This Student Handbook provides the required information about Umaru Musa Yar’adua University and its policies and regulations affecting students. This segment of the book is however designed to provide information about the Department of Microbiology. The intention is to provide students with information such as total required credits before graduation, philosophy and main objectives of the Department, admission and graduation requirements and course structure.

 Umaru Musa Yar’adua University serves as a training ground for students, and so offers models for good practice, ethical and moral conduct, and promotes academic integrity. All forms of irregularities and unacceptable behavior are not only prohibited but also punishable by law. It is important that you take time to familiarize yourself with the information contained in this Handbook. The Department is committed to guiding and assisting you in your academic career and furnishing you with the needed tips on many aspects of academic and student life during your stay at UMYU.

 I therefore beseech you to be disciplined and uphold the good order of the Department. It is important that you also preserve the fair name of the University so as to actualize its mission-vision statement.

 All the staff in this great Department are anxious to and interested in intermingling with you to ensure a fruitful academic experience. Finally, I wish you the best as you pursue your undergraduate studies in Microbiology.

 Dr. Bashir Abdulkadir

Head of Department


Brief History of the Department

The department of Microbiology was established in February, 2012 under the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences. The Department started with Professor Abrar A. Khan as the pioneer head. The programme started with 44 students admitted during the 2012/2013 academic session into 100 Level. At present, the Department has a total population of about 300 students across levels 100 to 400 .The Department has 19 Academic Staff, 4 Laboratory staff and 2 Administrative staff. It is worth mentioning that the Department is about to launch its maiden edition of UMYU Journal of Microbiology Research (UJMR) which will be the first departmental Journal of Microbiology in the country. In addition, the Department got an approval to start running a “Professional Certificate in Public Health Microbiology”.


The programme has been designed to provide a sound understanding of the concepts of microorganisms in relation to mankind and environment. The programme will elaborate the importance of microorganisms in industry, health and environmental sectors of the society. It will also emphasize the importance of traditional biotechnology and its link to the current modern biotechnology.



The main objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • To broadly educate students for positions in the industry, health sectors, and research institutes.

  • To prepare students for graduate and professional studies/research in the applied areas of microbiology.

  • To train the new generation through different disciplines of microbiology so as to meet the requirements of public and private sectors within and outside the country.

  • To promote and engage researches that will determine possible ways of controlling diseases that over the years pose serious threats to the health system in the country.

  • To create awareness of environmental pollution and how to take charge of it.