The Higher degrees in Telecommunications Systems will appeal to graduates with primary degrees in electronics or computing who wish to focus or enhance their career in telecommunications. The graduate programs are also recommended to those with other science or engineering backgrounds, who wish to work in the telecommunications industry.
The course is offered as a part-time degree program leading to the award of any of the following certificates:
This opportunity will facilitate students currently in employment as well as those that are progressing straight after their primary degree program from AUN, and other accredited Universities. It is a block-release in-class course over two summer terms, spanning 18 – 36 months for those interested in diploma or Masters Degree option, or a minimum of 3 - 5 years for those interested in the doctorate option by research and thesis.
Candidates for Diploma certificate in Telecommunications are expected to satisfactorily complete the listed modules and attain a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.0 or better in order to be eligible for an AUN diploma certificate in Telecommunication Systems.
To proceed to the Masters degree program, students will be required to complete the listed modules and also attain minimum CGPA points of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition to this, candidates will be expected to submit a dissertation based on practical research work completed by December of the second year, but no later than summer of the third year. Students would be required to defend the Masters dissertation before the award of the degree.
For those aspiring for the Doctoral Degree program, it is mandatory to complete the listed modules with a minimum CGPA of 2.5 and also must be successful in the AUN administered 3-hour PhD comprehensive written examination at the end of second year. The examination will naturally assess the technical and emotional competence of the candidates to commence research program for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Telecommunications Systems. The candidate may then proceed to the research phase of the PhD program which will see him working more closely with his/her assigned supervisor (local/abroad) for a minimum of 3 years.
The Higher certificate Degrees in Telecommunications Systems is designed to produce graduates with in-depth skills in contemporary computer networks and telecommunications. Prospective careers for such graduates include the design of telecommunications systems (hardware and software), planning, research, and a niche career in telecommunications consultancy, amongst others. Typical Telecommunications career with MTN, NITEL, NTA, NOKIA, AUN, Government establishments, etc.
Program of Study
The general course component of the higher degree course in telecommunications is a two-year, part-time, taught postgraduate program. It consists of ten taught modules and a major project during the third year for those proceeding to the Masters Degree program. Each taught module is worth 1, 2 or 3 credit points and the final dissertation is worth 6 credit points. Each credit points are worth 15 hours of lecture times. The course runs over two years during the summer terms. Taught material is presented by certified instructors from AUN and top American and European Universities. For those proceeding to the Masters degree, the final year project is meant to be completed at the end of December of the second academic year, but not later than the summer of the third year. In the first year of study, students will study five modules over a 5-week period and one week for exams. Lectures are delivered as block-release modules starting at 8:00am and ending at 5:00pm Monday through Friday (breaks inclusive). The same regime holds on the second summer.
PhD students, on successful completion of the final comprehensive exams at the end of year 2, will be allocated one advisor from AUN and another one from the US or UK. The advisors shall supervise the PhD Proposal and manage the remaining research segment of the student until completion of the PhD Thesis. Thereafter, the PhD examination would be conducted by a panel of at least three doyens in the field; at least one must be AUN Faculty and at least one external examiner.
The fee for the Telecommunications program per year is N750,000.00.
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The principal entry requirement for Higher Degree Courses in the School of Information Technology & Computing is a minimum of second class lower division degree or equivalent. Candidates with Higher National Diploma (HND) and substantial industry experience may be considered. An interview may be part of the admission process. Master’s degree is required to enroll in a PhD in Telecommunications; and the School of IT & Computing’s PhD comprehensive examination given, after the taught compulsory graduate courses must be passed in order to progress to continue PhD research.