Registration Requirements


  1. Students MUST register at the beginning of every session and this includes payment of school fees, completion of academic progress report form which should be endorsed by the relevant officers (Major and Co-Supervisors, Academic Adviser (mentor), Director of the DRP and Dean, Postgraduate School).
  2. Students who do not register at the beginning of each academic session will be deemed to have voluntarily withdrawn from the PhD programme.
  3. he programme duration for WASCAL DRPs is 46 months comprising the following:
    1. 3 months of Introductory Seminar, English/French language course and seminars.
    2. 6 months of lectures to be completed within the first academic session of the study in FUT Minna (including submission of research proposal to Accra, Ghana), which must include a continuous assessment followed by an examinable component. Students MUST pass these courses. Any student whose CGPA falls below 3.0 at the end of the of the course, will be required to withdraw from the programme.
    3. 28 months of research and scientific field visits.
    4. 6 months preparation for final defense in FUT Minna. The final PhD oral defense takes place in the Postgraduate School and the examination panel shall comprise the Chairman (Dean of the host Faculty/his or her Deputy or Professor in related field), Director of the Centre, Major Supervisor, Co-Supervisors, External Examiner, Internal Examiner, Postgraduate School Representative and Academic Assistant of the programme to serve as Secretary.

    As much as possible, items “ii”, “iii” and “iv” should align with FUT Minna Postgraduate School deadlines for research proposal defense and at least two (2) seminar presentations that lead to the final defense of dissertation.

  4. All PhD students MUST each have a Supervisory Committee made up of two or three relevant experts, one of whom will serve as the host University based Major Supervisor. This Committee MUST be constituted and presented to the PGS three (3) months after course work.


The programme shall run on a modularized system (course unit system); hence, course work is structured in seven (7) modules and shall be examined.

In order to widen the scope of knowledge of these students, faculty and external experts would be invited to make presentations on topical climate change issues, among others, which not just the students would benefit from, but the University community as a whole.

Module Module Name Course Name Course Status Credit Loading


1 Human Habitat Urban and Rural Settlements in Africa Core 2 1 3
Technology and Mega City Studio Core 1 2 3
Community Based Project (Fieldwork) Core 2 2
2 Climate Science Radiative Transfer Core 2 2
Applied Micrometeorology Core 3 3
Climate change adaptation and Mitigation Core 3 3
Climate Change, Energy and Settlements Elective 3 3
3 Human Habitat Informatics Habitat Informatics 1: Skills Development Core 2 2
Habitat Informatics 2: Advanced Research Methodology Core 1 2 3
4 Geospatial Analysis Advanced Remote Sensing Core 2 2
Advanced Geographic Information Systems Core 2 2
5 Statistics and Modelling Advanced Statistical Techniques and Geostatistics Techniques for Climate Science Core 1 2 3
Settlements Dynamics and Modelling Core   2 2
Regional Climate System Modelling Core   2 2
6 Sustainability Housing and Green Space Management Elective 2 1 3
Transport Planning and Sustainable Mobility Elective 2 1 3
Environmental Protection and Sustainability Elective 3 3
7 Landscape Assessment Landscape Ecology Elective 2 1 3
8 Dissertation Doctoral (PhD) Degree Research Core 6 6
    Total Credits   25 28 53