Can I Change My Course With a Top-Up Degree? -

Can I Change My Course With a Top-Up Degree?

One of the reasons most HND graduates will want to convert to a degree (BSC) is because they've got some new (usually negative) notions about the Higher National Diploma.

Some BSC holders may also use the conversion or top-up degree to mend up for their weak grades too just as HND holders can do the same.

But what about using the top-up degree to change your course or discipline entirely?

Is it possible to change your HND course with the top-up degree or must you do the same course or a related one?

In this post, I will be answering whether it's possible to completely change your HND or former BSC course with a university's top-up degree.

One of the Purposes of the Top-Up Degree is to Change Your Course

Primarily, apart from changing the qualification from HND to BSC or from one weak BSC/HND grade (e.g. Pass/Lower credit or 2nd class lower or 3rd class) to a better BSC one e.g. 1st Class, or 2nd Class Upper, with a top-up degree or HND-BSC conversion program, you can change your course to a related one or completely.

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Directly, YES, you can change your course or discipline with any university's top-up degree except otherwise stated in the adverts or terms.

However, even if you aim to change your HND or BSC course or field with a top-up degree, it's safer to say that such a course will still be related to your former course. This is not only to help you cope adequately with the new discipline but because the base SSCE requirement for the new course has to be met.

And in most cases, the SSCE subjects used for your former course will only be relevant to a related course. But if you can retake another SSCE now and make the subject required for an entirely new course not related to your former field, you're welcome. 

According to the Federal University Oye Ekiti advert, "Applicants must possess a minimum of five (5) O’Level subjects at credit level In relevant subjects In not more than two (2) sittings in the subjects relevant to their proposed program. English Language and Mathematics at credit level are compulsory for all candidates."

This is generally the requirement by all universities running the top-up degree or HND/BSC conversion program apart from the other two requirements as stated below.

  1. A minimum of a Third Class or Pass division or HND certificate from a recognized institution is required for the program.
  2. Completion or exemption from the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Scheme

Meanwhile, these terms are generally required by all universities running top-up degree or HND/BSC conversion programs and must be met before being offered admission.

Change of Courses/Disciplines with Top-Up Degree and Terms

Once you meet the three conditions earlier mentioned, 

  1. Top-up degree programs provide a seamless transition for HND holders to pursue their passion in a new field. Whether you are an engineer looking to become a business leader or a social science graduate interested in computer science, top-up degrees will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel in the newly chosen field.
  2. Designed for professionals seeking a change in course, top-up programs offer a range of disciplines to choose from. Whether you want to transition from nursing to psychology or business administration to computer science, it will provide you with the necessary expertise to excel in your new field.
  3. Top-up degree programs are designed to cater to individuals who want to change their career trajectory. With our flexible curriculum and experienced faculty, you can seamlessly transition into a new discipline and embark on a rewarding career path.

Benefits of Pursuing a Top-Up Degree

  1. Build on Existing Knowledge: Top-up degrees allow you to leverage your prior education and experience, providing a solid foundation to pursue a new course of study.
  2. Enhance Career Prospects: By obtaining a full bachelor's degree in a different discipline, you can broaden your skill set and increase your marketability in the job market. This opens up a wider range of career opportunities.
  3. Flexible Learning Options: Many top-up degree programs offer flexible learning options, including part-time and online study, allowing you to balance your studies with other commitments.
  4. Time and Cost Efficiency: Top-up degrees typically take less time to complete compared to a traditional bachelor's degree, as they focus on the core subjects of the new discipline. This can save you time and money while still achieving your educational goals.


If you're considering changing your course of study, a top-up degree offers a flexible and efficient way to achieve your goals. Nigerian universities recognize the importance of catering to individuals seeking career transitions and offer a wide range of top-up degree programs.

By capitalizing on your existing qualifications and exploring new disciplines, you can broaden your knowledge, enhance your career prospects, and embark on a fulfilling professional journey. So, if you're wondering if you can change your course with a top-up degree, the answer is a resounding yes.

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  1. Requirements for me to top up my HND(Mechanical engineering ) to BENG (Mechanical)


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