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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

HND to Bsc/Top-Up Degree (18+ Universities in Nigerian and Abroad)


It can be disheartening to find out that after spending about 5 years in polytechnic for your ND and HND program, you’re still NOT given the same, if not better recognition, as your university counterparts. Some people were done with their HND and later sidelined by the labor market for university graduates.

Imagine how worse it becomes to find out later that only the university graduates are even recognized, by law, to lecture at the polytechnics where you’ve been trained. An HND holder can lecture in a higher institution only if he has additional qualifications like PGD and/or MSC. Whereas, a Bsc holder can be offered a graduate lecturer position on convocation.

Now, thousands of HND holders are seeking ways to upgrade themselves to the status of their university counterparts without necessarily returning to a university and starting all over from 100 level.
This is possible.

I gave more recommendations in my post, "HND vs Degree in Nigeria: 4 Ways Out for HND Holders"

You can end up possessing a degree certificate if you take any of the two routes below.
  1. Direct Entry Admission
  2. BSC (Degree) Top-up program or HND to Bsc Conversion Course

Direct Entry Admission

In the case of Direct Entry admission, you obtain JAMB direct entry form and select your intended university. You can be given admission to 200 or 300 level of your desired course – depending on the policies of the universities in question.

See also: UTME/DE: A Major Requirement to Gain Admission to Nigerian Tertiary Institutions.

The main purpose of this piece is to introduce you to Bsc (Degree) Top-up program or HND to Bsc Conversion Course.

What is a BSC (Degree) Top-up program or HND to Bsc Conversion Course?

This post answers a series of questions and guides you on how to go about this short-cut to converting your Higher National Diploma (HND) to Bachelor of Science (BSC).

This is usually a year or two academic programs designed by some universities to upgrade HND holders to BSC.

The academic program is usually a two-semester course that will drill candidates in line with their previously held certificates. In other words, such course, usually, will be in line with or the same as your former course.

After completing this course, you now have two qualifications: your former HND certificate (under the previous polytechnic) and the new BSc certificate under the name of the new university.

Categories of Graduates that May Consider Top-Up Degree

The HND to Bsc Conversion program has been designed to help HND graduates upgrade their certificate to BSC.  Generally, any HND holder should consider the course. Most importantly, it will be very ideal for the class of graduates below:
  1. HND holders with lower credit or pass
  2. Graduates (Bsc/HND) who want to change to another related or different course. .
  3. Graduates of polytechnics are not trained to be teachers, they can use this program to change to an education line.
  4. University graduates (Bsc) with third (3rd) class or pass can consider the course to chase a better grade.

Nigeria: Top Up Degree or HND to Bsc Conversion Program

In Nigeria, the HND – Bsc dichotomy is not new. Even when the government is trying to level both qualifications up, private establishments may not change the game in the next few decades.

This is why every HND holder who aims to use his education to get a job should consider this opportunity.

Whereas, several reputable universities are already running HND to Bsc or degree conversion course. The universities in Nigeria running top-up degree include:
  1. Kwara State University, Ilorin (State)
  2. Bells University Abeokuta (Private)
  3. Alhikmah University Ilorin, Kwara State (Private)
  4. Southwestern University Nigeria (Private)
  5. Federal University of Oye Ekiti (Federal)
  6. Ekiti State University (State)
  7. Delta State University (State)
  8. Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo
  9. Babcock University, Ilisha-Remo 

Foreign Universities: Top Up Degree for Nigeria HND Holders

Nigerian HND holders are wanted at foreign universities for a year HND to Bsc conversion/top-up Degree course. Among the most popular universities accepting Nigerians are:
  1. Sheffield Hallam University, UK 
  2. Birmingham City University 
  3. Coventry University Group

The list will be continually updated. Visit the page again.

Online Top-up Degree: Top Up Degree for Nigeria HND Holders

  1. Arden University
  2. IICSE University 
  3. StaffordGloba Top-Up Degree
  4. University of Derby
  5. UNICAF (University of South Wales) BA (Hons) – Business Studies
  6. The University of Hertfordshire UH

Answers to Some Questions on Top-Up Degree

Will it reflect on the certificate that I did a top-up degree instead of a regular degree?
Usually No. Schools here, are not known for indicating such.

Will I be allowed to go for NYSC after my top-up degree?
No, not likely. Policies may change with time. But right now, no such arrangements between NYSC and the schools.

How much does it cost to run a top-up degree?
No specific price for the program. In other words, the different school has its price and arrangement. However, experience has shown that the fee is usually affordable and friendly. Students usually enjoy flexible payment plans too. To know the cost, contact the school of interest.

Can I be working when running a top-up degree?
Yes, you can. However, the nature of the studies (one year) and tedious academic arrangements may not be encouraging for the working students.

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  1. Good and explanatory but I want to ask some questions too concerning the online foreign degree top for third class

    1. Go through the links for the foreign universities included in the post.

  2. will a hnd graduate be given admission throgh direct entry into university for degree in another field other than the hnd field of study

    1. Universities usually do that with the same or related courses. If interested in another cores, kindly visit the school of choice admission office. They should help you to know if it work.

  3. hello.Please I need a candid advice.I graduated with a 3rd class in Microbiology.It saddens my heart whenever I think of the poor grade.However,I was fortunate to get employed in a courier coy but earning below 30k per month.Please ,where do I go from here?Should I go for PGD or a top up degree?I am so confused.
    male,age 34,
    ondo state.

    1. Am really sorry about your situation.

      I will advise you go for top-up degree. PGD is just a an advanced diploma and the basis; which is your weak Bsc point matters, in fact most.

      Going for a top-up degree will help you to make up for the deficiency (if you won't fumble again). It will stand as your basis for further education henceforth.

      Wishing you luck!

  4. Thank you for the prompt response I appreciate.What is the duration of top up degree for an applicant who already has first Bsc degree like me plus will o'level be affected which might need changes subjects

    1. I've talked about duration in the post. Kindly check. For the O'level subjects, that has to do with your proposed course. Kindly meet with the school admission office any possible further clarifications.

  5. Hello Sir, My question is, Are the Top up programs accredited?... If yes buy who?

  6. Good day sir,I did Microbiology in my Bsc degreee what course would you advice I enrol for in the top up Bsc degree?I have obtained Oye form already

    1. The best is to speak with the school first on their policies regards changing from one course to the other at the top-degree level.

  7. Hello sir
    I have made enquiry about it I am told that the school policy allows it but I am totally confused in choosing a course that will be best for the future which I can enrol for in the school available courses.Although as earlier said I graduated with 3rd class due to some challenges in my first Bsc degree in Microbiology however as it stands in Nigeria ,Microbiology as a course isn't really a course one can have lucrative career in after graduation.
    I need counsel sir
    Thanks a bunch.

    1. As matter of fact, I'm not an advocate of certain courses. But obviously I love telling people to get the best grades. In the long run, it's your grade that matters if you need a lucrative career in Nigeria. The competition is tense and those organizations want the best of the best.

      Therefore, it doesn't matter what course you choose - go for the one you know you can perform very well at such that you can give yourself FIRST CLASS. Then, let fate take charge of the rest.

  8. Please do we have any Eastern or southern universities offering top up program in Building Tech??? Help please, I have been searching yet to find. Thanks

    1. Kindly visit the university portal or follow the link in this post. Check the website for the course if available.

  9. Mind the type of top up you applied for,most of them are not accredited. Don't fall victim.

    1. Thanks for this information. We appreciate you. You will our readers if you can list a few you know that were not accredited. Thanks

  10. Thanks for the good work and swift responses to all the questions been asked here. My concerns are. Firstly, there are some institutions(mostly abroad) that normally requested for Bsc with atleast three years before they can be consider for Msc with he fact that most conversion program runs for two years. What advice can you give me.
    Secondly, I want you to help lay emphasis on the issue of the certificate to be issue, will it be of the same as those who did Full time program or different from it. Pls I want assurance before embarking on it. Thanks in anticipation.

    1. Thanks for the complement.

      Either for universities at home or abroad, admission policies deffer. Hence, if you target a foreign university especially, kindly contact the university before anything. They will be pleased to give you their terms. And mind you, whatever you get will not be the same among the universities. Try several if possible.

      As for the certificate, a few documents I'd seen with people showed that those universities awarded the certificates without making a specific reference to the nature of the programme. However, this is not a general rule. Some may choose to indicate you run Top-up degree in your certificate, however.

      In all, if you aim at any local institution, consider being with the admission officer and ask as many questions before anything. They're waiting for you and your inquiries.

  11. good day sir, i have a pass in statistics from Ahmadu Bello University, is there any school in Nigeria i can do the top up degree programme in statistics? Also, will i be able to secure admission to any foreign university for a top up programme in the same course? i anticipate your response. thanks

    1. I may not have enough time to search those universities and their top-up degree courses. Kindly follow the links to the schools' posts or visit the school portals to check if they run statistics among their courses. You may also contact the centres for more details.

  12. Thank you for this detailed info. I want info on IICSE University and how legit they are and if its accredited

    1. My suggestion is for you to take the research a step further. Kindly check the university portal for more on their accreditation status.

  13. Is Unilag offering the top-up conversion program?

  14. Good day sir....I want to make an enquiry concerning EKSU top up conversion Programme.....They have annexes distributes in Lagos and somebody told me it’s not legit.....pls advise whether it is legit or not because am confused whether to take the form or not.....the annex am applying to is at Iyana ipaja

    1. Since the university is a recognized, accredited and approved institution in Nigeria, you can be sure it's ok to obtain any of their academic programme form.

  15. Thanks for giving your time to reply sir. My question is, will the certificate that will be issue won't have controversy in Nigeria labour market compare to full time certificate either the certificate is specified to be top-up or not?

    1. It's acceptable in the labour market. What I can't say is if all organizations will give it equal recognition.

  16. thank you for the information. please, will IICSE University certificate be honor in Nigeria labour market as per the level of accreditation?

  17. What course or upgrade can I do with HND SECOND CLASS LOWER

    1. Visit the school of interest. Then, ask the for the course you can do with that.

  18. Sir Good day, can some with Hnd Pass but has done the conversion put in for master's program

  19. Thanks you for the information, I want to ask,for someone that had HND and that have gone for NYSC before applying for Direct Entry in university. Will such person also go for NYSC again after the DE program, provided age is not against such person

  20. IICSE is a diploma mill, remove it from the page, thanks.

    1. Thanks for the observation. I will look into things and update accordingly.

  21. Can I still get bells university top up form now for the current session 2020/2021

    1. Yes if you had already obtained the DE form as instructed in the post above.


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