The Postgraduate work started at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi in 1990/91 Session when the University senate empowered the Postgraduate Committee to enforce minimum requirements and to maintain the standard of Postgraduate studies in the University.
The National University Commission approved the establishment of the Postgraduate School in 1996. The Postgraduate school prepared the Regulations governing higher Degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas in the university. It was considered and approved by the senate at its 57th regular meeting held on 26th June 1997.
All Postgraduate matters from the various Schools are channeled through the Postgraduate School Board which makes appropriate recommendations to Senate
Structure of the Board of Postgraduate School
There shall be a Board of Postgraduate School, which shall consist of the following:
- Dean of School of Postgraduate Studies — Chairman
- Deputy Dean of Postgraduate School — Member
- Deans of all Faculties — Members
- University Librarian — Member
- Director, Academic Planning — Member
- Directorate of Human Resource Development Directorate — Member
- Secretary, Postgraduate School — Secretary
Structure of the School’s Postgraduate Committee
by the Dean and which shall consist of all Programme Coordinators.
Structure of the Programme Postgraduate Committee
shall consist of all those lecturers who are qualified to participate in postgraduate teaching.
Functions of the School of Postgraduate Studies
The functions of the Postgraduate School include:
- Coordinating all the postgraduate programme of studies in the University, such as postgraduate planning, admission, registration and examination.
- Maintenance of postgraduate academic standards, and
- Monitoring and evaluating the progress of postgraduate studies in the University and submission of an annual report to Senate.
Functions of the School’s Postgraduate Committee
The School’s Postgraduate Committee shall:
- Consider recommendations from the Programme Postgraduate Committee and make recommendations to the Board of Postgraduate School. The Dean of School shall then report to the School’s Board of Studies, and
- Regulate postgraduate studies in the Schools in accordance with general guidelines approved by the Board of Postgraduate School
Functions of the Programme Postgraduate Committee
The Programme Postgraduate Committee shall:
Make recommendations to the Senate through School’s Postgraduate Committee and the Board of Postgraduate School on the following:
- Postgraduate curricula,
- Postgraduate admissions of suitable candidates,
- Degree in view and field of study,
- Appointment of supervisors, registration of research titles, and extension or cancellation of registration of postgraduate students.
- Appointment of examiners,
- Postgraduate examination, consideration of results and award of higher degrees, and Initiate action on any postgraduate matter referred to it by the School’s Postgraduate Committee or the Board of the Postgraduate School.
Functions of the Board of Postgraduate School
The functions of the Board of Postgraduate School shall be:
1. To regulate the conduct of postgraduate teaching and research
2. To regulate the conduct of postgraduate examination and to receive from Schools, postgraduate examination results for onward transmission to Senate.
3. To receive other recommendations from Schools on matters like postgraduate curricula, admission, registration, extensions, supervision, examination and award of degrees, and make appropriate recommendations to Senate.
4. To regulate academic priorities and coordinate postgraduate work of the University.
5. To recommend postgraduate programmes, fields and subjects of study through the Academic Planning Committee to the Senate and to foster the development of multi-disciplinary postgraduate work.
6. To establish criteria for postgraduate supervision in the University.
7. To prepare and submit budget estimates for postgraduate studies on an annual basis as well as on a long-term basis.
8. To prepare annual reports for submission to the Senate.
9. To prepare advertisement of all approved postgraduate programmes of the University.
10. To establish Committees of the Board and elect their members
11. To make rules and regulations for the effective day-to-day running of the Postgraduate School subject to approval of the Senate.
12. To recommend periodically to Senate, a comprehensive review of the general regulations, progress and development of postgraduate studies of the University, and
13. To deal with any other matter referred to it by Senate or the Vice-Chancellor.
Aims of the School for Postgraduate Studies
- To provide higher level manpower for the ever-increasing needs of the Nation and globally (more especially in the developing world).
- To identify and solve the problems of the technological needs of societies by encouraging research and publications of such findings and in both the local and international context.
- To provide a breeding ground for intellectuals in the higher level of studies.
- To provide a very good standards in higher education to cope with National developments
Types of Admissions
The postgraduate school provides the following types of admission:
- Postgraduate Diplomas, Master degrees and Ph.Ds in the following schools:
- School of Science
- School of Technology Education
- School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology
- School of Engineering and Engineering Technology
To satisfy the requirement, a student must take and pass the minimum number of units specified in the course of study before he/she can qualify for the award of a degree of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. In addition to the above, the student must pass all compulsory General Studies Courses and the Industrial Training Courses and submit a graded project report (Thesis)
- Postgraduate Diploma and Masters degrees in the following schools:
- School of Management Technology
- School of Environmental Technology
The Postgraduate School is headed by the Dean of the School who oversees the day-to-day affairs of the School administratively with the assistance of a Deputy Dean, the Postgraduate School Secretary and other administrative staff. The various Schools have Postgraduate Coordinators who help in the running of the affairs of the Postgraduate School in their Schools. All academic activities of the Postgraduate studies are run by the individual Schools which are then coordinated by the Postgraduate Board and the Senate.
To satisfy the requirement, a student must take and pass the minimum number of units specified in the course of study before he/she can qualify for the award of a degree of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. In addition to the above, the student must pass all compulsory General Studies courses and the Industrial Training Courses and submit a graded project report (Thesis) based on a suitable title approved by the programme of study. Furthermore, the minimum number of years to be spent in a programme of study upon admission into 100 Level shall be five years. Direct entry students shall spend a minimum of four years. The maximum length of time allowed to obtain a degree in the university shall be the minimum period plus half the minimum years, called the maximum residency period.
A. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University or other recognized universities with at least Second class honours degree. ii) Holders of any other qualifications together with relevant field experience as deemed acceptable to the University.
iii) Holders of HND with at least a Credit Pass.
B. Master Degree
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University who have obtained the approved first degree with at least second class honours (with CGPA of 3.00) or its equivalent; or candidates with University honours degree and appropriate postgraduate diplomas of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University or other recognized universities with at least a Credit Pass.
ii) Candidates whose degrees are classified as an average of C or above
iii) Candidates who possess Higher National Diploma with at least a credit pass from recognized institutions and at least a credit pass of postgraduate diploma of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in the relevant areas at upper credit level. iv) Candidates may be required to sit for a qualifying examination either before approval of registration.
C. Master of Philosophy (M. PhD) and Masters by Research Degrees
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University or other recognized institutions who have obtained the approved first degree with at least second class honours (upper division).
ii) A good second class honours degree plus a considerable relevant industrial experience.
D. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree
i) Graduates of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University who hold Masters Degree appropriate for the proposed areas of study with at least (CGPA of 3.5).
ii) Graduates of other recognized universities who hold higher degrees considered by the university to be an equivalent.
iii) Candidates for the PhD programmes may be required to pass a qualifying examination and/or undergo a probationary period not exceeding 12 calendar months.