Postgraduate

BIOLOGY POSTGRADUATE CURRICULUM

 

INTRODUCTION

The Biology unit of the Department of Biological Sciences offers courses and research leading to the award of the following degrees in the options of; Applied Biology and Biotechnology and Animal and Environmental Biology.

 

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)

Areas of Specialization:

    1. Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
    2. Plant Physiology and Breeding
    3. Plant Genetic Diversity and Conservation
    4. Molecular Systematics and Cytogenetics
    5. Environmental Biology and Geographic Information System (GIS)
    6. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability
    7. Hydrobiology and Wetland Ecology
    8. Wildlife Ecology and Rehabilitation

 

  • Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)

Areas of Specialization:

    1. Plant Physiology and Breeding
    2. Plant Genetic Diversity and Conservation
    3. Molecular Systematics and Cytogenetics
    4. Environmental Biology
    5. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Sustainability
    6. Hydrobiology and Wetland Ecology

 

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES

Philosophy

Biology is the study of life, whether Microorganisms, plants or animals. The philosophy of the postgraduate programme in Biology is to give the student opportunity to develop their intellectual capacity in the field of Pure and Applied Biology through in-depth training in theoretical knowledge and practical skills in Biology, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Genetics and Environmental sciences, Ecology and related fields. The programme has modern, equipped research laboratories and supporting facilities which offer opportunities for cutting-edge research. Our faculty conducts research to increase current knowledge of pure, basic and applied research, and help to guide students on the choice of research specialization and mentors. The University center for learning resources is ranked among the top research libraries in Africa with a large collection of research journals and online resources in all areas of biological and molecular sciences. Several Covenant University graduates go on to careers in academia, biotechnological and pharmaceutical companies and government, medicine, or research institutes. Our mission is to produce well trained, enquiry-minded expert thinkers and entrepreneurially self-dependent scientists who will expand the frontiers of knowledge in their areas of specialization, provide solutions to societal problems and make developmental impacts on their communities.

 

Objectives

The main objectives of the postgraduate programmes are:

    1. To provide Mid, to upper cadre applied knowledge and skills for graduates of Applied Biology, Biotechnology, Animal Sciences, Plant Sciences, Environmental Sciences and related disciplines both in first hand application of acquired expertise.

 

    1. To produce scientists with in-depth theoretical knowledge, up-to-date analytical techniques and expertise in basic and applied fields of pure and applied biology

 

    1. To produce highly skilled manpower in plant, animal and environmental sciences as well as biotechnology for the various sectors of endeavours where such expertise are required.

 

    1. To produce entrepreneurs and employers of labour in relevant product and service industries.

 

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To qualify for admission into the postgraduate programme, candidates must satisfy the general regulations of the School of Postgraduate Studies for admission into Covenant University, Ota. In addition, candidates must possess the basic entry requirements for the programmes as follows:

 

  1. Master of Science (M.Sc) Degree

To qualify for admission into the M. Sc. degree programme, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree with at least second class honours, lower division (22), in Biology, Botany, Biotechnology, Zoology or any of the biological sciences or agricultural sciences courses from Covenant University, Ota or any other recognized University.

 

  1. Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) Degree

To qualify for admission into the M. Phil. programme in Biology candidates must possess:

    1. B. Sc. degree with at least second class honours, upper division (21) as required for admission into the Masters programme in Biology (as above) OR
    1. M. Sc. degree in related areas of Biology, Botany, Biotechnology, Zoology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Sciences with a CGPA of 3.0-3.99 on a 5-point scale or 50-59% average score from Covenant University, Ota or any other recognized University.

 

C. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Degree

To qualify for admission into the Ph.D programme in Biology candidates must possess:

  1. M. Sc. degree in any of the related field of Biology, Botany, Biotechnology, Zoology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Sciences with a minimum CGPA of 4.0 on a 5-point scale or 60% average score from Covenant University or any other recognized University OR
  2. M. Phil. degree in related areas of Biology, Botany, Biotechnology, Zoology, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Sciences with a minimum CGPA of at least 3.5 on a 5-point scale or 55% average from Covenant University or any other recognized University.

    ​​​​​iii. Candidates already on the M. Phil. programme can be converted into the Ph.D programme after successfully        completing the M. Phil. course work with a CGPA of at least 3.5.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The candidate must satisfy all conditions stipulated in the regulations of the School of Postgraduate Studies of Covenant University for the award of postgraduate degrees. In addition, candidates must fulfill the requirements for the degrees as follows:

 

  1. Master of Science (M.Sc) Degree

 

The M. Sc. degree programme in Biology is a full-time programme with a minimum duration of 18 calendar months of four (4) semesters. To obtain the M. Sc. degree in any of the options, candidates must:

 

To be awarded a Master’s degree candidate must pass 38 credit units made up as follows:

 

  1. Core courses of 30 credit units, including the general courses, projects and seminars of:
    1. 24 units of compulsory departmental courses.
    2. 6 units of research project.
    3. 6 units elective courses.
    4. 2 units compulsory university courses.
  2. Student shall present at least one seminar, submit and defend a Thesis proposal.

 

  1. Student for an Academic Master’s degree programme shall carry out research in a relevant area of specialization and submit an acceptable thesis (6 credit units compulsory).

 

  1. Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) Degree

 

The M. Phil. degree programme in Biology is a full-time intensive programme with a minimum duration of 24 calendar months divided into 12 months of course work and 12 months of research.

 

To obtain the M. Phil. degree candidates must:

  1. Satisfy a minimum of 32 units from the 900 level made up as follows:
    1. 24 units of compulsory departmental courses
    2. 6 units elective courses.
    3. 2 units of Compulsory University courses.
  2. Present at least 2 seminars.

 

  1. Candidates who qualify for conversion into the Ph.D. programme after M.Phil. course work are not required to do any Ph.D. course work.

 

  1. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Degree

The Ph.D. degree in Biology is a full-time programme with a minimum of 38 calendar months.

 

A full time Doctoral programme shall run for a minimum of 6 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters. Part-time Doctoral programmes shall run for a minimum of 8 semesters and a maximum of 10 semesters. The first 9 months is devoted to course work while the remaining period is for intensive research in the candidate’s area of specialization.

 

To obtain the Ph.D degree, candidates must:

  1. Satisfy a minimum of 35 units from the 900 level made up as follows:

 

    1. 21 units of Compulsory Departmental courses of (12 units courses and 9 units seminars)
    2. 2 units of Compulsory University courses
    3. 12 units of thesis research
  1. Present at least 3 seminars
  2. Produce and defend a thesis of the research project.

 

SUMMARY OF COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMMES IN BIOLOGY

 

Degree

Compulsory

Compulsory

Elective

Research

TOTAL

Programme

University

Departmental

Courses

Project

UNITS

 

Courses

Courses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M. Sc. Degree

2

24

6

6

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

M. Phil. Degree

2

24

12

-

32

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ph. D. Degree

2

21

-

12

35

 

 

 

 

 

 

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