The main aim of the postgraduate programmes in Geography and Regional Planning is to provide students with the necessary tools to think critically and function independently in a globally competitive world.
Candidates applying for each of the programmes must have at least a Second Class Lower Division degree in Geography or related disciplines including
- Development Studies,
- Business Management,
- Agriculture Science,
- Statistics and
- Biological Sciences.
Applicants would also have to pass an interview to be conducted at the Department.
Students have two academic years to complete the programme. However, those who opt to do part-time will be given an additional year. The first year of the programme would be used for course work which covers two semesters while the second year is devoted to the research component where students prepare a thesis based on an approved topic.
Once the student completes the thesis it is submitted for assessment and, if the student is successful, an oral defence of the thesis is organised based on existing guidelines from the School of Graduate Studies and Research.
The specific objectives are to:
- Empower students to develop affinity for and understanding of the increasing global inter-dependence of peoples and cultures;
- Develop in students skills and attitudes that will enable them participate in solving the problems of their communities, countries and the world at large;
- Enable students adapt to knowledge gained in decision-making roles in society which require local, national and international perspectives and competence;
- Enable students achieve personal and professional growth within geographic education; and
- Enable students to acquire skills and perspectives for life-long learning.
The programme targets various strands of people:
- young academics wishing to enhance their knowledge;
- professionals working in the civil/public services as well as with non-governmental organisations (NGOs); and
- managers of utilities and services.