The BNSc degree is a five (5) year programme for candidates admitted through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), while the direct entry (DE) students enter the programme in the second year, thereby running a four year degree programme. This generic professional degree (B.N.SC) shall be awarded to only students who have fulfilled both the University of Nigeria academic and the N&MCN professional requirements for the programme.
Three professional examinations are taken in the BNSc programme. All professional examinations are coordinated and moderated nationally by the N&MCN. The examinations are:
First- Professional Qualifying Examination for General Nurses (RN)
Second- Professional Qualifying Examinations for Midwives (RM)
Third- Professional Qualifying Examinations for Public Health Nurses (RPHN)
Post graduate Programmes
The Department of Nursing Sciences offers postgraduate programmes leading to the award of Master of Science (M. Sc) and/or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees in the following major areas of Nursing:
- Community Health Nursing
- Maternal and Child Health Nursing
- Medical Surgical Nursing
- Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing.
- Nursing Administration and Management
- Nursing Education
Masters Degree Programme
Mode of Study
The Master’s degree programme is by course work to be examined in written papers together with research work to be presented as dissertation to be defended in an oral examination before an external examiner. The candidates are required to take a minimum load of 16 units and maximum of 28 units each semester before graduation.
Each student shall carry out a research work on issues related to nursing and health care service. Also, each student is required to present a research seminar in student’s area of specialty.
Award of Degrees
The degrees of M.Sc in Nursing are awarded to only candidates who have passed all prescribed courses, seminars and other conditions prescribed by the postgraduate school. A Master’s candidate who makes a GPA of less than 2.50 in a semester shall be required to withdraw from the programme. The minimum pass mark for any course work is 50%;30% shall constitute continuous assessment and 70% shall be from examination score.
Duration of study
Full-Time 3 semesters (18 Calendar months) Minimum
6 semesters (3 Calendar years) Maximum
Part-Time 4 semesters (2 Calendar years) Minimum
8 semesters (4 Calendar years) Maximum
Master’s/ PhD Programme
For a candidate who registered for Masters/Ph.D degree: the candidates may be required to register all or audit any of the M.Sc courses depending on candidates discipline and on the recommendation and approval of the Departmental Postgraduate Studies Committee.
A firm registration for the Doctor of Philosophy may be approved if the result of the assessment of the student’s programme shows that the student attained a minimum of 4.00 GPA in his/her coursework. Then the candidates should register the courses listed for them for the Ph.D programme.
Duration of Study
Full-Time 6 semesters (3calendar years) Minimum
10 Semesters (5 Calendar years)
Part-Time 8 Semesters (4 Calendar years) Minimum
12 Semesters (6 Calendar years) Maximum
DOCTORAL (Ph.D) PROGRRAMME
The Department of Nursing Sciences offers postgraduate programmes leading to the award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.
The programme covers six (6) specialty areas, clinical aspects of nursing profession and research work.
Mode of Study
Doctoral candidates may be required to register or audit any of the M.Sc. courses on the recommendation and approval of the Departmental Postgraduate Studies Committee. In addition all Ph.D candidates should register the courses listed for them in the programme structure.
The Ph.D degree programme will be both by course work with written examinations and comprehensive research in area of specialty to be embodied in a thesis that involves oral defence and requires the participation of an external examiner. The degree has a minimum of 30 units of which 12 units are for the thesis, 12 units for the course work and 6 units for doctoral seminars. Each candidate shall present seminar(s) meant to sharpen the student’s focus of the research.
Duration of Study
Full-Time 4 semesters (2 Calendar years) Minimum
10 semesters (5 Calendar years) Maximum
Part-Time 6 semesters (3 Calendar years) Minimum
14 semesters (7 Calendar years) Maximum
Award of Degrees
The degree of PhD in Nursing is awarded only to candidates who have passed all prescribed courses, seminars and other conditions prescribed by the postgraduate school. There is no GPA passing grade for Ph.D. The Ph.D thesis is on Pass or Fail basis. Candidate must satisfy every other condition and keep all the rules and regulations required of all postgraduate students of the University of Nigeria as indicated in the PG brochure of the University.
The postgraduate programme in nursing is designed to equip graduates for careers in clinical services, administration and management, education and research at all levels of health care and educational institutions, as well as corporate organizations and other relevant agencies.