All About PGD In Nigerian Universities

postgraduate diploma One commonly used acronym relating to postgraduate study is PGD. It simply means Postgraduate Diploma. Hopefully, you are used to M.phil,  M.B.A
and few others.
Postgraduate diploma (PGD) is an advanced certificate, awarded by the school of postgraduate studies of the respective University (in Nigeria). A PGD is not a degree per se.  Then comes the question…..

Why PGD anyway?

A PGD serves more as a entry qualification for a Masters degree programme. While having a Bachelor degrees would suffice for postgraduate admission, certain situations warrant the need for a PGD.

Majorly, a PGD is needed when seeking Masters admission to a specialization that your is outside the scope of the Bachelors degree. This means, it is possible to switch course of study or career paths, without  restarting a new four/five years Bachelors degree.

No matter your new fancy or interest. PGD makes the switch possible and maybe faster. Note didn’t say easier. Case in point, bachelors graduate of chemistry, can do a Masters in Chemical Engineering after a postgraduate diploma PGD in Chemical Engineering.

In addition, a PGD is needed if there was a poor or below standard academic performance. In this case, PGD is needed to prove that the certain prerequisite grade. Its is also needed to show that the student can meet the intellectual demands of doing the Masters degree of the course of study, and the poor performance at previous Bachelors degrees was probably due to exigencies. Doing a PGD, serves as a foundation programme in this respect. Many Universities outside Nigeria called PGD, Foundation Masters or Pre-Masters. They all serve the same purpose.

In Nigeria in particular, PGD is required for HND (Higher National Diploma) graduate by some University before proceeding for a Masters programme.

What type of PGD should you study for?

The are PGD programmes in virtually every course of study. But the most popular seems to be the postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE). This is necessary for all who desire to be teachers at any level (primary – university) but did not study education. There are also PGD in Journalism, PGD in Engineering, PGD in some medical fields and PGD Business Administration, Marketing, Finance, Economics etc.

How long for a PGD?

Duration for a PGD programme depends on specific schools. It ranges from a year to two. The shortest time would not be less than 9 months. The duration for a PGD is also dependent types of study, full time, part time, sandwish or distance learning. Do note the unlike M.Phil. PGD is a terminal programme, except in rare cases. Admission for a Masters degree is not automatic, and this prospective student needs to apply formally.

Whatever your choices are, sure you are better informed about what PGD is all about. Any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments.

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162 Replies to “All About PGD In Nigerian Universities”

    1. Pls Sir I graduated with distinction in nutrition and dietetics, is there any uni that can take me for MSc? Or can I gain direct entry admission into 3ooL and which school?

  1. Please, is it possible to apply for a masters programme outside nigeria (in Australia) , with a postgraduate diploma certificate from Nigeria.

    1. pls a frd of mine graduated with HND pass result…he read business administration …does he stil have any chance of doing PGD in any Nigeria universities..

  2. Nice Post. Short and educative. But please, can one get a list of credible PGDE centres, including universities and if you can, tuition fees. God bless

      1. please which University or schools give admission for masters directly after HND without all dis PGD stuff

      2. Its very difficult to get a Nigerian university. But your course would determine its finite possibility of a direct Masters admission

  3. Please, I am a degree holder, finished from fine arts OAU, specialized in painting, now I want to do masters in graphic design but in another school, couldn’t find my course in Unilag, but yabatech has graphic design as a department,..but offers only PGD, what should I do?

  4. I graduated with 3rd class in education any Nigeria institution that can give me Master degree program direct without deplooma?

  5. pls i graduated with HND upper in Banking and finance and i want to do PGD in accounting or finance only. which university can i get it

  6. What is the lowest CGPA that will qualify one to enroll for an M.Sc with the new NUC grading system. And the list of such schools. Thanks.

    1. Unilag, LASU, OOU,Adekule Ajasin university.

      Unilag is the most expensive. I can advise you to do the PGDE with NTI. They have a lot of satellite campus around and not too costly

  7. I am graduate of Electrical Electronic engineering in (Power option) – HND lower credit and intend going for PGD in measurement and instrumentation, please, which school will be ok for students leaving in PH ? And is it advisable for engineering students to do this kind of program in a satellite campuses?
    In an estimate what could be the cost estimate for running this kind of program?

  8. Hello sir what about someone who studied Architecture in the polytechnic and I’m on 3.0 do I need to go for pgd.
    Be for masters

    1. I don’t think there’s a pgd in Architecture. In the university, is a professional course and Architects are already like master degree holders cos they spend 6years.

      1. hello i graduated wit pass nd i studied public admin,currently serving,bt wnt to knw which university can accept pass result nd which course do u think i cn do. at d pgd level

  9. which university can I go for PGD in Nigeria cause I graduated with 3rd class in political science and international relations ?
    And can I apply for masters after that?

  10. Sir,i studied public Admin in hnd and graduated with pass,pis i want to knw hw many yrs wil it take mi b4 i enroll for pgd,and which course do u think i can do at d university 4 my pgd

    1. wat i mean is dat,somepple do say dat 4 some1 who graduated wit pass,it we take dat person like 2yrs after nysc b4 he or she cn proceed to pgd,wnt to knw hw tru is dis statement..cos i also came out wit pass in public admin @ ibpoly,which course do u think i cn do at pgd level nd which university,thanks.

  11. 1 what is the difference between post graduated diploma and bachelor science?
    2 how many years can it takes someone to run post graduated programme part time

  12. Good day Sir, please I’m very much in need of a helpful information.
    I graduated with CGP of 3.41 in Public Administration from polytechnic and wish to advance my study in the same field.
    My questions :
    1. What’s the duration for undergoing PGD?
    2. Do you think uniport is a better option since I live in PortHarcourt?
    3. Will it be possible to switch into law ,if yes, what’s the anticipated duration of the study.
    Thanks as I wait for your kind response.

  13. Pls I have upper credit in accounting from polytechnic (HND). Is it possible to go for master directly or must I do PGD before I can qualify for master degree?

  14. Good day.
    Is there any university which does Construction Technology PGD program. I have UPPER credit in Architecture and will like to apply for PGD in construction technology.

  15. Nice and succuint post.
    Is there a particular CGPA one has to reach to be able to do PGD after finishing with a 3rd class from the university.

    For instance, I heard if one’s Gp is lower than 2.0, one won’t be able to do PGD at all. How true is this please?

    1. hello Tiwatope, you can always do a PGD with a 3rd class degree. The CGPA scale had be revised by NUC and presently, there is no more pass degree

  16. Please I will like to know the universities that can accept a HND graduate with distinction in marketing for masters programme in marketing too without doing pgd

      1. Hello ayodele, I want to go for masters in public health but I finished with a 3rd class. Which type of pgd can I go for that would be accepted to study MPH. Cos I can’t seem to find any pgd in public health

  17. I want to study Masters in Public health (MPH) but i graduated with a 3rd class in physiology. what PGD course can i do to qualify for an MPH in Nigeria. Could you also please recommend Universities. Thanks!

  18. I graduated with a second class lower in electrical/electronics engineering. What I want to find out I can I use it to enroll for master degree.

  19. Hello admin uni port do they offer PGD in public administration or is there any related course I can do I graduated with HND pls I need urgent answer.

    1. I can’t get correct info on uniport at this time. If you graduated with a HND upper credit with 3year experience, apply directly for MPA in Uniben

  20. I have HND in banking and finance with upper credit, which university accept HND holders for PGD program and how many years it.

    1. If you want to do a PGD in Banking and Finance, virtually all Nigerian university offering the course would accept you. UNILAG, UNIBEN, OOU, OAU

  21. Please sir I graduated with lower credit in surveying and geoinformatics from the polytechnic and am asking if I can apply for the pgd in same course at unilag

  22. I studied Agricultural engr. in polytechnic and graduated with upper credit. Is it possible to apply for PGD with statement of result without NYSC certificate? 2. can one go direct to master’s degree with statement of result?

    1. It depends on the university you applying to for the PGD. Generally, after 12 months, you should not be using statement of result again

    1. Yes you can apply, but you would need your NYSC certificate when registration begins. Except it’s an affiliated or distant learning PGD

  23. Pls as an HND holder in Pub Admin currently teaching, should I apply for NTI PGDE then go for M. Edu? Or PGD then MSc Public admin?

      1. I made an online payment for the purchase of PGDE form. My network was bad so I couldn’t complete the registration. Now I want to continue after logging in, I was asked to confirm my RRR which I did, but it’s not working. Was prompted to pay again. Pls help

  24. Please can one who graduated with 3rd class in political science apply for pgd in psychology or law….. If no, please which other courses can the person go for?

    1. There is no PGD in Law. Its a professional course. You can study for a PGD in public administration, political science and sociology

  25. I graduated with Pass in Business Administration and Management (HND), 2015.
    Which University can I Apply for PGDE in Business Administration and Management in Niger Delta region.

  26. I have a Bsc in Geophysics but I have been teaching english language & communication skills with passionate proficiency for a while now.
    As it is, I need to switch career path to my passion for teaching the English language and I’m working on running a PGD programme.
    Please,can I actually run a PGD in either English, communication arts or journalism to make me eligible for a subsequent masters degree either in English studies, communication arts or mass communication ?
    I anticipate your kind response!

  27. Can a graduate of natural sciences (who now wants to change career line to teaching communication & English skills ) run a PGD in mass communication , PGD in English or PGDE in English education ?

  28. Please sir, I graduated with Second class lower in Education management, which course can I enroll for in PGD If am going to apply for masters in Human Resource Management.
    2. And which university can accept me. Thanks

  29. Thanks for the update, can you please give me at least names of three good schools that dose PGD in Engineering and computer sciences with tuition fees if you can.

  30. Finished with a third class in civil engineering. Can I do pgd without nysc certification? And, is there pgd for civil engineering in futminna, ABU and Unijos?

  31. Am a graduate in Geography and environmental management, I want 2 know d cut off mark or 2 know d qualification 2 help me run my masters in pgde in NTI or is it automatic masters after PGDE in NTI?

  32. Mr. Ayodele ,

    I have a Bsc in Geophysics but I have been teaching english language & communication skills with passionate proficiency for a while now.
    As it is, I need to switch career path to my passion for teaching the English language and I’m working on running a PGD programme.
    Please,can I actually run a PGD in either English, communication arts or journalism to make me eligible for a subsequent masters degree either in English studies, communication arts or mass communication ?

    1. Wow! Kudos Irabor for the confidence to switch. As an English teacher, you need a pgd in Education which would allow you to be a teacher… but in a subject related to Geophysics like physics. This is a total change of direction. To be accepted in English, you would need a pgd in English, which is rare.

      Better still, as you suggested, a pgd in journalism would be good, and can grant you acceptance for a masters in media, mass communication or journalism. But you can use it for a masters in English.

      Hope my answer is not complicated

  33. I graduated with 2nd class lower in electrical/electronics engineeering (power option) .please tell me which Nigeria university with low cost will accept pdg program for this.

  34. please which course can I enroll for with higher national diploma in chemical engineering graduated with lower credit……..i want to know universities dat offers that and preferable course I can go for

  35. Please Sir, I graduated with a 2nd class upper in the department of public administration. For my PG study I moved from my area of study, so I applied for a PGD in Business administration. Hope I’ll be get the admission?

    1. IS it a pass in HND or a pass Degree? It is difficult to be accepted for a PGD with a pass degree, infact it does not exist again.

  36. i have distinction in banking and finance in HND is it possible to do a masters degree directly.

    also can some one who is serving go for d pgd ?

    1. yes, someone serving can do a pdg, but not on full time. Its almost impossible to be accepted for a direct masters. Don’t even try any Federal university, except the new ones

  37. I must commend your advice/assistance in respective questions,you doing a great job.
    I graduated with distinction in graphics art (HND), and I am currently serving in kaduna state to finish by June. I would like to know:
    Which University or institutions in Nigeria can I Apply for PGDE and what course would you advice?

    1. Thanks for the compliments. Why not apply for a PGDE at ABU while serving. Check around for any of their satellite campuses that offers that. Also you Can do a PGDE with NOUN/NTI. Hope you know PGDE is for education

  38. Pls sir
    I finished with a 3rd class in mathematics and statistics, with 2.20CGPA. Pls can i do my PGD in Computer science and later that do my masters in Computer engineering abroad..
    Your reply will be greatly appreciated.. Thanks.

  39. Please sir,
    I have HND in Computer Science.
    Is it possible for me to do my PGD in Computer science with lower credit (2.89)
    Please sir, Your reply will be highly appreciated.. Thanks.

  40. pls Mr ayodele can we talk on phone I need your phone number
    this is mine 08135224969
    my question is ; is this PGD mean to come after nysc or b4.

  41. Hello Mr Ayodele, I have HND in dental technology course with pass result. Can I go for my PGD in dental surgery or dental medicine with pass result before going for my NYSC? I need your enlighten on which institution to go for and can I apply for any course except from the mentioned ones but I haven’t done my NYSC

  42. Good morning, how are you doing?
    i would like to ask about the universities in Nigeria that offer post graduate diploma in any basic medical science course. i would also like to know if you are conversant about universities outside Nigeria that also offer any of these courses. i would be very grateful. Thanks and God Bless.

  43. Sir please can I apply for PDG in Adamawa state university, I graduated with third class from zoology department and which course can I put in for. Do you have the idea of how much it will cost me to finish the program..

  44. Hi sir. Please has the registration for NTI PGDE programme for 2019 started? I have been offered admission but don’t know if I can pay the school fees now and possibly the closing date. Thanks for your usual response

  45. Hi, i grad with upper credit in marine engineering from maritime Academy of nigeria, which sch in lagos can i do a part time pgd, preferably another course

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