Ph.D program in Virology at the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.

The doctoral program in virology at the University of Ibadan takes a lot of time from a Nigerian perspective. It is operated on both full-time and part-time basis, depending on a candidate’s M.Sc grades or background, the candidate may be eligible for an M.phil PhD or direct P.hD.

The doctoral program in Virology at the Department of Virology, University of Ibadan is self-funded.

M.phil PhD: The candidates would have to take coursework in virology, a partially completed project work ( from approved project proposal), and finally if project work is approved or sufficient, a seminar/oral exam is scheduled for conversion into a PhD program. The candidate must pass his/her exams to be eligible for conversion into a PhD program.

Direct P.hD: The candidate would have to present a proposal which has to be approved by his/her P.hD supervisor, this usually involves field and laboratory works. At the completion of one’s work and if satisfactorily approved by the department, this can proceed to seminar and oral presentation stages.

Duration: There is presently no agreed number of sessions for a PhD program in Virology, you may see a different reality than expected when you are enrolled into the program, but the review of the program’s satisfaction by alumni of the Department is not impressive. My best advice would be for a prospective candidate to hear from past graduates of the department before launching into the programme at the University of Ibadan.

If you want  to know the cost of  P.hD application form at the University of Ibadan, please visit the UI postgraduate website below:


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Signboard of the Department.
The main laboratory.


What you need to know!!!!!!!

If you are on this page right now, I would say a very big thank you for taking the time out to visit our page. At braingrip, there is enough information to get you started on your career path. This information is geared towards individuals planning to further their study at the University of Ibadan, specifically a masters programme in virology.

The Department of Virology, under the Faculty of Basic medical sciences situated at the University College Hospital, Ibadan is currently made up of nine academic members of staff and many other non-academic members of staff. Presently, there are two professors, three academic doctors and other lecturers.

Virology is a specialized field of interest and mostly categorized as a branch of Microbiology. Presently, the University of Ibadan and Redeemer’s University are the only institutions in Nigeria offering Virology as an independent programme at postgraduate level. There are other schools in Nigeria who offer postgraduate training in Virology as an optional field under Medical Microbiology, example includes the University of Lagos (Unilag).

If you want to know the benefits of taking standalone Virology over optional Virology under Medical Microbiology: presently, the argument is still vague because the depth of knowledge or the requirement for an institution to award a graduate degree in virology is based on how extensive an institution’s curricula is designed, presence of qualified, experienced and trained lecturers/researchers, facilities and finally, accreditation from the educational governing body.

There is also a need to acknowledge the rift this argument has generated among individuals on both sides. There is still a lack of admission on the parts of the standalone virologists to accept optional virologists as equals.

What you need to know about studying Virology at the University of Ibadan.
The master’s programme in virology is designed to run beyond two years, In total, masters students end up spending three sessions according to the academic calendar i.e. paying for three sessions which is equivalent to three years. The tasks involved in completing the programme are noteworthy, and if enjoyable (subject to passion) but daunting. Course works are as usual as one would expect in any Nigerian/public tertiary institutions.

The programme is actually divided into three phases
• First-year involves laboratory training in virology and coursework from other departments.
• Second-year includes laboratory training in virology and a lesser load of coursework from other departments.
• Third-year involves coursework in virology, seminars and project work. It is also the year of graduation!!!! Hurray!!!Hurray!!! (M.Sc in Virology).

NB: Virology programme is being run at the University College Hospital (U.C.H.) Ibadan.
It is a research program that does not include frequent class lectures specifically for courses in Virology, Class presentation is the mode of teaching by the professors. This implies that postgraduate students are expected to indulge in self and independent learning by working with/observing lecturers/researchers in the department doing active research.

Course supervision/Project supervisors
During the course of the training, assigned supervisors by the postgraduate school would call for their students whenever they are ready.

After reading this info, I can say that a student of Virology would have enough time at his/her hands. Proper usage of this self-controlled free time is strongly advised because the three years are going to be consequential to your future going forward.

Requirements for masters programme:
• A bachelor’s degree in any biological science-related courses (Distinction, 2:1 and 2:2)
• Certificate of completion of the N.Y.S.C.
• Other relevant academic document below the bachelor’s degree

Tuition Fees: Subject to policy changes and could be higher or lesser at any time.
• First-year: varies between 120,000-150,000
• Second-year: (70,000-73,000)
• Third-year: (70,000-73,000)

Warning!!! please note that these are unofficial quotations, specific amounts are provided by the institution, please contact the Institution for official amounts.

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