Graduation Requirements


  (i)       Each full-time student must register for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15 Units, while a part-time student must register for a minimum of 6 and a  maximum of 10 units per Semester.

   (ii)      To qualify for the award of a diploma, each student must pass a minimum of 24 Units, including those earned from compulsory courses.

Masters’ Degrees

(i)       A Masters’ Degree student must register for a minimum of 36 units (including 6 units of Dissertation) and a maximum of 46 Units (including 6 units of Dissertation).

(ii)      To qualify for the award of a Masters’ degree, each student must:

  • Present a well-researched seminar paper;
  • Write, under supervision, a Dissertation not exceeding 45,000 words in a length on a research topic approved by the Postgraduate School on the recommendation of his/her Department and Faculty;
  • Pass a minimum of 30 units, including those earned from all compulsory courses and the Masters’ Dissertation; and
  • Obtain an aggregate score of 50% of CWAS in 30 units, including those earned from the Masters’ dissertation.

Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) and Doctorate Degrees.

  To qualify for the award of a Doctorate degree, each candidate must:

  • Undertake coursework in their core area of specialization, in accordance with the NUC Benchmark/Minimum Academic Standards for postgraduate programmes in Nigerian University;
  • Score at least 50% in the M.Phil or Ph.D. coursework in order to be awarded M.Phil or Ph.D. degree;
  • Within twelve months of first registration, produce and defend a Thesis proposal before an assessment panel made up of the Postgraduate teachers in his/her Department with the Head of Department as Chairman;
  • Present two well-researched and publishable seminar papers on topics of his/her own choice in his/her general area of specialization from the Ph.D research and;
  • Produce under supervision and successfully defend viva-voce a Thesis not exceeding 90,000 words in length and making original contributions to knowledge on a research topic approved by Senate on the recommendation of his/her Department and Faculty, and the Postgraduate School in that order.


The masters’ and Doctorate degree programmes of the Federal   University Oye-Ekiti shall normally consist of an approved combination of courses, laboratory practical and field practical work, with a research project, which shall be written up as a dissertation/thesis.

Applications for the Registration of Titles of dissertations/thesis and the appointment of Examiner shall be submitted by the Faculty postgraduate Committee to the Board of the Postgraduate School.

It should be noted that candidates must have passed all prescribed courses and make the minimum CWAS before the process of external examination begins.

A thesis/dissertation title once approved is sacrosanct and shall not normally be changed.      In extenuating circumstances, however, the oral Examination panel may suggest minor changes or recast the title to ensure that it appropriately captures the work done, and reported by the candidate.

Copies of the draft dissertation/thesis shall be submitted for oral examination through the Faculty Dean   to the Postgraduate School who shall process further, subject to the following:

The Dean, Postgraduate School shall verify that the candidate has passed all prescribed courses having duly registered and paid all outstanding fees.

Copies of approved abstract (dissertation/thesis title) and other relevant documents are available in the candidate’s file.

The external examiner being proposed for the candidates is approved by the Postgraduate School Board.  The Dean, on behalf of the board shall (for good reason) have power to request for a replacement/change in the nomination of an external examiner for any Postgraduate examination.

A written certification signed by all supervisors shall be submitted to the Postgraduate School.

The Dean, Postgraduate School shall appoint a Postgraduate School Representative to whom a copy of the thesis/dissertation shall be forwarded.  This shall not be below the rank of senior Lecturer and shall be in the field of specialization that is related to the subject of the degree to be awarded.

Reports from 10.4 shall be received by the Dean, Postgraduate School within two weeks with a verdict among the following:

  1. a) I consider the thesis of sufficient merit for external assessment and oral examination.
  2. b) I consider the thesis inadequate for external assessment and oral examination.

In the event of a report affirming (b) above, the PG representative shall attend the candidate’s seminar at the department and listen to issues raised before writing a report.

On the receipt of favorable reports (i.e 10.5a), the Dean, Postgraduate School shall forward a copy of the thesis/dissertation to the external examiner with the relevant documents.

The Dean of the Postgraduate School shall also send the draft copies of the dissertation/thesis to other internal examiners for review in preparation for the viva-voce on the dissertation/thesis.

The Dean, Postgraduate School shall arrange for oral examination on receipt of a favorable report from the external examiner.

Oral examination shall take place in venue approved by the Postgraduate School preferably within the Postgraduate school complex.

The oral examination shall be an open defense system whereby the candidate shall be required to make an oral presentation after which the external examiner shall lead other members of the panel to examine the candidate.  The timeline for the oral examination panel shall be 15 minutes for Masters’ and 25 minutes for Ph.D.

The oral examination panel shall consist of the following:

a) Head of Department (Deputy Dean if the Major Supervisor is the HOD) as Chairman
b) External Examiner
c) Major Supervisor
d) The Internal-External Supervisor of the candidate (i.e. co-supervisor from        outside department)
e)  Postgraduate school Representative.

One nominee from the secretariat of the postgraduate school shall be in attendance during the examination that shall be open to the University Community.

At the end of the examination, the candidate shall be scored by the External Examiner, the chairman of the panel and the postgraduate School Representative.

At the end of the examination, the examiners shall recommend any of the following as may be appropriate.

a) That the degree should be awarded without further amendments to the Dissertation/thesis.
b) The degree should be awarded after the minor corrections indicated in the thesis/dissertation have been effected to the satisfaction of the internal examiners.
c) The degree should be awarded after the major corrections/revisions to the satisfaction of both internal and external examiners
d) The Dissertation/Thesis should be re-examined after the major corrections/revisions indicated in the attached list.
e) The degree should not be awarded, for the reasons indicated in the attached list.

After the completion of the oral examination, a report on the examination written on the appropriate report form shall be submitted by HOD through the Faculty to the Dean of postgraduate school for processing.

If the candidate is successful in the Examination, he/she shall be required to make the necessary corrections/amendments as recommended by the Examination panel within three months, to the satisfaction of the internal examiners who shall certify that all corrections have been satisfactorily effected before the final copies are then printed and appropriately bound.

Failure to submit the corrections/amendments recommended by the Examination Panel within three months shall attract prescribed penalty.

Six copies of the bound dissertation/thesis shall be submitted to the dean of the Postgraduate School who shall distribute the copies as follows.

One copy to the University Library,

One copy to the Faculty Library,

One copy to the Postgraduate School,

One copy to the Department,

One copy to the Major Supervisor,

One copy to the Student.

If the dissertation/thesis is not considered to be of sufficient merit for the specified degree, the candidate shall have 6 to 12 months within which to bring the work to the quality expected.

If the candidate fails the oral examination, he shall not be re-presented for a repeat examination until after six months of the first attempt.

  • Immediately after the oral examination, the Representative of the Postgraduate School Board on the Panel must submit one original copy of the Oral Examination Report to the Secretary Postgraduate School for the records.
  • The Head of Department must submit the complete results of the candidate with the documents to the Postgraduate School not later than three (3) months after the Oral Examination. The connected documents should include Oral Examination Report, Certificate of correction, certificate of receipt of Corrected Dissertation or thesis, Computed result of course work-spreadsheet indicating scores and grades, course codes, course title, Total Load Units, and CWAS etc.
  • If a Dissertation or Thesis requires minor correction only, the Certificate of Correction shall be endorsed by the internal examiners only.
  • Whenever Dissertation or Thesis requires major corrections, the Certificate of Correction must be endorsed by both the Internal and External Examiners accordingly, indicating that the corrections have been effected.
  • The Postgraduate School Board would meet to consider and approve the submitted results with the oral Examination Report and other documents attached as indicated in 15 above.
  • The Postgraduate School would produce twenty-one copies of the approved result with the above connected documents and forward same to the business committee of Senate for consideration and recommendation to senate for approval.
  • The Business Committee of Senate would finally forward the recommended results to the Senate for final approval.
  • Upon senate approval of any Postgraduate graduating results, the Senate Secretariat would forward the decision of Senate on such approval to the Postgraduate School with the enabling documents.
  • Such a candidate for (Masters’ or Ph.D.) degree can then process his/her clearance, apply for and collect his/her Notification of Result (NOR) from the Secretary, Postgraduate School. Such a candidate
  • may also request for his/her academic transcript to be forwarded to any other institution or organization but only by postage and under confidential seal.


The dissertation/thesis of a candidate may not include materials already submitted for the award of a degree in any other University, and shall not be part of a previous dissertation/thesis of a higher degree of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti.

A candidate shall not be qualified for the award of a Masters’ or Doctorate Degree until he has passed all the prescribed courses, submitted a satisfactory dissertation/thesis, passed his oral examination and spent not less than the minimum number and not more than the maximum number of semesters as stipulated for the programme.



The effective date for the award of the degree shall be the date the University Senate approved the result.


In Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE) the nomenclature for Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Ph.D. research treatises shall be project, Dissertation and Thesis respectively.


Research Misconduct at different stages: proposal writing, conducting and reporting research, is unethical and unacceptable.  All postgraduate students and staff are expected to be familiar and comply with the ethics policy of Federal University Oye-Ekiti.  Engaging in any form of unethical practice shall be viewed as a disciplinary matter.


Intellectual Property, under this regulation, refers to all forms of intellectual property rights (in any jurisdiction) whether arising under legislation or general law, including, without limitation, all rights resulting from intellectual activity, resource, finding and innovations in the industrial, scientific, commercial, literacy or artistic fields and also includes the right to apply for registration of these rights.  A postgraduate student and teachers are expected to be familiar and comply with the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti Intellectual Properly Policy as shall be formulated. 


  1. The font style adopted for typing is Times New Roman. The font size is 12
  2. Number of words for the Title is 17 words maximum
  3. Number of words for the Abstract is 400 words maximum for Masters and 500 words maximum for Ph.D.
  1. Style of Abstract is one block page paragraph typed in one space. This should be in agreement with the Senate approved style in three sections of Introduction, Methodology, Findings and Conclusion/Recommendation.
  1. Volume or number of words for the Dissertation is 45,000 maximum, and 90,000 maximum for Dissertation and Thesis respectively, of 1.5 spacing.
  1. Cover Page: The Cover Page shall not be detailed as the Title page. It shall indicate the title of the dissertation/Thesis, the name, matriculation number of the candidate and Month and Year of production.
  1. Title Page shall indicate along with:

          A Dissertation/Thesis submitted in the Department of … to the Postgraduate School.  In fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Masters of…./doctor of Philosophy in …

  1. The Approval Page shall be signed by the Head of Department and the Supervisor.
  1. The Certification Page shall be signed by the Supervisor. It may be co-signed by the Co-Supervisor where available.
  2. Dedication page shall follow the certification page.
  3. Table of Contents: The Table of Contents shall indicate the following:
  • Title Page
  • Approval Page
  • Certification Page
  • Dedication Acknowledgements
  • Table of Contents
  • Abbreviations
  • List of Tables (where applicable)
  • Glossary of foreign Words (where applicable)
  • Abstract


The Dissertation/Thesis shall include the following:

Chapter 1    Introduction.  This shall include:

  • Statement of Problem
  • Scope of Study
  • Methodology
  • Objective of Study (Significance of Research)

Chapter 2    Literature Review

Chapter 3    Research Method (this may come under chapter 1 after Objectives)

Chapter 4    Body of Main Topic (Results of Research)

Chapter 5    Discussion

Chapter 6    Summary and Conclusion

          6.1     Summary

          6.2     Conclusion

          6.3     Recommendations (suggestions for further Research/Study)

Each Faculty shall adopt a referencing style that is universally accepted to the discipline including Citation within the text, footnotes, References and Bibliography

APPENDIX (where applicable)


Colour of binding of the Dissertation/Thesis shall be as allotted to each Faculty by the University

Pattern of Assessing Dissertation/Thesis shall be in the following format:


Name of Student:…………………………………………………………………….

Matriculation Number:…………………………………………………………….

Title of Dissertation/Thesis:…………………………………………………….








Depth of Research






Clarity of Expression



Content (Materials and Relevance)



Format (bibliography, Notes and e.t.c)



Finishing (Typing & Binding)


Total Score


External Examiner’s Comments




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 Name of External Examiner

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