What is a Higher National Diploma (HND)
In Nigeria, an HND is a continuation of a National Diploma – ND (equivalent to an Associate Degree in Canada) program. ND/HND are offered by polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of agriculture accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
What is a “Top Up” Degree?
A “Top Up” degree program allows holders/graduates of the Higher National Diploma (HND) to ‘top-up’ their knowledge and skills and gain a bachelors degree from a University in one academic year. Students with relevant Higher National Diploma can expect to accomplish the required courses within 1 year and be awarded with a bachelor degree upon satisfactory performance.
Is there HND Top Up Degree in Canada?
There is no “top-up” degree in Canada. Top up degree programs are mostly associated with educational institutions in the United Kingdom (UK).
Is it possible for a Nigerian student with an HND to gain admission to a Canadian school?
Yes, it is possible to gain admission to a Canadian school with a Higher National Diploma (HND), depending on what level of study you are interested in.
What is an HND degree equivalent to in Canada?
According to the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS), an HND generally compares to the completion of a three-year postsecondary Diploma.
MASTERS IN CANADA WITH HND?
Can an HND holder apply for Masters degree in Canada?
At this time, Canadian educational institutions do not accept HND graduates directly into their Master’s program. Therefore, HND holders do not have direct access to Canadian master’s degree programs.
If you are a Higher National Diploma (HND) graduate and you are interested in studying in Canada, you have two (2) options:
OPTION 1 – Convert your HND to BSc degree in Canada:
You may use your HND to pursue an undergraduate degree in Canada. This may be referred to as the UK equivalent of HND “Top Up” in Canada.
In this case, you apply to an undergraduate program at a Canadian educational institution. In order for you to get transfer credit (that is, have the university/college waive some courses that you have done in the past), your intended program of study in Canada has to be in the same or related discipline as your previous HND studies, and there is an expectation that you meet a minimum grade for each course that you want to be waived.
You will be given up to a maximum of two (2) years’ advanced standing. So, depending on how many courses that were waived for you, and therefore how many additional courses that you will have to take at the Canadian educational institution, you will spend between two (2) to three (3) years to obtain an undergraduate degree in Canada.
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