Admission Requirements

Candidates may seek admission through one of the following options:

  • The current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organized by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)
  • Direct entry.
  • The University of Calabar Pre-degree Programme.
Basic Departmental Requirement [BDR]:
The basic requirement for admission into the Department of Animal Science is the possession of relevant five (5) credit level passes at Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (or equivalent e.g. GCE, WASC etc.) including English, Chemistry and at least one alternative of each of the following: Agricultural Science or Biology; Mathematics or Physics; Economics or Geography.

Further Requirements based on Option:
Option 1-UTME Candidates
In addition to the BDR, applicants are required to have an acceptable Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) score (usually above 200) in the current UTME and also have an acceptable score in the University of Calabar Selection Test for undergraduate admission.

Option 2 - Direct Entry Candidates
In addition to the BDR, direct entry candidates are required to possess either an HND OND/NCE (at Distinction or Credit level) certificate in Agricultural Science or related science courses. Candidates with B. Sc. in a related discipline (as stipulated by the Department) may also be considered for admission.

Direct entry candidates may be admitted to start from year two but all candidates must take part in the fourth year Practical programme.

Option 3 - Unical Pre-degree Candidates
Graduate of the University of Calabar Pre-degree programme with acceptable scores may be admitted in to the Animal Science degree programme; provided they have passed at credit level, the relevant subjects at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or its equivalent.

Programme Description
This program aims at providing quality animal science graduates with the technical skills needed to service the rapidly changing animal production industries in Nigeria and other tropical countries. It will prepare students for academic, administrative or research work in the various areas of animal reproduction, nutrition or genetics, as well as animal health, wildlife management and conservation. The program will suit secondary school graduates and farm assistants with appropriate background knowledge for further studies. The program will teach students to identify emerging issues in the field of animal science and to manage scientific data to solve specific problems.

Application Process:
The common mode of admission is through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The candidate must register and write the prescribed examination, contact the University of Calabar to confirm the cut-off point for the new session and if qualified take the University of Calabar administered Undergraduate Applicant Selection Test. Usually, the average score of the two examinations are used to select the successful candidates.

Direct entry candidates are expected to apply through the JAMB Direct Entry facility and could in addition; write to the Head of Department of Animal Science enclosing photocopies of their credentials.

University of Calabar Pre-degree candidates usually qualify for placement based on their scores in the Pre-degree programme. Graduating candidates of the Pre-degree programme could however, apply to the programme Coordinator indicating preference to be placed in the Animal Science programme.

Application Deadline
The deadline for the UTME and Direct entry is stipulated by JAMB while that of the Pre-degree option is fixed by the Central Admissions Committee of the University of Calabar.