How Many Years is a Part-time Programme?

Before putting in for a part-time degree, Daily or regular Part-Time programme, you may want to know the number of years it will take before graduation. I have covered a lot in my post, “PART-TIME Degree, HND, ND or NCE Admissions: A Must-Read For All Applicants”.

But when it comes to the duration of the programmes, attention has not been deeply given. This is what this post will address solely.

But before then, in brief:

  1. Degree Part-Time: This is a university part-time course. A few Nigerian universities called it part-time while other calls it Distance Learning. It’s usually weekend programmes taken on Fridays and Saturdays at the main campus of a university or a designated study centre.
  2. Daily Part-Time: This is usually taken by polytechnics or Monotechnics. It’s a course just like the regular full time (ND programme) with a few differences. Daily part-time may hold lectures in the evenings instead of mornings for their full-time counterparts.
  3. Regular Part-Time: This is equally run by polytechnics. Classes are held during the weekends at the main campus of the polytechnics or dedicated study centres.

How Many Years Will It Take for Part-Time Courses?

  • University Degree Part-time: 5 to 6 years
  • Polytechnic Daily Part-Time: 2 years
  • Polytechnic Regular Part-Time: 3 years

Read: Must Part-Time Applicants Register With JAMB Again? See Answer

    Why is University Part-time for 5, 6, or 7 Years?

    It can be obvious for the polytechnic part-time programme, but it may get confusing if you hear you have to spend 5 to 6 years for the universities’.

    Let’s get it clear …

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    The basis is that, university full-time courses are usually run for 4 years (e.g Accounting, Economics, Botany, Linguistics, etc), 5 years (Nursing, Engineering, Agriculture courses, and Law) or 6 years (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Vet. Medicine, etc and note that these are not taken on a part-time basis).

    If a university will have to run any of her courses on part-time bases, she will add one more year to the base full-time year. For example, if you’re to study Accounting on part-time, you will spend 5 years, Agriculture 6 years, Nursing 6 years.


    Part-time programmes can be safer if you’re finding admission through JAMB almost impossible. It will help if you intend to work while schooling too. Giving one year to this may be a rational sacrifice.

    Do you think you will prefer a part-time programme?

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