(MSS; M.Sc.; M.Phil; M.Phil/Ph.D and Ph.D. in Strategic Studies)
The Masters in Strategic Studies (MSS) course was initially operated from the Department of Political Science since 1996 and it came about as a result of an agreement between the University of Ibadan and the National War College. It offered Professional Master’s Degree for top Military Officers who passed through the National War College and subsequently the National Defence College in Nigeria. The program was transferred into the IPSS by the University Senate in 2015 and a fresh Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the University and the National Defence College in 2018.
Due to popular demand to open up the programme for civilian participation and the pressure of adjusting it to meet international best practices and the need to respond to the yearnings of the holders of the MSS Degree of University of Ibadan to pursue further studies, IPSS carried out a curriculum review in 2018 and started the M.Sc., M.Phil., and Ph.D. programmes in Strategic Studies along with a new Professional Master’s, MSS. The new academic programmes have two areas of specialization, namely:
(i) Security Sector Management
(ii) Public Policy and Human Rights
The new programme is a major national and African contribution to global peace and policy development efforts. The course provide students drawn from Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world with theoretical and practical understanding of issues in defence, security sector and public policy as well as human rights in the modern world with particular reference to Africa, based on perspectives drawn from a range of academic disciplines. By linking public policies and human rights in the course, emphasis is placed on the understanding of the conflicts arising from lack of appropriate policies on civil society, the private sector, and the public sector (e.g. government).
The new academic programme will make contribution to the reversal of this trend by producing high-level human resources capable of dissecting defence and security matters as well as undertaking independent public policy assessment and human rights investigations in any research or policy environment. To this end, the programme places a strong emphasis on contemporary issues in global strategic studies and public policy research methodology, writing, discussion and presentation, as well as on multidisciplinary training in the key disciplines of defence and security studies. In addition, the degrees offer students the challenge of high-level critical thinking to address important advocacy focus (processes and practices and relevant modalities for application) of human rights institutions.
Candidates must fulfill the minimum matriculation requirements of University of Ibadan and admission requirements of the Postgraduate School. Candidates for admission to the M.Sc. programme in Strategic Studies shall normally be holders of Bachelor Degree in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, law or any of their cognate disciplines from an accredited university as recognized by Senate of University of Ibadan. Candidate’s sponsorship from the Armed Forces, Police, Intelligence Services or related fields in government ministries, private industries or foreign Missions will be an added advantage. The minimum qualification shall include any of the following:
(a) Candidate shall possess a good honours degree (with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division in any of the disciplines listed above) of University of Ibadan or any other university recognized by Senate of University of Ibadan.
(b) Sponsored candidates (NDC local and foreign participants) from the Armed Forces, Police Force, Intelligence Services and related fields in government Ministries, private industries or foreign Missions shall be expected to have graduated with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division. Sponsored candidates for the Professional MSS (Terminal Degree) must possess a minimum of HND with cognate professional working experience.
The full-time mode for M.Sc shall last for a minimum duration of three (3) semesters and maximum of five (5) semesters to include a comprehensive research project to be presented and defended before the Examination Committee of the Institute. The part-time mode shall be for a minimum duration of five (5) semesters and maximum of seven (7) semesters, including also, a comprehensive research project to be presented and defended before the Examination Committee of the Institute.
The M.Phil. programme shall be for a minimum period of three (3) semesters from the day of first registration for the degree. A candidate’s studentship shall normally lapse if he / she has not fulfilled requirements for the award of the degree after six (6) semesters of full-time or eight (8) semesters of part-time registration (or an equivalent period, pro-rata, for a combination of both modes.
Admission Requirements for M.Phil. / Ph.D. and Ph.D.
Applicants for admission to the Ph.D. programme must fulfil the minimum matriculation requirements of the University of Ibadan and admission requirements of the Postgraduate School. They must possess at least a Master degree in the humanities, social sciences, science, law or any of their cognate disciplines from an accredited university as recognized by Senate of University of Ibadan.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Strategic Studies programme shall normally last not less than six (6) semesters from the date of first registration on full-time and at least eight (8) semesters on a part-time.
Requirements for Graduation
Examinations shall be conducted in accordance with existing regulations of the Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan. To qualify for the award of Ph.D. in Strategic Studies, candidates must undertake approved advanced courses (not exceeding a maximum of 18 units) and satisfy requirements of the Postgraduate School. The minimum requirement is 60 % in all approved courses. Only candidates who satisfy the 60 % benchmark credit shall be permitted to undertake the research leading to the submission of thesis. Students shall be expected to carry out a research project, the proposal of which must be presented and approved at the Institute, before the pre-field and post-field presentations. The thesis presentations shall be taken as oral examinations and conducted in accordance with the regulations of the Postgraduate School and be moderated by external examiners. Before the oral examination, Ph.D. students shall present at least two (2) seminars in the course of the programme. The first seminar shall be presented at the research proposal stage and the second before the registration of title of the thesis.