2. Programme Code: 2505
  3.  Preamble

The need to start off the Postgraduate Programmes in the University is obviously a necessary one. This is because many academics and other sections of the Nigerian work force with a profound need for improved communication skills are in need of the higher degrees in English offered by the University. Moreover, it is expedient for the University to consider such a programme as a veritable source of manpower in terms of both the short and long term pool of academics that can sustain the University’s founding vision.

  1. Admission Requirements
    1. General Requirements

Candidates shall fulfill the general requirements of the university to be admitted into the PhD English programme.  These include:

  1. At least five (5) credit passes in WASC, NECO and GCE Ordinary Level or their equivalents, including English Language, Literature in English
  2. A pass degree or diploma is not qualified for admission into the postgraduate programme in PhD
    1. Transcripts

Candidates are required to request their former institutions to forward their academic records/transcripts to the Dean, Postgraduate School, to reach him/her on time to facilitate consideration of the application. Consideration of applications of candidates whose transcripts are not sent to the University would be delayed until such records become available.  Candidates that are graduates of NOUN shall not need to fulfill this particular condition.

    1. Programme Requirements
      1. Admission into the PhD English programme shall be based on the acquisition of a minimum of 60% aggregate score at the MA English level.
      2. Anyone with a lower aggregate score will be required to take some Masters courses to make up for the deficiency before such a candidate can proceed fully into the PhD English Programme.
      3. Non-English biased Masters’ degree holders will also be required to take some core courses in the specified area of interest as well as ENG 711 (Research Methods in English Studies).
      4. Non-NOUN MA degree holders shall be required, in addition to 4.3.3 above, required to take GST 707 (The Good Study Guide).
  1. Aims and Objectives of Programme

The PhD in English is designed to satisfy those that have chosen to attain the highest levels in their area of specialization.

    1. Aims

The aims of the PhD English Programme include the deepening of students’ knowledge and skills in the English language and the sharpening of their scholarly ability. It is also to allow candidates to specialize in a specific area of English studies such as linguistics or literature at the highest level. It gives room for students to engage in in-depth research in their areas of interest. It is also meant to encourage them to apply the skills learnt to the improvement of the language operation skills in the Nigerian society and beyond. It is also meant to deepen their critical faculty, especially as it relates to literary criticism.

    1. Objectives

At the completion of the PhD English Programme, students are expected to:

  1. variously apply the theories learnt to diverse areas of linguistic operation as well as literary criticism;
  2. be equipped with advanced writing and speaking skills in English for various academic, creative,  and other purposes;
  3. be adequately prepared for the use of the skills acquired in public and private service in Nigeria;
  4. be made ready for English studies teaching and further research in tertiary institutions.
  1. Programme Structure and Degree Rules
    1. Duration of Programme

The PhD English Programme shall run for a minimum of 6 semesters or 36 months and a maximum of 12 semesters or 72 months. The seminar presentation could be in any area of the candidate’s choice within the field of specialization. It would however be advisable that the candidate present seminars relevant to area of research interest to give room for useful academic contribution by the departmental staff and as many other specialists that may be part of the seminar presentation from time to time. The four seminars will be presented within the stipulated periods of the study, especially, as a preparation ground for the actual thesis writing. It is thus proposed that a minimum of one seminar per semester be taken.

5.2   Degree Rules

  1. The PhD English shall essentially be by research.  However, as stated in section 4.3.2-4.3.4, a candidate may be required to take a minimum of 4 credit units from the MA English programme, as applicable, to make up academic deficiencies identified in the academic records.
  2. Candidates for the PhD English shall also necessarily present a minimum of four seminar papers, which shall be presented at the School level. The seminar papers shall be in their expressed areas of specialization.
  3. The examination of thesis shall by oral examination before a panel of specialists constituted by the Postgraduate School
  1. Quality Assurance

Even though the University as an ODL institution encourages the flexible mode of study, it does not compromise on the quality of its product. In this wise, the PhD English Programme shall be made up of highly qualified candidates as its input. As such, candidates shall only be supervised by highly qualified staff members who are specialists in their own fields of study. In addition, supervising consultants from various areas of specializations shall also be appointed to oversee the candidates’ work. In addition, the student shall also be rigorously supervised by a minimum of two supervisors comprising a main and co-supervisor. This suggests that candidates shall be offered admission on the basis of the admission requirements of the School as well as availability of supervisors.

  1. Learner Support Services

The University has a vibrant Virtual Library as well as constant subscriptions to many learned journals that will obviously be very helpful to a research student. This is, of course, in addition to a physical library located in the University’s headquarters in Lagos. Moreover, a researcher will find many of its already developed course materials for the lower levels useful resource materials. 

  1. Staff

On ground at the moment are about four experienced staff members that can conveniently supervise at the PhD level. These include:

  1. Prof.  A. R. Yesufu, Professor;
  2. Prof. D. E. Musa, Professor (Sabbatical);
  3. Prof. J. C. Eyisi, Professor (Sabbatical);
  4. Dr. C. I. Ofulue, Programme Leader;
  5. Dr. I. O. Daniel, Programme Leader/HOU


In addition to these, the Unit intends to contact external consultants in relevant fields of specializations that can work as external supervisors in cooperation with the staff members already listed above.



Programme Developed by:   I. O. Daniel, PhD (English)

                                                               PLII (English Linguistics)