Motto: Unveiling the misteries of life at molecular level

PGD Forensic Biotechnology


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:
i. O’Level requirements.
ii. 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
iii. An equivalent degree from another University recognized by Ahmadu Bello University.
iv. 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.

Courses offered
First Semester   |   Second Semeter
S/N Course Code Course Title Credit Units
1 SCI 801 Management and Entrepreneurship -
2 FBTE 701 Basic Biochemistry -
3 FBTE 703 Introduction to Biotechnology -
4 FBTE 705 Forensic DNA Technology -
5 FBTE 707 Genomics/Proteomics -
6 FBTE 709 Principles of Forensic Sciences -
7 FBTE 711 Legal Issues -
8 FBTE 713 Forensic Biotechnology Applications I -
9 FBTE 715 Bioethics and Biosafety -
10 FBTE 717 Introduction to Forensic Toxicology -
11 FBTE 719 Introduction to Forensic Pathology -