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Admission Requirement to Study Pharmacy

Admission Requirement to Pharmacy including WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry subject combination, Course Description, Career opportunities, Job Vacancies etc 


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Pharmacy course last a minimum of Five years for UTME candidates and Four years for Direct Entry applicants. M.B.B.S. and B.D.S. last a minimum of Six years for UTME candidates and 5 years for Direct Entry applicants. Some Universities may accept holders of good degrees in relevant disciplines as Direct Entry candidates.


What is WAEC, NECO or GCE subject combination (requirement) to study Pharmacy?  
You must have Five credit in WAEC, NECO, or GCE (or combination of O level result) to study Pharmacy. The core WAEC, NECO or GCE subject combinations for Pharmacy must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology
  6. A trade subject


Now you know the subject needed to study Pharmacy, do you know which Nigeria Universities offer Pharmacy?
Nigeria Universities offering Pharmacy are:

  1. ABU
  3. DELSU
  4. University of Ibadan (UI)
  8. KASU
  10. MU (MADONNA)
  12. NDU
  13. OAU
  14. OOU
  16. UDU
  17. UNIZIK
  18. UNN
  19. UNIUYO
  20. GSU
  21. BUK (BAYERO)


What is JAMB UTME subject combination (subject needed) to study Pharmacy?
You should aim for a score of 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side. (Just an advice). JAMB UTME subject combinations to study Pharmacy are

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics


What is Direct Entry requirement to study Pharmacy?
Three ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, Biology/Zoology and Physics or Mathematics plus UTME Requirement.


Course Description for Pharmacy: 
Degree in pharmacy is designed and intended to prepare students for the profession of pharmacy.  It goes deep into human healthcare, taking on roles relating to the design and development of new treatments, prescription, and care management, and advising on the range of medical options available. According to Britannica Encyclopedia Concise, Pharmacy is the science dealing with the collection, preparation, and standardization of drugs… …Click here to improve this course description.


Where can I work with a Degree in Pharmacy? 
Having a Degree in Pharmacy does not limit you to a particular work environment. Career opportunities will be added when we revisit this page.


The general WAEC, NECO or GCE core subject combination for Pharmacy have been listed above but, some Universities may accept Pass in lieu of Credit. And some may accept or reject the combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results. You will know more when you take a look at the Special Consideration.

Special Consideration for Pharmacy

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Pharmacy?

(i) UNIBEN and UNIUYO do not accept ‘A’ level Mathematics.

(ii) OAU accepts B.Sc. with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours in relevant discipline (Sciences).

(iii) UNIBEN accepts ‘A’ level Botany in lieu of Biology.

(iv) UNILAG accepts; (a) Very good passes in three (3) JUPEB/A-LEVEL subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology (b) Does not accept B.Sc Degrees.

(v) UNIBEN accepts B.Sc. Second Class (Hons) in related fields.

(vi) UNN accepts: (a) Three A’ level passes to include Chemistry, Biology/Zoology/Botany and Physics plus UTME requirement in not more than two sittings. (b) Bachelor’s degree in any of Biological Sciences, Health Science and Technology, or Medical Sciences with a minimum of second class honours lower division plus UTME requirement. (c) HND in Biological Sciences, Health Science and Technology or Medical Sciences with a minimum of an upper credit plus UTME requirement.

(vii) NDU accepts: a. Hold at least a Bachelor’s Degree (Second Class Honours) from a recognized University in Chemistry or any of the Biological Sciences. b. Have a pass in Physics, Mathematics, or Statistics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology or Botany at the Advanced Level (GCE) or Higher School Certificate at not more than two sittings. c. General requirement for admission in the University, i.e, credit in five (5) relevant subjects including Mathematics and English Language at the Ordinary Level GCE, or WASC/SSCE/NECO.

(viii) OOU accepts Botany in lieu of Zoology.

(ix) UNIJOS does not accept Mathematics for Physics. UNIJOS accepts B.Sc Second Class (Hons) and above in related fields. It accepts for Direct Entry Candidates with ‘A’ level requirements plus five ‘O’ level credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

(x) UNILORIN accepts minimum aggregate of 12 Points or B.Sc. (Second Class Honours Upper Division) in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology, Chemistry and other Basic Sciences (Plant Biology and Industrial Chemistry.)

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE, Special Consideration (waiver) to study Pharmacy?

(i) University of Ibadan (UI)  Same as in Medicine and Surgery.

(ii) UNILAG requires Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Addition to English Language and Mathematics. As in Medicine.

(iii) NDU requires five ‘O’ level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

(iv) UNN and UNIUYO – Requirements in not more than two sittings.


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