Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria



The initial training at the School of Pharmacy in Zaria started around 1947 to train dispensers (Dispensers Course), and much later in 1961 it was upgraded to the Chemist and Druggist Diploma. This was the first requirement for registration as a Pharmacist by the former Pharmacist Board of Nigeria PBN. The entry requirement for the Diploma was the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology (NCAST) certificate, Ibadan. However candidates with credits in the relevant science subjects in GCE O Level were admitted for a five year course. At the end of the course, successful candidates were awarded two diplomas viz the Professional Diploma of the PBN (the Chemist and Druggist Diploma) and the Pharmaceutical Chemists Diploma (of the Pharmacy School, Zaria). The three year Pharmacy degree programme was started in 1968 in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, ABU Zaria. However the first set of students were admitted in 1970 and they graduated in 1973 with a BSc degree in Pharmacy.

The Faculty then comprised of two sections

  • Pharmaceutics and Pharmacognosy.
  • Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

The Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology became the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1982 consisting of four departments and awarding the B.Pharmacy degree. These are:
  • Department of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy
  • Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Microbiology
  • Department of Pharmacognosy & Drug Development
  • Department of Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry

The Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice was created out of Department of Pharmacology & Clinical Pharmacy in 2008.

Our B. Pharm. program are to produce Pharmacists with the required skills, knowledge and motivation to provide pharmaceutical services. The skills of our graduates are sufficient to compete with other pharmacist all over the world. These are in line with the objectives of the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria.

  • Instil in the students a sense of appreciation of the Pharmacy profession and involve them in intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and study.
  • Instill in the student the dynamic value of the Pharmacy profession, which makes life long learning a necessity.
  • Develop in the student the ability to apply Pharmaceutical knowledge in Health Care Delivery System.
  • Provide to the student a broad and balanced foundation in all areas of Pharmaceutical knowledge.
  • Provide students with Pharmaceutical knowledge and skills to identify and solve drug related problems. The knowledge includes Human and Veterinary related drug therapeutic problems.
  • Provide students with adequate knowledge and appropriate skills from which they can proceed to acquire more knowledge in specialised areas of Pharmacy.

The philosophy of the B. Pharm. degree program is to produce educated persons and well trained professionals that will be able to provide relevant pharmaceutical services to the public