Agricultural Extension (Ph.D)

Aim and Objectives

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programme in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology is aimed at:

  1.  Equipping students with research skills through the conduct of supervised research, seminar presentation and thesis preparation.
  2.  Providing training for those whose future careers lie in teaching and research at the tertiary level and in research and development in the public and private sector.

Admission Requirements

Candidates seeking admission into the Doctor of Philosophy Degree programme in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology must have any of the following qualifications from recognized institutions:

A Masters degree in Agricultural Economics or related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.50 or minimum score of 60%.

Duration of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Programme

  1. The Full-time Doctor of Philosophy Degree programme shall run for a minimum duration of four (4) semester and maximum of six (6) semesters.
  2. The Part-time Doctor of   philosophy Degree programme shall run for a minimum duration of six (6) semesters an maximum of eight (8) semesters.

Courses Synopses

AEX 911      Advanced Rural Community Organization 3 Credit Units

Theory and practice of sociological study of the role of rural and agricultural development of developing countries.Strategies and models of rural development; Economic and political integration of rural areas.Examination of institutional and infrastructural development.


AES 913      Comparative Extension Systems 3 Credit Units

The history, organization and administration of Agricultural Extension in Nigeria, Analysis of cooperative extension services in the country. Characteristics of different approaches.


AEX 913      Administration and Supervision in Extension 3 Credit Units

Basic concepts in administration and supervision in extension and their application to extension programmes. Administration process, structure and characteristics of bureaucracy and applications for programmes of change; staff development, recruitment, selection, placement and management of personnel. Coordination of subject matter and other resources to solve agricultural development problems.


AES 916      Gender Issues 3 Credit Units

Examine the following areas in Gender issues: Feminism, Women in Rural Nigeria, Social Theories of Gender Relation, Gender and Agriculture, Gender Issues in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development in Nigeria. Introducing gender as an analytical concept in agricultural extension, Enabling Women, youth and the vulnerable in rural Nigeria, Gender Issues and Needs in the Agriculture Sector, Gender Mainstreaming in Agriculture, Education and development planning


AEX 916      Televisions and Radio Production 3 Credit Units

Principles of writing agricultural articles, news and reports for extension work; Principles and methods of communication media administration related to rural population; Analysis and applied techniques communication media suitable to rural situation; Principles of presenting agricultural information, radio and TV programs; article writing and preparation of radio programs for farmers; Influence, importance and profitable mass communication for extension, selection techniques in other categories of mass communication for extension.

AES 922      Leadership  and Rural Development 3 Credit Units

Effective leadership roles and relationships in small groups and community settings, analysis of process the leadership development with specific reference to principles applicable to discovering and educating potential leaders for social change and evaluation of leadership development programmes.



AEX9122     Technological Change in Rural Society 3 Credit Units

Theories and process of diffusion of innovation; the concept of appropriate technology; its development and pre-conditions.


AEX 921      Communication and Teaching Methods in Extension 3 Credit Units

Theories of communication and their application to extension teaching, principles and processes of communication. Comparative analysis of various extension teaching methods and their relevance to extension administration, researchers and field agents.


AEX 924      Intermediate Sociological Theories 3 Credit Units

The nature of scientific revolutions. The meaning of sociological theory. Groups and human societies.


AEX 921      Structure and Dynamics of Rural Society  3 Credit Units

The family: Definition, formation, types, functions, rural and urban families, some peculiar Families’ organization and their implications; Social groups and group participation: Meaning and type of social groups, social groups in rural Nigeria, Group participation and types of participation. The leader and leadership concept, characteristics and types of leaders. Identification of leaders and their functions in a community


AEX 926      Design and Administration of training programmes 3 Credit Units

Theory and principles in extension administration, linkage between organizational structure and extension practices; Practical Training, training through discussion, in service and training the trainer