Urban and regional planning is the art and science of ordering the use of land and situating of buildings and movement corridors so as secure the maximum practicable degree of economy, convenience and aesthetics. It is involved with the formulation and application of the principles that guide society in creating a better physical environment for human life and wellbeing. Its main impetus is to foresee and guide change in course of development of an urban or rural area. It is also concerned with taking an objective and rational view of the future conditions against the background of the existing conditions having been assessed, the amount of change forecasted and the degree of control required.
Urban and regional planning involves the preparation of comprehensive plans and comprehensive planning. The programme is under the NUC and TOPREC Accreditation requirements.PHILOSOPHY
To use the comprehensive Integrated Model for educating and training of broad based planners who will operate effectively in the extensive field of the planning profession.Aim and Objectives
To provide rigorous training and education in a wide range of planning issues that would mold the student's intellectual and professional planning abilities for effective work in the field of urban and regional planning and related activities in and outside Nigeria.
The objectives of the programme include:
- To expose the students to the theoretical, methodological knowledge and real life planning problems and the best interventions as well as techniques of rational space allocation for economy, comfort, convenience and safety in land use.
- To stimulate student's interest in specialized planning skills for more research and career development as well as improve his critical perception of a wide range of the framework of the society within the overall planning process in operation and the framework's ability to provide coherent and collaborative policy formulation and implementation.
(i) Candidates must have earned equal and/ or above the UTME cut off mark set out by the NUC for Nigerian Universities in English, Mathematics and Geography and any of the Sciences Subjects of, Physics, Chemistry and Biology as well as Technical Drawing, Fine Arts, Surveying. The candidate MUST have obtained five credits at Senior Secondary School Certificate in English, Mathematics and Geography and two credits from Technical Drawing, Fine Arts, Physics, Chemistry Biology, and Surveying. Candidates who satisfy this requirement are admitted into the 100 level of the programme.
(ii) Admissions into 200 Level is given to candidates through direct entry, GCE 'A' level or its equivalent IJME or National Diploma (ND). Direct entry candidates with GCE 'A' level must have passes in Geography or Economics, Mathematics or Physics and any of Biology, Chemistry, Surveying, Technical Drawing or Fine Art. Candidates with IJMB must pass all the three subjects which must include Geography or Economics and any two in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. In addition they must have an overall score of eight points and above. Candidates with National Diploma must have upper credit and above in Urban and Regional Planning, Surveying, Estate Management, Civil Engineering, and Architecture.
(iii) Candidates can be granted special Admission into the 300 level when he/she has earned an upper credit or above at Higher National Diploma (HND). He must, in addition possess the 'O' Level credit passes given in (i) above.
The programme is a full-time undergraduate course that runs for duration of five (5) years for UTME students, four (4) years duration for direct entry candidates and three (3) years duration for candidates on special Admission at the end of which Bachelor of Science degree in Urban and Regional Planning (BSc URP)is awarded. There shall be an additional four (4) semesters if a student fails to graduate within his/her minimum number of years. A student who has spent the maximum number of years of residency and has still not satisfied the conditions for graduation shall be asked to withdraw from the University. Voluntary withdrawal is taken for students who are absent from studies without approval on good cause for two (2) consecutive semesters.