M Sc. , Ph. D & PGD in Agronomy




The Postgraduate Programme of the faculty of Agriculture into which crop production fits in aims at producing highly specialized manpower for advanced teaching and research positions in academic institutions and agro-allied industries. Products of the School would also fit into various top management positions in agriculture.

M.Sc. degree which is basically by course work and research and PhD degree which may by course work or otherwise on recommendation besides the mandatory research work in either cases, shall be awarded in various fields of Agronomy. The available fields of study shall be reviewed periodically as and when teaching and research facilities expand in the School.


The M.Sc. degree shall be by course work and a thesis. To be eligible, candidates must hold:

  1. (B. Agric. Tech. (Hons) or equivalent or degree with first or second class honours from Taraba State University(TSU) or any other recognized institutions within or outside the country.
  2. A Bachelor’s degree with a first or second class honours where applicable in an agriculturally related field. Candidates with such qualifications may be required to complete satisfactorily the deficient courses at undergraduate level as may be recommended by the candidate’s advisory committee.
  3. A postgraduate Diploma degree with al least upper credit from TSU or any other recognized institutions within or outside the country.




The Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) shall be by course work and a Project Report. To be eligible, candidates should have.

  1. An Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate with at least lower credit from any recognized institutions within or outside the country.
  2. Any other qualification together with relevant field experience as deemed acceptable to the postgraduate school of Taraba State University.



To be eligible, candidates must have a Master’s degree with a thesis component in an appropriate field of agriculture. In addition, a registered M. Sc. Candidate with average of ‘A’ grade in the faculty can be recommended to proceed for the Ph.D. after 24 months on the Master’s Programme. This initial time spent on the Master’s will count towards the award of the Ph.D. which total period shall be a minimum of 4 academic years.



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Full time candidates will have a minimum of one year and a maximum of 4 years to complete the Master’s degree. Part-time candidates will have a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years to complete the degree.


Full time candidates will have a minimum of two years and a maximum of 5 years to complete the doctoral Programme. Part-time candidates will have a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 6 years to complete the degree.

The Degrees Available are:

  1. Sc. and Ph. D. Crop Production
  2. Sc. and Ph. D. Soil Science
  3. Sc. and Ph. D. Plant Breeding
  4. Sc. and Ph. D. Plant Pathology
  5. Sc. and Ph. D. Entomology



Courses Code                       Course Title                                                   Credit Unit     Semester

APP 801          Metabolism of Carbohydrates and Lipids                              3          1st

APP 802          Reproduction Management and Controlled Breeding           2          1st

APP 803          Metabolism of Protein and Nucleic Acids                             3          2nd

APP 804          Instrumentation in Animal Nutrition                                     3          2nd

APP 805          Digestion and Metabolism in Ruminants                               3          1st

APP 806          Bioenergetics                                                                         3          2nd

APP 807          Advanced Biochemical Genetics                                           3          1st

APP 808          Immunogenetics                                                                     2          1st

APP 809          Population Genetics                                                               2          2nd

APP 810          Stock Imporvement                                                               3          2nd

APP 811          Advanced Biotechnology                                                      3          1st

APP 812          Molecular Genetics                                                                2          2nd

APP 813          Multiple Ovulation and Embryo Trasnfer in Farm Animals   2          2nd

APP 814          Diary Chemistry and Technology                                          2          1st

APP 815          Artifiicail Insimination                                                           3          1st

APP 816          Advanced Poultry and Hatchery Management                     3          2nd

APP 817          Artificial Insimination                                                            3          1st

APP 818          Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of farm animals            2          1st



APP 801 – Metablosm of Carbohydrate and Lipids (3 Unit)

Metabolism of carbohydrate and fats as it relates to various monogastric species. Recent trends in carbohydrate and lipids research. Special techniques for metabolic study relating to carbohydrates and lipids. Control mechanisms of CHO and lipids metabolism


App 802 – Reproductive Management and Controlled Breeding (2 Units)

Flushing, steaming up, neonatal management, oestrs detection, mating system, pregnancy diagnosis, sire management of reproductive disorders. Management of breeding records, use of computer in reproductive data management. Synchronized breeding, accelerated lambing and kidding. Management of artificial insemination services.


App 803 – Metabolism of Protein and Nucleic Acids (3 Units)

Metabolism of proteins and nucleic acids. Amino acids precursors and functions of nucleic acids in protein structure. Recent trends in protein and nucleic acid research. Special techniques for protein and nucleic acid determination and identification.





APP 804 – Instrument in Animal Nutrition (3 units)

Uses of various instruments in the analysis of feeds, feeding studs and animal products, principles and techniques of chromatography, spectrophotometry, electrophoretic methods, calorimeters, thiometers fermentation vats e.t.c. Recent advances in instrumentation.


APP 805 – Digestion and Metabolism in Ruminants (3 Units)

Physiology of digestion and metabolism. Digestion and metabolism of various nutrients ad their absorption by ruminants. Regulations for metabolic pathways. Inter-relationship between metabolites disorders of the ruminants. Measurements of digestibility of feed resources. Transport and absorption of metabolistes.


APP 806 – Bioenergetics (3 Units)

Importance of energy, energy systems. Estimation and prediction of energy values of feeds. Partitioning of energy and utilization for body functions. Physiology and biochemical aspects of energy metabolism.


APP 807 – Advanced Biochemical Genetics (3 Units)

DNA Structure and replication, DNA and the gene, types of gene action, genetic code, mutation and mutational sites, inversion and transposes, Molecular basis of mutation, spontaneous, induced and reversion mutation analysis, Mutagens and Carcinogens, Biological repair mechanism, protein synthesis, Gene splicing, Genetics of diseases resistance ad feed utilization, Errors of Metabolism, Resistance and control of parasite and pathogens.


APP 808 – Immonogenetics (2 Units)

Monoclonal antibodies in selective breeding, Antigens, Immune Systems, (LGS, MHC and HLA), Genetics regulation of immune systems, genetics of disaease resistance and screening of genetics diseases, immune-deficiencies.


APP 809 – Population Genetics (2 Units)

Darwin revolution, variation/evolution changes, sources/forces of variation and evolutionary changes, Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, Effects of sexual reproduction on variability among finite populations, synthesis of forces, genetic structure of populations, Effective population sizes, Balance polymorphism, Random events, Fitness, Origin of Species, co-adaptation.


APP 810 – Stock Improvement (3 Units)

Review of Genetic basis and interrelationship of economically important traits in each of the principal livestock species, breeding objectives, development of breeding plans, breeding and selection programme practice, visiting of livestock breeding and research enterprises.


APP 811 – Advanced Biotechnology (3 Units)

Animal cell and tissue culture, mutation of oocytes, In vitro oocytes fusion, Cloning species hybridization, interspecies embryo transfer, DNA sequences, blood group analysis and genetic polymorphism, Electrophoretic techniques, Genes and genetic markers, Linkage mapping of recombination. Mapping and map distance, Chi-square test, mitotic segregation and recombination, analysis of single meiosis, sex chromosome and sex linkages.


APP 812 – Molecular Genetics (2 Units)

Chromosome structure and functions, Chromosomal changes and duplication (Aneuploidy, polyploidy etc.) Sequence of organizations, Restriction ezymes and restriction analyses, Formation of recombinant DNA and recombinant DNA methodology/techniques, DNA assays, phylohenic reconstruction and estimations, Speciation and hybridization, Identification of disease/useful genes.


APP 813 – Multiple Ovulation and Embryo Transfer in Farm Animals (2 Units)

Significance of multiple ovulation embryo (MOET) in livestock improvement. Endocrinology, follicular development and ovulation. Hormonal induction of oestrus enhanced follicular development and ovulation.

Comparative evaluation of multiple ovulation protocols in farm animals, Surgical and non-surgical methods of embryo recovery, In Vitro storage of embryos, embryo splitting, Sexing of mammalian embryos, Assessment of viability of embryos, Surgical and non-surgical methods of embryo transfer.


APP 814 – Diary Chemistry and Technology (2 Units)

The State of diary industry in Nigeria, Nutritional value of milk, Chemical, physical and Microbiological changes in fresh and processed milk and by-products, processing and handling diary products in the tropics, Local Technology for diary processing.


APP 815 – Artificial Insemination (3 Units)

Historical development of Artificial Insemination (AI), role of AI in livestock improvement, semen collection techniques in far m animals, semen evaluation, comparative study of the ejaculates of ram, boar, buck, bull and stallion, advanced methods of assessing sperm viability, Principles of semen preservation, sperm damage during preservation, fertility of In Vitro stored spermatozoa, Insemination techniques, Timing of Insemination, Determination of conception ad parturition rates, organization of AI practices, management of AI centre, world trade in frozen semen.

APP 816 – Advanced Poultry Production and Hatchery Management (3 Units)

The management aspects involved in raising and keeping species of poultry. The application of principles of feeding, breeding and methods of hatching and equipment used in the poultry, common diseases, of poultry and vaccination programmes. Principal of carcass cuts and measures of carcass quality control and marketing in poultry.


APP 817 – Advanced Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals (2 Units)

Anatomy, histology and physiology of the various organs in farm animals with emphasis on the digestion, circulation, respiratory and nervous muscles systems.



APGD 530 – Farmer – Herder Conflict Resolution (3 Units)

Definition of Conflict, The nature and sources of conflict, Theories of conflict and assessment, The role of communication in conflict resolution, Case studies in farmer – herder conflict in Nigeria.


APGD 631 – Animal Jurisprudence (2 Units)

Ethics of Animal Production and Management, Animal care and handling, animal right, national and international right guideline, Techniques and methods of animal slaughter, right to disease treatment, prevention and general environment safety, Animals basic approved practices and operations in relations to national and internationals trade, animals as an instrument of academic and medical research purpose.