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.

The insight is provided by Braingrip Team.

If you need further clarification, please visit the comments’ section.

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Olamide T. Arege is a Nigerian, research scientist, politician, social critic, revolutionary and online entrepreneur. He is the owner of Braingrip website ( He is from Lagos, Nigeria. A passionate blogger with social, educational, business and political interests. Educational qualifications: OND, B.Sc. and M.Sc.


  • 27th August 2019 at 11:43 pm

    I just finished my NYSC last month and I thought I would be given a little time to at least work and make some money for myself but guess what My Dad called me this night and said U I post graduate form is out go and apply…that statement made me sad straight up. So I went to my brother who is currently a postgraduate student in U I and asked him how to go about it…The thing is I studied Biology in university of Abuja and throughout my degree days I always read to pass which is very bad…Now have decided that my masters programme would not be like that.
    But am confused of the choice of course to study….I once had Bioagriculture on my mind because it combined my previous field with agriculture which I believe in few years to come will be a hot cake course.
    My other choice is this Virology because it looks cool and very close to medicine (I know its definitely not cool)..

    So now to my questions.
    What course would you suggest I put in for?
    What’s the cut off for each course?
    Whats the difference in the fees for each course?
    And since the lecture would be in UCH, is there hostels for students

    • 28th August 2019 at 7:39 am

      Thank you Kolawole, we are happy to receive your questions.
      What course would you suggest I put in for?
      Response: I would advise that you work on what is it that you want to become in the future, you need to choose a course you are passionate about if you want to excel. Don’t be afraid to study a course you are interested in just because you are not sure of the job market or its career projection. Going through your comment, I realised that you are interested in Bio-Agriculture but still unsure about it. Virology is a basic medical science course with good opportunities too, but it is purely research-based. If you like doing research and laboratory investigations, then no doubt virology is a good fit. But it is time-consuming and you have to make up your mind about running the program for three years.
      Therefore, having said that, my best advice to you is to picture yourself in the next 2 to 3 years and imagine if you are facing challenges at any point in any of the programs, which of the two programs will you not regret running and at the same time keep up with good grades. Grades matter at M.Sc level otherwise it will be a waste of time.

      What is the cut off for each course?
      Well, for University of Ibadan postgraduate admission exercise, the requirements are a minimum of first degree-2:2(second class lower) and NYSC cert., 40% pass mark (it is better to aim for 50%) for the English Proficiency test and depending on the department hosting the course,a departmental interview or assessment may be the final step before shortlisting. I don’t know about Bio-Agriculture in UI, but virology conducts departmental assessment after the English proficiency test. Though this can change anytime depending on the H.O.D.

      What is the difference in the fees for each course?
      The fees are mostly the same for both courses (academic masters) except for professional masters programs. Pls, confirm if UI offers M.Sc in Bio-Agriculture.

      And since the lecture would be in UCH, are there hostels for students?
      There are no hostels for postgraduate students in U.C.H., but there are hostels in UI campus for all postgraduate students, except when full.

      I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavours.

      Thank you so much for visiting our webpage, if you need further clarification, just comment on this section.

  • 28th August 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for getting back to me
    I would like to ask about the courses that I will be offering both the electives and the compulsory courses if I would eventually go for the I want to have a clear picture of what I would be facing for 3 years so that i would know how to prepare myself ahead. And when you mean it’s time consuming do you mean it’s some 8 to 6pm kind of thing or all day long kind of thing including weekends

    • 29th August 2019 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Kolawole, the number of courses that you will be offering is 13 plus project. There are four external courses from the faculties of public health (3) and veterinary medicine (1) in the first year including laboratory rotation at the later end of the year.
      Sketchy classes on the eight courses in virology and two external courses from the departments of chemical pathology and biochemistry in the second year with a continuation of laboratory rotation.
      Project and examination of all the eight courses in virology will be done in the third year.
      By time-consuming, I meant the three-year duration required to complete the course.
      Thank you for visiting our page.

  • 29th August 2019 at 11:43 pm

    Ok thanks so much
    I appreciate

  • 17th February 2020 at 11:35 am

    Good afternoon.
    I have just being recommended by the department of virology. So I want to ask some questions

    How many days a week do virology students have lectures

    How tedious can the masters program be? Like how many lectures in a week?

    Someone with side hustle, can he cope with both without much stress? 🤔


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