Post Graduate Programmes


1. Introduction

The Department sees its task as that of refining students' critical and analytical skills, and widening their intellectual perspective so that they will be able to make a more effective contribution to the solution of human problems. The postgraduate programme is also designed to fulfill this task by training and equipping capable students for careers as philosophers, administrators and teachers of philosophy.

2. Objectives

The postgraduate programme in philosophy is designed to achieve two main objectives:

(i). To serve the interests of students who wish to broaden their critical and analytical skills in preparation for careers outside academia;

(ii). To produce graduates who by training are capable of both lecturing and doing research in philosophy.

3. Post Graduate Degrees in Philosophy

(i)  M.A. in Philosophy
(ii) Ph.D in Philosophy For both degrees, candidates may specialize in the following areas:
(a). Aesthetics
(b). African Philosophy
(c). Epistemology
(d). Ethics
(e). History of Philosophy
(f). Logic
(g). Metaphysics
(h). Philosophy of Language
(i). Philosophy of Mathematics
(j). Philosophy of Psychology
(K). Philosophy of Religion
(l). Philosophy of Science
(m) Social and Political Philosophy

4. Admission Requirements
(i). M.A.

(a). A Candidate for admission to the M.A. degree shall possess a first degree of the O.A.U. or any other approved University with at least a second class division in philosophy or any other related discipline

(b). Generally, a candidate for a higher degree in Philosophy is expected to show evidence of familiarity with the following core areas of Philosophy: logic, epistemology, metaphysics, ethics and History of Philosophy. Candidates admitted with a deficiency inany of these areas will be required to take remedial courses.

(ii). Ph.D
A candidate for admission to the Ph.D programme shall posses at least an M.A. of the Obafemi Awolowo University or from any other approved University and must demonstrate evidence of outstanding research capability. Such a candidate should have obtained an average of B+ in M.A. course work.

5. The Programme

(a). Duration

The maximum duration of the M.A. Programme except in exceptional circumstance, is two academic sessions.

(b). Course Requirement

Depending upon a student’s qualification and performance, the maximum requirement for the M.A. programme is 24 units (out of which 6 units will be allocated to the M.A. thesis), and the maximum requirement is 30units (out of which 6 units allocated to the M.A. thesis).

(c). Thesis

A thesis, which is to be externally examined, is required for the course. It should be on a topic approved by the postgraduate school on the recommendation of the Faculty and should not normally exceed 20,000 words.

(d). Course Available

(Compulsory Courses) Units
PHL 601 Metaphysics  (3)
PHL 602 Epistemology (3)
PHL 603 Ethical Problems (3)
PHL 604 Problems of African Philosophy, either (3)
PHL 605 Greek Philosophy (3)

OR PHL 606 Medieval Philosophy (3)

OR PHL 607 British Empiricism (3)

OR PHL 608 Continental Philosophy in the 17th and 18th 

Centuries (3) OR

PHL 609 19th Century Philosophy (3)

OR PHL 610 20th Century Philosophy (3)

(Optional Courses – Minimum of three required)

PHL 611 Current Issues in Philosophy (3)
PHL 612 Advanced Philosophy of the Social Sciences (3)
PHL 613 Political Philosophy (3)
PHL 614 Philosophy of Logic (3)
PHL 615 Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHL 616 Philosophy of Science (3)
PHL 617 Aesthetics (3)
PHL 618 Philosophy of Psychology  (3)
PHL 619 Philosophy of Language  (3)
PHL 620 Philosophy of mathematics  (3)

(e). Assessment: Examination Requirements

A candidate must have satisfied the following requirements before being awarded the M.A. degree in philosophy

(i). Complete the course work with average of at least B. This average is to be arrived at in written essays assigned as seminar papers in the various courses. The second is on the basis of 4 written comprehensive examinations in the following basic areas of philosophy. Metaphysics and Epistemology; History of Philosophy; and Ethics. Any of these 4 examinations awarded a grade of less than C must be retaken.

(ii). Display a level of competence in accordance with a minimum of B in all required remedial courses.

(iii). Pass an oral examination in defense of the written M.A. Thesis.

(ii). Ph.D

(a). Duration

The minimum period for study for the PhD shall be four academic semesters after the M.A. for full-time students. For part-time students, a minimum of eight semesters is required after M.A.

(b). Course Requirement

(c). Thesis

A thesis is required which shall be on a topic approved by the Postgraduate School on the recommendation of the Department through the Faculty. The thesis which should not exceed 100,000 words and must be written in English is expected to be the candidate’s original contribution to philosophy,

(d). Course Available

Compulsory and optional courses will be determined according to the individual candidate’s background in philosophy and proposed area of special interests.








Ethical Problems



Problems of African Philosophy                   



Greek Philosophy



Medieval Philosophy



British Empiricism



Continental Philosophy – 17th and 18th Centuries



19 th Century Philosophy



20 th Century Philosophy



Current Issues in Philosophy



Advanced Philosophy of the Social Sciences



Political Philosophy



Philosophy of logic



Philosophy of Religion



Philosophy of Science






Philosophy of Psychology



Philosophy of Language



Philosophy of Mathematics





(e). Assessment

(i). A candidate for the PhD degree shall be required to offer eighteen units of course work, and not later than the third semester of the programme, be required to submit to and pass an oral and/or written qualifying examination on the subject of his research area and general topics related to his fields of study before final approval to proceed with the PhD thesis.

(i).  A candidate for the PhD degree shall be required to offer eighteen units of course work, and not later than the third semester of the programme, be required to submit to and pass an oral and/or  written qualifying examination on the subject of his research area and general topics related to his fields of study before final approval to proceed with the PhD thesis.

Current List of Academic Staff for Post-graduate Programme





Y.K. Salami

B.A., M.A. PhD (Ife)


Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Social  Sciences, African Philosophy, Marxism, Social and Political Philosophy and Ethics

O.A. Oladosu

B.A. (Ife) M.A. PhD (Washington, St Louis)

Senior Lecturer

Philosophy of Law,Ethics

V.S. Alumona

B.A., M.A. PhD (Ife)

Senior Lecturer

Greek Philosophy, History of Philosophy and Rhetorics

W.O.O Idowu

B.A., M.A. PhD (Ife)


Philosophy of law, Feminism, Ethics and History of Philosophy

J.O. Famakinwa

B.A., M.A. PhD (Ife)

Senior Lecturer

Political Philosophy, Ethics (Theoretical and Applied), Analytic African Philosophy

G. Fasiku

B.A., M.A. PhD (Ife)

Senior Lecturer

Metaphysics, African Philosophy

R.T. Oyelakin

B.A., M.A., PhD (Ife)

Lecturer I

Metaphysics and Philosophy of Mind

N. Okorie

B.A., M.A., PhD (Ife)

Lecturer I


O.O. Badejo

B.A., M.A., PhD (Ife)

Lecturer II

Logic and Metaphysics

A. O. Alade

B. A., M.A., PhD (Ife)

Lecturer II

Metaphysics and Philosophy of Language

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