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The Centre offers MA, M.Phil and Ph. D degree courses in Peace and Development Studies as well as MA degree courses in Peace and Security Studies. 

The MA in Peace and Security Studies is a collaborative degree between the CPSS and the Institute for Security Studies of the Nigerian State Security Service designed for personnel of the Nigerian Security Sector. This demand-driven course is within the framework of the security sector reforms agenda of the Federal Government of Nigeria and thus a special national assignment which the University of Ilorin is proud to carry out.

The Programme makes the University of Ilorin a center of excellence in Peace and Security Studies in Africa. The programme also has the potential to further boost and develop staff capacity. 
The objectives of the programme are to:

  1. make the University of Ilorin a global center of excellence for Peace and Security Studies;
  2. make the University of Ilorin a centre of excellence in peace research and documentation;
  3. train manpower in the field of Peace and Security Studies;
  4. provide students with theoretical and practical skills in peace-making, peace-building, preventive diplomacy, strategic planning and management;
  5. contribute to security strategy and environmental sector management.

The academic programmes of the Centre are interdisciplinary. They consist of Compulsory and Required courses for each of the specializations, as well as Optional courses. Each student’s course of study is customized to his or her interest. 
The Centre offers students the opportunity of specializing in any of the following three academic areas: 
1. Governance and Peace
2. Security Studies
3. Peace and Environment
In addition to its academic programmes, the Centre also runs a quarterly Distinguished Personality Lecture Series and collaborates with local and international development agencies and academic institutions to organize process promoting workshops and lectures on the challenges of conflict and development in Africa and the best practices in responding to them.

DURATION
The duration for the MA Peace and Development programme is a minimum of 12 calendar months and a maximum of 24 calendar months for Full Time students and a minimum of 24 calendar months and a maximum of 36 calendar months for Part Time students. The duration of the Ph. D Peace and Development Studies programme is a minimum of 30 calendar months and a maximum of 54 calendar months for Full Time students and a minimum of 42 calendar months and a maximum of 72 calendar months for Part Time students. 
The duration of the MA Peace and Security Studies programme is a minimum of 12 calendar months and a maximum of 24 calendar months. For graduates of the Institute for Security Studies, the twelve calendar months comprise the six months course period at the Institute for Security Studies and the second semester of the University of Ilorin post graduate academic session.