BSc Microbiology

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The Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Microbiology degree provides students with a broad and balanced foundation of microbiology and practical skills

Start Date

September entry


4 years

Entry requirements

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  • To develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical problems in microbiology
  • To develop in students, a range of transferable skills that are of value in microbiological and biochemical employment
  • To provide students with knowledge and skills base from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of biology or multi-disciplinary areas involving biochemistry
  • To provide, through training and orientation a multi-disciplinary approach to the solution of complex life problems
  • To generate in students an appreciation of the importance of microbiology in industrial, economic, environmental, technological and social development
  • To instill in students a sense of enthusiasm for microbiology, an appreciation of its application in different contexts and to involve them in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.


You will study the following modules:

Year 1 Units

First Semester

  • General Biology I    
  • Practical Biology I    
  • General Chemistry I    
  • Practical Chemistry I    
  • Use of English I    
  • People and Culture of Nigeria    
  • IT and Library Skills    
  • General Mathematics I    
  • General Physics I        
  • Practical Physics I

Second Semester

  • General Biology II    
  • Practical Biology II    
  • General Chemistry II    
  • Practical Chemistry II    
  • Use of English II    
  • Health Awareness Education    
  • General mathematics II
  • General Physics II    
  • Practical Physics II

Year 2 Units

First Semester

  • General Biochemistry I
  • Biological Techniques    
  • Cell and Developmental Biology    
  • General Ecology    
  • Genetics I        
  • Biostatistics I        
  • Organic Chemistry I    
  • Entrepreneurial Studies I
  • General Microbiology

Second Semester

  • General Biochemistry II    
  • General Botany    
  • Biostatistics II        
  • Analytical Chemistry    
  • Industrial Attachment I
  • Introduction to Bacteriology    
  • Analytical Methods in Microbiology
  • Staining & Microbiological Techniques

Year 3 Units

First Semester

  • Entrepreneurial Studies II    
  • Environmental Microbiology    
  • Immunology & Immunochemistry    
  • Introductory to Food Science    
  • Biodeterioration    
  • Microbial Genetics    
  • Microbial Ecology

Second Semester

  • Research Methodology in Biology    
  • Mycology        
  • Industrial Attachment II    
  • Soil Microbiology    
  • Microbial Physiology & Metabolism    
  • Introduction to Virology

Year 4 Units

First Semester

  • Industrial Microbiology
  • Principle of Epidemiology and Public Health    
  • Advanced Food Microbiology    
  • Pathogenic Microbiology
  • Advanced Bacteriology
  • Pharmaceutical Microbiology    
  • Seminar

Second Semester

  • Virology and Tissue Culture    
  • General Toxicology    
  • Microbiological Quality Assurance    
  • Protozoology & Parasitology    
  • Petroleum Microbiology
  • Project

Maintenance of the Environment is a most for Life to Continue on Earth.

Lecturer at Nile University


Additional Information

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:


* Must have at least 5 O’level credits, including English, in no more than 2 sittings.

** For complete requirements, please check the 2019/2020 Jamb Brochure.

  • DIRECT ENTRY: Available
  • UTME SUBJECTS: Chemistry, Biology and any other Science subject
  • O’LEVEL SUBJECTS: Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and any other Science subject

How will I be taught?

The course is going to be taught majorly by lectures through presentation and the use of other teaching aids.  Laboratory sections will be scheduled where applicable.

Career support

As a microbiologist, you will work with many other scientists and have a vast range of opportunities. Microbiologists work in almost every industry, for example, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, hospitals and have many different responsibilities. The following is a partial list of overlapping roles that you may have. You will collaborate with many other scientists. Depending on your specific situation, you may perform more than one function or role. Bacteriologist: Seek to answer basic questions about bacterial growth, metabolism, diversity, and evolution. Biochemist: Discover and teach us how organisms obtain energy, consume nutrients and reproduce. Biotechnologist: Manipulate genes in order to modify microorganisms. Their work produced novel organisms that make new products for human use. (i.e. insulin, medicine, grocery store items). Cell Biologists: Explore the actions of molecules on and in the cell. Their investigations determine how microorganisms and cell function. Clinical Microbiologist: Determine the cause of infections in humans and animals and what antimicrobials may be effective for treatment. They play a central role in the detection of new infectious agents. Environmental Scientists: Investigate the effects of biological, chemical, and geophysical activity on the environment. Their studies provide information necessary for helping humanity cope with the consequences of life. Geneticists: The language of life is written with four letters, A, C, G, and T. Each letter taken by itself is meaningless. But together the letter creates a code of life. Geneticists study the process by which organisms inherit and transmit genetic information. Immunologists: Investigate the body’s defense against disease and to answer basic questions about bacterial growth, metabolism, diversity, and evolution.

Further Study

  • PGD Biological Science
  • MSc Biological Science
  • MSc Industrial Chemistry

Fees and Finance

In 2019/20 the full-time tuition fee undergraduate students on this course will be N2,400,000 (this is the total fee for the programme).  

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance please see link Fees and Finance 

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