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Uniabuja Postgraduate Application Essays

Applications are hereby invited from suitable qualified candidates for admission into Postgraduate programs of the University of Abuja for the 2017/2018 Academic Session.

For information on :- Available Programmes, Admission Requirements, Guide to Admission, Duration of Programmes, Closing Date for Application, Submission of Completed Application Forms and Application Procedure.

Visit the Official University Portal at and click on Postgraduate School to apply on line.

Please NOTE the following:- Mix-up in the application by applicant will attract other charges, Multiple applications are to be paid for and fill forms separately, Error in completion and submission of forms during the process of application would lead to loss of application processing for the academic session (e.g selecting M.Phil. instead of M.Sc. or Ph.D.), A candidate who is not admitted into the programme applied for cannot transfer the application for consideration into another programme, Statement of Result for (4) years and above will not be accepted for admission (applicants should therefore obtain certificates from the relevant examination bodies) NOTE that Application fees are non-refundable.

The application portal will be opened for a period of Six (6) weeks from the date of this advert. Applicants are advised to fill in and submit their Application forms within this period stExtended to 16th of August 2017

A non-refundable Application fee of N20,500.00 should be paid to University of Abuja Account through REMITA via University of Abuja Portal

NOTE: Applicants are advised to access REMITA through University of Abuja Portal above for record purposes.

II. Candidate applying for the M.A., M.Ed., M. Eng., MVPH, MVPM and M.Sc. degrees in any field must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree with at least second class lower division in the relevant discipline.

III. A Candidate for Ph.D. in any Programme of the University of Abuja must have obtained a minimum weighted average score of 60% (4 points) letter grade “B” average performance in the Master’s Degree

IV. A Candidate applying for the Ph.D. with a Master’s Degree from any other University, who in his/her Masters study had not previously taken the compulsory courses or their equivalent, similar to the courses in the University of Abuja shall, on admission be required to offer and pass such courses with a minimum of 60% (4 points) or a letter grade “B”

V Candidates seeking for admission into any of the postgraduate Diploma Programmes must possess a university degree with minimum grade of third class or HND with a minimum of Lower Credit.

Vi. MBBS, BDS is required for MPH Community Medicine while health related degree is required for MPH Sexual and Reproductive Health

Vii. NOTE: PhD, candidates should attach a maximum of 500 words research proposal


Department of Crop Protection

    PGD in Crop Protection

    M.Sc. Crop Protection

    Ph.D. Crop Protection

Department of Crop Science

    PGD in Crop Protection

    PGD in Agronomy

    PGD Agro Forestry

    M.Sc. Crop Protection

    M.Sc. Agronomy

    M.Sc. Agro Forestry

    Ph.D. Crop Protection

    Ph.D. Agronomy

    Ph.D. Agro Forestry

Dept. of Agric. Econs. & Extension

    PGD Agric. Econs. & Farm Managt.

    PGD in Agric. Business Managt.

    M.Sc. Agricultural Economics

    M.Sc. Development Economics

    M.Sc. Environmental Economics

    M.Sc. Agric. Ext. & Rural Sociology

    Ph.D. Agricultural Economics

    Ph.D. Agric. Ext. & Rural Sociology

Department of Soil Science

    PGD Soil Science

    M.Sc. Soil Science

    Ph.D. Soil Science

Department of Animal Science

    PGD Animal Science

    M.Sc. Animal Science

    Ph.D. Animal Science


Department of History & Diplomatic Studies

    PGD in Diplomatic Studies

    M.A. in Diplomatic Studies

    M.A. in Nigerian and African History

    M.Phil. in Nigerian and African History

    M.Phil. in Diplomatic Studies

    Ph.D. in Nigerian and African History

    Ph.D. in Diplomatic Studies

    Ph.D. in Nigerian and African History

    Ph.D. in Diplomatic Studies

Department of Theatre Arts

    PGD in Media Arts

    PGD in Theatre Arts

    M.A. in Media Arts

    M.A in Theatre Arts

    Ph.D. in Media Arts

    Ph.D. in Theatre Arts

Department of English Language

    M.A. English Language

    M.A. Literature in English

    Ph.D. English Language

    Ph.D. Literature in English



Department of Anatomical Sciences

    MSc Anatomical Sciences

    PhD Anatomical Sciences

Department of Human Physiology

    MSc Human Physiology

    PhD Human Physiology

Department of Medical Biochemistry

    MSc Medical Biochemistry

    PhD Medical Biochemistry


Department of Community Medicine

    MPH Comm Medicine

    MPH Sexual & Repro Health


    PGD IN Education

Department of Educational. Management

    M.Ed. Educational Management

    Ph.D. Educational Management

Dept. of Counse. & Edu. Psychology

    M.Ed. Educational Psychology

    Ph.D. Educational Psychology

Dept. of Guidance & Counseling Edu.

    M.Ed. Guidance and


    Ph.D. Guidance and Counseling

Dept. of Arts & Social Science Edu.

    M.Ed. Counseling Education

    M.Ed. Curriculum Studies

    M.Ed. Language Education

    M.Ed. Social Studies Education

    Ph.D. Counseling Education

  1. Ph.D Curriculum Studies
  2. Ph.D. Language Education

    Ph.D. Social Studies Education

Dept. of Science & Env. Edu.

    M.Ed. Science Education

    M.Ed. Mathematics Education

    Ph.D. Science Education

    Ph.D. Mathematics Education


Department of Civil Engineering

    M. Eng. Civil Engineering

    PhD. Eng. Civil Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering

    M. Eng. Chemical Engineering

    Ph.D. Chemical Engineering

Department of Electrical/Electronics Engineering

    PGD Electrical Engineering

    M. Eng. Electrical Engineering

    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    M. Eng. Mechanical Engineering

    Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering


    Masters of Laws (LL.M)

    Ph.D. in Laws (Ph.D. Law)


Department of Accounting

    PGD Accounting

    MSc. in Accounting & Finance

Department of Banking and Finance

    PGD Banking and Finance

Depart. of Business Administration

    PGD in Business Administration

    PGDBA Business Administration

    M.Sc. Business Administration

    Ph.D. Business Administration

Depart. of Public Administration

    PGDBPA in Public


    MPA Masters of Public


    M.Sc. Public Administration

    Ph.D. Public Administration


Dept. of Biological Sciences

    M.Sc. Biology (Environmental)

    M.Sc. Botany (Biodiversity)

    M.Sc. Zoology (Parasitology)

    M.Sc. Zoology (Fisheries)

    Ph.D. Biology (Environmental)

    Ph.D. Botany (Biodiversity)

    Ph.D. Zoology (Parasitology)

    Ph.D. Zoology (Fisheries)

Department of Microbiology

    M.Sc. Food Microbiology

    M.Sc. Industrial Microbiology

    M.Sc. Environmental Microbiology

    Ph.D. Food Microbiology

    Ph.D. Industrial Microbiology

    Ph.D. Environmental Microbiology

Dept of Chemistry – Physical Chem.

    M.Sc. Physical Chemistry

    M.Sc. Organic Chemistry

    M.Sc. Inorganic Chemistry

    M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry

    Ph.D. Physical Chemistry

    Ph.D. Organic Chemistry

    Ph.D. Inorganic Chemistry

    Ph.D. Analytical Chemistry

Department of Computer Science

    M.Sc. Computer Science (Infor. Security)

    M.Sc. Computer Science(Software Engineering)

    Postgraduate Diploma in Information System (PGDIS)

    M.Sc. Computer Science (Intelligence System)

    M.Sc. Comp. Sci. (Distributed Computing Systems)

    M.Sc. Comp. Sci. (Networking Communication)

    M.Sc. Computer Sci. (Database Systems)

    Ph.D. Computer Science

Department of Physics

    M.Sc. Solid State Physics

    M.Sc. Solar Energy Physics

    M.Sc. Applied Geophysics

    Ph.D. Solid State Physics

    Ph.D. Solar Energy Physics

    Ph.D. Applied Geophysics

Department of Mathematics

    M.Sc. Financial Mathematics

    M.Sc. Pure Mathematics

    M.Sc. Applied Mathematics

    Ph.D. Pure Mathematics

    Ph.D. Applied Mathematics

Department of Statistics

    PGD in Statistics (PGDS)

    M.Sc. Statistics

    Ph.D. Statistics


Department of Economics

    MFE Masters in Financial Economics

    M.Sc. Economics

    Ph.D. Economics

Dept. of Political Sci. & Int. Relations

    Postgraduate Dip in Political Science

    Masters in int. Relations & Diplomacy

    M.Sc. Political Science (Int. Relations)

    M.Sc. Political Sci. (Polit. Economy & Dev Studies)

    M.Sc. Political Science (Policy Analysis)

    Ph.D. Political Science (Int. Relations)

    Ph.D. Political Science (Political Economy & Development Studies)

    Ph.D. Political Science (Policy Analysis)

Department of Sociology

    PGD. in Intercul. Conflict & Comm.

    M.Sc. Gender Studies

    M.Sc. Development Sociology

    M.Sc. Industrial Sociology

    M.Sc. Criminology

    M.Sc. Demography

    M.Sc. Medical Sociology

    M.Sc. Medical Sociology

    Ph.D. Sociology

Dept. of Geography & Env. Manag.

    Postgraduate Dip. in Env. Plan & Protec.

    Masters in Envi. Planning & Protection

    M.Sc. Geo. (Popu & Manpower Plan.)

    M.Sc. Geography (Geomorphology)

    M.Sc. Geography (Biogeography)

    M.Sc. Geography (Climatology)

    M.Sc. Geography (Environmental Resource Planning)

    Ph.D. in Envi. Resources Planning

    Ph.D. Population & Manpower Plan.

    Ph.D. Geomorphology

    Ph.D. Biogeography

    Ph.D. Climatology


Dept. of Vet. Public Health & Preven. Medicine

    PGD Food Hygiene

    PGD Epidemiology

    M.Sc. Epidemiology

    MVPH Veterinary Public Health

    MVPH Veterinary Preventive Medicine

    Ph.D. Epidemiology

    Ph.D. Veterinary Public Health

    Ph.D. Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Department of Veterinary Microbiology

    M.Sc. Veterinary Microbiology

    M.Sc. Bacteriology

    M.Sc. Immunology

    M.Sc. Virology

    Ph.D. Veterinary Microbiology

    Ph.D. Bacteriology

    Ph.D. Immunology

    Ph.D. Virology

Department of Vet. Pharm & Toxicology

    M.Sc. Pharmacology

    M.Sc. Toxicology

    Ph.D. Pharmacology

    Ph.D. Toxicology

Dept. of Parasitology & Entomology

    PGD Veterinary Parasitology

    M.Sc. Vet Hematology Protozoa &


    Ph.D. Vet Helm Proto &

Get help writing your college application essays. Find this year's Common App writing prompts and popular essay questions used by individual colleges.

The college essay is your opportunity to show admissions officers who you are apart from your grades and test scores (and to distinguish yourself from the rest of a very talented applicant pool).

2018-19 Common App Essays

Nearly 700 colleges accept the The Common Application, which makes it easy to apply to multiple schools with just one form. If you are using the Common App to apply for college admission in 2017, you will have 250–650 words to respond to ONE of the following prompts:

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter  can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure.  How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Tackling the Common App Essay Prompts

Prompt #1: Share your story.

Answer this prompt by reflecting on a hobby, facet of your personality, or experience that is genuinely meaningful and unique to you. Admissions officers want to feel connected to you and an honest, personal statement about who you are draws them in. Your love of superheroes, baking chops, or family history are all fair game if you can tie it back to who you are or what you believe in. Avoid a rehash of the accomplishments on your high school resume and choose something that the admissions committee will not discover when reading the rest of your application.

Prompt #2: Learning from obstacles.

You're trying to show colleges your best self, so it might seem counterintuitive to willingly acknowledge a time you struggled. But overcoming challenges demonstrates courage, grit, and perseverance! That’s why the last piece of this prompt is essential. The obstacle you write about can be large or small, but you must show the admissions committee how your perspective changed as a result.

Prompt #3: Challenging a belief.

Your answer to this question could focus on a time you stood up to others or an experience when your own preconceived view was challenged. Choose this prompt if you have a relevant—and specific!—experience to recount (and reflect on). A vague essay about a hot button issue doesn’t tell the admissions committee anything useful about YOU.

Prompt #4: Solving a problem.

This essay is designed to get at the heart of how you think and what makes you tick. Present a situation or quandary and show steps toward the solution. Admissions officers want insight into your thought process and the issues you grapple with, so explain how you became aware of the dilemma and how you tackled solving it. Don’t forget to explain why the problem is important to you!

Prompt #5: Personal growth.

Just like Prompt #2, the accomplishment or event you write about can be anything from a major milestone to a smaller "aha" moment. Describe the event or ccomplishment that shaped you but take care to also show what you learned or how you changed. Colleges are looking for a sense of maturity and introspection—pinpoint the transformation and demonstrate your personal growth. 

Prompt #6: What captivates you?

This prompt is an invitation to write about something you care about. (So avoid the pitfall of writing about what you think will impress the admission office versus what truly matters to you). Colleges are looking for curious students, who are thoughtful about the world around them. The "what or who do you turn to when you want to learn more” bit isn't an afterthought—it's a key piece of the prompt. Make sure you explain how you pursue your interest, as well.

Prompt #7: Topic of your choice.

This question might be for you if you have a dynamo personal essay from English class to share or were really inspired by a question from another college’s application. You can even write your own question! Whatever topic you land on, the essentials of a standout college essay still stand: 1.) Show the admissions committee who you are beyond grades and test scores  and 2.) Dig into your topic by asking yourself how and why. There isn’t a prompt to guide you, so you must ask yourself the questions that will get at the heart of the story you want to tell.

More College Essay Topics

Individual schools sometimes require supplemental essays. Here are a few popular application essay topics and some tips for how to approach them:

Describe a person you admire.

Avoid the urge to pen an ode to a beloved figure like Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln. The admissions committee doesn't need to be convinced they are influential people. Focus on yourself: Choose someone who has actually caused you to change your behavior or your worldview, and write about how this person influenced you .

Why do you want to attend this school?

Be honest and specific when you respond to this question. Avoid generalities like "to get a good liberal arts education” or “to develop career skills," and use details that show your interests: "I'm an aspiring doctor and your science department has a terrific reputation." Colleges are more likely to admit students who can articulate specific reasons why the school is a good fit for them beyond its reputation or ranking on any list. Use the college's website and literature to do your research about programs, professors, and other opportunities that appeal to you.

What is a book you love?

Your answer should not be a book report. Don't just summarize the plot; detail why you enjoyed this particular text and what it meant to you. What does your favorite book reveal about you? How do you identify with it, and how has it become personal to you?

Again, be honest in answering this question—don't choose a classic from your literature class or a piece of philosophy just because you think it will make you seem smarter. Writing fluently and passionately about a book close to you is always better than writing shakily or generally about a book that doesn't inspire you.

What is an extracurricular activity that has been meaningful to you?

Avoid slipping into clichés or generalities. Take this opportunity to really examine an experience that taught you something you didn't previously know about yourself, got you out of your comfort zone, or forced you to grow. Sometimes it's better to write about something that was hard for you because you learned something than it is to write about something that was easy for you because you think it sounds admirable. As with all essay questions, the most important thing is to tell a great story: how you discovered this activity, what drew you to it, and what it's shown you about yourself.

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