List of Undergraduate Courses & Years of Study in Nigeria (2024)

The Nigerian education system is divided into three levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary. Primary education lasts for six years, while secondary education lasts for six years, divided into Junior Secondary School (JSS) and Senior Secondary School (SSS). Tertiary education is further divided into undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as well as vocational training and certificate courses.


Choosing a course should always be highly stimulating for the students because it is never a straightforward decision. When selecting a course from the variety of options, students should prioritize their interests, motivation, and goals. The best fields for students to study include engineering, architecture, design, law, applied science, business studies, management, behavioral and social sciences, economics, media, and humanities, among others.

There are many academic paths available in Nigeria for bachelor’s degree study, including arts, science, and commerce. Generally speaking, graduate programs last three years, however there are several exceptions. The basis for a person’s intended job path is laid by their undergraduate studies. When a student completes the bachelor’s program, he or she is referred to as a graduate and is awarded the bachelor’s degree in the field they had chosen. Let’s examine the list of degrees and duration of study years available in Nigeria.


Nigeria has a wide range of undergraduate courses available, with varying length of study depending on the field of study. Here is a list of some popular undergraduate courses and their respective years of study.

Accounting 4 Years
Actuarial Science 4 Years
Adult Education and Community Development 4 Years
Agric-economics and Extension 4 Years
Agricultural Engineering 5 Years
Agricultural Science and Education 4 Years
Agriculture 4 Years
Animals and Environmental Biology 4 Years
Animals Science 4 Years
Applied Geophysics 4 Years
Archaeology 4 Years
Architecture 4 Years
Banking and Finance 4 Years
Biochemistry 4 Years
Botany and Ecological Studies 4 Years
Building 5 Years
Business Education 4 Years
Business Management 4 Years
Chemical Engineering 5 Years
Chemistry 4 Years
Civil Engineering 5 Years
Communication Arts 4 Years
Computer Education 4 Years
Computer Engineering 5 Years
Computer Science 4 Years
Computer Science with Economics 4 Years
Computer Science with Mathematics 4 Years
Crop Production and Protection 4 Years
Curriculum Studies 4 Years
Economics 4 Years
Demography and Social Statistics 4 Years
Education and Applied Art 4 Years
Education and Arabic 4 Years
Education and Biology 4 Years
Education and Chemistry 4 Years
Education and Christian Religious Studies 4 Years
Education and Economics 4 Years
Education and Efik/Ibibio 4 Years
Education and English Language 4 Years
Education and French 4 Years
Education and Geography 4 Years
Education and Hausa 4 Years
Education and History 4 Years
Education and Integrated Science 4 Years
Education and Language Arts 4 Years
Education and Mathematics 4 Years
Education and Music 4 Years
Education and Physics 4 Years
Education and Political Science 4 Years
Education and Religious Studies 4 Years
Education and Science 4 Years
Education and Social Science 4 Years
Education and Social Studies 4 Years
Education and Yoruba 4 Years
Education Arts 4 Years
Education Technology 4 Years
Educational Management 4 Years
Efik-Ibibio 4 Years
Electrical/Electronics Engineering 5 Years
English Language 4 Years
Estate Management 4 Years (some institutions 5 years)
Fine and Industrial Arts 4 Years
Fisheries and Aquaculture 4 Years
Fisheries and Aquatic Environment Management 4 Years
European Languages and Integrated Studies 4 Years
Family, Nutrition And Consumer Sciences 4 Years
Food Engineering 5 Years
Food Science And Technology 5 Years
Forestry And Wildlife 4 Years
French 4 Years
Geography 4 Years
Geography And Regional Planning 4 Years
German 4 Years
Glass Technology 4 Years
Guidance And Counselling 4 Years
Hausa 4 Years
Health Education 4 Years
History And International Studies 4 Years
Home Economics 4 Years
Home Economics And Education 4 Years
Human Anatomy 4 Years
Human Kinetics 4 Years
Industrial Design 4 Years
Industrial Relations and Public Management 4 Years
Insurance 4 Years
International Studies 4 Years
Islamic/Sharia Law 5 Years
Land Surveying And Geoinformatics 5 Years
Law 5 Years
Library Science And Information Studies 4 Years
Linguistics 4 Years
Literature In English 4 Years
Local Government Studies Marketing 4 Years
Mass Communication 4 Years
Mathematics 4 Years
Mechanical Engineering 5 Years
Medical Rehabilitation 6 Years
Medicine And Surgery 6 Years
Metallurgical Engineering 5 Years
Microbiology 4 Years
Molecular Biology 4 Years
Music 4 Years
Nursing 5 Years
Nutrition And Dietetics 4 Years
Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery 6 Years
Oral Pathology And Oral Medicine 6 Years
Petroleum Engineering 5 Years
Pharmacology 5 Years
Pharmacy 5 Years
Philosophy 4 Years
Physical And Health Education 4 Years
Physics 4 Years
Physiology 4 Years
Physiotherapy 4 Years
Political Science 4 Years
Pre-primary And Primary Education 4 Years
Psychology 4 Years
Quantity Surveying 5 Years
Radiography 5 Years
Religious And Cultural Studies 4 Years
Restorative Dentistry 6 Years
Social Work 4 Years
Sociology And Anthropology 4 Years
Soil Science 4 Years
Special Education 4 Years
Statistics 4 Years
Systems Engineering 5 Years
Teacher Education Science 4 Years
Technical Education 4 Years
Telecommunication Engineering 5 Years
Textile Science And Technology 4 Years
Theatre Arts 4 Years
Urban And Regional Planning 5 Years (some institutions 4 years)
Veterinary Medicine 6 Years
Veterinary Pathology And Microbiology 4 Years
Vocational Education 4 Years
Water Resources And Environmental Engineering 5 Years
Yoruba 4 Years
Zoology 4 Years

Universities in Nigeria, both public and private, provide more than a hundred courses. We detail the courses and the number of years needed to complete a university degree in this article. It should be noted that the time required to complete a certain undergraduate course at a Nigerian university differs. However, your JAMB score and O’level results determine whether you are eligible to enroll in any of these programs.

You can get admission to obtain a Bachelor’s degree through university study, which will enable you to find employment once you graduate. Every academic institution in Nigeria offers courses with various study periods. For instance, undergraduate engineering programs are five years long.

Admission to the various programmes is extremely tough because there are so many student seeking to study at the schools. You must gather the relevant details regarding the application procedures and prerequisites for the course you want.


The list of courses offered at each Nigerian university was presented in this page. The length of time that it takes to complete the various university programs is also provided. If you have any inquiries or require additional clarification, please let me know in the comments. I’d be delighted to hear from you.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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