Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto

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The Postgraduate School

In exercise of the powers conferred on the Usmanu Danfodiyo University by section 9 (1) (a) of the 1979 University of Sokoto Act, there shall be a Postgraduate School (PGS) in the University. Thus, in 1983, the Postgraduate School was established to co-ordinate the entire postgraduate programmes being offered by the various departments.
The statue of the Postgraduate School recommends a Board with the Vice-Chancellor or his appointee as Chairman and 26 others as members. The administrative head of the school, the Act stipulates, shall be the Dean appointed by Senate for two years on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor.
The postgraduate school was established in response to the growing need for higher level manpower training in our institutions of higher learning and also in response to the demands of a fast-growing, developing and complex economy like Nigeria which requires not only adequately skilled hands but qualified and enterprising young men and women to serve humanity. The increasing problems in our systems in general, such as ineffective management, require better trained personnel who will assume responsibilities requiring a higher level of superior thinking and professional commitment.
Many departments have responded to the upsurge in the need to develop full-time career officers in the catchment areas and beyond by mounting appropriate postgraduate degrees (Master and Doctor of Philosophy) at different levels. Other departments go further by establishing programmes leading to postgraduate diploma courses to prepare students for possible absorption into the masters programmes. These have become of considerable importance and attraction to the catchment areas and even beyond.

The following degrees and diplomas are offered:

* PhD, M.Phil.

* M.A., M.Sc., M.P.A., M.P.H., M.For; M.Fish; M.B.A.; EMBA, M.Pharm; M.P.V.M., M.V.P.H., M.V.Sc., MBF.

* PGDM, PGDPA, PGDE, PGDBio, PGDAEE, PGDFor, PGDFish, PGDF, PGDAF, PGDComp, PGDStat, PGDMRS, PGDSS, PGDADS.

The courses are ran by the departments and coordinated by the Postgraduate School through the faculties. The Board of the Postgraduate School monitors, regulates and formulates policies on each course on behalf of the Senate.

The Full Postgraduate Prospectus !

Staff

S/No Name Position Qualification(s)
1 Prof. A. G. Yahaya Dean B.A(UniSok), M.A (UDUS), Ph.D (USM, Penang)
2 Dr. B. S. Malami Deputy Dean B.Sc.(UDUS), M.Sc (Nigeria), Ph.D (UDUS), Cert in Ed. (Tech)
3 Z. B. Ibrahim (Mrs) Secretary B.Sc.(BUK), PGDA, MPA (UDUS)
4 A. T. Hassan Assistant Secretary B.Sc. (ABU), M.Sc (BUK)
5 Bello A. Jabo Administrative Assistant B.Sc (UDUS), Dip. in Computer Studies
6 Dauda Danjuma Executive Officer DPA, CPPM
7 Kasimu Dan- Nana Secretary to the Dean Cert II, Cert. I, N.D
8 Umar Sarki Computer Operator I Cert III, Cert II, N. D
9 Hamza Kabir A. Computer Operator III Diploma in Computer Studies, Dip. Hardware Maintenance
10 M. I. Mungadi Senior Clerical Officer Cert. in Admin & Management, DMC
11 Zubairu H. Shehu Clerical Officer Cert. in Secretariat Studies
12 Shu'aibu M. Boyi Clerical Assistant O' Level Cert.
13 Musa Wajake Driver Group E Driving Licence
14 Shehu Abubakar Gardener Quaranic Education

 

Faculty

LIST OF POSTGRDUATE POGRAMMES FOR ADMISSION INTO THE 2010/2011 ACADEMIC SESSION

Faculty of Agriculture
i. Department of Soil Science and Agric Engineering
a. M.Sc, MPhil and Ph.D Programmes in Soil Science
ii. Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Agricultural Economics
b. MSc and PhD Programmes in Agricultural Extensions and Rural Sociology
c. Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Agricultural Economics and Extension
iii. Department of Forestry and Fisheries
a. Postgraduate Diploma, MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Forestry
b. Postgraduate Diploma, MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Fisheries
iv. Department of Crop Science
a. MSc Programme in Crop Science
b. MPhil Programme in Crop Production
c. PhD Programme in Agronomy
v. Department of Animal Science
a. MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Animal Science
b. Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Livestock Production and Management

Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies

i. Department of Arabic
a. M.A and Ph.D Programmes in Arabic
ii. Department of History
a. MA, MPhil and PhD Programmes in History
b. MA Programme in International Studies
iii. Department of Islamic Studies
a. MA and PhD Programmes in Islamic Studies
iv. Department of Modern European Languages and Linguistics
a. M.A Programme in English Language
b. M.A and Ph.D Programmes in English Literature
c. MA, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Linguistics
v. Department of Nigerian Languages
a. M.A and Ph.D Programmes in Hausa

College of Health Sciences

  Department of Pharmacology
a. MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Pharmacology
  Department of Pathology and Microbiology
b. M.Sc and Ph.D Programmes in Chemical Pathology
  Department of Anatomy
c. MSc and PhD Programmes in Anatomy

Faculty of Education and Extension Services

  Department of Educational Foundations
a. M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Guidance and Counselling
b. M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Philosophy of Education
c. MPhil and PhD Programmes in Educational Administration & Planning
d. M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Educational Psychology
e. M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Sociology of Education
f. Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Education
  Department of Science and Vocational Education
a.

M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Science Education

b. M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Maths Education
  Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Technology
a. M.Ed, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Language Education

Faculty of Law

a. LLM and PHD Programmes
Faculty of Management Sciences
i. Department of Accounting
a. Ph.D Programme in Accounting
b. Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Accounting and Finance
ii. Department of Business Administration
a. MPhil and PhD Programmes in Management Studies
b. Masters Programme in Business Administration
c. Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Management
  iii. Department of Public Administration
a. Masters Programme in Public Administration

Faculty of Science

i. Department of Biochemistry
a. M.Sc and Ph.D Programmes in Biochemistry
ii. Department of Biological Science
a. MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Botany
b.

MSc and PhD Programmes in Zoology

iii. Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Pure Chemistry
b. MSc and PhD Programmes in Applied Chemistry
c.

MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Petroleum Chemistry

d. MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Renewable Energy
iv. Department of Mathematics
a.

MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Statistics

b. MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Mathematics
c.

Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Computer Science

d.

Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Statistics

v. Department of Microbiology
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Microbiology
  Department of Physics
a. MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Physics
Faculty of Social Science
i. Department of Economics
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Economics
b. Masters Programme in Banking and Finance
c. Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Banking and Finance
ii. Department of Political Science
a. MSc, MPhil and PhD Programmes in Political Science
b. Masters Programme in International Affairs and Diplomacy
c. Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Public Administration
iii. Department of Geography
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Geography
b. Masters Programme in Gender, Environment and Development
c. Masters Programme in Geographical Information System
d. Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Geographic Information System
iv. Sociology Department
a. Msc and PhD Programmes in Sociology
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
i. Department of Veterinary Anatomy
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Vet. Anatomy
ii. Department of Vet. Physiology and Pharmacology
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Vet. Pharmacology
b. MSc Programme in Vet. Physiology
iii. Department of Medicine, Surgery and Theriogenology
a. MVM and PhD Programmes in Vet. Medicine
b. MVS and PhD Programmes in Vet. Surgery
v. Department of Public Health and Animal Production
a. MVPH and PhD Programmes in Vet. Preventive Medicine
b. MVPH and PhD Programmes in Vet. Public Health
  Department of Vet. Parasitology and Entomology
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Vet. Parasitology
vi. Department of Pathology and Microbiology
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Microbiology
  Department of Physiology
a. MSc and PhD Programmes in Physiology

 

 

 

Adm. Requirement

DURATION OF PROGRAMMES

(A) Postgraduate diploma: minimum of 2 semesters and maximum of 4 semesters.

(B) The Part-Time MBA (Executive ) Programme will last for twenty-four to thirty-six months.

(c) All Regular Masters degree programme are by course-work and dissertaion, and the duration shall be a minimum of one calandar year and maximum of three years for full-time students and minimum of two years and a maximum of five years for part-time.

(D) M.Phil. will essentially be conducted through coursework and research. The duration shall be a minimum of eighteen calendar months and a maximum of forty eight calendar months and a maximum of seventy two calendar months for student on part time basis.

(E) A Ph.D degree programme shall be conducted through comprehensive research to be embodiedin a thesis. The duration shall be a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years for ful-time students, and a minimum of five yearsand a maximum of seven years for part-time students.

     METHOD OF APPLICATION FOR POSTGRADUATE ADMISSION

(a) Application forms for admission are supplied upon payment of a non-refundable fee of N5,000.00 at AFRIBANK, UDUS Branch and Main Branch, Sokoto.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

Duly completed application forms must be accompanied by two self-addressed official- size envelopes with N50.00 stamp affixed to each, three referees' report on prescribed forms supplied by the Postgraduate School, academic transcripts, photocopies of all certificates including NYSC certificate, and passport-size photographs of candidate properly affixed to the application forms. The completed application forms and supporting documents should be returned to the SECRETARY, POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL, USMANU DANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, P.M.B. 2346, SOKOTO, NIGERIA. The closing date for the sale of forms is 17th January, 2011.  Candidates should arrange well in advance for their academic transcripts to be forwarded to the Postgraduate School before the closing date. Only applications received on or before 22nd January, 2011 will be acknowledged and considered for admission in the 2010/2011 academic session.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


*   Postgraduate Diploma

The following shall qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma admission

(i)         Graduates of Usmanu Danfodiyo University or other recognized universities are eligible for admission.

(ii)        Holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) with minimum of lower credit pass or its equivalent in relevant areas.

(iii)       In special cases holders of HND with minimum of lower credit passes in non-related areas may be admitted after passing such tests as may be prescribed by the Department/Faculty.

(iv)       Candidates who hold qualifications other than the above, which are acceptable to the Board of Postgraduate School and Senate of the University.

(v)        In addition to (i) – (iv) above, a candidate must satisfy the university’s requirements for matriculation.

*    Masters’ Degree (Academic and Professional)

            The following shall qualify for the Masters’ degree admission:

  • Graduates of Usmanu Danfodiyo University or other recognised universities who have obtained the approved degree of Bachelor with at least second-class honours or its equivalent, or candidates with University degree and appropriate Postgraduate Diploma of Usmanu Danfodiyo University or other recognized University with at least a credit level pass.

  • Candidates whose degrees are unclassified with average of “C” or 50% or above.  Such candidates may be subjected to qualifying tests.

  • Candidates with only Bachelors degree in third class division who have at least five years relevant working experience.

  • Candidates who possess HND with at least a credit pass from recognized institutions and at least credit pass at Postgraduate Diploma level of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University or any other recognized institution in the relevant areas.

  • Candidates who hold qualifications other than the ones listed above, which are acceptable to the Board of Postgraduate School and Senate of the University.

  • Candidates may be required to pass examination set by departments to which they are seeking admission to determine their suitability for postgraduate work.

  • In addition to (i) – (vi) above, a candidate must satisfy the university’s requirements for matriculation.

*   Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.)

The following shall qualify for Master of Philosophy admission

  • Graduates of Usmanu Danfodiyo University or other recognized universities who have obtained a good Masters’ degree with a minimum GPA of less than 4 on a 5- point scale or less than 3 on a 4- point scale.

  • Holders of a Masters’ degree in a cognate discipline with a GPA of 4 and above may be admitted.

  • Candidates with a degree of Professional Masters with at least a Bachelors degree may qualify for admission.

  • Candidates who hold qualifications other than the ones listed above, which are acceptable to the Board of Postgraduate School and Senate of the University.

  • In addition to (i) – (iv) above, a candidate must satisfy the university’s requirements for matriculation

*    Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The following shall qualify for the Doctor of Philosophy admission

  • Graduates of Usmanu Danfodiyo University and from other recognized universities who have obtained good Master degree with a GPA of 4 and above appropriate to the proposed areas of study.

  • Candidates with the Degree of Professional Masters with at least a Bachelor’s Degree may qualify for admission provided that they satisfy the condition in (i) above.

  •   Graduates of Usmanu Danfodiyo University and other recognized universities who have obtained Masters of Philosophy degree appropriate to the proposed areas of study.

  • In addition to (i) (ii) and (iii) above candidates must possess at least a Bachelor’s Degree in Second Class lower division.

  • Candidates who hold qualifications other than the above which are acceptable to the Board of Postgraduate School and Senate of the University.

  • In addition to (i) – (v) above, a candidate must satisfy the University’s requirements for matriculation.

*All equivalent degrees called by different names such as Doctor of Medicine (MD), are regarded throughout these regulations as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and will therefore fulfill all conditions prescribed

QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS AND REMEDIAL PROGRAMMES

  • A qualifying examination and courses thereto, as well as any other courses designed to make up the background of the candidate towards the proper study for a higher degree, may be organized by the Department concerned as the need arises.

  • The total workload for remedial courses to be undertaken by a Postgraduate student shall not be more than 14 credit hours. A candidate requiring remedial courses exceeding 14 credit hours shall not be admitted into such Postgraduate programmes.

  • The candidate’s admission shall remain provisional until he/she passes the prescribed qualifying/remedial examinations with a grade not less than “C” (50-59%).

  • Candidates shall register for the remedial courses at the beginning of the first semester of their programmes.  The remedial courses are to be handled internally by the department and the results of the examinations must be submitted to the Postgraduate School, through the appropriate channels for inclusion in the candidate’s transcripts.

  • For Postgraduate programmes requiring remedial courses exceeding 14 credit hours, the Department concerned should consider drawing up an appropriate postgraduate diploma to take care of the remedial work required by its programmes.

  • A candidate who makes a grade less than “C” in a remedial course shall be required to withdraw from the Programme if on a second attempt he/she again fails to obtain the required pass – grade.

ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION OF TRANSFER STUDENTS

  • A transfer student is considered to be any person who has been enrolled for higher degree in a University other than Usmanu Danfodiyo University, irrespective of course load or whether credit was earned.  Official transcripts (where applicable) for the programmes he/she is currently undergoing must be sent, by his/her University/Institution direct to the Secretary, Postgraduate School.  To qualify for admission on a transfer basis, a student must satisfy admission requirements of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University for the degree in view.

  • The student must be registered at Usmanu Danfodiyo University for a minimum period of 12 calendar months before graduation.

ADMISSION INTO THE HIGHER DOCTORATES

The degrees of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.), Doctor of Letters (D. Lit.) and Doctor of Law (LL.D) shall be conferred upon candidates who have distinctively made some original contribution to the advancement of sciences, learning and law, thereby distinguishing themselves as authorities in their particular field(s).

* The following may be admitted as candidates for the degree of Doctor of Science, Doctor of Letters, and Doctor of Law:

  • A graduate of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto of not less than fifteen years standing from the first degree ten years after the first postgraduate degree.

  • A graduate of not less than fifteen years standing of an approved university who is in full-time employment as, an academic staff of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, defined in the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto Act of 1979 and has been so employed for not less than five consecutive years.

  • A candidate shall make the application in the prescribed form to Senate through the Postgraduate School, stating to which Faculty of the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, he/she considers that the subject of the original contribution to the advancement of Science, Letters or Law properly belongs. The candidate shall also state in what subject or subjects he/she wishes to base the claim for the D.Sc., D. Litt. and LL.D.

  • The candidate should submit three copies of each published work, which he/she wishes to be considered as evidence for the claim of the degree.  Consideration of the candidate’s contribution shall be restricted to the publication submitted.  No additional publications will be accepted after the initial lodgment of the application.

  • Published work shall mean only those publications, which have appeared in print in book form or in learned journals and periodicals and are already available to the general public in catalogues or reference libraries.  Proof of papers not yet published, is not acceptable.  Memoranda or any reports of Government Departments or other organizations, which have not been published and released to the general public, will likewise, not be submissible.  Where joint publications are submitted the candidate shall provide a statement of his/her own contribution to the work.

  • The conferment of the degree shall be after a very successful assessment by three External Assessors.

  REGISTRATION FOR COURSES

*  Fresh Students

  • Admitted candidates must register for courses during the periods specified by the University.  Candidates who fail to register within the stipulated period shall forfeit their admission.  Students who register late shall pay the approved late registration fees.

  • Candidates offered admission might register on payment of the appropriate fee and presentation of the originals of their certificates or other acceptable evidences of qualifications claimed in their applications.

If it is discovered at any point in the programme that the candidate does not possess the qualifications claimed in his application or the entry qualifications for the programme, the admission will become null and void.

  • The University reserves the right to deny registration to any student or prospective student who, in the judgment of the officials of the University Health Service, is suffering from a condition of illness that would be injurious to the health of others.

  • Students are prohibited from registering for and prosecuting more than one Postgraduate programme of the University at one and the same time.

  • Fresh PhD candidates admitted during the second semester shall register within the period specified by the University.

  • A candidate may register for full-time or part-time.

* Returning Students

  • A returning postgraduate student shall renew his/her registration at the beginning of each academic session by completing and submitting the appropriate forms and paying the appropriate session’s fees.

  • Any postgraduate student who fails to renew his/her registration within the stipulated period shall be deemed to have forfeited his/her studentship for that session.  Such student shall only be allowed to register at the beginning of the next session after obtaining approval from the Board of Postgraduate School.

  • For a postgraduate student who fails to renew his/her registration for two consecutive sessions, the programme will be deemed as formally lapsed.

  • A request for deferment of admission shall be submitted to the Postgraduate School not later than three months from the beginning of the session in which the admission was offered.  This must be after the candidate would have registered and paid full fees.  In addition, the student must pay a non-refundable deferment fees as approved by the University.

Any registered student that is absent for one or more semesters on medical ground is required to write and inform the Board of Postgraduate School immediately through the channels of communication and must submit a medical report.  Students who fail to comply with this requirement may loose their admission/registration.

  RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

* Residential Requirement
All registered PhD students must reside in Sokoto for at least 12 calendar months before graduation.

* Conversion of Mode of Study
Conversion from part-time to full-time and vice-versa shall be allowed.  For the conversion formulae, see Appendix III.

*  Suspension of Programme

  • Application for suspension of Programme for whatever reason can be submitted to the school at any stage of the Programme through the normal channel of Communication.

  • Such suspension shall normally not exceed a period of twelve (12) calendar months and shall not be more than once in the course of the Programme except on medical grounds.

*  Re-Admission
The registration of a candidate for a higher degree or Postgraduate Diploma shall lapse if after the maximum duration of the programme, the candidate has not presented himself/herself for examination.  A student, whose registration has lapsed in this manner, may apply for re-admission.

*  Semester Structure
The Postgraduate programmes are to be structured in semesters.  The courses for each semester are to be taught during the semester and examinations in them conducted at the end of the semester.

 

 

Programme

MODE OF PROGRAMMES

*  Postgraduate Diploma
A Postgraduate Diploma programme may be conducted through course work only as outlined in section 2.17 (i) below.

*  Masters Degree Programme
A Masters Degree programme may be conducted either as Academic or Professional as outlined in section 2.17a (ii and iii) below.

*  Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) Degree Programme
M.Phil will essentially be conducted through comprehensive research to be embodied in a dissertation except for students moving from one discipline to another or those found deficient. The course Unit requirement is outlined in 2.17a (iv).

*  PhD Degree Programme
A PhD Degree programme shall be conducted through comprehensive research to be embodied in a thesis.  PhD programmes may have course- Units components that shall not exceed 12 Units where necessary.

  1. 1 Unit of taught course is equivalent to 15 hours of lectures/semester.

  2. 1 Unit of practicals is equivalent to 45 hours of laboratory or field- work/semester.

 

  COURSE UNITS REQUIREMENTS

The range of course-Units requirements for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters’ Degree programmes for which each student shall be required to register shall be as follows:

* The minimum number of course Units required for the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree programmes is 36 with the following distributions:

  1. Postgraduate Diploma: 30 Units of taught courses and 6 Units of long essay.

  2. Academic Masters:      24 Units of taught courses and 12 Units of dissertation

  3. Professional Masters:  30 Units of taught courses and 6 Units of project.

  4. Master of Philosophy:  20 Units of taught courses and 16 Units of dissertation.

    * The maximum number of course Units for the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters programmes is 44.

    * The course work for PhD where necessary shall be determined by the Departmental and Faculty Postgraduate Committees, and recommended to Senate for approval through the Board of Postgraduate School.

    * An M.Phil. or a PhD student shall be required to present at least two (2) seminar papers in his/her own field at the Faculty level.  Such seminars shall be presented only after defense of research proposal but before the submission of copies of thesis to Postgraduate School.

COURSE WORK EXAMINATION

a.  Written examination Each Postgraduate Diploma or Masters’ Degree student shall be examined in all courses he/she registered.  Where course work is prescribed for a PhD student, the affected courses shall be registered and examined/or audited as appropriate.  Results of the PhD coursework examinations shall be submitted to the Senate through the Board of Postgraduate School.

b.   Attendance Requirements: To qualify for examination, a student must have attended at least 75% of the lectures in that course.

c.  Absence from Examination: Notification of absence from an examination shall, be submitted not later than one month after the date of the examination.  Such notification of absence shall not be entertained except in the case of ill health supported by an acceptable medical report or other reasons acceptable to the Board of Postgraduate School.

d.  Period of Examination: All examinations for a semester shall be conducted at the end of the semester in which the courses are taught as specified by Senates approved time-table.

e.   Submission of copies of Question Papers: Not later than two weeks after the examinations, the department shall send to the Dean, Postgraduate School, for record purposes, two (2) copies of the question papers as moderated by the external examiner and countersigned by the Head of Department.

f.  Examination Timetable: Departments shall draw up a semester examination timetable one month prior to the commencement of the examination.  As soon as the timetable is drawn, one copy shall be, forwarded by the Head of Department to the Postgraduate School, through the Dean of the Faculty.

   SCORING AND GRADING SYSTEM

  • The scores for each course shall be made up of 30 to 40% continuous assessment and 60 to 70% examination as determined by the Departmental Postgraduate Committee.  To pass a postgraduate course, a student must score at least a total of 50% in the continuous assessment and examination collectively.

  • Scoring and grading of courses shall follow the guideline in which the percentage scores are interpreted in the letter grades A, B, C, D, E and F and grade points 5,4,3,2,1 and 0 as indicated in the Table below:

 

Percentage Scores

Letter  Grade

Grade Point

70-100

A

5

60-69

B

4

50-59

C

3

45-49

D

2

40-44

E

1

0-39

F

0

  • To qualify for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters’ Degree a student must obtain at least a “C” in all courses.

  • Where a student has a GPA of less than 2.50, he/she shall be withdrawn.  A student with a GPA of 2.50 and above would be allowed to repeat the course(s), which he/she failed.

  NOMENCLATURE FOR HIGHER DEGREE RESEARCH REPORTS

  • A PhD Degree research report shall be called THESIS.

  • The research report of an Academic Masters’ Degree or Master of Philosophy Degree programme, which, is orally defended before an external examiner and copies of which are presented to the Postgraduate School shall be called DISSERTATION.

  • The research report of a Professional Masters degree programme which may not be defended orally before an external examiner and copies of which shall be submitted to the Postgraduate School for record purposes only shall be called PROJECT REPORT.

  CLASSIFICATION OF POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMAS

The passing grade for Postgraduate Diploma courses shall be “C”.  The classes of Postgraduate Diploma and their corresponding GPAs are shown in the table below:

PG DIPLOMA

GPA

Distinction

4.50 – 5.00

Upper Credit

3.50 – 4.49

Lower Credit

3.00 – 3.49

Fail

0.00  - 2.99

STATEMENT OF FINAL RESULT


No candidate shall be issued his/her final results unless the Postgraduate School is satisfied that the candidate has completed the clearance procedure as prescribed in Appendix VII of Regulations for Higher Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas.

*  EFFECTIVE DATE OF AWARD OF DEGREES/ DIPLOMAS

The date of award of Degree/Diploma shall be the date the University Senate approves the results.

UPGRADING A MASTERS DEGREE REGISTRATION

Types of upgrading

(a)   A candidate pursuing a Masters degree may be upgraded to an M.Phil. or Doctoral status upon recommendations of the Departmental and the Faculty Postgraduate Committees and the Board of Postgraduate School and approval by University Senate.  The following conditions must be met before the Departmental and Faculty Postgraduate Committees can recommend a candidate:

  • The Candidate must have been registered for a minimum of 18 (eighteen) and a maximum of 24 (twenty-four) calendar months on full-time or a minimum of 30 (thirty) and a maximum of 40 (forty) months if on part-time.

  • The candidate must have successfully completed the course work with at least an average of “B” grade.

  • There should be a satisfactory progress report on the research work by a panel of three assessors approved by the Board of Postgraduate School.  The Panel shall comprise of the candidate’s Head of Department, major supervisor, and one person from outside the Department other than the co-supervisor.  The report of the Panel must accompany the Faculty’s recommendation to the Postgraduate School.

  • The upgrading where approved by Senate shall take effect from the date of the original registration.

However, where a candidate fails to complete the M.Phil. Degree, (either through unsuccessful defense or expiration of period of study for the M.Phil.), he/she could be recommended for award of a Masters Degree by a Panel of Examiners.

(b)  A candidate pursuing an M.Phil. Degree may be upgraded to Doctoral status upon recommendations of the Departmental and the Faculty Postgraduate Committees and the Board of Postgraduate School and approval by University Senate.  The following conditions must be met before the Departmental and Faculty Postgraduate Committees can recommend a candidate:

  • The Candidate must have been registered for a minimum of 24 (twenty-four) calendar months on full-time and a minimum of 36 (thirty six) calendar months if on part-time.

  • The candidate must have successfully completed the course work with at least an average of “B” grade.

  • There should be a satisfactory progress report on the research work by a panel of three assessors approved by the Board of Postgraduate School.  The Panel shall comprise of the candidate’s Head of Department, major supervisor, and one person from outside the Department other than the co-supervisor.  The report of the Panel must accompany the Faculty’s recommendation to the Postgraduate School.

  • The upgrading where approved by Senate shall take effect from the date of the original registration.

However, where a candidate fails to complete the Doctorate (either through unsuccessful defense or expiration of period of study for the Doctorate), he/she could be recommended for award of a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree by a Panel of Examiners.

(c)  A candidate pursuing a Masters degree or M.Phil may also be upgraded to Doctoral status at the level of defense upon recommendations of the Panel of Examiners (where a candidate has successfully defended his/her dissertation for the Masters degree or M.Phil. degree) and Board of Postgraduate School and approval by University Senate. 

However, where the upgrading is done at this level, and the candidate fails to complete the Doctorate (either through unsuccessful defense or expiration of period of study for the Doctorate), he/she could be recommended for award of a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree by a Panel of Examiners.

Even when approved, the upgrading should be acceptable to the candidate.

  WITHDRAWAL FROM THE UNIVERSITY
a) A candidate has only two chances of passing examination at Postgraduate level.  If the candidate fails a thesis/dissertation/project report or coursework examination, he/she shall be required to withdraw from the University without further conditions if, on the second attempt he/she fails the examination again.

b) A Masters Degree or Postgraduate Diploma candidate who makes a GPA of less than 2.50 in coursework examination shall be required to withdraw from the programme.

c) Subject to regulation 20, a candidate who does not complete his programme within the specified maximum period shall be withdrawn from the programme unless he/she has sought and obtained extension, as shown in 20(b) before the expiration of the maximum time.

d) The Departmental Postgraduate Committee may recommend a candidate to Senate for withdrawal, through the Faculty Postgraduate Committee and the Board of Postgraduate School, if it considers the candidate’s research to be unsatisfactory.
e) A Postgraduate Diploma or Masters’ Degree student who absents himself/herself from class for a whole semester without acceptable reasons to the Board of Postgraduate School shall have his/her candidacy terminated by a decision of the Board and approved by Senate.

Contact

Postal Address                       Postgraduate School
                                                Usmanu Danfodiyo University
                                                P.M.B. 2346,
                                                Sokoto,
                                                Sokoto State, Nigeria

Telephone                              +234-(0)60-231257

E-mail                         pgsudus@hotmail.co

Course materials

Department/Unit Course Code  
Photovoltaic, Energy Research Centre MRE 711 download
PCH 707 download
PCH 707 course notes download
MRE 711 (new) download
PCH 707 (new) download
MRE 711 Tutorial download
MRE 711 Tutorial 2 download
MRE 711 Tutorial 3 download

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