Restructured New Courses in Nigerian Universities: Complete List and Key Highlights

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There are now over 200 restructured and new courses in Nigerian universities, following the implementation of 70% of the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

NUC is one of the agencies supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education, whose mandate is to promote quality higher education in Nigeria.

The implementation of the newly restructured programmes for Nigerian universities takes effect from September 2023, according to the acting Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr. Chris Maiyaki.

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Implementation of CCMAS

The new list of courses aligns with Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS), which makes up 70 per cent of the curriculum while the university senate decides what to include in the remaining 30 per cent. CCMAS is a step away from Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS), which was formerly in use.

The NUC-CCMAS disciplines which were obtained by InfomediaNG show that there are now 17 faculties in the Nigerian University system.

They are:

  1. Arts
  2. Law
  3. Sciences
  4. Education
  5. Computing
  6. Agriculture
  7. Architecture
  8. Social Sciences
  9. Veterinary Medicine
  10. Allied Health Sciences
  11. Basic Medical Sciences
  12. Environmental Sciences
  13. Medicine and Dentistry
  14. Pharmaceutical Sciences
  15. Engineering and Technology
  16. Administration and Management Science
  17. Communications and Media Studies

The key highlights of the redesigned curriculum

The restructured disciplines show that some courses have been split to reflect today’s trends in the global education system.

Mass Communication:

There will now be various degrees under Communications to include:

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Development Communication Studies
  • Film and Multimedia,
  • Information and Media Studies
  • Journalism and Media Studies
  • Mass Communication
  • Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Architecture:

Architecture is now a stand-alone faculty with various courses of discipline under it, the new courses under Architecture are:

  • Architecture
  • Architectural Technology
  • Furniture Design
  • Interior Architecture Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Naval architecture;

Here is the list of new faculties in Nigerian universities and the new courses under them:

Faculty of Administration and Management Science

These courses will lead to the award of a B.Sc.

  1. Department of Finance
  2. Department of Accounting
  3. Department of Taxation
  4. Department of Actuarial Science
  5. Department of Entrepreneurship
  6. Department of Aviation Management
  7. Department of Insurance
  8. Department of Marketing
  9. Department of Business Administration
  10. Department of Business Information Technology
  11. Department of Co-operative and Rural Development
  12. Department of Employment and Human Resource Management
  13. Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
  14. Department of Information Resource Management
  15. Department of Local Government and Development Studies
  16. Department of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  17. Department of Office and Information Management
  18. Department Petroleum Information Management
  19. Department Procurement Management
  20. Department of Project Management
  21. Department of Public Administration
  22. Department of Security and Investment
  23. Department of Transport Management
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Faculty of Agriculture

  1. Agribusiness
  2. Animal Science
  3. Crop Science
  4. Agricultural Economics
  5. Soil Science
  6. Agricultural Extension
  7. Family and Consumer Sciences
  8. Fisheries and Aquaculture
  9. Food Science and Technology
  10. Agricultural Science (5-year option)
  11. Horticulture and Landscape Management
  12. Forest Resources and Wildlife Management
  13. Water Resources Management and Agro-meteorology

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences

According to NUC-CCMAS, there are now 19 departments under the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences and the degree that will be awarded at the end of the programmes:

  1. Audiology (B.AUD)
  2. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (B.Sc. CAM)
  3. Dental Technology (B.Sc. DNT)
  4. Dental Therapy (B.DT)
  5. Environmental Health Science (B.EHS)
  6. Health Care Administration and Hospital Management (B.Sc. HAM)
  7. Health Information Management (B.HIM)
  8. Information Technology and Health Informatics (B.Sc. ITH)
  9. Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS)
  10. Nursing Sciences (B.N.Sc)
  11. Human Nutrition and Dietetics (B.Sc.)
  12. Occupational Therapy (B.OT.)
  13. Optometry (O.D)
  14. Pharmacology (B.Sc. PHA)
  15. Physiotherapy (DP)
  16. Prosthetics and Orthotics (B.Sc. P&O)
  17. Public Health (B.Sc.)
  18. Radiography (B.Rad)
  19. Speech-Language Therapy (B.SLT)

Faculty of Arts

There are 26 courses under the redesigned curriculum for the Faculty of Arts, all the courses will lead to the award of Bachelor of Arts (B.A)

  1. Arabic
  2. Classics
  3. Folklore
  4. Archaeology
  5. History
  6. Music
  7. Linguistics
  8. Philosophy
  9. Religious Studies
  10. Chinese Language
  11. Christian Theology
  12. Christian Theology
  13. Film Production
  14. Islamic Studies
  15. History and Diplomatic Studies
  16. Modern European Languages French
  17. African Languages and Literature Efik
  18. African Languages and Literature Hausa
  19. African Languages and Literature Ibibio
  20. African Languages and Literature Igbo
  21. African Languages and Literature Yoruba
  22. African Traditional Religion
  23. Theatre Arts
  24. Modern European Languages German
  25. English Language and Literature in English
  26. Modern European Languages Russia

Faculty of Architecture

The new curriculum Architecture will lead to the award of B.SC. in various fields of disciplines, they are:

  1. Architecture
  2. Architectural technology
  3. Furniture design
  4. Interior architecture design
  5. Landscape architecture
  6. Naval architecture
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Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

  1. Human Anatomy (B.Sc.)
  2. Physiology (B.Sc.)

Faculty of Engineering and Technology

There are now 29 courses under the newly restructured Faculty of Engineering and Technology, leading to the award of: B.Eng./B. Tech./B.Sc, they are:

  1. Aerospace Engineering
  2. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  3. Automotive Engineering
  4. Biomedical Engineering
  5. Chemical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering 
  7. Computer Engineering (here is a list of business ideas for a graduate of computer engineering)
  8. Electrical Engineering
  9. Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  10. Electronic Engineering
  11. Environmental Engineering
  12. Food Science and Engineering/Technology
  13. Industrial and Production Engineering
  14. Information and Communication Engineering
  15. Marine Engineering
  16. Materials and Metallurgical Engineering
  17. Mechanical Engineering
  18. Mechatronics Engineering
  19. Metallurgical Engineering
  20. Mining Engineering
  21. Natural Gas Engineering
  22. Petrochemical Engineering
  23. Petroleum Engineering
  24. Petroleum and Gas Engineering
  25. Structural Engineering
  26. Systems Engineering
  27. Telecommunications Engineering
  28. Water Resources Engineering
  29. Wood Products Engineering

Faculty of Communications and Media Studies

Courses under the Faculty of Communications and Media Studies will now lead to an award of BSC: 

  1. Strategic communications
  2. Advertising
  3. Broadcasting
  4. Development Communications Studies
  5. Film and multimedia
  6. Information and Media Studies
  7. Journalism and Media Studies
  8. Mass Communications
  9. Public Relations

Faculty of Computing

  1. Department of Cybersecurity
  2. Department of Software Engineering
  3. Department of Data Science
  4. Department of Information Technology
  5. Department of Information System
  6. Department of Computer Science
  7. Department of Information and Communications Technology

Faculty of Law

  1. Common Law (LL. B)
  2. Combined Law and Islamic Law (LL. B Common & Islamic Law (Combined)

Faculty of Social Sciences

Courses under the Social Sciences Faculty will lead to the award of B.Sc:

  1. Criminology and Security Studies
  2. Demography and Social Statistics
  3. Development Studies
  4. Economics
  5. International Relations
  6. Peace and Conflict Resolution
  7. Petroleum Economics and Policy Studies
  8. Political Science
  9. Politics, Philosophy and Economics
  10. Psychology
  11. Social Standards
  12. Social Work
  13. Sociology

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

  1. Medicine and Surgery (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS/MBChB)
  2. Dentistry (Dentistry Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS/BChD)

Faculty of Education

  1. Department of Adult and Continuing Education
  2. Department of Agricultural Education
  3. Department of Arabic
  4. Department of Biology
  5. Department of Business Education
  6. Department of Chemistry
  7. Department of Christian Religious Studies
  8. Department of Computer Science
  9. Department of Creative Arts Education
  10. Department of Early Childhood Education
  11. Department of Economics
  12. Department of Educational Management
  13. Department of Efik-Ibibio Education
  14. Department of English Language/Literature-in-English
  15. Department of Entrepreneurship Education
  16. Department of Environmental Education
  17. Department of French (check our suggested business ideas for a French degree holder)
  18. Department of Geography
  19. Department of Guidance and Counseling
  20. Department of Hausa
  21. Department of Health Education
  22. Department of History
  23. Department of Home Economics
  24. Department of Human Kinetics/Physical Education
  25. Department of Igbo
  26. Department of Integrated Science
  27. Islamic Studies
  28. Department of Language Arts and Communication
  29. Department of Library and Information Science
  30. Department of Mathematics
  31. Department of Music
  32. Department of Physics
  33. Department of Political Science
  34. Department of Primary Education
  35. Department of Social Studies and Civic Education
  36. Department of Special Needs Education
  37. Department of Sustainable Development Studies
  38. Department of Technology Education
  39. Department of Yoruba
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Faculty of Sciences

  1. Applied Geophysics
  2. Biochemistry
  3. Biology
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Botany
  6. Brewing Science and Technology
  7. Chemistry
  8. Environmental Management and Toxicology
  9. Forensic Science
  10. Geology
  11. Industrial Chemistry
  12. Industrial Mathematics
  13. Industrial Physics
  14. Marine Science
  15. Maritime Science
  16. Mathematics
  17. Medical Physics
  18. Medicinal Chemistry
  19. Meteorology
  20. Microbiology
  21. Petroleum Chemistry
  22. Physics with Electronics
  23. Physics
  24. Science Laboratory Technology
  25. Statistics
  26. Zoology

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Final thought:

The NUC has done a great job by restructuring the BMAS, which gave birth to NUC-CCMAS, to reflect the 21st Century realities, in the existing and new disciplines and programmes in the Nigerian University System.

However, this may not really solve the existing problems of some of the modes of teaching in the university environment, whereby they teach topics that do not align with the market reality.

For instance, courses like mass communication and mechanical engineering are pure practical courses.

How will a mechanical engineering student with a bias in auto learn new things when his departmental workshop only has the 1970s engines of a Mercedes Benz?

What about broadcast undergraduate students who never saw how a TV or radio studio looks throughout their course on campus?

Better still, how would a lecturer who doesn’t actively use social media such as Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook teach New Media?

There should be a budget for training and retraining of university lecturers for them to know the 21st Century’s realities.

In the United States, university professors are trained and retrained to align with today’s market realities.

These are some of the practical ways to restructure Nigeria’s university system, not just by changing the names of courses while those who are there to teach the new courses in Nigerian universities are not aligned with market realities.

The education system isn’t what it used to be in the 1990s. The world has changed and it will continue to change.

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  • Opeyemi Quadri

    Ope is a finance writer and researcher with 10+ years of experience in content creation. His interests cut across decentralized finance, investment, foreign exchange, government policies and politics.

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