Apart from the General Requirements for entry into Nigerian universities, the Department of English and Literary Studies demands the following from its prospective students.

UTME SUBJECTS: English Language, Literature in English, one Arts subject, and another Arts or Social Science subject

DIRECT ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Two A’ level passes to include Literature in English and one other Arts subject. Merit pass at NCE level can be accepted by the University.

ORDINARY LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: Five (5) credit passes at SSCE or its equivalent, including English Language, Literature in English, and three (3) other relevant subjects from Arts or Social Science.



To obtain the B.A English and literary Studies, a student must successfully complete approved courses to a minimum of 164 credit hours including approved electives from other departments.

All the students must take and pass all the stipulated General Studies courses. In their third year of studies, students will take a supervised Oral Literature Original project in which they would be expected to collect and analyse the literary content of selected Oral Art Forms /Performances or Festivals particularly from their local government areas

In the final year, the students are required to take a number of options from both language and literary courses. In the first semester of the final year, they will be required to take one of the four optional courses, one in language and one in literature.  In addition, final year students will be required, to produce a Long Essay on Literature or Language topics of their choice approved by the Department, under the supervision of an academic staff.

At the end of the fourth year, all the students will write a three–hour comprehensive examination designed to test their understanding of basic concepts in English and Literary Studies, after four years of tuition in the Department.



To obtain B.A. English and Literary Studies, Direct Entry candidates must successfully complete course to a minimum of 116 units. At least 108 of these units must be in courses offered in the Department, including approved electives by the department. The three year programme is for holders of NCE, HSC, GCE A/LEVEL, IJMB, ND and relevant diploma programmes from recognized higher institutions in the relevant subjects.