Postgraduate Programmes

Posgraduate Microbiology programmes are available at PhD, MPhil, MSc and PGD levels. Please check application forms for PG programmes at the School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS) application forms portal:


UG Programme

Our B. Microbiology undergraduate degree programme is one of the current nine departments that constitute the Faculty of Life Science. The department of Microbiology thus has wonderful “siblings” in the family, and she enjoys a good rapport with siblings that are older than her and siblings that are younger than her! SEE DETAILS

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you concerning any complaints or suggestions you might have to enable the Department serve you better. Please call us or send an email to the contact below:

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Current HoD

Professor Maryam Aminu

HoD, Department of Microbiology

Welcome Message

The Department of Microbiology is one of the current nine departments that constitute the Faculty of Science. The department was however not a foundation member of the Faculty. The Faculty of Science was one of the foundation faculties of the University and it came into being in October 1962; the same date that Ahmadu Bello University was founded. There were only six departments at the inception of the faculty. These departments were departments of BOTANY, ZOOLOGY, CHEMISTRY GEOGRAPHY, MATHEMATICS and PHYSICS. Two other departments were added to the faculty in 1969. These were the department of GEOLOGY and the department of MICROBIOLOGY. In the same year, the departments of BOTANY and ZOOLOGY were consolidated to form a single department of BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES. The department of BIOCHEMISTRY was created in 1975, and the youngest department in the Faculty, the department of TEXTILE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY was finally, “born” in 1980.

The Academics

Mission, Vision and Philosophy


Our mission is to build a Department that will be student-oriented and a centre of excellence for teaching and research in Medical, Food, Industrial, Environmental and Biotechnological Microbiology; thus positioning ourselves for the provision of excellent consultancy services in all fields of modern Microbiology.


Our vision as a Department is to provide a conducive learning environment and a student-friendly atmosphere that allows us to achieve academic excellence in all aspects of the science of Microbiology. In particular we shall labour to produce highly skilled microbiologists capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century; thus providing highly qualified manpower for the Nigerian economy. This we have to achieve using all resources available to us and within the limitations and constraints that we may face from time to time.


To produce well nurtured graduate that will be in a possition to contribute to the advancement of knowledege at local, National and Global levels.

Google Scholar

Featured Staff on Research Visibility

Google Scholar

Prof. Umaru Ishiaku

We are proud to feature another distinguished scholar of ABU named Prof. Umaru Ishiaku, Professor of Polymer and Textile Engineering at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria who, as at the last check, had not less than 6,163 citations with (h-Index score of 40 and i10-Index score of 100) credited to his research works as documented on Google Scholar.

The featured scholar’s areas of interest/specialization include Polymer Science and Technology, Composites and Polymer Processing

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