What Can I do with a Third Class Degree?

We get to some point (especially when we become graduates) and we are not sure what next step to take.

Should I look for a job or should I further my academics? The confusion get worse if you finished with a low degree honors.

There are things to consider before making your decision to futher your academics such as funding, your age,your flair or interests amongst others.

Having decided you are cut out for academics, you may further your education by gaining additional advanced certifications  or go for Post Graduate Studies.


You may want to pursue a postgraduate diploma. This advanced degree is available in a wide range of areas such as science, business, technology, arts and humanities.

A postgraduate diploma is a shorter qualification than a masters degree, although at the same academic level. The biggest difference between a postgraduate diploma and a masters degree is that a postgraduate diploma doesn’t involve having to do a dissertation.

Post Graduate Diploma is also a way of upgrading (the Nigerian context) a low first degree Honors or a Higher National Diploma(H.N.D ) so as to move up to the Masters programme(MSC/M.A.).

Now, back to you wondering how you can further your studies with an HND or with a third class degree.Your best option is this same Post Graduate Diploma.

Do you know that some recognized Nigerian Universities accept a third class honors for a Post Graduate Diploma?

For National Open University Nigeria,the Postgraduate Diploma Programme candidate must possess either a minimum of pass Bachelors Degree in any discipline from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN OR a Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Lower Credit.

Also,for the University of Nigeria Nsukka, some selected courses accept a third class for the Post Graduate Diploma: HND in Home Science/Economics or relevant fields with a minimum of Upper Credit.
Third class Bachelor’s degree in Home Science/Economics is also accepted.

Obafemi Awolowo University: An Applicant for admission to Postgraduate Diploma of the University shall be:

(i) a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University with at least 3rd Class Degree.

(ii) a graduate of any other approved University with a minimum of 2nd Class Lower.

And for Ahmadu Bello University:

A minimum of good Higher National Diploma(HND) Or third class degree from a recognized institution in Nigeria is required for a Post Graduate Diploma.

Note that,the selection process could still involve an eligibility test where you have to prove that despite all ,you have what it takes to be successful in the programme.

These are the list of universities offering postgraduate diploma courses in Nigeria

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Bayero University, Kano
Federal University of Technology, Akure
Federal University of Technology, Minna
Federal University of Technology, Owerri
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola
National Open University of Nigeria, Lagos.
Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
University of Agriculture, Makurdi
University of Benin, Benin City
University of Calabar, Calabar
University of Ibadan, Ibadan
University of llorin
University of Jos, Jos
University of Lagos, Akoka
University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt
University of Uyo, Uyo
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
Federal University, Dutsin-ma, Katsina
Federal University Oye Ekiti, Ekiti
Alex Ekweme Federal University
Air-Force Institute of Technology Kaduna
Abia State University, Uturu
Adamawa State University, Mubi
Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko
Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
Benue State University, Makurdi
Cross River University of Technology, Calabar
Delta State University, Abraka
Ebonyi State University
Ekiti State University
Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu
Gombe State University
Imo State University, Owerri
Kano State University of Science and Technology
Kebbi State University of Science and Technology
Kwara State University Malete
Kogi State University
Kaduna State University, Kaduna
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology
Lagos State University, Ojo.
Nasarawa State University, Keffi
Niger-Delta University, Wilberforce Island
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye
Osun State University Oshogbo
Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt
Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina
Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai
Yobe State University, Damaturu
Ignatius Ajuru University of Education
Achievers University, Owo
Adeleke University, Ede
African University of Science and Technology
Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State
Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo
Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin (MSc only)
Al-qalam University, Kastina
American University of Nigeria
Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
Baze University, Abuja
Benson Idahosa University
Bells University of Technology
Bingham University New-Karu
Bowen University, Iwo
Caleb University, Lagos
Covenant University, Ota
Crawford University
Crescent University
Fountain University, Osogbo
Godfrey Okoye University Ugwuomu-Nike
Igbinedion University, Okada
Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State
Landmark University, Omu-Aran
Lead City University, Ibadan
Madonna University, Okija
Novena University
Nigerian Turkish Nile University, Abuja
Oduduwa University Ipetumodu
Pan-African University, Lekki
Redeemer’s University, Mowe, Ogun State
Salem University, Lokoja
The University of Mkar, Mkar (MSc only)
Veritas University Abuja.

Do you still want to learn more about Post Graduate Studies?Do you have some questions about your eligibility to further your studies?
Let us know in the comment section.
Thank you.


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