The pre-degree programme is a one-year intensive full-time programme in which students with the minimum academic qualifications for entry into University but are yet to be admitted for a University education are given a combination of lectures and tutorials, aimed at redressing their academic defects.  At the successful completion of the programme, students may be absorbed directly into the 100 level of the existing degree courses/programmes of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi.

The programme is domiciled in the College of Science, and is supervised and coordinated by a Head of Department who is appointed by the Vice-Chancellor.


 The Departmental Board which is made up of all Academic Staff participating on the programme, with Head of Department as chairman, decides on all matters concerning the Department.  Where applicable, information from the Board is circulated to all staff and students.  Matters requiring higher level decisions are referred to College Board through Dean by the Head of Department.  Where applicable, College Board’s decisions/recommendations are communicated to the Vice-Chancellor or University Administration.


Dr. T. Sombo



The subjects offered in the pre-degree programme are:

  • Physics,
  • Chemistry,
  • Biology,
  • Mathematics and
  • English,

which are taught to a level appropriately equivalent to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) standards.  Course details are subject to change from time to time before or after a candidate has been admitted for the programme to reflect the dynamic state of knowledge.  Continuous assessments (C.A.) and tests held during the programme constitute 30% of the final score of each candidate for each subject.  Continuous assessments and tests, which the subject teachers may set from time to time, test each candidate’s ability.


The final examination done at the end of the programme –constitute 70% of the total score of each candidate.  Except for Mathematics and English, all final examinations may include practical examinations in addition to theory.



The admission process is usually as outlined by the Registrar’s office (Directorate of academic affairs)



The requirements for admission into the Pre-Degree programme are usually contained in the yearly advert from the Registrar’s office.

Normally, applicants may have a minimum of four (4) credits passes at O’ level in the basic Sciences (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology) at not more than two sittings, with a minimum of a pass in English Language.