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Structure of Higher Education System
To enter tertiary level education, students must have completed ‘A’ level courses with adequate and relevant passes. Tertiary education is provided by universities, polytechnics, institutes, and colleges. It is offered at both public and private institutions.
Stages of studies
University level first stage
The first stage of higher education leads, after studies lasting four years, to the Bachelor’s degree, which is at level 6 on the NQF.
University level second stage
A Master’s degree is conferred after one to two years’ study beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Postgraduate certificates and postgraduate diplomas are also offered at the second stage of higher education; they are all at level 7 on the NQF.
University level third stage
PhD degrees are conferred after a minimum of three years’ study, and is at level 8 on the NQF.
Admission to Higher Education
Admission to university-level studies