MA 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 centre of excellence in Peace and Security Studies in Africa. The programme also has the potential to further boost and develop staff capacity.

Admission Requirements
The MA Peace and Security Studies programme is open to candidates with a first degree in any field with a minimum of Second Class Lower. Candidates must also have at least a credit in English Language at Secondary School level. Experience in Security sector management for not less than 10 years is compulsory for all candidates.

Duration
The MA Peace and Security Studies programme is a full time programme with a minimum duration of twelve calendar months and a maximum of 24 calendar months. 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.

Ph. D PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
The Ph. D Peace and Development Studies degree programme is by research and for candidates with MA degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies and the Centre’s graduates in Peace and Development Studies. Applicants with MA degrees in related fields of study and cognate experience in peace, development and security work may also be admitted for the Ph. D programme. Such candidates are expected to take and be examined in all the Compulsory MA Courses as well as the Required courses for programmes (Governance, Security, Environment) under which their Ph. D project topics fall. They also have the choice of taking Elective courses if they so desire.

Admission requirements
All candidates for the Ph. D programme are expected to have scored a minimum of 60% in their Master’s degrees in Peace and Conflict Studies from a recognized University or the Centre’s Peace and Development Studies. They are also expected to have at least a credit in English Language at Secondary/High School level.

Duration 
The duration of the Ph. D Peace and Development Studies programme is a minimum of 30 calendar months and a maximum of 42 calendar months for Full Time students and a minimum of 42 calendar months and a maximum of 54 calendar months for Part Time students. On expiration of the maximum duration, a candidate may apply for extension of not more than two periods of 12 calendar months after which the programme lapses.

Graduation requirements
To obtain the Ph. D, a student is expected to have:

  1. presented three seminars
  2. presented a dissertation in his/her area of specialization.

For a student without MA in Peace and Conflict Studies, he or she is expected to have:

  1. passed all the 8 MA Compulsory courses
  2. passed the 2 Required courses in the area of specialization under which his or her research project falls
  3. presented three seminars
  4. presented a dissertation in his/her area of specialization

Students are also encouraged to participate in Seminars in related fields in other Departments of the University.