Microbiology – Philosophy, Objectives & Scope

Philosophy

As the pioneer Department of Microbiology in Nigeria, the Department of Microbiology, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is planned to be at the forefront of teaching and learning, research and development, knowledge creation and dissemination in the field of Microbiology. We believe that education should integrate character molding and

in-depth knowledge of subject area backed by sound practical experience, in order to produce world class microbiologists who are poised to embrace the challenges and meet the needs of the society.

Objectives

The programme is designed to:

  1. To give students a sound exposure to the theory and practice of Microbiology.
  2. To equip students with adequate research techniques to enable them function as lecturers in universities and other tertiary institutions, research officers and consultants in the many fields of application of Microbiology.
  3. To equip students with adequate practical knowledge and hands-on experience to enable them become self reliant as producers of many analytical, food and industrial products from microbial activities.
  4. To produce world class microbiologists who can compete with their counterparts the world over and fit into advanced programmes within the country and outside it.

Scope

The Department offers a very robust and forward-looking programme in the general and applied areas of Microbiology to prepare its graduates for their important role in the advancement of life. The core courses are designed to give students wide exposure in the main areas, which include Medical, Industrial/Food and Environmental Microbiology, including Climate Change studies. The students undergo industrial attachment during their third year of study, which affords them practical experience in diagnostic techniques and other microbiological processes in hospitals and industries.

The Department also offers, in conjunction with the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, B.Sc. combined degree in Microbiology/Chemistry and Microbiology/ Biochemistry.

In addition, service courses are offered to students in other areas of Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Agricultural Sciences and Health and Physical Education.