Ghana currently runs a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy degree programme as the minimal requirement to practice as a pharmacist. This means all the universities in Ghana have moved on from Bachelor of Pharmacy degree to Pharm. D.
Studying in Ghana is an enjoyable experience, since the country is relatively peaceful and has stable power. The standard of education is much improved compared to other West African neighbours.
For foreigners who want to study pharmacy in Ghana, it is important to note that there are discrepancies in school fees between Ghanaians and others.
In Ghana, the Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences also run the postgraduate degree. But in this post we will discuss only undergraduate pharmacy education in Ghana, especially for international students.
Requirements to Study Pharmacy in Ghana
An international student who wants to study in Ghana must meet some basic requirement.
- Any of these certificates with the relevant passes: General Certificate of Education (GCE), West African Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education (WASSCE), International Baccalaureate (IB), International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE), the American Grades 12 and 13 examinations
The school fees for undergraduate international pharmacy students in Ghana ranges between $3,0000 to above $6000. It decreases with an increasing year of study.
The school fees normally cover application, registration, tuition, examination, and accommodation fees for one full session.
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Best University to Study Pharmacy in Ghana for International Students
The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) accredited all the universities listed here. Note: The GTEC is a new body formed from merging the National Accreditation Board (NAB) and National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)
A public-funded university based in Legon, Ghana. One of the foremost universities in Africa, they ranked it no. 1 in Ghana, and the only West African University to appear in the QS World University Rankings 2022 (1001-1200). It remains one of the best school to study pharmacy in Ghana.
The pharmacy department is one out of six courses in the Health Sciences. They offer quality pharmacy education and practical experience in hospitals, community pharmacies, and pharmaceutical industries.
They run the Doctor of Pharmacy programme. It is a six-year programme leading to the award of D. Pharm certificate instead of Bachelor of Pharmacy certificate.
The school fees for international pharmacy students is $ 5,797 for one session.
Another public university in Ghana. The university started in 1951. The main campus is in the Kumasi region, but there are other campuses in Sunyani and Accra.
National Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) recognises the institution. They run diplomas, bachelor, and postgraduate studies in many courses.
The pharmacy school is the first pharmacy department in Ghana (since 1953), and also the only Department of Pharmaceutics to run a postgraduate degree in Ghana.
The Pharmacy Council, Ghana, accredited the school. They have been running the Doctor of Pharmacy programme since 2012-13 sessions.
The school fees for international students is 5,915.77 per session.
This is another public university based in Cape Coast, Central region of Ghana. It is the third ranked university in Ghana according to UniRank.
The National Accreditation Board, Ghana, recognizes the institution. The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, which started admission for the first time in the 2019/2020 session, has the accreditation of the Pharmacy Council, Ghana.
They run program for international students too, and the fee is $5,797 per session.
A public university in Northern Ghana city of Tamale. The institution founded in 1992 has the accreditation of Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), and the Pharmacy Council, Ghana. The University ranks 7th in the country.
All international students pay $100 for the undergraduate e-voucher (not the school fees)
A relatively new school, UHAS, started in 2011. It is at Ho, in the Volta Region of Ghana. UniRank placed the school 10th in the country’s ranking.
The school of pharmacy started in 2016 but moved to the main campus in 2019. It has the accreditation of the Pharmacy Council in Ghana and GTEC.
The school fee for the first year is $5,205.01 but decreases to $4,138.52 in the second year.
A university in Tema, Central Accra, Ghana. The institution started in 1997 and has other campuses in Mataheko and Prampram. It is a chartered private institution accredited by the relevant bodies to run the Pharm. D programme.
The current school fees (2021) for Pharm. D programme for international student is $5,600.