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Ph.D Peace & Development Studies



  1.         Introduction

The programme is to provide mainstream training in Peace Studies at  Doctoral level (Ph.D.) in Nigeria and the West African sub-region. The CPSS realises the need to have capable hands to serve humanity as scholars and practitioners in the fields of Conflict Management and Peace-building, Peace and Development Journalism, Peace and Environmental Studies as well as Security and Strategic Studies. The Centre immerses these areas in a carefully designed trans-disciplinary programme towards envisioning and evolving a new world order that is cosmopolitan with non-violent values and conflict management skills.


  1.         Philosophy

The programme is founded on the need to train students at the doctoral degree level in which the candidate would engage  in a three-year minimum period of independent research thereby grooming students to be competent researchers and Sound doctoral students.


  1.        Aim and Objectives


The aim of the programme is to make the University of IIorin a global Centre of Excellence in Peace, Security, Development studies as well as Development research and Documentation.



  1. enrolled students  who would be involved in Ph.D. research work to be supervised by competent academics in the University of Ilorin;
  2. ensuring that students are well involved in basic academic requirements of the doctoral degree programme; and,
  3. conduct a thorough, independent, well-supervised research work in the relevant areas of peace and development studies.


  1.         Admission Requirements
  1.           Any five Credits including English and Mathematics in humanities and Sciences, Arts, and Social Sciences
  2.         The Ph.D. degree programme in Peace and Development Studies is open to candidates with an M.A degree of a minimum weighted average Score of 60% or M.Phil degree programme (with Ph.D. grade) obtained in Peace and Development Studies or Peace and Conflict Studies or Peace and Strategic Studies.


  1.         Duration of the Programme

i. Full Time: The duration of the Ph.D. full time programme is a minimum of 36 calendar months (or three years) and a maximum of 54 calendar months (or four and a half academic sessions). The programme can be extended for two (2) consecutive periods of twelve (12) months or two academic sessions. The overall period of Full time Ph.D. programme including the extension period is seventy-eight months or six and a half (6 ½) academic session.

ii. Part Time: The Ph.D. part time programme shall run for a minimum of 48 calendar months  (or four academic sessions) and a maximum of 66 calendar months (or five and half academic sessions). The programme can be extended for two (2) consecutive periods of twelve (12) months or two academic sessions. The overall period of Part-time Ph.D programme including the extension period is seven and a half (7 ½) years.

For each of the mode, candidates are expected to conduct an independent research under the supervision of an assigned academic staff in the Centre or from other relevant Department in the University.


  1.          List of Courses


Course code

Course Title



PDS 901

Ph.D. Protocol




PDS 902

Advanced Issues in Peace and Security Studies



PDS 903

Advanced Research Methods



PDS 905

Advanced Seminar



PDS 999

Ph.D. Thessis








  1. Detailed Description of Courses

As stated above



  1.        Graduation Requirements

The following are the procedures/requirements for the award of Ph.D. Peace and Development Studies:


  1. Expression of interest by a prospective candidate through the purchase and completion of Application form;
  2. Submission of a proposed research topic to the Centre Academic Board;
  3. Invitation for interview and proposal defense to be conducted by the Academic Board;
  4. Admission notice and letter from the Postgraduate School;
  5. Registration of admitted candidate for the programme;
  6. Allocation of duly registered student to supervisors;
  7. Submission and successful defence of Ph.D. Research Protocol and approved by the Board of Postgraduate School;
  8. Score 60% or above in the Ph.D. Research protocol to be allowed to proceed to Ph.D. thesis;
  9. Correction of successful protocol within three weeks;
  10. Presentation of corrected protocol for External Review process;
  11. Submission of protocol certified by the Ethical Committee to the Postgraduate School for approval and transition of candidate for field work;
  12. Presentation of a minimum of two (2) seminar papers on relevant research theme;
  13. Successful defence of Post-field report (Internal defence);
  14. Correction of certified Ph.D. post-field report;
  15. Approval of certified Ph.D. Post-field report by the Correction Compliance Committee;
  16. Registration of title of Ph.D. thesis and processed to the Centre, Faculty Boards and approved by the Board of Postgraduate School;
  17. Notice of approval of Registration of title by the Postgraduate School to the candidate and the Centre;
  18. Composition of panel of Examiners for Oral Defence/Examination of Ph.D. thesis by the Centre and approved by the Postgraduate School;
  19. Successful Oral Defence of the Ph.D. thesis before a panel which include an external examiner appointed by the Board of Postgraduate School;
  20. Post External Defence correction (to be effected within three (3) weeks);
  21. Submission of Ph.D. thesis to the Postgraduate School;
  22. Approval of Ph.D. result by the University Senate.   


  1.          Summary

In addition to meeting the above criteria, each student must meet the course requirements of a minimum of 35 credits in the courses stated above


Roles for Supervisors and Research Students

Supervisors’ Roles

The role of the Supervisor (and in some cases the supervisory team) is to:

  1. Establish a timetable of regular meetings for detailed discussion of the student’s progress with him or her in attendance. These meetings should take place at least once every two weeks averaged across the year and records of such meetings should be preserved for the records of the CPSS and that of the students and Supervisors.
  2. Agree on a research plan and programme of work, and establish clear academic expectations and milestones such as number of conferences, seminar papers, workshops and trainings to attend leading to the award of the degree the deserving student.
  3. Agree with the student a timetable for the submission of any written work and to return the work within a reasonable time to the supervisors or supervisor, as the case may be.
  4. Advise the student on the CPSS’s rules and terms of usage of its facilities.
  5. Assess formally the student’s subject-specific and personal and professional skills training needs on a regular basis and facilitate awareness of the opportunities available to meet these needs. A full review of your skills training needs should be carried out each year with your supervisor. For instance, there may be specific needs for trainings in methodology or use of ICT.
  6. Write a report on your progress at the end of each semester to the Doctoral Supervision Committee of the CPSS chaired by the Director.


Research Student’s Roles

As a Doctoral student you must:

  1. Meet with your supervisor regularly and give due weight to any guidance or corrective action proposed, keeping a written record and date of your discussions as much as possible.
  2. Draw up a research plan and timetable of work in consultation with the supervisor, and to keep relevant records of all aspects of your work.
  3. Reflect and report on your progress at the end of each semester.
  4. Take ultimate responsibility for your research programme, including the development of subject-specific, research, personal and professional skills.
  5. Conduct research with proper regard to good health and safety practices.
  6. Be aware of and conform with the University’s guidance on plagiarism and of any ethical or legal issues, health and safety requirements, or intellectual property issues arising from your research.
  7. Explore opportunities to engage with the wider academic community at University, national and international level.
  8. Inform your supervisor immediately if you need to be away from the Centre, for example if you are ill or unable to be around for any other reason.
  9. If you are a full time student, you are expected to devote around 40 hours per week to your course of study or course of research for the full duration of the course. You may take breaks for holidays with the express knowledge and approval of your supervisor, up to a maximum of eight weeks for a full academic year of study running and ending at mutually agreed times with your supervisor.
  10. If you are experiencing problems with your work you are expected to discuss these with your Supervisor without delay.