Department of Geography
The Department of Geography, University of Ilorin was established n 1976 as one of the pioneering Department of the University. The department started with twenty-nine students and two resident academic staff members at the present Mini-Campus of the University. The other Lecturers came from the University of Ibadan on part time basis. By the start of 1978/1979 academic session, there were six Nigerians and three expatriates on the academic staff of the Department. The present academic staff strength of the Department is 17 and all are Nigerians comprising of 2 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 5 Senior Lecturers, 3 Lecturer I, 1 Lecturer II and 5 Assistant Lecturers.
The Department started postgraduate degree programme in 1980/82 academic session with two candidates for Master’s degree. It admitted its first set of M.Phil/Ph.D candidate in 1984/1985 session. In addition, today the department also runs two postgraduate professional programmes. These are Postgraduate Diploma in Geography Information System(PG.D.G.I.S) and Masters in Geographic Information System(M.G.I.S). The output from these two programmes are meant to be the modest contribution of the Department into positioning the country strategically in the digital highway of information technology and space technology.
1. THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR B.SC GEOGRAPHY
Students are admitted to the Department by two modes: University Matriculation (UME) and Direct Entry. The duration of the Programme for candidates admitted through UME is four (4) and those admitted by direct entry is three (3) years.
The department also admits candidates from the University of Ilorin science remedial program. Such candidate should have a credit pass in Geography.
Candidates for UME entry should pass at Credit level five SSC/GCE `O` level/NECO including English language, Geography , Mathematics and One other subject which may be either a science or a social sciences subject earned at not more than two sittings except that English language or Mathematics which might be accepted at a third sitting.
In addition to UME entry requirements, candidates should have G.C.E `A` level or N.C.E passes in Geography and the Social Science or science subject.
Direct entry is considered for candidates who in addition to meeting the O/L requirements, sat and had at least two A/Level passes in Economics and any other Social science subject in examinations conducted by Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) or any other approved body or possess the Diploma in Money and Banking with at least Upper Credit from University of Ilorin.
2. THE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR POSTGRADUATES STUDENTS
i. Admission Requirements for Postgraduate Diploma in Geographic information System (PGDGIS)
Admission to PDGIS is opened to graduates of university of Ilorin and other university and Institutions recognized the senate with a B.Sc degree Hons, H.N.D or its equivalent in geography, Environmental science, sciences, other Social Sciences, forestry, Engineering, Architecture, town Planning e.t.c.
Notwithstanding the above, candidates with substantial working experience who have attained managerial position in public and private organization may still be consider on individual merit.
Duration of Course
The PGDGIS Programme in the University of Ilorin runs on Full-Time part-Time basis. The Programme has duration of 12 calendar months and 18 calendar months for Full-Time and Part-Time respectively.
ii. M.Sc. Geography and Environmental Management
Candidates are admitted into Master Degree Programme if they have a minimum of Second Class (upper Division) Honours degree in Geography, Environmental management and other related disciplines recognized by the senate of the University. In addition all such candidates must have passed an oral examination to be conducted by the Department.
However, graduates of University of Ilorin or any other approved University who achieved a second class lower division may be admitted provided they satisfied the Board of Postgraduate School by scoring a minimum of 55% in a qualifying examination administered by the University.
iii. Masters Degree in Geographic Information System (MGIS)
Admission to MGIS Programme is open to Graduates of the University of Ilorin or any other approved University with appropriate Bachelors degree with a second class Upper Division or its equivalent in relevant disciplines. However, graduates of the University of Ilorin or any other approved University who achieved a lower classification of the degree of Bachelor less than Second Class Upper division may be admitted provided they satisfy the Board of Postgraduate School by scoring a minimum of 55% in the qualifying examination administered by the University.
Notwithstanding the above, Candidates with professional qualification such as HND with a minimum of five years post qualification experience may be admitted provided they score a minimum of 55 % in a qualifying examination administered by the University.
The MGIS runs for 18 calendar months for Full-Time students that is three full semesters. Seminar presentation and research project will occupy the third semester. The pat-Time programme shall runs for 24 months. Only Students who are successful in all the set courses and the research project will be awarded the degree.
iv. Ph.D Geography and Environmental Management
Candidates with M.Sc. degree in Geography and Environmental management of the University of Ilorin and other recognized universities are eligible for admission into the Ph.D degree Programme in Geography and Environmental management provided they score at least 60% in their final M.Sc degree examination. In addition all such candidates must have passed an oral examination to be conducted by the Department.
3. The Programme will be run on both Part-Time and Full-Time basis. The Full-Time students spend a minimum of 30 calendar months and a maximum of 42 calendar months on the Programme. Part-Time students have a minimum of 42 calendar months and 54 calendar months maximum. On Expiration of maximum duration, a candidate may apply for extension of not more than two consecutive periods of 12 calendar months after which the Programme