Baze University

Postgraduate School

POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL

Postgraduate School


SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES



INTRODUCTION

In 2015, the University started planning for postgraduate programmes and tasked an appointed Postgraduate Coordinator to liaise with the National Universities Commission (NUC) for the required approvals for postgraduate studies. The Coordinator worked assiduously with the University’s Director of Academic Planning towards getting the needed approvals. Also, concerted efforts were made to ensure that the University was ready in terms of required facilities and qualified manpower to host the postgraduate programmes that would be approved for it by the NUC.

The University’s optimism in securing the approvals was anchored on two considerations. Firstly, the University had met the NUC’s twin requirements for running postgraduate programmes from the sixth year of inception when it would have produced at least two sets of graduates plus having the undergraduate components of the postgraduate programmes to be fully accredited. These conditions the University had met in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Secondly, the University had prepared sufficiently for postgraduate work since it appointed a Coordinator in 2015.

It was therefore with gratitude and satisfaction that the University received the NUC’s letter of 15th September 2017 informing the University of its readiness to approve the requested postgraduate programmes on payment of necessary fees and a successful resource assessment visit. The required fees were paid and the resource assessment visit was successful. Consequently, nine (9) programmes were approved for the 2017/2018 academic year and a further four (4) programmes were added for the 2019/2020 year.

OBJECTIVES OF POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES


The postgraduate programmes at the University are to produce students with a spirit of innovative enquiry through training and research. The programmes aim at providing students with the ability to apply fundamental ideas in their various disciplines to solve new problems as they arise. The students are prepared for high-level manpower requirements in Nigeria’s private and public sectors of the economy. The students are also prepared to fill teaching vacancies in our institutions of higher learning as well as employment opportunities available in international organizations.

ORGANISATION OF POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES


The postgraduate courses are hosted by the various Departments and Faculties with coordination at the School of Postgraduate Studies. The Dean of Postgraduate Studies is the academic and administrative head of the School, reporting to the Vice-Chancellor and the Senate of the University, through the Board of Postgraduate School. The Board chaired by the Dean has representatives from all the Faculties with postgraduate programmes. The Board is responsible for all matters in respect of postgraduate studies including, but not limited to, admission of postgraduate students, development of postgraduate curriculum, examinations and recommendation for the award of postgraduate degrees.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


The University admits only graduates from recognized tertiary institutions into its postgraduate programmes on meeting the requirements stipulated for the intended programmes of study. The general admission requirements are as follows:-:

  •  Possession of “O” level with at least five credit passes in relevant subjects as determined by the Department of study.
  • Candidates for Masters’ Degree shall in addition to (i) above possess a first degree with second class lower division or a first degree with a postgraduate diploma or HND with postgraduate diploma (with minimum 3.5 CGPA on a 5-point scale).
  • All applications must be accompanied by academic transcripts and favourable referees’ reports.

In addition to the above, an applicant may be required as a condition of admission to undergo such test as may be prescribed by the Department or Departments of his/her proposed programme, or take such other pre-requisite or concurrent studies and examinations as may be prescribed, subject to the overall control of the Postgraduate School Board.

DURATION OF POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES


The postgraduate programmes have the following durations:-
 
  • The full-time Masters’ degree programme has a minimum of one academic session and a maximum of two academic sessions.
  • A part-time Masters’ degree programme has a minimum of two academic sessions and a maximum of four academic sessions.
  • In exceptional circumstances, the Senate may grant an extension of time to a candidate on the recommendation of the Board, School of Postgraduate Studies. Such extension shall not exceed 12 months for a Masters’ programme.
  • Students are at liberty to combine their course work with research work.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS


  • There is a written examination in each taught course at the end of every semester. To qualify for the examination, a student must have attended at least 75 % of the lectures in the course.
  • For each Masters’ student, there is a Project Supervisory Committee comprising the major supervisor (who is at least a Senior Lecturer) and one minor supervisor. The committee has responsibility for guiding and supervising the student as well as approving all aspects of the project and the thesis before submission to the External Examiner.
  • All postgraduate students are required to submit a thesis or project (in a prescribed format) in partial fulfilment of the requirement for graduation in the various degrees for which they have registered.
  • There is an oral defence of the thesis/project and each student must satisfy his/her examiners in this regard to graduate.

POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES IN 2019/2020 ACADEMIC YEAR


M.Sc Economics
The programmes is to develop highly competent and versatile professional economists through the provision of relevant academic and professional courses which are required in order to meet the developmental challenges of the Nigerian economy in the context of globalization. Specifically, the programme is designed to train highly competent personnel for academic career and groom middle and top management personnel in the areas of energy and petroleum, manufacturing, industry, banking and finance. The programme is also to provide the best possible qualitative and professional education and training in the area of economics, and produce graduates who are socially responsible, knowledgeable and skilled in the field. It is to equip business executives with up-to-date knowledge in economics as well as further develop their relevant professional skills and attitudes, besides exploring and expanding the frontiers of knowledge with the private, public sector and other institutions of learning through teaching, research and publication.

M.Sc Mass Communication
The programme provides further understanding for specific subject areas of communication including Public Relations, Advertising, Print and Broadcast Media, and Online Communications, amongst others. The programme can help improve the skills of media and communication professionals, and can as well prepare graduates from other fields for new career paths in communication related fields. It appreciates the growing expansion of communication channels, and defines how the exchange of meanings can be planned, targeted and made result oriented, in the multiple phases of evolving changes, in organisational and other social settings, for maximum result. The course lays emphasis on research, multimedia and analytical skills in the application of germane tactics and strategies, towards the delivery of communication goals, and objectives. While the multimedia and analytical skills mainly suit the educator, the media, and other professionals, looking for further knowledge on this important aspect of mass communication; the research, and theoretical expositions in this degree programme, prepare young and old graduates alike, for higher degrees.

M.Sc Chemistry
Master’s Degree in Chemistry exposes students to such areas of specialization as Industrial Chemistry, Inorganic/Co-ordination Chemistry, Physical/Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, Organic/Natural Products Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry and Pollution Control, and Analytical Chemistry. Candidates will, amongst other things, be dealing with advanced issues of research design methods, quality assurance and control in laboratory analysis, analytical data management, elements of chemometrics including modeling, and electro analytical methods. Candidates are eventually expected to have honed their theoretical knowledge of chemistry beyond the thematic, in the manner in which they can better influence society

M.Sc Sociology
This programme seeks to consolidate and improve the students’ knowledge of Sociology; appreciate its applications in different socio-cultural contexts and to involve the students in an intellectually stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying the dynamics of social relationships in any given society. It should raise the human capital that is required to achieve societal development through the application of the concepts, theories, and methods in Sociology. Candidates are to be equipped with the ability to apply their Sociological knowledge and skills for understanding and seeking solutions to societal problems in Nigeria, Africa and the global community. They should have the vital knowledge and skills with which they can proceed to further their studies in special areas of Sociology. It will develop the students’ intellectual capacity to understand social institutions, analyze social phenomena and acquire useful competencies for public and private service

M.Sc International Relations And Diplomacy
This programme aims to provide the best possible qualitative professional education and training in the area of International Relations that would enable promising and determined young men and women to build their careers as public servants, international business people, career diplomats, social advocates and International scholars. It is to produce graduates who are socially responsible, knowledgeable and highly skilled in International Relations and Diplomacy. They are expected to become national and regional references in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy, and to be able to explore and expand the frontiers of knowledge through teaching, research and publication. It should provide candidates with a broad and well-balanced knowledge of International Relations and Diplomacy techniques, and help them with requisite knowledge backgrounds and skills with which they can proceed to further their studies in special areas of International Relations, Multilateralism and Diplomacy.

M.Sc Animal And Environmental Science
The Master’s Degree in Animal and Environmental science is designed to extend graduate student understanding of new conditions of biota, and the increasing degradation of our environment. New changes are daily taking place in the present world, leading to new procedures. The continuing changes invite us to be more adaptive and proactive, so we can appropriately respond. How then do we situate the nexus between biota and environmental factors, vis-a-vis disparities between molecules and ecosystems? Moreover, how do we deal with matters of biodiversity conservation, ecosystem maintenance, and the much talked about food production? Answers will be provided for these questions as candidates expand their understanding of the environment, through the influential power of the environment, and how man has influenced it

M.Sc Parasitology
Master’s degree in Parasitology aims at advancing students’ knowledge, not just in the methods and techniques needed in planning and in conducting research, but to deepen understanding of the techniques as they relate to parasitology. Exposures will be to matters of transmissions, diseases of protozoan parasites, physiology and biochemistry of parasites, parasite immunology, epidemiology and the control of parasitic diseases in the tropics in higher contexts. Candidates shall also explore patterns of disease occurrence in the tropics, besides the measurement of parasitic infections in a population. Other than this are the epidemiological and recent developments in the control of major parasitic diseases and their vectors in tropical Africa. Consideration for ethics will also feature, as the programme seeks to relate theory with practice to enable a positive impact on health care systems

M.Sc Management
This programme is designed to develop candidates’ expertise in the functional area of Management, to enable them advance the frontiers of the theories and practices of the subject matter and enhance the contributions of the field to the society. It is to provide critical work force in the area of business and management as required for national development. Candidates are eventually expected to be equipped with the necessary skills to either pursue a career in research, or in the academia, or improve their administrative and management skills

Masters of Business Administration (MBA)
The MBA programme is aimed at providing candidates with the knowledge and skills that will enhance their performances and for the assumption of greater responsibilities in the public and private sectors. It is further designed to deliver the knowledge required for understanding, and for the practical analysis of problems related to management/and administration of public, private, and international organizations. It is to produce managers who are capable of applying appropriate management principles, and techniques for problem solving in the local and the global stages. Candidates are eventually expected to be socially responsible, and to become good entrepreneurs with quality leadership skills. Specific areas of specialisation are: General Management, Human Resource Management, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management, Accounting, Marketing, Finance & Banking.

M.Sc Computer Science
The Master of Science degree programme in Computer Science is designed to meet the demand for advanced ICT competencies in the 21st century knowledge-based global workforce. With state-of-the-art ICT technologies, “best” impact practice pedagogies, quality curricula, currency in content and highly qualified trained faculty staff, the programme will produce graduates that will be global ICT leaders in various specialties such as Software Development, Software Engineering, ICT management, Database Administration, Networking & Security, Information System Administration, Computer Forensic & Cyber Security, Science & Research The programme is designed to be flexible for candidates with different pathways to earning a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. It is expected that this programme will attract partnerships from various the Private Sector, Government Agencies and Parastatals

M.Sc Public Administration
This programme combines extensive coverage of the field work with strong focus on producing higly skilled and professional administrators towards a visionary leadership for the public, non-governmental and international organizations. The programme is designed to undertake practical teaching and innovative research that meet current global challenges. The programme aims to develop ethical and well informed Administrators who are e-Governance compliant that will contribute to the advancement of Public Institutions through the integration of administrative theory and practice

Masters of Law
Master of Laws Programme of Baze University offers a rigorous and stimulating range of subjects of study, with a curriculum that constantly evolves in response to major legal and global developments. It is designed to equip lawyers with cutting edge, transferable skills including advance legal research, which are attractive to employers and enhance professional advancement in this competitive age. The programme boosts of series of specialist Master’s degrees which are supported by a diverse portfolio modules. It enables students to choose from a wide range of modules appropriate to ones chosen specialization

M.Sc Accounting
This programme aims to provide training in research for those whose future careers will lie in teaching and research at the University and other Academic institutions and for those who may have to operate in research and development environments in the private and in the public sector. The programme will provide training aimed at improving and upgrading the existing and potential manpower needed for national development. Also, instill the requisite intellectual/conceptual foundations that will permit meaningful participation in the discussion or resolution of the problems which confront the accounting discipline in the contemporary world

The University runs first-rate postgraduate programmes for residents of Abuja and its environs, thus obviating the need for them to travel outside the territory to do such programmes. The programmes emphasize quality, rigour and relevance. The University is uniquely located to make this contribution towards the educational, technical and managerial advancement in the city, not only as a business proposition but also as part of its social responsibility.


Professor Peter Umoh (PhD, FCIB)

DVC Academic & Dean, PG School

Baze University, Abuja.

September 10, 2019