Department of Biochemistry

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

Postgraduate Courses

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PGD Forensic Biotechnology

Introduction:

The Programme has as its main objective the production of manpower with skills in Forensic Biotechnology to solve relevant societal problems.

Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Biotechnology is a one year (12 months) professional diploma in the area of forensic medicine and molecular diagnostics. The target group are health officers, scientists without practical knowledge of molecular genetics, clinicians, and particularly law enforcement officers and lawyers interested in modern forensic technology including applications in paternity and individual identification issues.

The course will involve taught courses and hands-on practical training.

The programme is hosted in the Department of Biochemistry in conjunction with the Centre for Biotechnology Research and Training, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

Admission Requirement:

To be considered for admission into the course, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  • O’Level requirements.
  • A first degree in Biochemistry and other Natural sciences, Agriculture, Veterinary, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Chemical Engineering with at least a third class honours of Ahmadu Bello University or HND with upper credit or
  • An equivalent degree from another University recognized by Ahmadu Bello University.
  • At least two favorable letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s previous academic advisor.
    • Forty percent (40%) of the admission quota will be reserved for female applicants.
    • Similarly, thirty (30%) of the admission quota will be reserved for non Nigerians.

Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester
SCI 801 Management and Entrepreneurship - First Semester
FBTE 701 Basic Biochemistry - First Semester
FBTE 703 Introduction to Biotechnology - First Semester
FBTE 705 Forensic DNA Technology - First Semester
FBTE 707 Genomics/Proteomics - First Semester
FBTE 709 Principles of Forensic Sciences - First Semester
FBTE 711 Legal Issues - First Semester
FBTE 713 Forensic Biotechnology Applications I - First Semester
FBTE 715 Bioethics and Biosafety - First Semester
FBTE 717 Introduction to Forensic Toxicology - First Semester
FBTE 719 Introduction to Forensic Pathology - First Semester
SCI802 ICT and Research Methodology 2 Second Semester
FBTE702 Bioinformatics - Second Semester
FBTE704 Forensic Biotechnology Applications II - Second Semester
FBTE706 Genotyping and Hereditary. Hereditary - Second Semester
FBTE708 aboratory Operating Standards and Quality Assurance - Second Semester
FBTE710 Introduction to Research Methodology and Data Acquisition - Second Semester
FBTE712 Seminars - Second Semester
FBTE714 Introduction to Forensic Archeology - Second Semester
FBTE716 Introduction to Forensic Entomology - Second Semester
FBTE700 Research Project - Second Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester

PPGD. Nutrition

Introduction:

Good Nutrition is a cornerstone of every healthy human society, indeed due to its significance, the Department of Biochemistry runs a Postgraduate Diploma in Nutrition programme with a view to provide candidates with:

  • Good understanding of the Principles and Practice of Nutrition.
  • The knowledge and skills necessary for understanding the relationships between Nutrition and Health.
  • An academic background for pursuing a successful and rewarding career in Nutrition.
  • Enhanced capacity and competence to deal with common nutritional challenges.

The programme consists of course work, field work/practicals and project, and can be either run with flexibility as:
A full-time programme for a minimum of two (2) semesters and maximum of four (4) semesters, or as a part-time programme for a minimum duration of four (4) semesters and maximum of six (6) semesters to suit your work schedule and desire.

Admission Requirements:

Candidates with the following academic qualifications from recognized institutions may apply for admission into the programme:

  • Applicants must have five (5) credit passes including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics in GCE O-levels, NECO or SSCE.
  • A degree in Agriculture, Biochemistry, Nutrition, Nursing, Medicine, Food Science, or Food Technology, Home Economics and related disciplines with a minimum of Third Class degree. Holders of pass degree with a minimum of five (5) years of cognate field experience may be considered.
  • Professionals in the field of Nutrition who may be HND holders with a minimum of Lower Credit or equivalent in related disciplines.
  • Registered Nurses with post basic qualifications and Community Health Officers with relevant experience in the field of Nutrition.

Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester
NUTR701 PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION - First Semester
NUTR702 RESEARCH METHODS IN NUTRITION - Second Semester
NUTR703 FOOD CHEMISTRY - First Semester
NUTR704 NUTRITION AND METABOLISM - Second Semester
NUTR705 FOOD PROCESSING, PRESERVATION & SAFETY - First Semester
NUTR706 COMMUNITY NUTRITION - Second Semester
NUTR707 NUTRITION THROUGH THE LIFE CYCLE - First Semester
NUTR708 COMPUTER APPLICATION IN NUTRITION - Second Semester
NUTR709 NUTRITION AND DISEASE - First Semester
NUTR711 INTRODUCTORY MANAGEMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP - First Semester
NUTR712 COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT OF ACUTE MALNUTRITION - First Semester
NUTR713 BASIC STATISTICS AND APPLICATION TO NUTRITION - Second Semester
NUTR715 NUTRITION EXTENSION AND RURAL SOCIOLOGY - First Semester
NUTR793 PROJECT - First Semester
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester

M.Sc Biochemistry

Introduction:

Master’s and doctoral degree in Biochemistry programmes in the Department of Biochemistry have as their main objective the production of manpower with skills in various aspects of biotechnology to solve relevant societal problems.
The Master’s programme involves a comprehensive coursework component and intensive research component, and run for a minimum of FOUR (4) semesters and a maximum of SIX (6) semesters.

Admission Requirement:

To be considered for admission into the M.Sc. Biochemistry programme, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Applicants must have five (5) credit passes including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • A first degree in Biochemistry with at least a second class honours of Ahmadu Bello University or
  • An equivalent degree from another University recognized by Ahmadu Bello University.
  • At least two favorable letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s previous academic advisor.
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester
BCHM801 Enzyme Chemistry 2 ---
BCHM802 Bioenergetics and Thermodynamics 2 ---
BCHM804 hemistry and Function of Biological Membranes 2 ---
BCHM805 Advanced Principle of Nutrition 2 ---
BCHM806 Physical Biochemistry of Macromolecules 2 ---
BCHM807 Metabolic Regulation 3 ---
BCHM811 Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering 2 ---
BCHM812 Industrial Biotechnology 2 ---
BCHM813 Medical Biochemistry 3 ---
BCHM814 Immunochemistry 3 ---
BCHM830 Technical Paper Writing and Grant Application 1 ---
BCHM831 Experimental techniques in Biochemistry 2 ---
NUTR 802 Nutrition, Agriculture and Gender 2 ---
NUTR 810 Nutritional & Environmental Toxicology 2 ---
NUTR 846 Bioinformatics 3 ---
VMPP818 Applied Physiology (Elective) 3 ---
VMPP815 Introductory Molecular Genetics (Elective) 3 ---
VMPP847 Advanced Clinical Onocology (Elective) 3 ---
PHCL815 Toxicology (Elective) 4 ---
MICR809 Advanced Industrial Microbiology (Elective) 4 ---
COMM810 Advanced Biostatistics (Elective) 3 ---
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester

M.Sc Biotechnology

Introduction:

Master’s and doctoral degree in Biotechnology programmes in the Department of Biochemistry have as their main objective the production of manpower with skills in various aspects of biotechnology to solve relevant societal problems.

The MSc programme involves a comprehensive coursework component and intensive research component, which run for a minimum of FOUR (4) semesters and a maximum of SIX (6) semesters.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

To be considered for admission into the M.Sc. progammes, the applicant must satisfy the following requirements.

  • Applicants must have five (5) credit passes including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • A first degree in Biochemistry, any Natural Sciences, Agriculture or Human and Veterinary Medicine or Pharmaceutical Sciences with at least a second class honours of Ahmadu Bello University or
  • An equivalent degree from another University recognized by Ahmadu Bello University.
  • At least two favorable letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s previous academic advise.
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester
SCI801 MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP - First Semester
BTEC841 GENERAL BIOCHEMISTRY 3 First Semester
BTEC843 GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY 2 First Semester
BTEC845 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY & RECOMBINANT DNA TECHNOLOGY 3 First Semester
BTEC847 BIOSAFETY 2 First Semester
BTEC849 CELL AND TISSUE CULTURE 3 First Semester
BTEC851 BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY I 2 First Semester
FBTE709 Principles of Forensic Sciences 2 First Semester
SCI802 ICT AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY - Second Semester
BTEC842 BIOETHICS 2 Second Semester
BTEC844 BIOENTREPRENEURSHIP & INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS 2 Second Semester
BTEC846 BIOINFORMATICS 3 Second Semester
BTEC848 BIOENGINEERING 2 Second Semester
BTEC850 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY and BIOSTATISTICS 2 Second Semester
BTEC852 BIOTECHNOLOGY LABORATORY II 2 Second Semester
BTEC896 RESEARCH PROJECTS 12 Second Semester
BTEC854 Agricultural Biotechnology (Prescribed Electives) 4 ---
BTEC856 Medical & Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (Prescribed Electives) 4 ---
BTEC858 Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology (Prescribed Electives) 4 ---
BTEC853 RECENT ADVANCES IN BIOTECHNOLOGY (Electives) 2 ---
BCHM862 Nutritional Genomics, Evolution and Environment (Electives) 2 ---
VMSM847 Advanced Clinical Onocology (Electives) 3 ---
PHCL815 Toxicology (Electives) 3 ---
MICR809 Advanced Industrial Microbiology (Electives) 3 ---
BIOL863 BIOMASS/RESOURCE UTILIZATION (Electives) 3 ---
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester

M.Sc Nutrition

Introduction:

The Masters in Nutrition programme was designed to improve the candidate’s capacity for scientific research and applications in the area of Nutritional Biochemistry.

The programme which consists of coursework and research components runs for a minimum duration of four semesters and maximum duration of six semesters.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

Candidates seeking admission for the Master of Science Degree Programme in Nutrition must have any of the following academic qualifications from recognized institutions:

  • Applicants must have five (5) credit passes including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Biochemistry, Dietetics, Nutrition, Nursing, Medicine, Food Science, Food Technology, Home Economics, Microbiology, and related disciplines with a minimum of Second Class degree.
  • HND Credit plus PGDN at a minimum of Credit level, in addition to satisfying University Matriculation requirements.
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester
SCI801 MANAGEMENT AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP 2 First Semester
NUTR 801 Macronutrient Metabolism, Deficiencies and Control 3 First Semester
NUTR 803 Micronutrient Metabolism, Deficiencies and Control 2 First Semester
NUTR 805 Geriatric Nutrition and Social Welfare 2 First Semester
NUTR 807 Maternal, Child and Adolescents Nutrition 2 First Semester
NUTR 809 Nutritional Disorders First Semester
NUTR 811 Community and Public Health Nutrition 2 First Semester
NUTR 813 CInstrumentation and Techniques in Food and Nutrition 2 First Semester
NUTR 815 Nutritional Epidemiology 2 First Semester
NUTR 883 Seminar Presentation 2 First Semester
NUTR 893 Master’s Thesis in Nutrition 6 First Semester
SCI 802 ICT & Research methodology 2 Second Semester
NUTR 802 Nutrition, Agriculture and Gender 2 Second Semester
NUTR 804 Food Composition Databases and Biodiversity 2 Second Semester
NUTR 806 Nutrition Communications, Counseling and Advocacy 2 Second Semester
NUTR 808 Nutrition and Exercise 2 Second Semester
NUTR 810 Nutritional Genomics and Evolution 2 Second Semester
NUTR 812 Nutritional and Environmental Toxicology 2 Second Semester
NUTR 814 Food and Nutrition in Emergency Second Semester
NUTR 816 Supervised Fieldwork/Internship 2 Second Semester
COMM 810 Advanced Biostatistics 3 ---
VMPP 818 Applied Physiology 3 ---
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester

Ph.D Biotechmology

M. Phil/PhD Biotechnology:

The programme consists of a coursework component and a research component, the progarmme runs for a minimum of SIX (6) semesters and a maximum of NINE (9) semesters.

The programme which consists of coursework and research components runs for a minimum duration of four semesters and maximum duration of six semesters.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

  • Applicants must have five (5) credit passes including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • An applicant who already holds the M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry or any of the Natural Sciences or MSc in Biotechnology, may be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. Biotechnology programme if the applicant’s M.Sc. is considered equivalent to that of Ahmadu Bello University’s department of Biochemistry and must have scored a minimum CGPA of 4.0/5.0 and Thesis score not less than 60% (B). Candidates that meet these requirements but have not passed any of the core courses in the M.Sc. programme in this department shall be required to register and pass at ‘B’ grade such courses.
  • Candidates in the following categories will be required to enroll for the M. Phil. programme and may be allowed to proceed for the Ph.D. programme after successful completion of the M. Phil. programme:
    • A candidate who’s CGPA at the Master degree level is less than 4.0/5.0 but not lower than 3.5/5.
    • A candidate who’s Master degree programme did not include a thesis component.
    • A candidate who has a Master degree not in Biochemistry but a closely related field.
  • At least two favorable letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s previous academic advisor.

NOTE: A candidate who does not meet the requirement for upgrading of M. Phil programme to a Ph.D. shall be advised to withdraw.

Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester
BCHM 901 Computer Appreciation for Research Students 3 ---
BTEC 901 Molecular Evolution 3 ---
BTEC 903 Modern Concepts in Cancer and Carcinogenesls 3 ---
BTEC 905 Biochemistry of Tropical Parasites and Disease Agents 3 ---
BTEC 907 Journal Club 2 ---
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester

Ph.D Biochemistry

M. Phil/PhD Biochemistry:

The programme consists of a coursework component and a research component which runs for a minimum of SIX (6) semesters and a maximum of NINE (9) semesters.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT:

  • Applicants must have five (5) credit passes including English language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • An applicant who already holds the M.Sc. degree in Biochemistry may be considered for direct admission into the Ph.D. programme if the applicant’s M.Sc. is considered equivalent to that of Ahmadu Bello University’s department of Biochemistry and must have scored a minimum CGPA of 4.0/5.0 and Thesis score not less than 60% (B). Candidates that meet these requirements but have not passed any of the core courses in the M.Sc. programme in this department shall be required to register and pass at ‘B’ grade such courses.
  • Candidates in the following categories will be required to enroll for the M. Candidates in the following categories will be required to enroll for the M. Phil. programme and may be allowed to proceed for the Ph.D. programme after successful completion of the M. Phil. programme:
    • A candidate who’s CGPA at the Master degree level is less than 4.0/5.0 but not lower than 3.5/5.
    • A candidate who’s Master degree programme did not include a thesis component.
    • A candidate who has a Master degree not in Biochemistry but a closely related field.
  • At least two favorable letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the applicant’s previous academic advisor.

NOTE: A candidate who does not meet the requirement for upgrading of M. Phil programme to a Ph.D. shall be advised to withdraw.

Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester
BCHM 901 Computer Appreciation for Research Students 3 ---
BCHM 903 Biotechnology 3 ---
BCHM 905 Cell Biology and Molecular Evolution 3 ---
BCHM 907 Modern Concepts in Cancer and Carcinogenesis 3 ---
BCHM 909 Biochemistry of Tropical Parasites and Disease Agents 3 ---
BCHM 911 Journal Club 2 ---
BCHM 981 Seminar I (Proposal defense) 2 ---
BCHM 982 Seminar II (Progress report) 2 ---
BCHM 983 Seminar III (Final report) 2 ---
BCHM 993 Research/Dissertation 12 ---
Course Code Course Title Credit Units Semester