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This programme is designed as an opportunity for all those who are otherwise qualified to pursue a Postgraduate studies in Law but could not benefit from the existing traditional Postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Law.


The programme is designed as bridge between LL.M. by course work and Ph.D.  It is essentially for those who have obtained LL.M. without thesis component and desirous of Ph.D programme.


Over the years the Faculty of Law has been receiving application from LL.M candidates who are desirous of studying for a Ph.D but because their LL.M. does not have thesis component, they were turned down.  In view of the fact that the number of such application are on the increase, it is necessary for the Faculty to introduce Mphil programme to serve as a bridge between LL.M. course work and Ph.D programme.


The main objective of this programme is to prepare applicant for vigorous research work associated with a Ph.D programme.


Mphil programme will run for 18 months.

Part-time Programmes

M Phil degrees may be offered on part-time basis.  The duration shall be:

For the M.Phil, a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 5 years and


The criteria for admission into the Master of Philosophy programme in Law are as follows:

  1. A Bachelor of Laws degree from an approved university with a minimum of Second Class Honours Upper Division.
  2. An LL.M. degree by course work.
  3. Five O’ level credits which must include a credit in English language.

Mode of Study

(a)        A student with a Second Class Upper degree shall be required to take examinations in  4 courses at the end of the first year.  He shall submit and defend a well researched Thesis at the end of the second year.

(b)        A student with an LL.M, without thesis degree shall present two in-dept seminar papers on different courses within the first year.  The seminar papers shall be warded marks as course work.   The student shall submit and defend a well researched thesis at the end of the second year.


A student shall be required to complete at least 24 units (6 unit each) for the work.  At the end of the first years, a student shall be required to make examination in the 4 courses selected.  During the second year, the student shall be expected to submit and defend his thesis in accordance with the regulations of the University.  Where the M.Phil course work is by Seminars, each seminar shall carry 7 units. Students should note that:

(a)        Candidates must submit an approved thesis
(b)        Candidates must present themselves for oral defenses of their thesis.           Candidate must have passed Research Methodology course work
(c)        Present at least one Seminar paper.


Qualified students shall be drawn from:
Public sector such as Ministry of Justice, Local government Legal Advisers, Prosecutors, Magistrates, Sharia Court Judge, Courts Registrars, Judges of the High Court, Justice of the superior courts, Law teachers, etc  Private sector, Legal Officers, Legal advisers, Company Secretaries, Private Legal  Practitioners, and  so on.


  1. The Full-time P Phil programme shall run for a minimum of 24 calendar months and a maximum of 36 calendar months.
  2. For extension beyond the maximum period, special permission of the Postgraduate School Board shall be required.