The philosophy of the postgraduate diploma in Home Science is to provide postgraduate training in Home Science for candidates with degree in Agriculture and Sciences or Higher National Diploma (HND) graduates. It is also designed for recent graduates of Home Science/Home Economics who otherwise would not qualify for direct admission into Masters Degree programmes in the Department. The Student of Home Science is thus engaged in applied field of study that brings together knowledge and skills from different disciplines within the pure and applied arts and sciences to solve the most pressing problems that challenge the families presently, as well as those that are possibly going to emerge in the future.

Aims and Objectives

The Postgraduate Diploma in Home Science is aimed at:

  1. Producing persons with advanced knowledge and skills in Home Science.
  2. Exposing non-Home Science professionals to knowledge, skills and practice in Home


  1. Provide training in specific aspects of Home Science.


Employment Opportunities

Holders of the postgraduate diploma in Home Science are also expected to attain a level of self-reliance. They can work in different arms of the public and private sectors as Home Science Educators, Home Scientists in Journalism (Radio and Television), Home Science Entrepreneurs, Home Scientists in Consultancy Services, Homemaker, Extension Home Scientists, Home Scientists in Research, Commercial Food Service Managers, Clothing Designers, Interior Decorators, Home Scientist in Textile Industries, Family/Marriage Counselors and Childcare Specialists


The postgraduate diploma programme will consist of course work, seminar and project work. Students in Home Science will complete relevant courses in the stress areas (Introductory/Foundational courses, Human Nutrition, Foods, Child Development and Child Care, Home Management, Textile and Clothing, Extension/Industrial Training and Seminar) in addition to a project work to be carried out under the supervision of approved lecturers. A project report will be submitted by each student as part of the requirements for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Home Science.

Entry Requirements

Candidates seeking admission for Postgraduate Diploma in Home Science must have any of

the following qualifications from recognized institutions:

(a)    Higher National Diploma in Home Science/Economics or relevant fields with a

minimum of upper Credit.

(b)    Minimum of Pass Degree at Bachelor’s level in Agriculture with   a minimum   of 2.0


(c)    Pass in Higher National Diploma plus ten (10) years cognate experience.


Mode of Study

The mode of study is by course work and project report.



The Postgraduate Diploma Programme shall run for a full-time duration of two (2) semesters.


Requirement for Graduation: 

To be awarded Post graduate Diploma in Home Science, a candidate must have fulfilled the following conditions:

  1. Passed a minimum of 24 Credit Units as follows

Course                                                                                                          Units

Core courses                                                                                                12

Electives                                                                                                        9

Projects                                                                                                         4

Total                                                                                                              25


  1. Carried out a research project relevant to the area of specialization


    Stress Areas                                                                                       Codes

Introductory/Foundational Courses                                                                  0

Child Development and Child Care                                                                 1

Home Management                                                                                           2

Food and Nutrition                                                                                           3

Textiles and Clothing                                                                                       4

Entrepreneurship                                                                                              5

Statistics                                                                                                            6

Computer Application                                                                                       7

Seminar                                                                                                             8

Project                                                                                                               9




Course Structure

Core Courses                                                                                                   Units

HSc  0502   Foundations of Home Science/Economics                                      3

HSc  0552Entrepreneurship                                                                            3

HSc  0564   Agricultural Statistics and Data Processing              3

HSc  0573   Computer Applications                                                                              3

HSc  0592   Project Report                                                                                            4




HSc  0503     Fundamentals of Textiles and Clothing                        3

HSc  0511     Human and Child Development  1                                                         3

HSc  0521     Principles of Resource Management                                                      3

HSc  0523     Family Development                                                                              3

HSc  0531    General and Applied   Nutrition                                                              3

 Total      15


1stSemester                 Course Title                                                                  Units

HSc  0503 Fundamentals of Textiles and Clothing                                          3
HSc  0511

HSc  0521

Hsc  0523

Human and Child Development 11                                                3

Principles of Resource Management                                             3

Family Development                                                                      3

HSc  0531

HSc  0573



General and Applied Nutrition                                                       3


Computer Applications                                                                   3





2nd Semester

HSc  0502                            Foundations of Home Science/Home Economics        3

HSc  0552

HSc  0564


Agricultural Statistics and Data processing



HSc  0582 Special Topic/Seminar  3
HSc  0592 Project Report  4

Total                                                                                                                             16 

Course Description

HSc 0502: Foundations of Home Science/Economics.                                          (3 Units) Definitions and goals of studying Home Science.Historical Development of Home Science, philosophy, objectives and principles.  Career opportunities in Home Science including the necessary academic preparations and personal qualities required.  Basic Human needs and the role of Home Science in meeting these needs.Nature of families and their needs. Stress on different areas of Home Science (Foods, Management of family resources, Child study, Clothing and textiles, Family development,

HSc0503  Fundamentals of Textiles and Clothing                                            (3 Units) Textile fibers and their properties. Fibre classification-major & minor fibers, natural & man-made fibers, fibre processing methods, fibre blends, simple laboratory methods of fibre identification.  Fabric construction/fabrication methods, weaving (types, History & development of industrial looms in Nig) Knitting, bonding etc. Yarn classification and uses. Fabric uses & care. Fabric furnishes. Project Textile Album.Field Trips to Textiles Industries. Clothing defined.  Functions & components of clothing, Clothing accessories, Clothes for different occasions.Tools and equipment, Uses & Care of tools and equipment.Simple machine adjustments.Common stitching faults & their corrections.Machining. Basic sewing processes. Project  Preparation of clothing Album (Specimen album) Construction of simple baby wear.

HSc 0511 Human and Child Development                                                               (3 Units)    Theories of human development from infancy to adulthood; Awareness and understanding of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual aspects of human growth and development in infancy; Child and Adolescence, early and late adulthood; influence of the family, home and community environment on personality development in a changing society; problems of pregnancy, human reproduction and conception.

HSc 0521 Principles of Resource Management                                                       (3 Units)   Theories, principles and concepts of using individual, family and community resources; identification of existing resources; values and goals in management; model for use of process; farm, home and business management and their interfaces; model for use of existing resources; resources productivity; identification of potential resources; organizing access to finance; maintenance culture in environmental and resource development.

HSc 0523 Family Development                                                                                 (3 Units) Family structure: system, process and stages. Family developmental stages: their needs, demands and adjustment. Roles and functions of the family to individual, community and the nation; Family structure and economic change in the 21st century; Task differentiation in the different forms of family; Changes in roles and effects within the family and current practices; The family and external systems; Internal process and family relationships; Influence of the nature of family on children; Impact of urban and rural setting on families and their members.

HSc0531  General and Applied Nutrition                                                             (3 Units) Nutritive value of tropical foods and Nigerian diets; Adequacy of food supply; selection and formulation of adequate diet.  Enrichment, supplementation, complementation, fortification; Food habits, control of appetite; Nutritional needs of children, pregnant and lactating women, adolescents and the aged; Nutrition, infection and the immune responses; Physiology of growth , pregnancy and lactation; Nutrient requirement estimates and assessment.

HSc 0552    Entrepreneurship                                                                                   (3 Units) Entrepreneur-concept development and need for entrepreneurial development;  entrepreneurship growth- economic, social, cultural; personality, psychological and sociological factors affecting growth; traits for entrepreneurial development- functions and roles of women entrepreneurs, problems and strategies for solving problems; entrepreneurial project planning- steps, building plans, using CPM for action plan, resource allocation, budgeting; project implementation- organizing, controlling, launching, monitoring, evaluation; funding agencies- registration of project; filing returns and assessment; institutions for entrepreneurial training; training models and participatory management of human resources.

HSc 0564 Agricultural Statistics and Data Processing                                          (3 Units)

Basic concepts of statistics.Empirical frequency distribution, histograms (graphic presentation).Measures of location, symbol and summation notation; mean, mode, and median.Measures of variation, range, variance, standard deviation, standard errors and coefficient of variation.Probability distribution.Population, samples and theoretical distribution, normal and bionomial distributions and statistical inference.Sampling distributions.Estimation.test of hypothesis. Two sample techniques and paired  comparisons, t-tests. Approximate tests, multinomial data, bionomial data, a test for goodness of fit, contingency table(s) and chi-square(x2) test. Laboratory and field experiments.Data collection and processing techniques. The completely randomized design (CRD) or one-way classification experiment. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) and tests of significance, f-tests, and t-tests. Detection of differences between treatment means using Fisher’s Least Significant Difference (FLSD=LSD), Duncan’s New Multiple Range Test (DNMRT), etc. The Latin Square Design OR “Three –way classification experiment”. The Split-plot designs and factorial experiments.Regression  and Correlation. Analysis of   covariance.Revision.

HSc 0573 Computer Applications                                                                             (3 Units) Elements of programming and data base management; network analysis and its use in the different areas of Home Science/ Economics. For instance in  Family and Child Studies, Family Resource /Home Management, Institutional and Personnel Management, Foods and Nutrition,  Interior Decoration and Clothing and Textiles.

HSc 0592   Project Report                                                                                     (4 Units) Under the supervision of a staff, students carry out simple research work in selected problem areas of interest, write and present a report in a prescribed format.  This is reviewed and assessed by internal and external examiners.  Duration is two semesters.