The Department runs a four year Degree program leading to the award of B.Sc Microbiology Degree for candidates admitted through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and a three year program for the award of same Degree for Direct Entry (DE) candidates.

Duration of Programme

The duration is a minimum of four (4) academic sessions and maximum of six (6) for UTME students while it is a minimum of three (3) academic sessions and maximum of five (5) academic sessions for DE students.

Note: Depending on the circumstance the university may however consider and grant an extension of one session on exceptional cases based on the merit of the students’ application.

Admission Requirement

The Department admits students by entrance examination (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination UTME) organized by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board and Direct Entry (through JAMB).


The entry requirements shall be at least credit level passes in five subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics at the Senior Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent. In addition, an acceptable pass in the University Matriculation Examination (UTME) into 100-level is required.  The Department admits only those who possess a minimum of five credits in either WASSCE or NECO or its equivalents in not more than two sittings and who scored the University’s minimum JAMB score for the year of admission.


Direct Entry:

The Direct entry admission is offered to candidates who possess Ordinary National Diploma or its equivalent with upper credit level passes in related areas. Candidates with two A level passes (graded A-E) at the Advanced Level in one or more relevant subjects (Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics and Physics) may undertake the three – year degree programme into 200-level. Other universities’ Diplomas are not accepted for direct entry admissions.

Registration Procedure

Until students are duly registered at the Faculty and Departmental levels and duly matriculated, they are not bonafide students. All fresh students of the University must register for courses in their various programmes through the University portal by completion of relevant documents.


The Academic Office shall circulate the examination time-table for all the courses at least 4 weeks before the commencement of the examination to avail students the opportunity to submit complaints on clashes. All clashes shall be submitted to the Head of Department who shall forward same to the Examination Time-Table Committee. The final time-table shall be displayed on all notice-boards two weeks before the examination after which there shall be no adjustments without the permission of the Registrar. The time and venue for each examination shall be strictly adhered to and when it is absolutely necessary to reschedule an examination, the Head of Department will do so after due consultation with the Dean and such a change shall be published 48 hours before the exam.


6.6. Grading System

The course credit system (i.e., course unit system) is an operational system in which the entire programmes of course required by students consist of a prescribed number of units. Therefore, the courses are weighted according to credit units.

Student assessment system

Continuous assessment for students shall be by means of assignments, term papers, regular tests (formal and informal), assessment in laboratory, field etc. Except in practical and field courses, it shall contribute 30% of the total score for each course. Final examinations for courses are held at the end of each semester. The end of semester examination constitutes 70% of the total score for a course except again, in practical and field courses.

 Grading system

A candidate’s raw scores in examinations usually expressed as percentages are converted into grades, which are weighted by being assigned points value. The following ranges of marks and their corresponding grades and points weighting are to be used.