Degree Type: 

Master of Arts


Department of Geography and Regional Planning

Programme Duration: 

3 years (Standard Entry)

Modes of Study: 


About Programme: 

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.


Target group
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.

Entry Requirements: 

Candidates applying for each of the programmes must have at least a Second Class Lower Division degree in Geography or related disciplines including Economics, Sociology, Development Studies, Business Management, Agriculture Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Biological Sciences. Applicants would also have to pass an interview to be conducted at the Department.

Programme Structure           
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.

Goal / Objectives: 

The Master of Arts programme in Geography is to produce middle-level graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills to think and analyse geographic issues critically in the competitive global world.


The specific objectives are to:

  1. Build the capacity of students to critically analyse multi-disciplinary geographic issues in the globalizing world; 

  1. Develop the skills of students to undertake independent research to inform public policy; and

  1. Equip students with the relevant skills to enable them participate in decision making processes at the local, regional and national levels. 

Career Opportunities: 

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.

Programme Structure

Level 800

First Semester

GEO 803: Research Methods
3 Credit(s)


To equip students with the knowledge and skills to conduct research in the field of Geography.


This course fundamentally exposes students to the processes involved in research. These include philosophy of social science research, conceptualization of a research problem, data collection and instrumentation, techniques in fieldwork, data analysis and presentation of results. Models and modelling of geographic phenomenon are also treated.

Mode of Delivery

The course will be delivered through lectures, seminars, fieldwork, individual and group presentations and discussions.

Geo 831: Histroy of Geographic Thought
3 Credit(s)

This course focuses on the evolution and development of geography from the classical times to the modern age. Some of the issues to be covered are the Dark Ages and its effects on the spread of geographical knowledge, renaissance and geography, the quantitative revolution and geographical thought, contributions of Islamic scholars and new paradigms in geography.

GEO 833: Geospatial Techniques
3 Credit(s)


To equip students with the knowledge and skills in using computers in managing spatial data that has been generated from geographic phenomena.


The main focus of this course is to equip students with ideas to use computers in managing spatial data generated from geographic phenomena. Topics include: geographic data types; spatial data models; databases, data integration, structures for organizing geographic data in GIS; and, coordinates and projections; principles and concepts in remote sensing, image classification and interpretations, satellite platforms etc. Emphasis is on proper coding procedures, identification of variables, entry of data and results, and interpretation of outcomes. There would be laboratory sessions to allow students gain hands-on experience with the application of GIS.

Mode of Delivery

The course will be delivered through lectures, laboratory exercises, fieldwork, individual and group presentations.