PhD Political Science

Political Science is the study of power relations among men within the state and the international system useful for the understanding of relations among states and international organizations, their interdependence, cooperation, peaceful co-existence and mutual understanding.

September or January entry

Start date

3 years



Fees per session


The philosophy underlying the work of the department is to provide a flow of graduate students imbued with the systematic and analytical skills to make their contributions to the Nigerian, African and world community, by equipping them with a broad foundation of knowledge in the field of politics, diplomacy and foreign policy relations.

As an instrument for citizenship education, Political Science provides broad education in government and politics which is the foundation of active citizenship in our communities from the local to the global level.

The Department believes in excellence, creativity, productivity and freedom of conscience for the advancement of the individual and humanity.



The objectives of the program include the following:

  1. As one of the Social Sciences, the teaching of Political Science in the department is focused on making the students think critically and communicate effectively on ongoing matters related to politics.
  2. The syllabi are designed to equip students with modern skills, knowledge and methodology needed for day-to-day in-depth analysis of power and power relations among individuals, groups and nations.
  3. The lectures are designed to imbue in the students the professional capacity to apply academic learning to present day real world experiences.
  4. The key objective of the Ph.D. The program is to train and develop highly professionals, preparing and building up their independent intellectual capacity for sustainable and creative useful careers in teaching and research in higher institutions of learning, research and administration in research institutes, government, non-governmental/national and international organizations, and specialized consultancy services.

Study Modules

First Year

  • First Semester
  • Second Semester

S/NC/RCodeCourse TitleCRH
1CPOS 901African International Organizations3
2CPOS 903Research Methods (Qualitative/Quantitative)3
3EPOS 905
Elective I3
4EPOS 900Elective II3

S/NC/RCodeCourse TitleCRH
1CPOS 902Political Theory3
2CPOS 904Research Methods (Advanced)3
3EPOS 900Elective III3
4EPOS 900Elective IV3

Electives in Areas of Specialization - First Semester

Candidates would be required to select at least one elective from the following groupings, which must be in his/her area of specialty.

1.  African International Organizations

2. Current Issues in International Politics

3. Nationalism & Ethnicity

4. Gender & Politics

5. Contemporary Issues in European Politics

6. Theories of State Urbanization

7.  Political Economy

Electives in Areas of Specialization - Second Semester

Candidates would be required to select at least one elective from the following groupings, which must be in his/her area of specialty.

1. Political Theory

2. Current Debates in Political Economy

3. Democratic Theory

4. State & Bureaucracy

5. Party System & Voting Behavior

6. Political Economy Of Nigeria

7.  International Immigration & Refugees

Second Year

  • First Semester
  • Second Semester

S/NC/RCodeCourse TitleCRH
1CPOS 921Political Theory3
2CPOS 923Research Methods (Advanced)3
3EPOS 925Elective III3

S/NC/RCodeCourse TitleCRH
1CPOS 922Thesis3

Third Year

  • First Semester
  • Second Semester

S/NC/RCodeCourse TitleCRH
1CPOS 931Thesis3

S/NC/RCodeCourse TitleCRH
1CPOS 932Thesis3

Areas of Specialization

1.  International Relations

2. Political Economy

3. Comparative Politics

4. Gender in Politics

The course is designed to upgrade students to the methods and theories of political enquiry to accommodate intellectual development of postgraduate students.

PhD Political Science - FAQs

  1. University Matriculations of 5 credit passes including English and Mathematics at O-level; and
  2. Bachelor’s Degrees in relevant program with at least 2nd class lower; or
  3. Academic Master’s degree in relevant areas with minimum CGPA of 3.5 on a 5-point scale with a thesis score not lower than 60%(B); and
  4. Candidates must demonstrate adequate intellectual capacity, maturity and effective decision making and problem-solving potential.
  5. Candidates should be successful in the written and/or oral examination to be conducted by the department.

There are many careers where a political science degree is useful. Graduates can enter areas including commercial management, finance, administration and politics. Some of our PhD graduates also continue onto successful careers in academic research and teaching.

Teaching is carried out through a combination of interactive lectures supported by seminars, workshops, tutorials, case studies and informal one-to-one discussion. They encourage the development of clear analytical skills and create a forum where you can test your ideas against the arguments of your peers.

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