VERITAS UNIVERSITY ABUJA

COLLEGE OF POST GRADUATE STUDIES

 

Academic Requirement

  

REQUIREMENTS FOR AWARD OF DEGREE:

  • Taught courses will be externally moderated. The setting of questions will involve the vetting by external Examiners, and when graded by the internal examiners, the scripts will be forwarded to the external examiners for verification of the marks and grades and the scripts returned to the departments.
  • All results must be approved by the College Board and Senate.
  • 'Externally examined' should mean to vet, check the marking scheme and questions before and after written examination and report to the Vice- Chancellor.
  • Candidate should have a minimum of 3.0 CGPA.
  • Supervision will be conducted by a team of supervisors for the Masters degree and above. This is necessary to ensure that all areas of a subject (topic) are effectively considered especially where the students have to deal with an inter-disciplinary subject.
  • Candidate whose research work is considered to be unsatisfactory by his Department will be asked to withdraw on a resolution of the College Board and Senate respectively.
  • Copies of all Dissertations will reach the Post-graduate College at least two months before the Convocation in which the candidate wants to be presented for the award of the degree.
  • A minimum of six copies of the final work of the temporarily bound Dissertation will be submitted to the department. After the Dissertation defence, the candidate will make all necessary corrections and submit four copies of the properly bound Dissertation with certification by the Board of Examiners to the Post-graduate College.
  • For each Post-graduate student, there will be a Board of Examiners for Dissertation defence comprising at least five members, which must include members of the project Supervisory Committee, the External Examiner, who will be the Chairman and must be someone of at least Senior Lecturer grade, and a representative of the Post-graduate College who must be an academic with relevant background.
  • There will be an oral defence of Dissertation, and each student must satisfy the Examiners in this regard in order to qualify for graduation.
  • For a student to be in good academic standing, he/she must obtain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the
    end of each Session. This will be so whether it is masters degree or PGD programme.
  • A student who absents him/herself for two consecutive semesters without a valid reason may be asked to withdraw from the University, irrespective of his cumulative grade point average.
  • A student, for good reason and with the approval of Senate and upon recommendation by the Dean, may suspend his programme of study for a maximum of one calendar year.
  • A student who transfers from one programme to another or from another University may be credited with those course credit units earned which are relevant to the curriculum of the new programme.


DURATION

  • Masters Degree Programme

The duration for masters degree programme will be a minimum of  three (3) semesters and maximum of five (5) semesters for full time and a minimum of  five (5) semesters and maximum of seven (7) for part-time.

  • PGD Programme

    The duration for full-time PGD programmes will be a minimum of two (2) semesters and maximum of four (4) semesters. For part-time, duration will be a minimum of four (4) semesters and maximum of six (6) semesters.


WRITING OF DISSERTATION/PROJECT

  • Dissertation is the recommended name for the Masters project, while Project is the recommended name for the Diploma project.
  • APA is the recommended and acceptable style and structure in all Colleges in the CPGS. However, Colleges may request the Board for permission to adopt their own style and structure.
  • All students will submit their project only in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation in the various degrees for which they have registered.
  • In all cases, the first two (2) semesters is dedicated to course work and the third (3) semesters is for research. Even though the project and research process may start the very first day of the commencement of the programme.
  • For the PGD courses, the two (2) semesters should be for course work although, sufficient allowance will be made to complete the project.

 

WRITING EXAMINATIONS

  • There will be a written examination in each taught course at the end of every Semester. To qualify for the examination, the student must have attended at least 75% of the lectures in that course.
  • The scores for each course will be made up of 30% continuous assessment and 70% examination. To pass a course, a student must score at least 50% in both the continuous assessment and the examination.
  • There will also be a continuous assessment (CA) which will comprise three components namely; (test/seminar/assignment).
  • All departments must give research work a course code and it must be noted that PGD students will write project while Masters degree students must write a dissertation.
  • After first appearance, any student who fails to successfully defend his/her work will be given a second chance after which such candidate will be asked to withdraw.