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List of Professional Courses in Nigerian Universities

Here in this post, we are going to give you a list of Professional Courses in Nigerian Universities. We hope you find this information useful.

It is very crucial what one studies in Nigerian Universities, and how their choice, of course, can benefit them in the future, especially with the current economic situation, people have begun drifting towards professional fields.

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There are a few courses that can be termed as professional, and students of these courses are seen to have better opportunities in the labor force.

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List of Professional Courses in Nigerian Universities
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This is not to say that other courses not mentioned here are useless, there is pride in every profession, but the courses mentioned below are more professional.

These courses include:

1. Medicine

We all hear kids talking about how they want to save lives in the future. It is unfortunate that only a few get to achieve this dream, owing to the difficulty in getting admission to study the course.

Medicine is a broad field in science that deals with health, healing, diagnostics, treatment and prevention. People who study medicine are referred to as Medical Doctors or Doctors.

Medicine is no doubt a professional course to study in Nigeria. Most federal and state universities offer Medicine and other fields under medical sciences.

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Best schools to study Medicine

  • University of Ibadan
  • Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
  • Ahmado Bello University, Zaria (ABU)

Career Benefits

Medical Doctors are one of the highest paid professionals in the country. Fresh graduates from the medical school, must do a one-year compulsory housemanship where they are paid between 100,000- 150,000 naira, depending on the area they are sent to.

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However, due to the large chunk of medical professionals graduating from medical schools every month, most showmanship slots are usually streamlined.

*Medical officers: N180, 000 – N500,000

*.Resident Doctors: N150, 000 – N250, 000

*.Consultants: N600, 000 – N700, 000

2. Law

Law is also one of the most prestigious courses to study in Nigeria. Lawyers are one of the few professionals that earn more than doctors in the labor force.

You can hardly ever find a lawyer who has a good result but doesn’t receive a reasonable income. Just like Medicine, Law is offered in most federal and state schools in Nigeria, as well as some private universities as well.

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Best Schools to Study Law In Nigeria

  • University Of Lagos
  • Lagos State University
  • Covenant University
  • University Of Abuja

Career Benefits

After five years studying the general law, you will then head to Law school where you can write an exam on your preferred type of law you want to specialize in. There are various types of law include:

  1. Public and Private Law
  2. Civil Law and Criminal Law
  3. Substantive and Procedural Law
  4. Municipal and International Law
  5. Written and Unwritten Law
  6. Common Law and Equity

The financial prospect of this profession is limitless. Depending on how one wants to practice, you can choose to work in an already existing firm, establish your own firm or simply practice as a contract lawyer and legal adviser. However, there are lawyers who earn more than 30,000,000 naira every year.


Pharmacy is also a medical course like medicine and even as prestigious. Unlike medicine, pharmacy deals with the technique of preparing, dispensing, and review of drugs and providing additional clinical services. Pharmacists are also highly paid in Nigeria even as much as medical doctors in Nigeria.

Best Schools to Study Pharmacy in Nigeria

  • University Of Ibadan
  • Covenant University
  • University of Ilorin

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Career Benefits

For those who love drugs, and conducting research to find remedies to health problems, this is a course for you. Pharmacy is one of the most respected professions in the world.

Pharmacists in Nigeria earn very well, especially professionals who have experience. What’s more interesting is that they are hardly ever jobless.

Usually, government hospitals pay better than private or state hospitals, but pharmacists are now setting up their own Drug stores with the proper license.

4 Engineering

Engineering has been a highly respected, lucrative and prestigious course for years past and years to come. The simple title of an Engineer in your name says so much about you to other people. However, to study this course one must have the passion and skill set.

It is a very mathematical course that tests the logical and problem solving capabilities of students. Engineers are professionals who build, invent, maintain and design machines.

Best Schools to Study Engineering In Nigeria

Federal University Of Technology Akure (Futa)

University Of Ilorin (Unilorin)

The University Of Lagos

Federal University Of Technology Owerri (Futo)

Career Benefits

It is advisable that after studying for five years, you can enroll in for a two month or six-month course related to your field.

This will look very good on your CV, and help you to secure well-paying jobs in the industry. However, you need to take the mandatory professional NSE exams to become a certified Engineer.

To take this exam, one must have at least 4 years’ experience working for any Engineering related establishment. Engineers in Nigeria have limitless opportunities as regards job searching. Some Engineers working for Oil Companies earn as high as 10 million naira monthly.

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5. Architecture

In the past, Architecture was the most prestigious courses in Nigeria. According to my parents, It was one of the highest paying professions in the ’80s.

Architects are professionals who plan, design and foresee the construction of structures and buildings. It is a 5-year course with a compulsory 1 year for your master’s degree. Architecture is still a hot cake in Nigeria, and also one of the most lucrative jobs regardless of the economic state at any time.

Best Schools to Study Architecture in Nigeria

  • University of Jos
  • Federal University of Technology Yola
  • University Of Lagos
  • Covenant University

Career Benefits

For those you that are awed by beautiful building designs and love drawing, Architecture is the profession course for you. Builders rely heavily on the plan and design of safe structures by Architects, to be able to construct safe and durable buildings.

This means that for any building to be constructed, it has to be designed by an architect. Established and experienced architects charge about 500,000 naira for a single design, while some charge about 3 million naira for a single design. It is advisable that you start small and grow big.

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All courses are great, but not all courses grant equal opportunities in Nigeria. If you are already studying any of the courses above, good for you.

However, if you are still thinking of a good professional course to study, the courses listed above are the most professional courses internationally. Good Luck with whichever one of the courses you choose.

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