Academic Programs


Admission into the Nigerian Defence  Academy is highly competitive.  Considering the military training, coupled with the academic demands vis-a-vis the philosophy and objective of the NDA, it becomes imperative for any prospective candidate to be completely above average; if he must cope with the standard required in the Academy.  It must be borne in mind that, the NDA, being a degree awarding institution, must meet the necessary academic standards acceptable to the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Basic Minimum Requirements:
a.    He/She must be a Nigerian citizen

b.    His/She age must fall within 16-19 years at the time of entry

c.    He/She must be physically, mentally and medically fit.

d.    He/she must posses any of the following educational qualifications:
(1)     WAEC with at least 5 credits in relevant subjects obtained in not more   than 2 sittings.
(2)    GCE ‘O’ Level with at least 5 credits in relevant subjects obtained in not more than 2 sittings.

e.    Having obtained any of the above mentioned qualifications the candidate must then obtain and properly fill the NDA application form for the entrance examination.  The availability of the form is published in at least 2 National Dallies.  All the required information in respect of the form is in the publication.  Candidates are required to sit and pass the entrance examination conducted by the Academy, affter obtaining minimum University entry requirement set by JAMB. The Academic Branch is responsible for the setting and marking of the entrance examination.  Candidates are required to answer questions from the General English language paper, and three other subjects of their choice from Arts and Social Sciences, Science or Engineering sections.  The examination, which is  a one day exercise, takes place in eighteen state capitals of the federation and Abuja on the same day.  Military and Academic staff of the NDA are dispatched to those state capitals and Abuja to supervise the conduct of the examination.  At the end of the examination, successful candidates are short listed for the Armed Forces Selection Board Interview on quota basis.  Awaiting results candidates are not considered for this exercise.

f.    During Armed Forces Selection Board (AFSB), two to three weeks interviews, successful candidates are made to undergo the following tests:
1.    Medical
2.    Physical training
3.    Written test
4.    Planning exercise
5.    Oral interview

g.    The final selection of candidates is based on merit and quota system according to the needs of the three services of the Armed Forces.

1.    The Postgraduate (PG) School of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) recently directed all Departments offering PG programmes to develop/prepare appropriate curriculum for their respective programmes in line with NUC BMAS.  This is with a view to standardize curricular formats for all PG programmes in the Academy in line with NUC directives.

2.    Consequently, the Department of Mechanical Engineering PG Curriculum covered the following areas:
    a.    Name of the programme.
    b.    Objective of the programme.
    c.    Relevance to the Military/Participants.
    d.    Nature and duration of the programme.
    e.    Entry requirements.
    f.    Credit load.
    g.    Teaching methodology.
    h.    Examination regulations.
    i.    Assessment.
    j.    Curriculum layout.
    k.    Course description.
    l.    Benefit to granduands.

3.    The name of the programme is “Postgraduate in Mechanical Engineering”.

4.    The objectives of the PG programme are:
a.    To develop in the graduate military officer or its civilian equivalent the sense of independent research capacity via high quality training at Master and Doctoral levels.

b.    To develop indigenous highly trained engineers for the military in particular and the nation in general; capable of interpreting integrating, and harnessing modern complex technologies to manage the nation’s defence arsenal.

c.    Retired military officers who successfully complete the programme could work in indigenous defence related industries such as DICON.

5.    The relevance to the military and participants include:
a.    The programme provides the military the in-house capacity (via NDA) to offer advanced highly skilled training in specialized areas; both the hardware and software of complex equipment in their inventory.
b.    Participants on successful completion of the programme could easily blend and teach in military engineering school.
c.    Participants also can confidently lead research efforts independently in both modifications and copy technology of imported military equipment.

6. The Department of Mechanical Engineering has the following PG programmes presently:
    M.Eng in Production Engineering.   
    M.Eng in Energy (Thermofluids) Engineering.
    M.Eng in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
    Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering (Production and Energy Options)

7.    Duration:
    a.    M.Eng .  Courses are full time study programmes lasting for a minimum of FOUR Semesters and maximum of SIX Semesters.

The first two semesters consist of formal lectures supported by laboratory work, seminars and case studies appropriate for each course.

Students will be examined by written examination in each of the courses of their respective programmes at the end of the first and second semesters.  On successful completion of the course, students will be assigned individual research projects under the guidance of supervisors.  At the end of the programme, they will be required to submit a satisfactory thesis on the assigned project.

b.    Ph.D.  the duration of study for a Ph.D is a minimum of six semesters and a maximum of ten semesters.

Candidate must possess at least a Second Class Honours (Lower
Division) Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering or
any other related degree of NDA or any other recognized University.

b.    Ph.D
A relevant master’s degree of NDA or any other recognized University.
In addition, the Candidate must score an average of not less than 60% at masters’ level.

9.    The credit load for the Masters’ degree programme is minimum of 37 and maximum of 40 units.

10.    For the Masters’ degree only; there will be written examination in each taught course.  In addition, there will be continuous assessment through quizzes, test, assignment, group mini-projects, etc.  The teaching methodology include using white board chalk, visual aids, including MS power-points presentation, where expedient.

11.    The following examination regulations apply:
a.    Each taught courses shall be examined by means of written papers of not less than 3 hours duration comprising 6 to attempt 4 questions for each paper/course.
b.    Any student who registers for a course but fails to attend 75% of the allotted lecture times would not be eligible to sit for the examination of that particular course.

c.    Two Seminar presentation for M.Eng and three Seminars for Ph.D plus satisfactory oral defence of Masters/Ph.D Thesis are required before graduation, respectively.  Thesis will be accepted only after passing all taught courses by candidates at Masters’ level.

d.    A candidate may be required to give extra seminar(s) on his subject area by the Department but will not be graded for the purpose of graduation.

e.    A candidate will be asked to withdraw from the M.Eng programme if found guilty of any form of examination malpractice.  In addition; if he earns less than half total credits (20) or fails any of the courses taken in the re-sit examinations.

f.    Four copies of hard bound copies for Masters Thesis and six copies for Ph.D would be submitted by candidates after all due corrections have been made on their research report.

12.    By way of assessment; a weighting value of 40% will be applied to continuous assessment  and the balance 60% is for the examination itself in each course.

13.    The minimum requirement for a pass in each course is a weighted score of not less than 50% provided a student achieves a score of not less than 50% in the continuous assessment.

14.    Every resit paper passed will be credited with maximum grade pass of 50%.

15.    A student will be awarded the M.Eng Degree in Mechanical Engineering when he has earned at leas 20 credits from taught course and a pass in the thesis/dissertation.

16.    A candidate will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering when he/she has satisfied the internal and external examiners appointed by the PG School/Senate of the NDA.

17.    The grading system is as follows:
Serial    Marks Obtained    Grade    GPA
1.    70 – 100    A    5
2.    60 – 69    B    4
3.    50 – 59    C    3
4.    0  - 49    F    0

21.    The benefit of the programmes to graduants include:
a.    Acquisition of higher degrees in engineering especially in military research based areas not available in the civilian Universities.

b.    Empowerment to work/teach/conduct researches in defence related industries and higher institutions.

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