Motto: Innovation Drives Transformation


Course ID
Microbiology (MCB)
Core Values


To project the field of microbiology through education, research and service. We aim to train future microbiologists, generate new knowledge through innovative research, and serve our community by applying our expertise to solve real-world problems.


To be a world-known centre for microbiology research and education driving scientific discovery to address global challenges and improve human health.

Core Values

The Department of Microbiology is committed to the following core values:

Inquiry and Discovery: A commitment to curiosity, exploration and the pursuit of new knowledge in Microbiology.

Scientific Integrity: Upholding the highest standards of research ethics, honesty and transparency.

Collaboration: Working effectively as a team and fostering interdisciplinary connections to achieve research goals.

Social Responsibility: Applying microbiological knowledge for the greater good, such as improving human health or protecting the environment.

Lifelong Learning: Recognizing the ever-evolving nature of microbiology and the importance of continuous learning and professional development.

Safety: Maintaining a safe and responsible environment for research and teaching.

Diversity and Inclusion: Valuing a variety of perspectives and fostering an inclusive environment for all students and researchers.

Program Philosophy for B.Sc in Microbiology

We believe that a deep understanding of the microbial world is essential for addressing some of humanity’s most pressing challenges. Through a combination of reductionist and holistic approaches, we strive to unravel the intricate relationships between microbes and their environments. By acknowledging the evolutionary forces that have shaped microbial life, we aim at unlocking new knowledge that can improve human health, protect the planet and advance scientific discovery.


The strategic goals of the Department of Microbiology will typically focus on achieving their mission and vision within a specific timeframe. These goals will be ambitious yet achievable, and they should address the following aims:

  1. Education: Develop and implement innovative teaching method(s) to ensure students are well-prepared for careers in microbiology. Increase student enrollment in microbiology programmes, for potentially targeting specific demographics or disciplines. Enhance the research experience for undergraduate and graduate students by providing more opportunities for participation.
  2. Research: Establish research focus areas in emerging or important fields of microbiology, such as antimicrobial resistance, microbial ecology or bioremediation. Secure funding for research projects through grants, partnerships, or industry collaborations. Increase the number of high quality publications peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  3. Service: Expand public outreach programmes to educate the community about microbiology and its relevance to everyday life. Develop collaborations with other institutions and government agencies on public health initiative or environmental projects. Offer commercial microbiology services such as diagnostics or bio-processing, if applicable to the department expertise.
  4. Department Growth: Recruit and retain top faculty in key areas of microbiology research. Modernize laboratory facilities and equipment to stay at the forefront of scientific advancement. Foster a collaborative and inclusive environment within the department to promote teamwork and innovation.

A degree involving mathematics or statistics will prepare you for a career in areas such as health, finance, information technology, education, pharmaceuticals, government, insurance, and academia.

Basic Admission Requirements and Expected Duration of the Programmes

Candidates can be admitted into any of the degree programmes in Science by one of the following three ways:

  1. The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
  2. Direct Entry
  3. Inter-University Transfer

UTME Entry Mode

The minimum academic requirement is credit level passes in five (5) subjects at O’Level innationally recognised examination including English Language, Mathematics and three other Science subjects which are relevant to the intended programme at not more than two sittings. In addition, an acceptable pass in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) with relevant subject combination is also required for admission into 100 Level.

Direct Entry Mode

Candidates seeking admission into a programme in Science through Direct Entry must havepasses at GCE ‘A’ Level/IJMB or its equivalent in a minimum of two (2) Science subjects relevant to the intended programme to be considered for admission into 200 Level. This isin addition to fulfilling the requirement of a minimum of credit level passes in five (5) relevant subjects at ‘O’ Level as indicated above.

Inter-University Transfer Mode

Students can transfer into 200-Level courses provided they have the relevant qualifications.Universities are to certify that students meet the minimum requirements for the Inter- University Transfer.

Minimum Duration

The minimum duration of science programmes is four (4) academic sessions for candidates whoenter through the UTME Mode. Direct Entry candidates admitted into the 200 level of their programmes will spend a minimum of three (3) academic sessions.