Nigerian University Courses and their Requirements 2022

Nigerian University Courses and their Requirements 2022
nigerian university courses and their requirements

Finding out the courses available in different Nigerian universities is as important as gaining admission into your desired course. It opens you up to a wide range of relevant courses that you might be ignorant of. This list of Nigerian university courses has been compiled after thorough research with considerations to recent updates.
Note that the general requirement for Nigerian universities is, five credits in your O’level result (including maths, english and relevant subjects to your course) and a JAMB score between 160 – 400.

Professional Courses in Nigeria

A professional course is an in-depth college study that equips and trains students in practical skills to meet demands in a particular industry or governmental office. It is a kind of course that requires mastery. Here is a list of professional courses and their years of study in Nigeria.

Medicine and Surgery

This is one of the most competitive course amongst Nigerian prospective undergraduate students, because job opportunities are offered upon graduation. There are different medical fields you can choose to major in. Some of them are; gynecology, neurology, pediatrics, endocrinology, orthopedics and so on. Studying medicine takes six years and a year of housemanship which certifies you as a professional medical doctor.
To study medicine and surgery, you need to have credits in core science subjects like, biology, chemistry and physics (including maths and english), in your O’Level result, a subject combination of English, biology, chemistry and physics in JAMB and a minimum of 240 JAMB score. This requirements apply to all medical/health science courses.


Pharmacy is the second most sought after medical science course. Beyond being a professional medical course, it has a business advantage (that is opening a pharmacy store). The study takes five years with one year of internship.


Nursing is the third most sought after health science course. You may spend three years in a Nursing school to be certified as a Registered Nurse (RN), or obtain the higher degree of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), by spending five years in a University.


After the medical science courses, engineering is the nearest competitive course. It takes about five years of study. The requirements are, five credits in O’Level results including maths, english, physics, further maths and chemistry, a minimum of 230 JAMB score with a subject combination of english, maths, physics and chemistry. The various engineering fields are, electrical, civil, mechanical, computer, petroleum and gas engineering. It is a five year course.


Accounting is a social science course that takes four years and an ICAN examination to certify you as a chartered accountant. The requirements are five credits in O’Level result including maths, english, economics and any other two social science course, a minimum of 220 JAMB score and a JAMB subject combination of english, maths, economics and government.

Banking and Finance

It is also a four year social science course and has the same requirements with accounting.


Acquiring a law degree takes five years, with an extra year in any Nigerian law school, after which you would be called to bar before becoming a practicing lawyer. You need five O’Level credits result including maths, english, literature and any other two purely art courses. You should also have attained up to 240 in your JAMB with a subject combination of english, literature, government and CRS.

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University Courses for Science Students

There are so many science courses, but due to scarce job opportunities in Nigeria, professional courses always seem like the fastest way to make money. However there are courses in science department that seem to be gaining attention in Nigeria. All of these science courses take four years, except agriculture which takes five years, they also share the same requirements.

  1. Medical laboratory
  2. Radiology
  3. Industrial chemistry
  4. Anatomy
  5. Microbiology
  6. Computer science
  7. Agriculture
  8. Estate management
  9. Food science and nutrition.

Art Courses in Nigeria

This is a list of courses to help art students searching for non-professional and less competitive art courses in Nigerian Universities. The common requirement for art courses is a minimum of five credits in your O’Level results including maths, english, literature, government and any other two art subjects. All art courses in Nigeria listed below are four year courses.

  1. Theater arts
  2. Mass communications
  3. English and literary studies
  4.  International relations and diplomacy
  5. Linguistics
  6. History and international relations
  7. Philosophy and logic
  8. French and international studies

Social Science Courses in Nigerian Universities

Like every other academic field, social science courses in Nigeria require five O’Level credits including English, maths and economics, 210 JAMB score with the right subject combination (English, economics, government and maths). All the social science courses here take four years of study.

  1. Public administration
  2. Business administration
  3. Economics
  4. Architecture
  5. Political science
  6. Human resource management

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Useless Courses in Nigeria

It may be fair to say that no course is outrightly useless, but remember we’re in Nigeria. So, useless courses are courses that are void of career opportunities, they cannot be lucrative especially in Nigeria, because there are no structures or provisions for their relevance. If you are searching for useless courses in Nigeria that you should avoid, you’re definitely on the right post.


Zoology is a branch of biology that deals with studying animal. So technically, when you study zoology you’re hoping to work in a zoo right? That’s exactly the problem, Nigeria does not have zoos to employ zoology graduates. This renders your degree useless.

Library Science

This has to do with managing and promoting information through literary assets in the library. Getting a job with this degree is very difficult in Nigeria, except you decide to settle for a school library. The slim way out may be owning your own library.


Botany is all about studying plant life. There is typically no room for this degree in Nigeria.

Religious Studies

Religious studies only makes you a teacher which any graduate can also become.

It’s normal to be confused about your course of study. A standby list of college courses will guide you into choosing a career path.

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