCC?
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Admissions decisions are typically made from April to May.  You will receive a letter indicating that you have been admitted, or placed on a “waitlist”, or rejected. If you have been placed on the “waitlist”, it means that we have positively evaluated your applications, but simply do not have enough open spots in the cohort.  Students placed on the “waitlist” may be offered admissions at a later date as spots open up.

Academics



Q:
Where is UCC located?
A:

UCC has a unique location and academic environment because it is one of the rare sea front universities in the world. It is located in the Central Region of the Republic of Ghana at a distance of about 150.7 km from the national capital, Accra. Using the Accra-Cape Coast/Mankessim highway it about 2 hours 37 minutes’ drive from Accra. 

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