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Structure of Higher Education System


Tertiary education in Zimbabwe is offered by state and private universities, university colleges, teacher training colleges and technical colleges, including polytechnics. After GCE ‘O’ or ‘A’ levels, students can be awarded diplomas in teaching, agriculture, nursing and follow several technical courses. With good ‘A’ level passes, students can enrol at university for undergraduate studies.

Stages of studies

University level first stage

Undergraduate studies

Upon completion of undergraduate studies, students obtain Bachelor's degrees in arts, science, commerce, engineering, education, social studies, agriculture, veterinary science and medicine. Studies vary in length from three years for the Bachelor of Arts degree to five years for the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees.

University level second stage

Graduate studies

The postgraduate stage allows students to obtain a graduate diploma, usually in 1 yr plus a...

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