For the past three decades, the department has offered full-time and part-time postgraduate programmes leading to the award of Master of Science (M.Sc.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in different fields of Animal Science. The entry requirements have been first degree with good honours or not less than second class lower in Animal Science, General Agriculture and other related Science disciplines. Over the years, a large number of students in the field of Agriculture have graduated with 3rd class or Pass degrees and Higher National Diploma (HND). These categories of graduates are not qualified for the M.Sc. Programme and therefore find it difficult to progress academically. There is also a growing demand for the training of livestock officers with HND, working with the Ministry of Agriculture, Agricultural Development Projects (ADPs), Private Farms and other institutions who are desirous of improving their qualifications within a short period of time to serve their employers more effectively. To bridge this gap between the HND and degree programmes and also provide short term training programme in Animal Production, the Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Animal Production was proposed.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Production is designed to:
  1. Provide solid foundation for HND, third class and pass degree holders through a higher degree programme;
  2. Produce trained personnel for both research and non-research oriented institutions;


The Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Production Programme is a weekend part-time programme to last for 12 months only. Application forms for admission and further information may be obtained from the office of the Postgraduates School, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria after payment of the required fees. Other information may also be obtained from the offices of the Dean, Faculty of Agriculture or the Head, Department of Animal Science.

To be eligible for admission into the programme, a candidate must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:


  1. A minimum of three credits in relevant Science subjects at the “O” level plus credit passes in O’ level English and Mathematics
  2. Not less than a credit grade in HND (Agric).
  3. B.Sc. Agric or B.Sc. Zoology or any other relevant degree with a pass or third class.
  4. At least two years Post-graduation field experience.

    The duration of Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Production is 12 months under part-time arrangement. There are two semesters per year. The first semester starts from January and ends in June. The second semester is from July to December.

    Although actual teaching will cover 15 weeks per semester, the extra weeks within the semester are reserved for break, examinations, practicals, assignments, Research projects and report write-up and seminar presentations.


    Apart from the general fees and tuition fees charged by the postgraduate school, the candidate admitted for the postgraduate diploma in Animal production shall be required to meet extra expenses for field work, laboratory analysis, preparation of the final project report and seminar paper. The amount required to meet these expenses may fall between N120,000.00 and N150,000.00.


    To qualify for graduation for Postgraduate diploma in Animal Production, a candidate shall normally be required to get a minimum of “pass grade” in 21 semester credit hours of compulsory courses, a minimum of 6 credit hours of optional courses and 1 credit hour of seminar. In addition, the candidate should complete 4 credit hours of research and also present a seminar on the research project. For course work, one semester credit hour is equivalent to one contact hour of lecture per week for a semester of 15 weeks or 2 - 3 contact hours of field/laboratory practicals; there are 2 semesters per calendar year.


    After the candidate has been admitted to the programme for Postgraduate Diploma in Animal production, a Supervisor shall be appointed to guide the candidate. The supervisor shall monitor the progress of the research project and guide the student in the preparation of seminar paper and in the final project report.


    After admission to the Postgraduate Diploma Programme, the candidate shall choose a topic for his/her research in consultation with his/her supervisor and get it approved. A progress report should be submitted to the supervisor at the end of each semester. Candidates may choose their research projects in any of the following areas:

    • Ruminant Nutrition & Management
    • Monogastric Nutrition & Management
    • Animal Breeding and Genetics,
    • Reproductive Physiology
    • Pasture Agronomy/Range Management.