Best List of Professional Courses in Nigerian Universities To Study (2024)

Apart from earning a professional certificate, there are advantages if you are looking to study professional courses in a Nigerian university as a graduate.


This is so as graduates of these course get employed easily than others who studied other courses. This does not mean that other courses are bad or that you can not build a solid career out of them.

The reason most people undertake these professional courses is to earn professional certificates. Normally, their are bodies that supervise the training of these courses. Some of these courses include:  law, accounting, pharmacy, medicine, engineering etc.

An example is accounting, the body in charge of this course is ICAN. No wonder after studying it in the university, students then take the ICAN certification exams which makes one a certified chartered accountant if you merit it. This does not mean that you must offer accounting in the university before you are certified as a chartered accountant.

List of Professional Courses in Nigerian Universities To Study

Studying professional courses in Nigerian universities help graduates to be better exposed and fit for jobs anywhere in the world.

Some of these courses include:

1. Banking and Finance

Due to dynamism, banks today are fond of recruiting graduates from other discipline. Not withstanding, when applying to banking jobs, those who studied banking and finance are always considered before others.

If you want to begin a career in the banking industry as a graduate, you can enroll in the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Nigeria. There is a possibility of becoming successful in your career path when you earn the certification in this professional course.

2. Accounting

Accounting is one of the professional courses that you can study in Nigerian universities. In fact, you can apply for the ICAN exam as an undergraduate and if you can pass each exam which is in stages, you attain the status of a chartered accountant when you are done in the university.

Normally duration to study accounting in any Nigerian university is normally 4 years. The advantage of having an ICAN certificate is that it boosts your chances top climb up the scale in the banking sector and favors you in the job market.

3. Estate management

Now a days you see many people working as estate surveyors and valuers without a degree or certificate. While they might claim to be experts in that field maybe due to experience, earning a professional degree in estate management authenticates your claim as a professional practitioner in that sector.

You should endeavour to register as a member of Nigeria Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers after completing your university degree. When you combine both your degree in estate management and your membership with NIESV, you increase your chances of getting a job.

4. Medicine

This is by far the best professional course you can study in the country especially in the university among Nigerian science students. With this discipline, you start a career in becoming a medical doctor.

Not only is medicine being the most preferred, it is among the highest paying jobs and career this 2018. The duration of studying medicine at the university is six years.

Before you are certified as a practicing medical doctor,  you enrol for one year of housemanship  before you are certified to practise medicine by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

We have listed some specialties in the field of medicine you can choose to study:

  • Dermatology Emergency medicine
  • General medicine
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Gynecology
  • Medical research and education
  • Oncology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Pathology
  • Public health
  • Radiology

5. Pharmacy

Unlike Medicine, Pharmacy takes 5 years as duration of study in the university.

This professional course also entails that you go for a one year internship program after graduating from a tertiary institution at any of the registered centres of the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN).

Once you come out on merit, you are being awarded a certificate and can practice pharmacist anywhere in Nigeria.

6. Law

Professional lawyers are few but are well respected in the country. To become a lawyer, you must offer law program at any accredited University.

Normally, 5 years is the duration to complete a law degree in Nigeria, you will have to spend an extra year at the Nigerian Law School as a law graduate before you are called to bar and can practise as a lawyer.

7. Engineering

Engineering is another professional science course that takes 5 years and most students likes to study in the University when they are done with secondary school.

The reason is that there are numerous job opportunities if you choose to study this prestigious profession.

As an engineer, you can work in various sectors such as: oil and gas firms, telecoms companies, IT firms or any of the reputable manufacturing companies in the country.

Wrapping up

The above list are the accredited best professional courses to study in any University in Nigeria. While there are others not listed here, these ones have bodies that offer professional certificates which in turn can fetch you a high paying job and a good career in the country.

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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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