The programme is intended for candidate wishing to do post-graduate research in the areas of animal nutrition (non ruminant and ruminant), environmental physiology, genomics and genetics, meat science, growth and development and animal management.  The duration of the programme is a minimum of 6 semesters and a maximum of 8 semesters for full time student, minimum of 8 semesters and maximum of semesters 10 semesters for students in the elongated semester module.

The Ph. D programme is open only to candidates having M.Sc in Animal Science or equivalent with a weighted average grade of 60%. The catchment areas for candidates include all the states of the federation of Nigeria and other countries world-wide.