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Applying from Ghana?

Here's all the information you need to study with us

If you’re from Ghana and interested in studying in the UK, the University of Portsmouth is a great place to fulfil your ambitions. And if you’re ready to take the next step, we’re ready to help you get here.

On this page, you'll find information about where you can meet us in your region, what you need to do to apply for a course with us and contact details for our people in your area.

Entry requirements for students from Ghana

If you're joining us from Ghana, the entry requirements you need to meet will depend on the course you want to study.

We consider all applications we receive. However, to make sure you get the most out of your time studying with us and have the best chance of applying successfully, we recommend the following minimum qualifications:

Foundation courses

You'll usually need to do a foundation year before doing an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree. We will consider your application if you have achieved minimum grades of 1-6 or A-D in 5 SSCE/WASSCE subjects (including mathematics and English language).

We recommend you take a foundation course at our associated college International College Portsmouth (ICP)

Undergraduate courses

For entry onto an undergraduate course such as a Bachelor's degree, you must have studied relevant subjects and achieved strong grades in either A levels or the International Baccalaureate.

A levels

  • Please check your specific course page to find the exact number of points needed. Your A level grades should equal or exceed the total points required. You can use the UCAS Tariff Calculator to work out your total points.
  • Some courses will require you to have studied specific subjects at A level. For example, to study a science course you will usually need to have achieved passing grades in scientific subjects at A level.
  • A level points: A* = 56 A = 48 B = 40 C = 32 D = 24.

International Baccalaureate

  • Most courses will require between 24 and 31 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB), depending on the degree you apply for.

You may also be able to apply for relevant undergraduate degree programmes with an Ordinary National Diploma (OND).

If you have a High National Diploma (HND) or Higher Diploma you can apply for advanced entry onto a relevant undergraduate programme.

You may be also able to join an undergraduate course with other qualifications. We do consider qualifications from a range of sources. Contact us to find out more.

Postgraduate courses

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised Higher Education institution.

Typical minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements:

  • UK 2.1 equivalent: 65%, or GPA 2.75/4.0
  • UK 2.2 equivalent: 55% or GPA 2.50/4.0

Some courses require a higher overall CGPA, however we are happy to consider applications with a slightly lower GPA on an individual basis.

If you don't meet the postgraduate entry requirements, you can do a pre-Master's programme at International College Portsmouth (ICP) for many of our courses.


We'll consider you for a PhD if you have a good Master’s degree and submit a research proposal.

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English language requirements

When you join us, it’s important that you can speak and understand English to the level that your course requires. The specific English language requirements will be on your chosen course page.

We accept a Grade C6 or above in English on the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), IELTS, IGCSE and several other certificates, but don’t worry if you're currently short of the standard required – we offer English Language Programmes that will get you to the necessary level.

What to do next

Ready to start your adventure with us? Whether you know which degree course you want to do or not, get in touch with us now or meet us at an event near you to discuss your next steps.

Our Global Officers are experts in helping students from Ghana, like you, to apply to join us. Whatever you want to know, just ask.

Scholarships and Bursaries

As a student from Ghana, you can apply for various scholarships and bursaries, including the International Alumni Referral Award and Chevening Scholarship.

You can find more information about these on our funding page.

School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences (SEGG) Scholarship

If you're a self-funded international student, achieve a first or upper second (2:1) from your Bachelor's degree at the University of Portsmouth and accept an offer onto a Master's course before Monday 6th July 2020, you could get 50% off your course tuition fee with our Master's Scholarship.

Eligible programmes are:


To be considered for this Master’s Scholarship you must be a self-funding international student and:

  • Accept an offer on a full-time masters programme listed below before Monday 6th July 2020, to commence in September 2020
  • Achieve a first or upper second (2:1) honours degree from your University of Portsmouth undergraduate programme

How to apply

You do not need to make a separate application. Candidates holding a 2:1 or 1st will automatically be considered and the decision will be made based on the highest GPA score who fulfill the above criteria. If you're one of the three successful candidates, you'll be informed by Tuesday 7th July 2020.

Get in touch with Professor Rob Strachan if you have any queries on this.

Representatives and agents

If you want to learn more about studying with us or you want help with your application, contact one of our official representatives in Ghana:

Agents in Ghana by city

CUPA Study International

42 Olusegun Obasanjo Way
Pig Farm Junction
PO Box TF70

Tel: (+233) 501-290-456 | (+233) 501-290-457


Global Student Link Advisors Ghana

House Number 6
Accam Street, Adjiringano Bridge,
Health Clinic Road,
East Legion, Accra

Tel: (+233) 246-768-084

Contact: Mr. Samue; Kwasi Awudi


Globe Educational Center

C14 Star Avenue
Quennel House
Accra - North

(Correspondence address: Box 5552, Accra - North)
Tel: (+233) 548-393-600
Mobile: (+233) 02447-83000
Fax: (+233) 2-122-8154




The Orangery
169/4A Otwe Street
Tedzii Ashieshi
Osu Ako-Adjei

Tel: (+233) 302-798-181


World Student Advisors

Agiringanor Road
East Legon

Skype: WSA.Ghana
WhatsApp: (+233) (0) 244-277-559


Globe Educational Center

26/5 New John Sabah Road
PO Box MC 395

Tel: (+233) 3-12-4117
Fax: (+233) 3-12-4540



Second Floor, Plot 25A
Ahodwo Roundabout

Tel: (+233) 0553-173-346


Global Student Link Advisors

1st Floor, Rent Control Regional Office,
Bompata, Opposite SIC Building,
Kumasi, Ashanti Region

Tel: (+233) 2467-680-84 | (+233) 2001-334-38

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