Structure of Higher Education System
Higher education is provided by public and private universities, institutes and colleges.
Stages of studies
University level first stage
A general Bachelor's degree programme lasts for 4 years mainly in Humanities, Social Studies, Education and Teacher Training. An additional year is needed to continue for an Honours degree.
University level second stage
Higher diploma/ Master's degree
A postgraduate diploma is offered in certain disciplines following one year of study after the Bachelor's degree. A Master's degree by course work is offered after 1 to 2 years of study involving a dissertation and a Master's degree by research follows 2 to 3 years of study and requires a thesis.
University level third stage
Doctor of Philosophy
The PhD is offered after at least three years' study following the Master's Degree and requires individual research work and the presentation of a thesis.