How To Upgrade Your University Degree and HND

Are you in search of how to upgrade your 3rd Class, Second Class Lower, Pass or HND results? In this post, I’ll show you how to upgrade your University degree and HND (High National Diploma), just pay attention as we roll down the lane.

Upgrading your result will help you to compete with those who have University Upper or First Class Degree in labour market or for other purposes.

If for instance, you graduated with a poor CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) such as 3rd Class, Pass, or Second Class Lower from any Nigerian university due to one challenge or the other, you can upgrade your qualification to meet up with the standard. Also, those that finished from Polytechnic can also upgrade their HND to University Degree. So, I’ll be showing you how to upgrade your University Degree and HND.

The good news is there are universities in Nigeria that run upgrading programme which is usually called “Top-up Programme “.

What Is A Top-Up Programme?

A Top-up programme is an equivalent of a final year of undergraduate study in the University, leading to the award of a Bachelor’s Degree.

The programme provides the opportunity to ‘top-up’ an existing qualification, whether that’s a 3rd class, pass degree or HND or its equivalents.

These programmes literary convert 3rd Class, 2nd Class Lower, Pass & HND to Top Degree.

I’m going to show you some of the Nigerian Universities that offer Top-up programmes, but before that let’s look into the objectives of top up programmes:

Main Objectives of Top-up programme In Nigeria

  1. To provide suitable academic programmes that would facilitate conversion from HND to University Degree.

  2. To enable students take the last year of an undergraduate degree as to gain knowledge about a specific field.

  3. To upgrade the quality of university degrees (3rd Class, Pass, HND etc).

  4. To facilitate university education that will lead to change of degree/career, where necessary.

  5. To bring an academic standard that will end Degree dichotomy between Degree and HND holders

Who Can Apply or Enroll for Top-up programme?

  1. University graduates with Pass, 3rd Class or 2nd Class Lower Degree.

  2. Polytechnic graduates with HND results who want to get First Degree in University.

  3. Graduates who want to change their Career/Course of Study i.e graduate of Mathematics  wishing to change career to Engineering).

Note: How Top-up programmes work varies from one university to another, therefore, it’s advisable to always check the descriptions of the programme from the Institutions that offer Top-up course, as to know which one is the best for you.

Having known all these, let me quickly show you the list of Universities in Nigeria that offer ‘Top-up programmes.

List of Nigerian Universities Offering Top-up Programme.

Kindly be informed that not all the universities in Nigeria that offer Top-up programme. Below are the Institutions in Nigeria that offer Top-up Programmes:

1. Ajayi Crowther University:

Ajayi Crowther University is also offer top up programme for HND holders. The duration of the programme is 3 years.

2. University Of Lagos: UNILAG is among the few Universities in Nigeria that offer top-up programme.

UNILAG also allows working class people to participate (part-time programme), so if you are working, you can join the part time top-up programme in University of Lagos.

In UNILAG, the duration of the programme is 3 years. The top-up programmes is available in the following field:

  • Accounting
  • Administrations
  • Business
  • Banking and Finance
  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • Public Administration
  • Secretariat
  • Economics

Please visit their official website for additional information.

3. University Of Ibadan: The University of Ibadan (UI) is one of the Universities that offer top-up programme. Please visit their official website for information.

4. Wesley University, Ondo State

Wesley University is among the Universities in Nigeria that offer top-up programme.

Please visit their official website for information.

5. Delta State University:

Delta State University is another university in Nigeria that offer top-up programme. The programme is available in the following fields of study:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Fine and Applied Arts
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Engineering
  • Office Technology.

For more information, visit their website.

6. Bells University of Technology: Bells University is on the list of Universities in Nigeria that offer top-up programme.

A graduates with a 3rd class degree can also apply for this programme to upgrade his rades. You can check their website for more details.

7. Kwara State University: Kwara State University is on the list. This programme is designed to help HND holders upgrade their class of degree to Bsc.

Additional information can be found on their website.

8. Alhikmah University: Alhikmah University is one of the top Universities in Nigeria that offer the top up programme. This programme is available for for both HND and Bsc holders who graduated with 3rd class or pass. This will definitely improve their class of degree.

The duration of the programme is two years with a tuition of about N150,000 per session. For additional information, visit the school website.

9. Federal University Oye-Ekiti: Federal University Oye-Ekiti is also one of the top-notch Universities in Nigeria that offer HND to Bsc conversion programme. Also, gives Bsc graduates with 3rd class and pass the opportunity to top up their qualifications. Visit their website for all information you may need.

10. Babcock University: Babcock is one of the universities in Nigeria that offer ‘top’up programme. The duration of the programme in Babcock is 2 years, with tuition fee of about N250,000 per session; that is about N500,000 before you complete the programme.

The top-up programme in Babcock University is available in the following field:

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Mass Communication
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration.

You can visit their official website for more information.

In a nutshell;

List of Nigerian Universities Offering Top-up Programme.

  1. Ajayi Crowther University

  2. University of Lagos

  3. University of Ibadan

  4. Wesley University

  5. Delta State University

  6. Bells University

  7. Kwara State University

  8. Alhikmah University

  9. Federal University Oye-Ekiti

  10. Babcock University

How To Upgrade Your University Degree and HND

Having read the information above, the best way to upgrade your 3rd Class, Pass, HND to top level University Degree is to purchase enrollment application form from any of the Institutions listed above. Please, go to the official website of your chosen Institutions to make more enquiries.

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