Centre For Strategic and Development Studies (CSDS)

A dissertation of about 20,000 words on defence and security-related topic is an additional requirement for the M.Sc in Strategic Studies.  Research work on the dissertation is done under the close supervision of one or two members of staff with relevant research experience in the student’s chosen topic.

Post-graduate Diploma/M.Sc in Policy and Development Studies.
This comprises four course packages:

  • Theories of public policy analysis;
  • Methodologies for analyzing public policy;
  • The policy-making process, including the determinants of public policy; and
  • Institutional provisions for public policy-making Comparative Development Strategies
  • Theories of development;
  • The political economy of development;
  • Infrastructures for accelerated development;
  • Different modes of development (capitalist, socialist, mixed grill etc);
  • Development trend/patterns in Third Word countries;
  • Obstacles to development in the Third World;
  • Different approaches to the acquisition of technology; and
  • Development strategies in selected countries.

Management of strategic Resources

  • Definition of strategic resources;
  • Analysis of some of the major strategic resources
  • The main suppliers and user of the major strategic resources
  • The inequity in supplier/user relationship;
  • Approaches to redressing this inequity, such as through collective price bargaining, in-source utilization, promotion of R & D among supplier nations etc.;
  • The importance of proper information management; and
  • Analysis of the state of the art in modern information technology.

Statistical Analysis and Computer Application

Doctorate Programmes
Two doctoral programmes, conducted purely by research, are available at the Centre. These are:

  • Ph.D.  in Strategic Studies; and
  • Ph.D.  in Policy and Development Studies

Candidates can compete for the two fellowships endowed for the two programmes for which are advertised both in national and international media every year.  Candidates who could not win the fellowship can undertake their research under self-finance or through and other sponsorship either on full-time or part-time basis.  The fields covered in the Centre’s doctoral programmes include conflict management, public order and crime control, policy, defence, security, development and related studies. The duration of the doctoral programme at the Centre is two year for all full-time (who are also the only ones qualified to compete for the Centre”s fellowship/grants) and a maximum of five years for part-time students.  Where an extension beyond two years is allowed for any full-time student enjoying the Centre’s fellowship or grant, it shall be without financial grant.  Research work at the Centre for the Ph.D. dissertation is conducted under the close supervision of one or two members of staff with relevant expertise and experience in the student’s chosen field. All Diploma/M.Sc. holders from the Centre are eligible to compete for the Ph.D Fellowships of the Centre. Other graduates with recognized equivalent qualifications could also compete.

CSDS Endowed Chairs
Three Professorial Chairs are endowed at the Centre for the purpose of providing opportunity for eminent scholars to spend short periods of one to two years at the Centre to carry out serious research in the chosen field for which the relevant Chairs is established. These are:

  • Professorial Chair in Strategic Studies;
  • Professorial Chair in Policy Studies; and
  • Professorial Chair in Development Studies.

Each Chair is tenable for one year; but could be renewed for another one year, should this become necessary for the incumbent to complete his research project.

CSDS Staff
The Centre’s  programmes are basically multi-disciplinary in nature and need expertise from a variety of fields.  To run its programmes, the Centre relies mainly on the relevant expertise spread across the various Faculties of the University. In addition, the Centre maintains a small core staff with expertise in the core areas of its activities, such as policy, defence, internal security, conflict management, crime control and public order and development studies.  All the offices of academic fellows working at the Centre are to be equipped with computers.  Those without computer knowledge will undergo an orientation programme for them to be able to use computer for the processing of their research materials independently.