Want to Study Pharmacy In Nigerian University? See Waec, JAMB requirements

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I was moved to write this detailed information on Pharmacy after a reader asked: “how many years does it take to study Pharmacy in Nigerian University?” The answer is 4 Years generally. However, schools like UNN takes five (5) years.

If you want to study Pharmacy at a Nigerian University, then you need to get informed, and information is the best weapon for scoring high and getting admitted. Pharmacy is a very competitive course in Nigerian universities than to its lucrative nature.

This page contains all information you need to know about WAEC and JAMB subject combination for Pharmacy, Pharmacy admission requirements, and list of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, including the A level requirements for Direct Entry candidates.

SSCE Requirement.

Before you choose Pharmacy as your course during your UTME registration, you must be a science student for you to study Pharmacy in Nigeria Universities.

WAEC Subject Combination and Requirements for Pharmacy.

Candidates seeking admission into any Nigerian tertiary institution to study Pharmacy should note that you must have at least, 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Pharmacy in Nigeria universities.

Note that this Waec subject combination is also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO & GCE. These are the O’level (WAEC, NECO, GCE) subject requirement for Pharmacy includes the following:

  • English Language
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • A trade subject

Candidates who want to study Pharmacy must have at least, Credit in the above subject during their SSCE (Waec, Neco, GCE) examination.

Academically, I will advise you to include a Language in your O’level subjects when selecting your subjects. More states in Nigeria are requesting for this now. Students seeking admission into any Universities, Colleges or Polytechnics in Lagos State must choose Yoruba Language as compulsory for Pharmacy.

Pharmacy JAMB UTME Subject Combination (requirements).

Candidates should note that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is 100% responsible for admission into the Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education. This means that if you are seeking for admission into a Nigerian tertiary institution through JAMB, you should the compulsory JAMB subjects for Pharmacy.

It is important to note here that if Mathematics is not listed among the JAMB subjects combination on this page, then Mathematics is not compulsory for Pharmacy. However, you should know that JAMB is not the only option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities to study Pharmacy. Candidates delayed by JAMB, can gain admission into Nigerian universities through IJBM, JUBEB, (ND, HND or Predegree) for Polytechnics.

The official JAMB UTME subject combination to study Pharmacy are:

  • English is compulsory.
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics.

JAMB Cut off Marks for Pharmacy.

Honestly, you should score 200 and above in JAMB UTME/Direct Entry if you want to get admitted to study this course. Pharmacy is very competitive and your results needs to be high. Scoring anything below 180 in your JAMB result may deny you of Admission or sitting for your selected institution’s Post-UTME exercise.

You can check the official JAMB cut off marks for all courses by Clicking Here.

Direct Entry Requirement For Pharmacy (required A-level result).

Candidates who have spent two years doing their ND (National Diploma) in a Polytechnic and want to obtain a BSc in Pharmacy from any University of their choice, should know the requirements.

Pharmacy Direct Entry (DE) requirements include WAEC subjects combination for Pharmacy as listed above, and you are expected to have three ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, Biology/Zoology, and Physics or Mathematics.

Your O’level result (Waec, Neco, GCE) should contain the required subject combination to ensure a smooth admission to further your education.

Top 10 Universities To Study Pharmacy In Nigeria.

1. University of Lagos (Unilag)
2. University of Nigeria (UNN)
3. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
4. University of Ibadan (UI)
5. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)
6. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).
7. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID).
8. Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU).
9. Niger Delta University
10. University of Jos (Unijos)

List of Universities offering Pharmacy in Nigeria.

  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  • Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  • University of Ibadan (UI)
  • Igbinedion University Okada
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  • University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  • Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  • Madonna University, Okija
  • University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  • Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  • University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  • Usman Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  • University of Uyo (Uniuyo)
  • Gombe State University, Gombe
  • Bayero University, Kano (BUK).

Pharmacy Admission Requirements.

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Pharmacy Frequent Questions and Answers.

Pharmacy is how many years course?

If you are seeking admission into any Nigerian University to study this course via JAMB UTME, you will study Pharmacy for four years. However, candidates admitted through JAMB Direct Entry will spend three (3) years.

Pharmacy is under which faculty?

Going through the JAMB syllabus, Pharmacy is under the Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science. However, other institutions in Nigeria may put this course under a different faculty.

Can a science or art student study Pharmacy?

If you are an Art or Commercial student, the answer is capital No! you can’t study Pharmacy at the university with your O’level result, except you choose to rewrite your Waec, Neco or GCE examination. Pharmacy is a pure science course.

Advice for SSCE Students.

Students still in secondary school should note that during their WAEC or NECO registration, make sure you are fully aware of the subjects that are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O’level requirements for university courses.

However, if you didn’t choose any of the Pharmacy subject combination during your WAEC/NECO registration, the best alternative is to register for GCE and select the required subject combinations for Pharmacy.

About the author

Glory Joseph

A graduate of Medicine From Imsu, Current Nurse, Medical book reader, Nigeria tertiary institution news anchor. I virtually know all Varsities in Nigeria!

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