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It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Physics' website. The site avails to you information on the department with respect to staff, publications, academic progress, research activities and other related information.

Besides offering fundamental courses in Physics and Engineering Physics for undergraduate students, the department has MPhil and Ph.D programmes in several specialized areas. We offer two undergraduate programmes i.e B.Sc Physics and B.Sc Engineering Physics. At the graduate level, the department offers MPhil and PhD programmes in Theoretical Physics, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, and Laser and Fiber Optics.

The department is proud to have a teaching staff with diverse specializations in Physics and Engineering and hence a leader in research and training at both graduate and undergraduates levels.

Our goals are to provide innovative high quality teaching, conduct research of international quality and importance, collaborate with industry and to communicate our enthusiasm for our subject. Whether you are interested in undergraduate study, postgraduate training, our research activities or in our BSc Engineering sandwich programme, we hope these web pages prove to be useful to you. If you need any further information, we will be delighted to hear from you. Feel free to contact the department or the staff in your area of interest

 Thank you and we look forward to welcoming you into our department ; ; ;

Welcome to the Department of Physics at the University of Cape Coast!

We are located within the Science Building Complex at the new site of the main UCC campus in the suburbs of the historic township of Cape Coast.

The department offers physics degrees at the BSc, MPhil and PhD levels, and engineering physics degree at the BSc level supported by over 20 full-time lecturers. The Department of Physics  is also home to the Laser and Fibre Optics Centre (LAFOC) an ICTP (International Centre for Theoretical Physics) funded major research center specializing in optical sciences and their broad applications.

As one of the most rapidly growing physics departments in the country, UCC’s Department of Physics has experienced great changes in the last 15 years:

  • Number of full-time lecturers has doubled
  • PhD and MPhil programmes established in Physics and Atmospheric Physics
  • Persistent increase in Engineering Physics students' population
  • Graduate population has exceeded 20 full-time students

Undergraduate and graduate (MPhil and Ph.D) students with keen interest in, among others, optics, lasers, imaging, photonics, and space sciences are invited to apply to our programs with possibility to receive financial support, one-on-one faculty mentoring, training in state-of-the-art technologies, and opportunities for professional development.


The vission of the Department of Physics is to provide a high quality education and training in physics and engineering to students of diverse background to enable them achieve professional success and leadership status, opening opportunities to a highly demanding multidisciplinary market.


The mission of the Department of Physics at UCC is based on three pillars: education, research and service to society. We strive to provide outstanding educational opportunities, through instruction and research, for undergraduate students seeking preparation for graduate school or entry into the workforce. We also aim to train graduate students to be leaders in their field of research. Our research goal is to grow and sustain internationally recognized research groups in atmospheric physics, condensed matter physics and lasers and fiber optics. Through our teaching of physics to non-science and  non-physics majors, we provide professional service to the university community and the nation.

For our Vision to become a reality the Physics or Engineering Physics Department has the following objectives set before it.

* To train theoretical and experimental physics for science, industry, commerce. 

* To train  physicist  with  strong  background  in  engineering and technology to cope with the changing trends in industry and commerce.

* To  train  physicists  who  have  interest  also  in  the  arts,  for example law, philosophy, journalism to gain appreciation of the two different methods of analysis and reasoning

The core values that distinguish Physics, Engineering Physics, and Meteorology and Atmospheric Science programmes at the University of Cape Coast are:

1. Creative teaching methodologies that incorporate modern physics from the first day of the first year

We believe in training our students with the requisite modern physics skills to enable them compete with their counterparts elsewhere. As a result, we weave modern physics into the first-year introductory physics sequence, making your introduction to physics exciting, relevant, and purposefully different from what you learn in senior high school physics.

In Physics, we believe you learn best by doing. We work to integrate lectures and labs so you can explore a new concept experimentally before hearing about it in lecture.

2. Graduate and Professional Education

Maintain the highest quality of instruction and research training for graduate students; expand and enhance applied and professional degree options; contribute to advances in science education.

3. Undergraduate research

Research experience as an undergraduate molds you into a scientist. It builds your resume, opens up opportunities for employment or graduate school, and sets you apart from other students who merely take courses.

The physics department of UCC is unique because we:

  • Provide the highest quality of instruction for our undergraduate Physics, Engineering Physics and Meteorology and Atmospheric Science students, and for related programs and service courses; increase and enhance active learning opportunities outside the classroom.
  • Maintain the highest quality of instruction and research training for graduate students; expand and enhance applied and professional degree options
  • Provide outreach opportunities that enhance student learning and contribute to the scientific exchange throughout the community.
  • Recruit and retain dedicated lecturers who mentor students on one-to-one basis