The Department of Civil Engineering was established in 1978. It admitted its first set of under graduate students in the same year and started the postgraduate programme in 1984. The Department offers undergraduate degree programme leading to the Bachelor of Engineering Degree (B.Eng), post-graduate degree programme leading to Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) with specialization in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Engineering and Highway Materials.

Brief History of the Department

The Electrical Engineering Department was formally established in September, 1978 and is built around a number of highly qualified and experienced staff, seeks to attract students who have proven their academic capacity in mathematics, physics and chemistry and also exhibit logical thinking, creativity, curiosity, imagination, persistence and patience.  The students must in addition possess a satisfactory command of verbal and written English.

The Department defines as its goal the production of Engineers who can function well in a broad range of professional activities such as teaching, research and development, design, manufacturing, testing and commissioning, maintenance, operation, marketing, sales and management.  In order to achieve this, a comprehensive list of foundation courses must be taken and successfully completed before graduation.  These courses apart from Mathematics and computer methods include other engineering disciplines, sociology, ethics, etc.  The Department operates an academic programme which leads to a B.Eng. degree at a duration of five academic sessions for students who gained admission through UME; and four academic sessions, post A-level, direct entry.  The five-year programme is broken into nine semesters of residence and one industrial attachment.  Each semester is usually fifteen teaching weeks long and instruction is by courses quantified into course credits.  Lectures, tutorials, practical and projects are organized during each semester and every student in the programme is expected to participate fully since the grading system reflects each aspect.

The Industrial Training aspect of the degree programme is divided into four parts.  The first part is the Student Work Experience (SWEP) Program which is held at the end of the 200-level just after the end of-session break in the Faculty’s Workshops.  During this programme students are exposed to workshop practice and have a “hand-on” experience of practical engineering.  Entrepreneurial development and skill are being integrated into our programme.

The three other parts expose the students to real-life situations in an engineering establishment usually within the country.  The department has recorded impressive growth in the area of academic, administrative, staffing and infrastructures.


The program was established in 2010 in line with the vision of the University to develop programs that would address National developmental challenges and contribute to issues of global applicability. We got through NUC verification exercise in May 2011 and the name of the programme, Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME), was approved. The programme was also accredited by COREN in March 2013.

We have core lecturers and supportive lecturers from the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and related disciplines. It is of interest to note that 100 Level students are taught by the Faculty of Science and 200 Level students go through general engineering courses domiciled in different departments of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. We have four laboratories in the areas of Physical Metallurgy, Corrosion

Brief History

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is located on the main campus of University of Ilorin.  The Head of Department’s office and lecturers’ offices are in Block 8.  The laboratories are in Block 7,The Mechanical Engineering Workshop is in Block 9.The  Department of Mechanical Engineering came into existence at University of Ilorin in October 1978 with enrolment       of students in the preliminary year (now called 100 levels) and appointment of a Professor and Head of department. Eleven (11) students were graduated in the first set in 1982/83 session.  The number of students graduated has increased since then. In 2004, Ninety-nine(99) students were graduated  and the total number graduated in  2005 and 2006 were eighty-five(85) and sixty-seven(67) students respectively.

Water Resources and Environmental Engineering is the branch of engineering concerned with prediction, planning, development and management of water resources and application of engineering principles to improve and protect the environment.

The Department of Water Recourses and Environmental Engineering was established in 2013. It admitted its first set of under graduate students in the same year. The Department offers undergraduate degree programme leading to the Bachelor of Engineering Degree (B.Eng).