Architecture as Art and Science involves creative insight in the design and development of the physical
environment. Architecture has immense functional values that nurture the growth of social, political and
cultural heritage. Hence has become an increasingly important field of study with vast potentials for
satisfying and improving human needs in developing the environment. Thus, The Bachelor of Technology Degree
(B.Tech) Master of Science Degree programmes in Architecture are committed to the dynamic search for
solutions conducive in the aesthetics context of culture using science and technology.
The programme of Architecture started in 1984 within the then College of Science and Technology to award the
Higher National Diploma (HND), therefore predating the emergence of Rivers University of Science And
Technology, which started in 1980. The Department awards the Bachelor of Technology Degree (B.Tech) and
Master of Technology (M.Tech) initially that has currently metamorphosed into the Master of Science Degree
(MSc) in Architecture, respectively.
The philosophy of the Department of Architecture mandatorily emanates from the philosophy of the University:
“Excellence and Creativity”, which naturally coincide with the final cause and course of Architecture. The
philosophy calls for excellence in the creative exploration, exploitation and adaptation of cultural and
traditional resources of communities, particularly in Rivers State, Nigeria and other global areas in solving
environmental problems. Additionally, the Departmental philosophy applies creative insights and sound technical
understanding of the Science and Technology that shape our environment.
Consequently, the Philosophy of the Department helps to ground a sound foundation for students to grasp the
design process. Coupled with an excellent and creative process in the maintenance and management of the built
environment along with innovative and sustainable use of accessible building materials and technologies, the
Department hopes to transform the environment to cope with global challenges and changes. These challenges of
constant changes dictate that architectural education must be dynamic in its interaction with social, economic,
psychological, physical and technological needs of the environment through flexibility in the development of
course contents in the Department.
Thus, the Philosophy of the Department encourages staff and students, in the dynamic design process, to use
materials and means to achieve creative and excellent architectural designs.
The range of exposure and scope of the program in architecture aims at producing competent and skilled
professionals that are capable of facing a broad spectrum of challenges posed by different global environments
for human dwelling and activities. The Department strives to accomplish these aims, particularly of the
immediate and generally global communities, through a thorough understanding of environmental problems by making
creative efforts towards evolving excellent solutions.
Admission through JMBE (Year 1)
(i) SC/GCE ‘O’ Level/SSSC with credit passes in 5 appropriate subjects including English Language, Mathematics
and Physics obtained in not more than two (2) sittings.
Admission by Direct Entry
(i) HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level passes in two (2) subjects plus SC/GCE “O” Level/SSSC credit passes (Including English
Language) and three (3) other subjects at not more than two (2) sittings.
HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level passes in three (3) relevant subjects plus SC/GCE in two (2) other subjects at not more than
two (2) sittings
(iii)OND/ND, UD (Upper Credit RSUST) certificates in Architecture are the requirements, provided the student
also satisfies the requirements for admission through JMBE.
JMBE Entry Requirements
(i) SC/GCE ‘O’ Level/NECO/SSSC require credit passes in English, Physics and Mathematics. The remaining two (2)
credits should be from any of the following subjects: geography, Fine Arts, Technical Drawing, Chemistry, and
Direct Entry Requirements
1.HSC/GCE ‘A’ level passes in two (2) subjects plus SC/GCE ‘O’ Level/NECO/SSSC credit passes (including English
Language, Mathematics and Physical) and any (2) other subjects at not more than two (2) sittings.
2.HSC/GCE ‘A’ Level passes in three (3) relevant subjects plus SC/GCE ‘O’ Level
3.NECO/SSSC credit level passes (including English Language) and two (2) other subjects at not more than two (2)
4.ON/ND/HND or evaluated equivalent certificates recognized by the university provided the requirements for
admission through JMBE are also satisfied.