Pharmacognosy & Drug Development

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

Postgraduate Programme


The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics offers postgraduate programmes targeted at graduates of pharmacy, medicine and other related disciplines such as biochemistry and physiology; and leads to the award of degrees at Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) levels in Pharmacology.


To provide advanced and up-to-date training in both theoretical aspects of pharmacology and current research methods; and to employ such training as tools in specific problem solving to meet national and international needs.


The programme is set to achieve the following:

  1. Equip graduates with theoretical and practical skills that will enable them undertake thereafter; independent scientific research, within a team or on their own, to the extent that they can train others also;
  2. Promote research into ethno-medicine for the development of new drugs;
  3. Promote the safe use of drugs, including herbal medicine, in the healthcare system;
  4. Translation of research results for improvement of health services and policies.