Philosophy and Objective of the Programme
The objectives of this programme have been;
i.    To give undergraduate students firm academic foundation in the basic principles of civil engineering.
ii.    To introduce them to recent developments in relevant areas of Civil Engineering, and
iii.    To equip them to meet the challenges of professional engineering employment in Nigeria in particular and the world at large.
The philosophy behind this programme takes cognizance of the fact that for a developing country, the graduate engineer is likely to face all possible engineering problems, many outside his specialty, the programme is therefore broad based so as to give a mechanical or civil engineer for example the basic principles and methods of electrical and mechanical engineering. Thus, the emphasis in first two years of the programme is on common basics covering all departments of the Faculty of Engineering.

The programme ultimately provides would-be graduate civil engineers with basic knowledge in the fields of structures, hydraulics, soil mechanics and foundations, transportation, public health engineering and materials. Graduates of this programme can find employment in the design and construction industries including highways, government establishment, research organizations, water supply corporations, ports and harbours. Postgraduate programmes are offered in four areas of specialization namely, structures, materials and construction, water resources/public health engineering and soil mechanics and foundation.




Major Courses


Course Code Title Units


ENGR.    101 Introduction to Engineering 2


Required Ancillary Courses
MTH    111 Elementary Mathematics I 3
MTH    121 Elementary Mathematics II 3
CHM    101 Basic Principles of Chemistry I 2
CHM    171 Basic Practical of Chemistry 2
PHY    107 Fundamentals of Physics I 3
PHY    192 Practical Physics II 2
GSP Courses:
GSP    101 Study Skills & Basic Research Methods 2
GSP    111 Use of Library & Study Skills 2
Total 21




Major Courses
ENGR    102 Applied Mechanics 3
Required Ancillary Courses
MTH    122 Elementary Mathematics III 3
CHM    112 Basic Principles of Chemistry II 2
CHM    122 Basic Principles of Chemistry III 2
PHY    116 General Physics for Physical Science II 2
PHY    124 Fundamentals of Physics III 3
GS Courses
GSP    102 Basic Grammar & Varieties of Writing 2
Total 17








SECOND YEAR:    (Four – year programme starts here)

Major Courses
CVE    211 Strength of Materials I 2
CVE    212 Strength of Materials Laboratory I 1
ENGR    201 Material Science 2
ENGR    202 Material Science Laboratory 1
Required Ancillary Course
ME    211 Engineering Drawing 2
ME    261 Thermodynamics and Heat Engines 2
EE    211 Basic Electrical Engineering 3
MTH    207 Advanced Mathematics VII 2
GS Courses
GSP    201 Basic Concepts and Theories of Peace and Conflicts 2
GSP    207/101 Logic, Philosophy & Human Existence/
Study Skills & Basic Research Methods
Total 19





Major Courses
CVE    221 Fluid Mechanics I 2
CVE    222 Fluid Mechanics Laboratory 1
Required Ancillary Courses
ME    212 Workshop Technology 2
ECE    271 Engineering Computer Programming 3
ECE    281 Engineering Computer Programming
EE    251 Basic Electrical Engineering Lab/
MTH    206 Advanced Mathematics VI 2
MTH    208 Advanced Mathematics VIII 2
GS Courses
GSP    202 Issues in Peace & Conflict Resolution Studies 2
GSP    208/102 Nigerian Peoples & Cultures/Basic
Grammar & Varieties of Writing 2
Total 18


Major Courses
CVE    311 Strength of Materials II 3
CVE    321 Fluid Mechanics II 2
CVE    322 Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Laboratory 1
CVE    331 Civil Engineering Materials 3
CVE    351 Engineering Survey I 3
CVE     332 Materials Testing 2
CVE    341 Engineering Geology 2
CED     341 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 2
Required Ancillary Courses
STA    205 Statistics for Physical Sciences and Engineering 2
Total  20


Major Courses
CVE    312 Theory of Structures I 3
CVE    313 Strength of Materials Laboratory I 2
CVE    323 Hydrology 2
CVE    352 Engineering Surveys Practice I 2
CVE    335 Civil Engineering Drawing 2
CVE    342 Soil Mechanics 3
ENGR    301 Engineering Analysis 4
CED    342 Business Development & Management 2
Total 20


Major Courses
ENG    401 Computational Methods 3
CVE    411 Theory of Structures II 2
CVE    412 Reinforced Concrete Design 2
CVE     413 Steel and Timber Design 3
CVE     414 Structural Design Studio I 1
CVE     442 Soil Mechanics Laboratory 1
CVE     451 Engineering Surveys II 3
CVE     452 Transportation Engineering I 3
Total 18




Major Courses

CVE     421 Hydraulics 2
CVE     431 Civil Engineering Practice I 3
CVE     441 Foundation Engineering I 2
CVE     453 Engineering Surveys Practice II 1
ENG     402 SIWES 10
Total 18

Courses in the Fifth Year

Major Courses
CVE     511 Structural Analysis I 4
CVE     512 Structural Design 4
CVE     513 Structural Design Studio 1
CVE     521 Water Resources and Environmental Engineering I 4
CVE     541 Foundation Engineering II 4
CVE     542 Foundation Design Studio 1
Total 20




Major Courses
CVE     531 Civil Engineering Practice II 4
CVE     551 Transportation Engineering II 4
CVE     561 Project 6
Total 14

And any one of the following optional courses

CVE     514 Structural Analysis II 4
CVE     522 Water Resources and Environmental Engineering II 4
CVE     532 Properties and Behaviour of Concrete 4
CVE     543 Geotechnical Engineering 4
CVE     553 Transportation Engineering III 4
CVE     533 Building Engineering 4
Total 4









Postgraduate studies cover the following areas of specialization: Structural Engineering, Water Resources engineering, Construction Management, Soil Mechanics and Foundation, Highway Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. The programmes for these courses are planned in two phases. The first phase consists of lectures, field trips and laboratory work while the second phase involves guiding the students in techniques of research for the preparation of thesis, reports or dissertation on particular topics of their choice. The programmes provide the student with information on current practice and recent advances in the various areas of specialization. Research topics are based on relevance to the needs of the society and the need to advance the frontier of knowledge. The Department of Civil Engineering offers graduate courses leading to the award of PGDCE, M.Sc., M.Eng. and Ph.D  degrees in various areas of specialization. This prospectus was prepared to provide vital information for all prospective candidates and already admitted students of the Department of Civil Engineering. The areas of specialization include; Water Resources, Environmental Engineering, Construction management, Highway Engineering, Construction materials, Soil Mechanics and Foundation.


The postgraduate programme in Civil Engineering is designed to meet the need of the government and private consulting and construction firms in specialized and advanced areas within the Civil Engineering discipline. Furthermore, the staff of the department recognize the prime role civil engineering at postgraduate level can play in modern and future technological development of our country. A survey of fields of interest shows that postgraduate courses in Water Resources, Environmental Engineering, Social Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Structural Engineering, Highway Engineering, Materials and Construction appear to be in great demand. These courses are fashioned to produce graduates who are competent enough to face challenging civil engineering problems of the developing countries.

Postgraduate programme in civil engineering is aimed at:

  1. i)    Training personnel in advanced and specialized fields; and
  2. ii)    Meeting the need of specialists in various fields of civil engineering both in the public and private sectors.


Postgraduate Diploma in Civil Engineering (PGDCE)
Candidates must possess third class bachelor degree in Civil Engineering or in any other field of Engineering. Candidates with at least second class bachelor degree in related fields of science are also eligible for Postgraduate Diploma. Students admitted into PGDCE programme will take all the fourth year and final year undergraduate courses. He or she must satisfy 75% class attendance to qualify for examination.
M.Sc. and M.Eng.

Applicants must possess (i) at least a merit level (above 3.5 grade point average) in postgraduate diploma in Civil Engineering or (ii) at least a second class honours degree or an equivalent qualification in Civil Engineering or in any other field of Engineering to qualify for admission into the M.Eng. programme. Candidates for M.Sc. are normally those with B.Sc. in a related science discipline.

Candidates must possess M.Sc. or M.Eng with an average grade point of not less than 3.5 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Applicants who already possess a masters’ degree at the same level of pass from recognized institutions may be considered for entry to the Ph.D. programme.