Masters Degree (Part Time)

NILS Masters Degree program in affiliation with the University of Benin

Project Details

The National Institute for Legislative Studies shall offer Master’s Degree programmes in three related areas of its mandate. The programmes are:

  1. Master’s Degree in Legislative Studies
  2. Master’s Degree in Parliamentary Administration
  3. Master’s Degree in Legislative Drafting

The Master’s Degree programmes are part of the mandate of the Institution to, among other things, provide opportunities for continuing education in democracy and legislation and the improvement of the capacity of legislators and legislative staff in legislative practice and procedure. The mandate was inspired by the experiences of both the more – developed and the many less-developed countries in their struggles to build and sustain democratic governance, institutions, and practices.

Program Details

  • The Philosophy of the Programmes

    The programmes are guided by the belief that it is only by appropriate and effective education of the populace and training of legislators and legislative staff in democratic governance and legislative practices and procedures that genuine and functional democracies can emerge across the world.
  • Objectives of the Programmes

    The postgraduate programmes have two main objectives. The first objective is to equip legislators and legislative staff at all tiers of government with the knowledge and skills required for improved performance of their various functions. The second objective is to provide opportunities for members of the public who are interested in the practice and procedure of the legislature to familiarize themselves with the operating procedures of this branch of government. The specific objectives of each programme are outlined in the relevant sections.
  • Admission Requirements

    • Matriculation requirements of 5 credits including English and Mathematics
    • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant area from a recognized university, with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division
    • A postgraduate diploma in a relevant area from a recognized institution with at least 60% CGPA.
  • Duration of Programmes

    The duration of the postgraduate programmes is as follows Master’s Degree Programmes: The duration of the full-time Master’s Degree programme is a minimum of six (4) semesters and a maximum of six (6) semesters.
  • Requirements for Graduation

    To be awarded a master’s degree, a candidate must obtain a minimum of thirty-three (33) credit unit made up as follows:
    • Core courses of 15 credit units
    • Elective courses of 9 credit units
    • A student shall carry out research in any area of specialization in his/her discipline and submit an acceptable dissertation of 6 credit units.
    • A student shall present at least one (1) seminar of 3 credit units
  • Domiciliation

    • Master’s Degree Programme in Legislative Studies – Faculty of Law
    • Master’s Degree Programme in Legislative Drafting – Faculty of Law
    • Master’s Degree Programme in Administration – Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Academic Sessions

    Each academic session is made up of two semesters, structured as follows:
    • First Semester: Fifteen (15) weeks of teaching, and two (2) weeks of examinations
    • Semester Break: two (2) weeks
    • Second Semester: Fifteen (15) weeks of teaching, and two (2) weeks of examinations.
    • Supervised Individual Research Project and Oral Examinations: (12+3=) 15 weeks
  • Academic Standards

    • Academic Regulations: Academic Year: an academic year consists of 12 calendar months
    • Programme Requirement: Registration Procedure : Students shall normally complete registration for courses for the programme not later than 2 weeks after the start of the programme. A student cannot withdraw from a course after a third of it has been taught without permission of the programme postgraduate committee. A student who withdraws after this time or who fails to sit for the final exam without reasons acceptable to the Senate shall be deemed to have failed that course.
    • Student Academic Status: A student’s academic status shall be determined on the basis of his or her performance at the end of the programme. The following categorization shall be used.
      1. Good standing: To be in good standing, a student must, at the end of the programme, have a minimum score of 50% in each course taken
      2. Carry Over Courses: A student who fails to obtain a minimum score of 50% in some courses at the end of a particular year of study, shall be allowed to re-register at the next available opportunity.
      3. Withdrawal: A student who fails to obtain a minimum score of 50 in at least 2 courses at the end of a particular year of study shall be required to withdraw from the programme.
  • Course Evaluation

    Attainment Levels: Assessment of a student’s achievement shall be based on:
    • Examination
    • Seminars/term papers
    • Oral presentations and problem solving exercises
    • Assignments
    • Group project work
    • Dissertation
    • Continuous Assessment: Continuous assessment may be done through seminar, tests, term papers and home work. Scores from continuous assessment shall constitute 30% of the final marks for the courses.
  • Examination, Grading Procedure and Result

    • In addition to continuous assessment, final examinations shall be given at the end of each semester. The total score obtainable for any course (continuous assessment and final examinations) is 100%.
    • Each course shall normally be completed and examined at the end of the semester in which it is offered.
    • A written examination shall normally last for 3 hours
    • Pass mark: the minimum pass mark in any course shall be 50%
    % Scores Letter Grades Remark
    70 & above A Distinction
    60 – 69 B Credit
    50 – 59 C Pass
    Below 50 F Fail
    External Examination System: The external examination system shall be used at the end of the programme to assess students’ course work dissertations. The dissertations shall be defended orally before a panel of internal and external examiners and shall each be awarded a score.
  • Academic Physical Facilities for the Programmes

    • Classrooms: The Institute has three (3) standard classrooms for lectures and tutorials
      1. Classroom A, with seating capacity of 70
      2. Classroom B, with seating capacity of 30
      3. Classroom C, with seating capacity of 22
    • Computer Laboratory: The Institute has a computer laboratory that can accommodate about 35 users at any given time (including the e-library which has 10 seats)
    • Library: The Institute has a well-equipped library with diverse books on law, humanities, social sciences, and other specialized areas. The library has a reading room and an e-library section.
    • Office Accommodation: The Institute has standardised and sufficiently equipped offices for various categories of staff
    • Examination Theatre: The Institute has a large hall for all examinations, with a seating capacity of 80
    • Equipment: The Institute is sufficiently equipped with modern teaching and research aids that include:
      1. Public address system
      2. Computers
      3. Projectors
      4. Photocopiers
      5. Video/audio recording equipment
      6. Internet and WIFI
  • Academic staff

    NILS’ faculty members comprise in-house expert trainers, consultants and partner international institutions. The faculty are highly trained and experienced professionals on topics relating to the legislature, economic, social and political developments, and development management. Our in-house experts include the following:
    S/No Name Academic Qualifications Areas of Specialization
    1. Ladi Hamalai
    Associate Professor
    Director General
    Ph.D. (Sussex, UK, 1993)
    M.Sc. (Univ of Wisconsin, Madison, 1985)
    B.Sc. (BUK, 1981)
    Public Policy
    Development Studies
    2. Okechukwu Oko
    Professor of Law
    Director, Legal Support
    Ph.D. (Yale Law School, USA, 1992)
    LLM (Yale, 1985)LLM (UNN, 1985)
    LLB (Hons), UNN, 1981
    Law and Society
    Criminal law
    3. Adeyemi Fajingbesi
    Director Research and Training
    Ph.D. Economics (UNILAG, 1998)
    M.Sc. Economics (UNILAG, 1986)
    B.Sc. Econ. (UNILAG, 1983)
    Quantitative Economics
    Public Finance
    Monetary & Development Economics
    Economic Policy Analysis
    Public Policy
    Development Management
    4. Edet B. Akpakpan
    Professor of Economics
    Ph.D. Econ (Manchester, UK, 1983)
    M.Sc. Econ (Wales, UK, 1978)
    B.Sc. Econ (Ibadan, 1975)
    Economic Thought
    Development Economics
    Public Finance
    5. Offornze D. Amucheazi
    Professor of Law
    Ph.D. (NAU, 2004)
    LL.M (UNN, 1995)
    LL.B (UNN, 1990)
    Labour Law
    Law of Arbitration
    Nigerian Legal system
    6. Asimiyu G. Abiola
    Deputy Director, Research & Training
    Ph.D. Econ (OAU, Ile-Ife, 2001)
    M.Sc. Econ (OAU, Ile-Ife, 1997)
    B.Sc. Econ (UI, Ibadan, 1990)
    Public Finance
    Public Policy
    Development Economics
    Economic Policy Analysis
    Economic Theory
    7. Shuaibu Danwanka
    Deputy Director, Bills & Legislative Drafting
    Ph.D. (Jos, 2007)
    LLM (Jos, 1994)
    LLB (Jos, 1990)
    Bill process
    Legislative drafting
    Constitutional work
    8. Kanayo Ogujiuba
    Senior Research Fellow
    Ph.D. Development Econs (UNN, 2006)
    M.Sc. Econ (UNN, 2001)
    M.Sc. Demography/Industrial Sociology (UI, 2000)
    M.P.P HRM (UI, 1999)
    B.Sc. Econ (NAU, 1996)
    Development Economics
    Public Finance
    9. Umar Aminu
    Research Fellow II
    Ph.D. Pol. Sci (ABU, 2010)
    M.Sc. Pol Sci (ABU, 2001)
    B.Sc. Sociology/Anthropology (UNIMAID, 1995)
    Political Economy
    Public Policy Analysis
    International Relations
    Parliamentary Management
    10. Jake Dabang Dan-Azumi
    Research Fellow II
    Ph.D. (Univ. College, London, UK, 2010)
    PGD Cert (Univ. of Bradford, UK, 2009)
    BA (University of South Africa, 2006)
    BA (Hons.) (Univ. of Zimbabwe, 2005)
    Development Studies
    African Studies & Politics
    Environmental Sustainability
    Food Security
    Violence & Conflict
    11. Tonye Clinton Jaja
    Senior Research Fellow,drafting,Legal Department
    PhD Law (University of London), Legislative Drafting
    Master of Law(LLM), Legislative Drafting
    Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
    Bachelor of Law (LLB), Rivers State University of Science and Technology
    Legislative Drafting
    Constitutional Law
    ECOWAS Community Law
    Clinical Legal Education
    12. Kabir Ahmed
    Director Finance & Administration
    Ph.D. English (Kent, UK, 1989)
    M.A. English (Sheffield, UK, 1981)
    B.A English (ABU, Zaria, 1978)
    Academic English
    Research Methodology
    13. Aminu F. Hamajoda Ph.D. M. Educ. Tech. (ABU, 2010)
    M.Sc. Creative Writing (Maiduguri, 1988)
    B.Sc. Theater Arts & Media (Jos, 1981)
    Educational Technology
    Creative Writing
    Additionally, NILS has available to it at least 16 experienced external resource persons and consultants.
    • Prof. Cyprian Okonkwo
    • Prof. O. Osunbor
    • Prof. Chudi Uwaziurike
    • Prof. J.I Elaigwu (Political Science)
    • Prof. Ameze Guobadia
    • Prof. Charles Ilegbune (Law)
    • Prof. Edwin Nwogwugwu
    • Prof. Mike Kwanashie (Economics)
    • Prof. Mike Obadan (Economics)
    • Prof. Muhammed Mainoma (Management/Accounting)
    • Prof. Sam Egwu (Political Science)
    • Dr. Kabir Mato (Political Science)
    • Dr. Ahmad Ali
    • Ibrahim Salim (Former Clerk, National Assembly)
    • Ghali Umar Na’aba (Former Spearker, House of Representatives)
    • Sen. Ita Enang (Fmr. Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business)
  • Courses and Structure of the Programme

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