About the Department
Though established by the Universities Act (2005), the Wood Science Department only became fully operational in 2011, following the appointment of the incumbent Ag. Head of Department, Rev. E. K. Alieu.
The vision of the Department is to become a Center of Excellence in Learning and Research in the field of Wood Science through adding value to Wood Products and Services at the Certificate, Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. In addition to teaching and research in Wood, community service is also handled by the Department. Some members of the Public seek technical advice from the department mostly on wood suitability for various uses to the advantage of the various wood converters and their respective customers.
Our mandate is to train highly skilled manpower for marketing the Wood Science discipline as a spring board for economic development in Sierra Leone in particular and the West Africa sub-region and beyond.
For M.Sc Wood Science Division 1 (one) or 2 (two) in the undergraduate programme is acceptable. For M.Phil and PhD Wood Science, a good M.Sc degree in Wood Science or related discipline is acceptable.
Undergraduate and Non-degree
B.Sc (Hons) in Wood Science (Duration 4 years)
5 credits at GCE ‘O’ Level/ WASSCE including English and Mathematics in at most two sittings. For those candidates with 5 GCE ‘O’ Level but without English Language, a matriculation English Examination will be conducted to which they should attempt.
Diploma and certificate programmes in Wood Science
Higher Diploma: 4 credits at GCE ‘O’ Level/ WASSCE including English Language and one credit related to the programme of study in not more than two sittings is required for the three years higher diploma programme.
Ordinary Diploma: 3 credits at GCE ‘O’ Level/ WASSCE including English Language and one credit related to the programme of study in not more than two sittings is required for the two years ordinary diploma programme.
Certificate: 2 credits at GCE ‘O’ Level/ WASSCE including one credit related to the programme of study in not more than two sittings is required for the two years certificate programme.
Modules Offered during the four year programme
Wood based composite material, Wood machining, Ecological disasters, Forest policy, Forest law and International conventions on the Environment, Forest industries and timber quality, Wood processing and pulping, Wood grading and procurement, Wood chemistry, Forest economics, Wood adhesion and finishing, Forest products protection, Forest products decision making, Entrepreneurial skills in natural resources management, Forest products marketing, Seminars etc.
The current operational programmes are as follows:
- Diploma in Wood Science
- Higher Diploma in Wood Science
- B.Sc. (Hons) in Wood Science
- Masters in Wood Science
- M. Phil. and PhD. Programmes are also available