Post graduate Courses offered in University of Calabar | UNICAL Postgraduate Programs

The University of Calabar (UNICAL) is one of the leading universities in Nigeria, with a vision to be a centre of excellence in teaching, research and community service. UNICAL offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes in various fields of study, such as agriculture, arts, education, engineering, law, management sciences, medicine, science and social sciences. These programmes are designed to equip graduates with advanced knowledge and skills for academic and professional development.

Postgraduate education at UNICAL is regulated by the Postgraduate School, which oversees the admission, registration, examination and graduation of postgraduate students. The Postgraduate School also provides academic support and guidance to postgraduate students and staff through its various units and committees. The Postgraduate School has a vibrant and dynamic academic culture that fosters intellectual exchange and collaboration among scholars from different disciplines and backgrounds.

To apply for any of the postgraduate programmes at UNICAL, candidates must meet the general and specific requirements for admission as stipulated by the Postgraduate School. Candidates must also pass the Postgraduate Admission Screening Test (PAST) conducted by the Postgraduate School. The application process is done online through the Postgraduate School Portal. The application fee is N25,000 for Nigerian applicants and $100 for foreign applicants. The deadline for application for the 2023/2024 academic session is yet to be announced by the Postgraduate School.

UNICAL postgraduate courses

Below are  some of the postgraduate courses that available at UNICAL:

1. Faculty of Agriculture:

  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Agronomy
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Soil Science
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Animal Science
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Fisheries and Aquaculture

2. Faculty of Arts:

  • M.A./Ph.D. in English and Literary Studies
  • M.A./Ph.D. in History and International Studies
  • M.A./Ph.D. in Linguistics and Communication Studies
  • M.A./Ph.D. in Theatre and Media Arts

3. Faculty of Education:

  • M.Ed./Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teaching
  • M.Ed./Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Planning
  • M.Ed./Ph.D. in Guidance and Counselling

4. Faculty of Law:

  • LL.M./Ph.D. in Law

5. Faculty of Management Sciences:

  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Accounting
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Banking and Finance
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Business Management

6. Faculty of Social Sciences:

  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Economics
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Political Science
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Sociology

7. Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences:

  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Anatomy
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Physiology
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Pharmacology

8. Faculty of Clinical Sciences:

  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Community Medicine
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Internal Medicine
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Surgery

9. Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences:

  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology and Parasitology
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Medical Laboratory Science

10. Faculty of Science:

  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Biochemistry
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Botany
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Microbiology
  • M.Sc./Ph.D. in Physics

11. Faculty of Engineering and Technology:

  • M.Eng./Ph.D. in Civil Engineering
  • M.Eng./Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • M.Eng./Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering

How to apply for UNICAL postgraduate admission 2023/2024

Here is a  guide on how to apply for UNICAL postgraduate admission:

  1. Check Eligibility: Ensure you meet the minimum eligibility requirements for the postgraduate program you wish to apply for.
  2. Obtain Application Form: Get the application form from the UNICAL official website or the designated application portal.
  3. Fill the Application Form: Complete the application form with accurate information, including personal, academic, and contact details.
  4. Attach Required Documents: Gather and attach all necessary supporting documents as specified by the university.
  5. Pay Application Fee: Pay the prescribed application fee using the designated payment method.
  6. Submit Application: Submit your completed application form and documents through the UNICAL admission portal.
  7. Print Acknowledgment Slip: After submission, print the acknowledgment slip or receipt as evidence of application submission.
  8. Await Admission Screening: UNICAL will review all submitted applications and conduct a screening process to select eligible candidates.
  9. Check Admission Status: Monitor the UNICAL website or admission portal for the release of the list of successful candidates.
  10. Acceptance and Registration: If offered admission, follow the provided instructions to accept the offer and complete the registration process within the specified timeframe.

UNICAL postgraduate admission requirements and fees 2023/2024

1. Postgraduate Admission Requirements (Typical):

  • Applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (usually a second class lower or its equivalent) from a recognized university.
  • For research-based programs (e.g., M.Sc. and Ph.D.), a research proposal may be required.
  • Applicants may need to submit transcripts, certificates, NYSC discharge certificate or exemption letter (for Nigerian applicants), and other relevant documents.

2. Postgraduate Fees (Typical):

  • Application Fee: There is usually an application fee payable when applying for postgraduate admission. The amount may vary based on the program and applicant’s nationality (Nigerian or international).
  • Acceptance Fee: If offered admission, candidates may need to pay an acceptance fee to secure their spot.
  • Tuition Fee: The tuition fee varies depending on the program and whether the student is a Nigerian or international student.
  • Other Fees: Additional fees may include registration fees, accommodation fees (if applicable), library fees, laboratory fees (for science-based programs), and other miscellaneous charges.

UNICAL postgraduate scholarships and opportunities 2023/2024

However, here is a list of some of the types of scholarships and opportunities that UNICAL  offered to postgraduate students in the past:

  1. Government Scholarships
  2. University Scholarships
  3. Research Grants
  4. International Scholarships
  5. Departmental Scholarships
  6. Work-Study Programs
  7. Teaching and Research Assistantships


List of UNICAL postgraduate programmes and degrees 2023/2024

The list of UNICAL postgraduate programmes and degrees for the academic year 2023/2024 is as follows:

1. 2nd Cycle International Degree Courses (Two Years’ Master’s Degrees):

These are master’s degrees taught in English, with reserved positions for international students. For the academic year 2023-2024, UNICAL will award 150 scholarships to foreign students enrolled in these courses. Some of the courses are:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Tourism Management

2. 2nd Cycle Degree Courses (Two Years’ Master’s Degrees):

These are master’s degrees taught in Italian, with some scholarships available for international students. Some of the courses are:

  • Agronomy and Agro-Environmental Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Education Sciences
  • Law
  • Literature and Languages
  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Pharmacy
  • Political Science

These are the main postgraduate programmes and degrees offered at UNICAL.

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