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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs

Admission Requirements:

The Department of Geography admits students for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Courses of study and/ or research leading to Ph.D may be organized on a full-time or part-time basis subject to the regulations of the Postgraduate School. However, candidates who are not staff of Ahmadu Bello University are admitted on full-time basis in the first instance for 1 year but may revert to part-time after completing course work.
The following shall be eligible to seek registration for the degree of the Doctor of Philosophy:-. (i). Candidate who hold the Masters degree in Geography of Ahmadu Bello University, or any other recognized university.
(ii). Graduates of other recognized universities who hold higher degrees in Geography considered by the relevant Faculty Board, Postgraduate school and Senate to be equivalent to (i) above.


After registration each full-time candidate for the degree of Ph.D shall pursue the programme for not less than thirty six (36) calendar months for not more than sixty (60) calendar months before being examined for the degree. After registration each part-time candidate for the degree of Ph.D. shall pursue the programme for not less than thirty-six (36) calendar months and not more than eighty-four (84) calendar months, before being examined. Provision exists under the postgraduate school regulation for registered full-time candidates to revert to part-time status after 1 year of course work


Candidates for the degree of Ph. D shall be examined by:
(i). Written examination on course work in areas designated as core for Ph. D Candidates by the Department
(ii). Presentation of at least two seminars.
(iii). An examination on the dissertation before a panel of external and internal examiners based on the material of the dissertation as well as the general knowledge of the field in which the subject for research has been chosen.

Other conditions concerning the Ph.D progamme in the Department are specified in the Postgraduate School regulations.

PhD. Geography


PhD. Rural Development


Department of Geography, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria - Nigeria.