AVAILABLE OPTIONS/ SPECIALIZATION
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMMES
The Postgraduate Diploma Programme is a course designed to:
III. Assist candidates acquire the knowledge required to get exemption from the professional NIA final part 1 examination;
IV. Provide an opportunity for advanced knowledge in Architecture for those in practice without going through formal degree programme.
Master of Technology (M. Tech.) Architecture, as an interdisciplinary field embraces Science Technology and the Humanities in the solution of environmental design problems. Because designers perform critical roles in improving the quality of the built environment, the process of their education must recognize and be sensitive to human needs and aspirations as well as to the wise use and conservation of resources. The programme at the Federal University of Technology, Akure recognizes these and attempts to provide the student with a sound grasp of the technological processes in the physical development considered critical to a developing nation as Nigeria and in the making of technological choices suitable and critical to national development.
The aims and objectives of the Postgraduate programme in Architecture are rooted in those offered at the undergraduate level but given more emphasis at this higher level. These aims and objectives are summarized as follows and form the overall philosophy of architectural education as offered in the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
III. To provide an educational process which recognizes, and is sensitive to human needs and the wise use and conservation of resources.
IV. To provide a comprehensive education such that the graduate is able to plan, design, build, commission, maintain and coordinate the allied professional inputs in the development of the human environment, and
The 12-month Master’s programme in Landscape Architecture is directed towards the analysis, planning and design of exterior urban and rural space within the context of the culture and climate of Nigeria in the West African sub-region.
The programme is designed to accommodate both group and independent investigation of specific aspects of landscape architecture and to provide adequate background in professional of aspects of landscape architecture. Each student will select and develop a thesis on contemporary rural and urban environment problems from the micro to the regional scale under the close supervision of an advisor or group of advisors.
The M. Arch. Degree programme offers specialization in the following areas in Architecture: Urban Design, and Low-cost Housing. The programme in landscape architecture emphasizes the design and the development of physical forms intended to affect positively the quality of man’s macro and micro environments.
The M. Arch degree is a post-professional degree. The programme, which is of 15-month duration, offers design as the central component of the curriculum. The first semester consists of a number of design projects based on both theoretical and practical issues. There is also the opportunity for specialized research in the subsequent semester in any of the areas of major concentration especially studies in the emerging trends in the practice of architecture. This may take the form of a comprehensively developed design project or a written thesis done under the close supervision of an advisor or group of advisors.
To qualify for admission into the PhD programme, a candidate must possess a Master of Architecture degree from FUTA or from any recognized institution with a minimum of 60 percent grade in overall result or a CGPA of 3.50. Where applicable, a candidate may be required to score not less than 60 percent in the oral thesis.
Candidate for the PhD degree can specialize in any area of architecture where adequate supervision can be provided. Candidate should, before applying, consult the department on areas where adequate supervision can be provided.
Candidates for admission to the programme should possess any of the following qualifications:
III. HND (lower credit) in Architecture with at least 3 years relevant post-qualification experience.
III. In addition to above, a candidate other than the graduate of FUTA must produce evidence of Industrial Training totalling a period of six months.
Candidates for the Masters degree in Landscape Architecture should hold the professional B. Arch. Degree of the Federal University of Technology, Akure or the M.Sc. Arch. Professional degree or equivalent from recognized Universities. Candidates having professional degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, or related disciplines may also apply with details of qualification and evidence of ability to communicate freely in graphics preferably, the presentation of a portfolio of the candidate’s creative two and three-dimensional work in different media.
Applicants for the M. Arch degree should hold the professional B. Arch or the M. Tech degree of the Federal University of Technology, Akure or other recognized Universities or the M. Sc. Arch professional degree or equivalent of other recognized Universities with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 5-point credit.
Applicants for the PhD Degree in Architecture must satisfy the general regulations governing postgraduate admission in the Federal University of Technology, Akure:
They should hold either the:
In addition, they must possess either the:
DURATION OF PROGRAMME
The programme shall be of four (4) academic semesters (minimum).
The duration of the programme is a full-time minimum of 18 months (or three semesters). In addition to the course work, the award of M. Tech degree is subject to the successful completion of an Architecture Design thesis or dissertation. The graduate of this programme is eligible for the Stage II registration of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON).
The programme shall be full-time 12 months (or two semesters).
The programme shall be full-time 12 months (or two semesters).
The programme shall be full-time of 36 months.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
Candidates must complete a total of 48 units which consist of 30 units of coursework and 18 units of project work. The project work which spans over two semesters will be supervised by academic members of staff and project report shall be assessed by a panel of examiners during an oral examination.
Candidates must complete a total of 57 units which consists of 35 units of coursework and 22 units of project work. The project work which spans over two semesters will be supervised by academic members of staff and project report shall be assessed by a panel of examiners during an oral examination.
Candidates must complete a total 30 units. The thesis project which spans over two semesters will be supervised by academic members of staff and project report shall be assessed by a panel of examiners during an oral examination.
Candidates must complete a total 36 units. The thesis project which spans over two semesters will be supervised by academic members of staff and project report shall be assessed by a panel of examiners during an oral examination.
Doctoral candidates are expected to carry out original research projects supervised by approved postgraduate lecturers and must successfully defend same in accordance with Postgraduate School regulations.
MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY
The Master of Philosophy (M. Phil.) Architecture degree is a post-professional degree of an 24-month duration, which offers research as the central component of the curriculum. The four semesters consist of a series of seminar-based and research oriented courses for both theoretical and practical issues. There is also the opportunity for specialized research in any of the areas of major concentration especially studies in the emerging trends in the practice of architecture. This will take the form of a comprehensively developed researched thesis done under the close supervision of an advisor or group of advisors.
The main goal of the programme is to train academics and researchers in Architecture to acquire relevant skills. The objectives are specifically to:
1. Expose candidates to the current research methodologies in the chosen areas of specialization;
2. Enable candidates to identify problems and proffer recommendations and strategies for their solution; and
3. Develop in candidates the mastery of appropriate conceptual and procedural skills to articulate a critical analysis of advanced study in Architecture.
Justification for the Programme
The M. Phil. Programme is designed to meet the research needs of the students with the professional Master of Technology (M. Tech.) degree in Architecture or its equivalent. It is intended to foster the development of independent research skills to enhance their ability to proceed to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree programme.
1. Candidates should hold the professional M. Tech. (Arch) or B. Arch degree of the Federal University of Technology, Akure or other recognized Universities with the minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 5-point credit scale or 50 – 59%.
2. Candidates with M. Sc. (Arch) professional degree or equivalent of other recognized Universities with a minimum (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 5-point credit scale or 50 – 59%.
3. Candidates must present a research proposal along with the application form for evaluation.
4. All applicants for admission shall be subject to Postgraduate School’s regulations and carrying capacities.
5. Candidates must have 5 credit passes at WASSCE, NECO, GCE Ordinary level or its equivalent at not more than two sittings in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and two credits from Technical Drawing, Chemistry, Geography, Fine Arts, and Economics. Candidate must have at least a pass in Chemistry.
Duration of Programme
The programme duration shall be 24 months (or 4 semesters) for full time students and 36 months (or 6 semesters) for part-time students. The studentship and candidacy of an M. Phil student may lapse if after six consecutive semesters of full-time study or eight consecutive months of part-time study such candidate has not presented himself/ herself for the final and required oral M. Phil thesis examination.
Requirements for Graduation
To be eligible for the award of the Master of Philosophy degree in Architecture (M. Phil), candidates must:
1. Pass a total of 17 course units, which shall include 6 units of Independent research thesis and 3 units of research methods;
2. Present successfully one seminar paper in each of the following three courses: ARC 831, ARC 832, ARC 833 and pass all other prescribed exercises in the programme;
3. Successfully present at least two research seminars (proposal and post survey seminars), on a topic approved by the School of Postgraduate Advisory Committee in a specialized area (ARC 899); and
4. Successfully defend the research thesis of about 20, 000 words in length, excluding appendices and bibliography, which shall be assessed at an oral examination organized by the School of Postgraduate Studies. Academic members of staff supervise the thesis project which will normally span two semesters.
Requirement to transfer to PhD Programme
A candidate who enters the M. Phil programme degree may be allowed to transfer to the PhD Programme if he/ she fulfill the following requirements:
1. Completes all course work with a CGPA of not less than 3.50 in the Programme;
2. Prepares and submits to the Postgraduate School through the Department, a research plan considered suitable for pursuing a PhD degree;
3. Presents a detailed report of research work done up to the time and submits to the School of Postgraduate Studies any relevant published or unpublished materials (if any) that can be assessed by the Department; and
4. Passes an oral transfer examination to be conducted by the panel drawn from his/ her department on the subject of the research and related topics to the field of study.