A lot has happened across the globe in terms of the development of education. This is especially noticeable in the developed countries where the value of education is held to the highest level. However, the story in developing countries is also changing.
There was a time in Nigeria when having primary school certificate was not only sufficient, but it was valuable enough for you to present for job applications and you were sure you would get a good job. Then as time went on it became the secondary school certificate and then first-Degree. Today, a first-degree may not even be enough to fetch you a good job. The competition is higher now than ever. You need something more.
Upgrading academic qualification is what has driven quite a number of people into seeking Postgraduate Studies in order to increase the competitive advantage and chances in the labour market.
Nevertheless, not all universities offer Postgraduates Studies and even those who do, do so at differing levels of quality.
Let us here look at top 5 of universities in Nigeria that offer Postgraduate studies. The list is not really in any particular order.
1. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
This is one of the most popular/expensive Federal Universities in Nigeria (if you like, you can call it the ‘private-public’ University of Nigeria). Graduates from this citadel of learning carry themselves with a lot of pride. The Federal Government of Nigeria tried not too long ago to change the name of the school which was founded in 1962 to MAULAG – Moshood Abiola University of Lagos, and this move by the government was met with stiff opposition from both present and past students of the school. UNILAG is a good choice for Postgraduate students for several reasons. Its certificates are generally well accepted. It runs one of the fastest academic calendars with relative stability. Barring all unforeseen circumstances, you should be done with your postgraduate programme in 14 months.
2. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
UNILORIN, one of the nation’s federal universities, established in 1975, is one of the go-to schools for postgraduate studies and even for degree courses. This has become possible because in recent times the school has been able to maintain a stable school calendar for about 7 years. If you are lucky to have a nice supervisor and your thesis is not so difficult, you should be through with your postgraduate programme within a year.
3. University of Nigeria, Nsuka (UNN)
UNN is not seen as a major player in the league of schools that run postgraduate progammes, and this seemingly disadvantage is because of its location; it is not located in a city. This school that was established in 1955, remains one of the schools where you can obtain your masters quickly, in fact in less than a year, if time is a factor that you would consider in choosing a school, especially in the engineering and science studies. Though some other courses can take up to 18 months to finish (and this is not peculiar to UNN alone).
4. University of Ibadan (UI)
Some say this is the ‘Harvard’ of Nigeria. Well, you will not say they are far from the truth, looking at the pedigree of the school. Being the first university in Nigeria, established in 1948 initially known as University College, Ibadan (UCI) before it was changed to University of Ibadan in 1962. Getting admitted into the school for a postgraduate study is always a herculean task. This is due in part to the number of prospective applicants for postgraduate programmes. Give and take, you should be through with your postgraduate studies within 18 – 21 months. UI maintains a high standard in quality, therefore applicants must be prepared for hard work.
5. Covenant University (CU)
One of the most popular privately owned universities in Nigeria. The Chancellor being the very enigmatic Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel church. Since the establishment in October 2002, the school has changed the dynamics of how schools at all levels are run in Nigeria, holding herself to the highest standards obtainable in developed countries in the Western world. Regarded as one of the most equipped universities in the country, the school has won University of the Year Award more than once. Applicants can rest be assured that they will complete their postgraduate studies in this school in record time of between 12 – 18 months.