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Program Abstract

This is a 3 semester program in accordance with the rules of the Senate of the University of Ibadan. Courses are made up of units and each unit consists of 15 hours of lectures/tutorial or 45 hours of interactions such as practical, assignments, practicum etc. Each course in this program has 3 credit units, except the research project which has 6. In order to fulfill the requirements for Master’s Degree, students must score at least 40% in all compulsory courses and obtain a minimum grade of 30% in required courses. Students will be examined in all the courses for which they register at the end of the semester in which the courses are completed. A student who fails in any compulsory course (including the project) shall be required to re-register for the course or project and be re-examined at the appropriate time. Students who wish to proceed to doctoral degree must have taken elective courses in the field of concentration at the Masters’ level.

The WAB will recommend that all students sponsored for the program take the following courses totaling 36 units (including the project) as a minimum. These include foundational lectures in Bioethics, its history, approaches to ethical thinking and decision making; introduction to relevant principles in philosophy; understanding of research designs; informed consent principles and the composition/management of Institutional Review Boards. These are supplemented by required courses which deal with topics such as the role of culture and religion in ethical decision making and research methods needed by candidates to successfully carry out their own research. These are followed by elective courses on ethics and research integrity and pedagogy.

Students can take elective courses such as contemporary issues in ethics of international collaborative research, ethical issues in reproductive and population health, principles of negotiation and conflict resolution, bioethics such as bioethics and biotechnology; law, human rights and bioethics; clinical bioethics; environmental ethics; ethics of research in children; public health ethics; ethics of research among vulnerable populations and in mass emergencies and disaster; ethics and social and behavioral research and neuroethics. However, they must indicate their interest in any elective course with the first 2 weeks of registering for the degree program.



Admission Requirements

a.     Candidates for admission into the MSc (Bioethics) program shall be holders of medical degree certificate of the University of Ibadan or other Universities recognized by the senate of the University

b.     Graduates of any related humanities and science discipline with a good honours degree of the University of Ibadan or other Universities recognized by the senate of the University

c.       All candidates must satisfy University of Ibadan basic and higher degree requirements for matriculation.

For detailed information about admission requirements to the University of Ibadan Postgraduate School, please visit http://pgschoolui.com/  Candidates should also look out for advertisement in major Nigerian newspapers or send an e-mail to the Administrator, West African Bioethics Training Program at admin@bioethicscenter.net for information about admission requirements.




Admission into the program will be at the beginning of each academic session. Candidates for the M.Sc (Bioethics) programme will be required to complete their registration formalities within three weeks of the beginning of the first semester.


Duration and mode of study

The duration of the programme shall normally be three semesters for full-time studies or five semesters for part-time. A candidate shall be asked to withdraw if he has not fulfilled the requirements for award of the degree after a maximum of 5 semesters of full-time studies or 7 semesters of part-time studies.



Mode of instructions

                             i.      The programme shall consist of course work, seminars, practicum and research project.

                           ii.      The curriculum shall consist of core, required and elective courses

                         iii.      There will be case studies and review of current bioethics controversies in seminar/workshop sessions

                         iv.      A course unit represents a period of fifteen (15) hour lecture/tutorials/seminars.

                           v.      Students shall be required to register for a minimum of 30 units and, a maximum of 45 units of course work, including the Research project.

                         vi.      Candidates shall carry out a research project which carries 6 credit units.

                       vii.      Examinations shall be conducted according to the existing regulations of the Postgraduate School.



Requirements for award of Master of Science degree in Bioethics

To qualify for the award of Master of Science degree in Bioethics, the candidate will be required to pass all compulsory courses. The candidate shall be examined in all the courses for which he is registered at the end of the semester in which the courses are completed. Students are expected to submit a report on their research project.

Examination results in each course shall be recorded as percentage marks and be interpreted as follows:

0 – 39   =      (Fail)                60 – 69   =   (Very Good)

40 – 49 =      (Pass)               70 – 100 =   (Excellent)

50 – 59 =      (Good)

A student who fails in any compulsory course (including the project) shall be required to re-register for the course or project and be re-examined at the appropriate time.

The M.Sc. degree in Surgery shall be graded at the end of the programme as follows:

60% and above  Proceed to Ph.D

55% – 59.9%  M.Phil / Ph.D

50% - 54.9%  M.Phil

                          40% - 49.9%  Terminal Master.


Course venue

The training shall be in the Department of Surgery and the other collaborating Departments where the required basic physical plan and equipment already exist. The Ethical Review Committee of the University of Ibadan and the University College Hospital, as well as the Community Advisory Board of the International Haplotype Mapping project at Aba-Alamu in Ibadan will provide additional support for the training of the students.

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