Academic Programme


General Background

In recognition of the signal role Architects can play in the technological and general physical development of Nigeria, it has become expedient to have a Department of Architecture in the University of Ibadan. The Department is expected to compete favourably, not only with the frontline institutions within the local (national) landscape, but with the notable Schools of Architecture, worldwid


To provide world-class teaching and general training facilities for students, such that students so trained will become equipped with the requisite competencies to effectively compete in any part of the globe, at the level commensurate with the award of the Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture i.e. B. Sc. (Arch.).


The programme has as its mission:

  • To create an excellent teaching-learning environment that challenges students to develop their potentials, optimally;
  • In particular, to stir up latent creativity in students, in order to instill confidence in them to make their unique contributions to the practice of Architecture; and
  • To contribute to the grooming of rounded professionals whose overall development will have both local relevance and global applicability.


The curriculum of the Architecture programme is based on the philosophy that the programme will produce competent, skilled and versatile Architects capable of facing the task of managing manpower, money, machinery and construction methods in solving environmental problems relating to Architecture.

The programme aims at exploring the rich cultural and traditional Architectural resources in the country, especially within its own immediate environment. At the same time, it will expose students to the most modern technology, techniques and tools of production of buildings, to achieve a sustainable society. The course will communicate an understanding of the environmental problems relating to Architecture of the community, and attempt to proffer creative solutions to them.

The programme is planned to be flexible enough to allow for the changing needs of Architectural education, arising from the changing social, economic, psychological, political and technological national and international environments, of today’s world. As such, it is envisaged that it will produce Architects trained in the art and science of planning, design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, management and coordination of allied professions’ inputs into the development of the local environment and the world at large.


The major goal of the B.Sc. (Arch.) programme is to produce graduates thoroughly grounded in the basic competencies of design, specification-writing, site-processes and other relevant technological and environmental issues, who will be well qualified to enroll for the higher, terminal degree (i.e. Master of Science, M. Sc., in Architecture), in any part of the world.

By the end of the B.Sc. programme, all students must be able to perform in the following areas of competence in the building industry:

  • Brief-development
  • Project-initiation and Development
  • Site-development and Planning
  • Design
  • Basic Site Supervision
  • Basics of Contract Administration
  • Basics in Project Management
  • Modification and Material Change-in-use
  • Maintenance of Buildings
  • Sustainability Issues related to the Environment
  • Basics of Corporate Management, Professional Practice and Ethics

To this end, the following are the specific objectives to be achieved this are:


  1. To give students the foundation for professional practice in the field of Architecture. In this regard, emphasis shall be placed on understanding conceptual principles and patterns as well as on developing operational skills necessary for practice;

    b   To facilitate and encourage students’ expression of innovative ideas and perfection of skills;

   c To expose students to global human settlement issues and, in particular, the complex problems of designing for a country like Nigeria (which is undergoing rapid socio-cultural, political and economic changes). To this end, emphasis shall be placed on acquiring knowledge to solve the practical problems of the Nigerian society;

   d   To accommodate the interests of the following categories of students through flexible course options:

  1. The academic and research-oriented student;
  2. The action/practical-oriented student with a strong vocational motivation; and
  3. The research and action/practical-oriented student.


Students will be admitted into the first two years (i.e. 100 and 200 levels) of the programme. The population of the students is expected to grow, until the Department numerically stabilizes, while producing fully-trained Architects.

  1. University Matriculation (UTME) Entry Mode

Students seeking admission into the 100 level will be selected through the entrance examination of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), followed by the internal University selection process.

To be eligible for admission, candidates must have at least five (5) credits at one sitting, or six (6) credits at two sittings, in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE), or its equivalent (i.e. WASC/GCE/NECO O’Level Examinations) from the following subjects:

          English Language

  • Mathematics
  • Physics

And any two (2) at one sitting, or three (3) at two sittings from the following:

Fine Arts or Technical Drawing

Economics or Geography

Further Mathematics


Building Construction

Land Surveying


Agricultural Science

Candidates are expected to take the following subjects at the JAMB examination:

English Language



Geography or Economics

Direct Entry Mode

  1. Candidates with passes at the GCE (Advanced Level) in at least Mathematics and Physics plus five subjects in SSCE, GCE or WASCE and NECO (as in “a” above) may be admitted direct (without examination) to 200 level.

Candidates must satisfy the general entry requirements for University admission to 100 level, in all ramifications.

ii.      Candidates with OND Architectural Technology or equivalent qualification may be admitted direct (without examination) into 200 level.

Preference will be given to candidates with credit in Fine Arts or Technical Drawing, and some degree of competence in computer-literacy (especially AutoCAD).

iii.      In (ii) above, such candidates must also satisfy the SSCE (or GCE) or WAEC (or NECO) requirements, as stated in (i) above.

Such candidates must have obtained an average of at least 65% (that is, an Upper Credit) in their final examinations, in addition to (iii) above, and must come from NBTE- accredited institutions.

b       Inter-University Transfer Mode

  1. Students can transfer into 200 level courses provided they have relevant qualifications.
  2. No candidate will be admitted from other Universities unless the Faculty and Department are satisfied that the grades obtained by such candidates for courses in which they have had instruction, can be properly assigned relevant units.


The programme will provide four years of training in general architectural education, culminating in the award of the B.Sc. degree. It will be four years in the first instance, and then followed up by a two-year M.Sc.-degree programme (the professionally-registrable degree with the Architects’ Registration Council of Nigeria, ARCON, being the M.Sc.).

UTME Admission: 4 years (8 Semesters); maximum: 12 Semesters;

Direct Entry (200 Level): 3 years (6 Semesters); maxi: 9 Semesters.


Courses offered to students are drawn from the following areas of study:

  1. Architectural Design
  2. Visual Communication Skills
  3. History and Theoretical Studies
  4. Building Systems Technology
  5. Humanities and Social Studies
  6. Environmental Control Systems
  7. Physical Sciences and Information Technology
  8. Management and Entrepreneurial Studies
  9. Compulsory Courses (C)

These are courses which a student must register for and pass before he/ she can be given a degree. Students therefore must register for all those courses listed as compulsory.

Required Courses (R)

These are courses a student must register for but he/ she will still be given a degree if he/ she fails any of them, provided a specific minimum number of units are passed per Session.

Elective Courses (E)

These are courses a student may take to broaden his/her knowledge. These courses are, in most cases, relevant to his/her area of interest and specialty. A student may decide not to even register for any of them.

In the C.G.P.A system, every course registered for will be used in computing the student’s final results, whether he/ she passes it or not. It therefore serves  a  student  better

not to take a course, rather than register for a course and

refuse to attend lectures and take the examination (which will lead to an automatic ‘fail’ grade).

Pre-Requisite Courses

A pre-requisite course is a course whose knowledge is essential, prior to taking another specified course. For pre-requisites, 45% is the specified minimum pass.

Concurrent Courses

These are specified courses which must be taken together, within the same Semester.


In the evaluation of courses offered in the programme, the relationship between theory subjects and studio-based subjects will be taken into account. A pass in a compulsory subject at a lower level is a pre-requisite to registering for that subject at a higher level.

I.          Assessment of Examinations – General

Examinations will be completely handled by the Academic staff of the programme. All scripts are to be marked and graded by the course lecturers after which academic staff will meet to consider the results. External Examiners will also be brought in to assess and approve all results. These results shall later be considered at the Faculty Board of Examiners, before being forwarded to the Senate for approval. Final results of graduating students will be released thereafter, by the University authorities.

II.         Assessment of Theory Courses

Assessment of theory courses will take into account continuous monitoring of students’ progress through coursework evaluation. In this regard, continuous assessment may involve class tests, tutorial assignments, seminar presentations, and reports on fieldwork, tests, class attendance and so on. These will account for 40% of the total weighting for a theory course. The examination, at the end of the Semester, will account for the balance (60%) of the overall marks for the course.

III.        Assessment of Studio Works

A Jury system is the practice for assessing studio works in the Department. A Jury, consisting of a number of competent Architects, will examine the work of a student in a given assignment, and award marks as appropriate. All juries during the Semester will account for 100% of the score for the Design course, at the end of the Semester.

NOTE: Studio grades will be sessionally determined.


The overall performance of each student will be based on Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), where the grade point average is the sum of the product of credit units and the score rating, divided by the total number of units taken by the student.

  1. All courses taken from the 100 to 400 level are to be used in the computation of the class of degree;
  2. All compulsory courses must be registered for, taken and passed;
  3. 14 approved units from the General Studies Programme courses must be taken and passed. These 14 units of GES courses are to be taken from the following:

*Students must choose at least one elective from the options indicated in Levels 200 and 300, respectively.

iv.         The minimum number of course units for the award of an Honours degree shall be 158 (from 100 Level) or 114 (by Direct Entry).   The degree shall be awarded with Honours, only provided an undergraduate obtains a CGPA that is not less than 1.0, and satisfies other minimum Honours requirements.

(a)        Aggregate Mark Grading

The performance of a student in each course will be graded as follows:


            Letter Grade     Grade Point                  Mark

            A                            4                            70-100

            B                                     3                             60-69

            C                                     2                             50-59

            D                            1                            45-49

            E                            0                            0-44    

Pre-requisite PASS (45%)

Class of Degree (CGPA)

            CGPA of 3.5-4.0                                          1st Class Honours

            CGPA of 3.0-3.49              2nd Class Honours (Upper Division)

            CGPA of 2.0-2.99              2nd Class Honours (Lower Division)

            CGPA of 1.0-1.99                                        3rd Class Honours

            CGPA < 1.0                                                                     Fail

NOTE: For the purpose of determination of the class of degree, the CGPA shall be expressed correct to two decimal places.

(c)        Registration

Undergraduates shall be expected to complete their registration within the period prescribed by Senate:

  1. 200-400 Levels: the minimum number of units an undergraduate can register for per Session is 30 units;
  2. 100 Level: the minimum number an undergraduate can register for in the Session is 36 units.

(d)        Dean’s Honours List

An undergraduate whose performance during a Session, on the basis of GPA, places him/ her in the First Class Honours category, is recommended to the Faculty to have his/her name placed on the Dean’s Honours List.

Warnings and Withdrawal

A student will qualify for an Official Warning in the following circumstance:

If he/ she has passed the minimum of 24 Units, but has a CGPA less than 1.0, after the first year.

First Year: at the end of the first year, a student who has passed less than 24 Units, will be asked to withdraw from the University;

Second Year: at the end of the second year, a student who has passed less than 48 Units (cumulative) will be asked to withdraw from the University;

Third Year: the end of the third year, a student who has passed less than 72 Units (cumulative) will be asked to withdraw from the University.

The CGPA at each level should not be less than 1.0.

NOTE: a student who has demonstrated early poor performance (with a CGPA of less than 1.0 in the first and second Semesters of 100 Level), should be advised to withdraw from the programme.

Industrial Training

The SIWES component is both an integral and major part of the programme. The formal arrangement mandates students of the Department to go on six (6) months of Industrial Training, during the Second Semester of 300 Level. During the period, students will be attached to architectural practices for exposure to design, general professional office practice and site supervision.

Note: this does not prevent students from personal arrangements (at the end of 200 Level) for similar professional-practice attachment. However, such exposure will not be officially credited to them.

It should be noted that Industrial Training, as a course, involves the following:

  • Working hard, steadily and diligently in the Industry for the specified period;
  • Submitting a Work Report to the Industrial Training Coordination Centre, at the end of the training period;
  • Presenting a seminar at the end of every Industrial Training experience.