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Nigeria Introduces Postgraduate Training for Clinical Sciences

Circular to Nigerian Universities on Postgraduate Training for Clinical Sciences.

In its renewed commitment to reposition medical education in Nigeria for optimal impact in the society and in line with global best practices, the National Universities Commission (NUC) has been conferring with officials of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) and other critical stakeholders on the way forward in the delivery of quality medical education in Nigeria.

One of the issues on the front burner is the postgraduate training for medical academics, which has no clear-cut guidelines for Masters and PhD Programmes in the Clinical Sciences.

To this end, after exhaustive deliberation at series of meetings held between the Commission and the Management of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), stakeholders unanimously agreed to introduce PhD programmes in the Clinical Sciences in the Nigerian University System, for the postgraduate training of interested medical practitioners and for their career progression, especially for those in the academia.

Consequently, I write to convey that the following criteria are applicable to the proposed PhD Programmes in Clinical Sciences:

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admissions into the PhD programmes in the Clinical Sciences will be open to the following:
a) Candidates with Full Fellowships of either the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), the West African College of Physicians (WACP) or the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) or any other recognised foreign Fellowship;

b) Candidates who have successfully completed Part 1 Fellowship of either the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, the West African College of Physicians or the West African College of Surgeons; and

c) Holders of Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery degree (MBBS) and Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in relevant aspects of Clinical Sciences from a recognized university.

Candidates may be required to undergo a screening exercise to assess their suitability for the Ph. D programme.

DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME

The full-time PhD programme will run for a minimum of 6 Semesters and a maximum of 9 semesters while the part-time component will run for a minimum of 9 semesters and a maximum of 14 semesters.

STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME (GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS)

Generally, 52 credit units are required for graduation from all PhD Programmes in the Clinical Sciences.

These comprise 30 units earned from either Full Fellowship of NPMCN/WACP/WACS or Part 1 Fellowship of either NPMCN/WACP/WACS or from the course work in a relevant M.Sc. programme, 12 credit units for thesis, 6 credit units for Seminars and 2 credit units each for Research Methodology and Health Resource Management.

The above notwithstanding, the following criteria for graduation shall apply to candidates based on their entry qualifications:

a. For Candidates with Full Fellowships of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN), the West African College of Physicians (WACP) or the West African College of Surgeons (WACS), the course work shall be waived. However, they shall be required to submit and defend a thesis for graduation in 24 months.

b. For holders of Part 1 Fellowship of either, the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, the West African College of Physicians or the West African College of Surgeons, 52 credit units are required for graduation.

This comprised 30 units earned from the Part 1/Membership Fellowship postgraduate programme, 12 credit units for thesis, 6 credit units for Seminars and 2 credit units each, for Research Methodology and Health Resource Management. The thesis submitted must be defended.

c. The requirement for the graduation of candidates in 3b (above) also applies to those with MBBS and M.Sc. degree in relevant aspects of clinical Science.

Signed
Executive Secretary
National Universities Commission

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