JAMB Requirements for Medicine and Surgery

The medical field is an all-important aspect of any nation’s growth and development. Well, why not? It has to do with the lives and health of people. Hence, Medicine is one of the most sensitive courses in the world. Another evidence of this is the fact that studying Medicine probably in every part of the world is not a small feat, particularly in Nigeria. Admission into the course is highly competitive and pulling through takes a lot of hard work too. In Nigeria, it is one of the most demanding jobs because of the ever-increasing health challenges in the country. This post provides information about studying medicine in Nigeria; JAMB UTME subjects combination and requirements, O’Level subjects and requirements, direct entry requirements and other information needed. Students who study Medicine and Surgery under the faculty of Medical, Pharmaceutical & Health Sciences are awarded an M.B.B.S. upon completion of a 5-6 years study (depending on the mode of entry). If you are looking to study Medicine, you are in the right place, read on below:

JAMB Requirements for Medicine and Surgery

Subject Combination / JAMB UTME Requirements

In order to study Medicine and Surgery, a candidate has to take the following subjects in his/her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations. These are:

English Language (This is Compulsory for this course)




Special Requirements (Waiver) Requirements

Nigerian Turkish Nile University of Nigeria accepts Chemistry, Biology and any other Science subject asides Physics

Some Universities such as Usmanu Danfodiyo University and University of Maiduguri accept Mathematics in the place of Physics

O’Level Requirements

Candidates who wish to study Medicine and Surgery must have at least five credits passes at SSCE/NECO or its equivalent in the following subjects: English Language; Mathematics; Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Special Requirements (Waiver) requirements

Nigerian Turkish Nile University of Nigeria accepts credit pass in any Science subject in the place of Physics.

Direct Entry Requirements

Candidates who are admitted to study Medicine and Surgery via direct entry resume into the second year, that is, 200 level. Such must meet any of the following requirements:

  • ‘A’ level passes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology in addition to credit passes in five subjects at SSCE/NECO or its equivalent to include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. This result must be obtained in not more than one sitting
  • Sc, BOS, etc in courses relevant to Medicine and Surgery such as Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Nursing Science, Medical Laboratory, Biology, Zoology or Chemistry with a grade not below a good Second Class Lower Division
  • University of Lagos accepts degree in Dentistry
  • BINGHAM University, Niger Delta University and University of Port Harcourt do not accept candidates via direct entry
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University and the University of Calabar accept Degree in Science that is not below Second Class Lower Division.

Nigerian Universities where you can study Medicine and Surgery

  1. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  2. Abia State University, Uturu
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  4. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  5. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  6. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  7. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  8. Bayero University, Kano
  9. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  10. ECWA Bingham University, New Karu
  11. Bowen University, Iwo
  12. Benue State University, Makurdi
  13. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  14. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  15. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  16. Ekiti State University
  17. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
  18. Gregory University, Uturu
  19. Gombe State University, Gombe
  20. University of Ibadan (UI), Igbinedion University Okada
  21. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  22. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  23. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  24. Kogi State University Anyigba
  25. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  26. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  27. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)
  28. Madonna University, Okija
  29. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  30. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  31. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  32. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  33. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  34. Ondo State University of Medical Sciences (OSUMS)
  35. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  36. Usmanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  37. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  38. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  39. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  40. University of Uyo
  41. Bingham University

About the course

It is no lie that being a doctor is highly demanding. Medicine aims to train students to diagnose, treat and help in the prevention of diseases. Medicine comprises a number of health care practices to restore and maintain good health to patients, learn more reading the Best Treatment Reviews Singapore articles. Below are some of them:


Obstetrics and Gynaecology



Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Preventive Medicine



Nuclear Medicine

 Medical Genetics

Internal Medicine

Family Medicine

Diagnostic Radiology


Skills and Competencies learned in Medicine and Surgery

 There are skills that are taught to students when in school in order to function in their capacity as caregivers. Some of these include:

  • Patient care skills: A good doctor has to learn to be caring and compassionate
  • Communication skills : A doctor must learn to be attentive to the needs of patients, discerning, approachable and accommodating
  • Friendly and humorous
  • Scientific skills: Doctors cannot play miss and hit with their jobs. You have to know the theoretical aspects of your work well. Be knowledgeable, professional, effective, efficient and reliable.
  • A good doctor has to learn to be mature needed especially in cases of handling tough and severe medical cases
  • A good doctor has to learn to be open-minded, optimistic and hopeful so as not to project harmful vibes to patients
  • A good doctor has to learn to be vigilant and watchful for even signs and symptoms a patient might not know of yet
  • A good doctor has to be loyal and faithful to his patients as well as selfless.
  • A good doctor has to have a good/calm temperament and learn to function well under pressure
  • A good doctor must be a great thinker, willing to learn new innovations and up to date with books

Career Opportunities for Graduates of Medicine and Surgery

  • Cardiologist
  • Radiologist
  • General practice doctor
  • Pediatrician
  • Pathologist
  • Physician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Surgeon
  • Nurse
  • Healthcare scientist
  • Teacher/ Lecturer
  • International aid/development worker
  • Midwife
  • Neurologist
  • Research scientist/Analyst
  • Writer of science-related articles
  • Medical-Legal Advisor
  • Public Health Worker


9 thoughts on “JAMB Requirements for Medicine and Surgery”

  1. I want to venture in to medicine but my biggest challenge is chemistry. Reason. I had no knowledge of chemistry back then in sss1 and 2. How will I cope with medicine without the knowledge of chemistry

  2. I have a question between mathematics and physics which is more important because based on my research I have been seeing physics in place of mathematics so which is more relevant between mathematics and physics. Thanks a lot for this vital information

  3. I want to venture into the medicine and surgery field but I’m just wondering if it would be of more mathematics and physics because earlier I was told physics and mathematics weren’t so much essential for the field but now after my search physics and mathematics have been among so far, I’m just curious if I would be doing more physics and mathematics than chemistry and biology

  4. I want to study Medicine and Surgery, but I had an health challenge in SS2 which made me attend school on and off. I am a straight A student but is it advisable for me to write JAMB and WAEC this year and pass with the required marks to study Medicine and Surgery at UNILAG or UI?

    • Of course if you have the habit of studying always , then you can make it . An advice is to get the latest educational scheme of work and engage in both personal study , group study and even a tutor if necessary.

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