WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination for Biomedical Engineering



O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Biomedical Engineering 2020/2021; including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering the Course, WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry, IJBM, JUPEB, CAMBRIDGE, NABTEB, Course Description and Career Opportunities


Course Biomedical Engineering
Qualification B. Eng., B.Sc., B. Tech., B. Arc
Duration 3 – 4 Years
Suitability Science students
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Non Competitive
Related courses Biomedical Engineering related courses
Job Availability Low and Competitive



You must be a science student to study Biomedical Engineering in Nigeria Universities, and that’s can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level requirement.

That is, the WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), s, Special consideration (waivers) and the required documents for admission into Nigeria universities. In other to help you avoid having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Biomedical Engineering

The subjects needed to study Biomedical Engineering in WAEC must contain five (5) credit. This subject combination is also applicable to NECO AND GCE… The O level requirement, that is, the required WAEC subject combination for Biomedical Engineering must include:

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


What is Biomedical engineering all about If you have an interest in technology and invention but also want to pursuit Medicine, then Biomedical Engineering is the right course for you. Degree in Biomedical Engineering equips you with the technical, scientific, and communication skills to understand medical instruments as well to draw on fundamental concepts in Physics and other scientific disciplines to operate, repair, maintain and interpret the resulting signals and images of complex medical instrumentation. You have got to have a good foundation in chemistry, physic, biology and mathematics.


Biomedical engineering may be defined as the study and application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field. It is a combination of technical knowledge in biology and medicine to improve life quality. It is an apt career for those who have a keen interest in medicine and healthcare.


More also, Biomedical engineering is concerned with the development and manufacture of prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices, drugs and other therapies. This unique field encompasses bio-instrumentation, bio-materials, biomechanics, medical imaging, genetic engineering, orthopaedic surgery, cellular and tissue engineering.

The combination of Mechanical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Sciences with Computers for communication and control, led to the emergence of interdisciplinary courses such as Mechatronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), Geographical Information System (GIS), Bio Technology, Bio Mechanics, Bio Medical Instrumentation and Bio Medical Engineering


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Biomedical Engineering

Knowing JAMB subjects for Biomedical Engineering is not enough. You should aim for a score of 180 – 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just a piece of advice) because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic… Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

JAMB UTME subject combinations (subjects to write in jamb) to study Biomedical Engineering are:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Biology.


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Biomedical Engineering
Two ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry and any one of Physics, Biology/Zoology/ Botany and Maths.


Biomedical Engineering is getting more popular because of the increase in the growing complexity of medical technology around the world. And as a result, there is a huge demand of trained professionals to bridge the gap between clinical medicine and applied medical technology.

These professionals are termed as bio-engineers or biomedical engineers. A Biomedical engineer has to be an expert in engineering sciences, biological sciences and medical sciences. They must be capable of defining a medical problem in engineering terms and find a solution that satisfies both engineering and clinical requirements.

They usually design and develop devices and systems ranging from cardiac monitors to clinical computers, artificial hearts to contact lenses, wheel chairs to artificial tendons. They are also integral in the management of technology in hospitals and health care delivery.



If for some reasons you are not satisfied or cannot meet up with this admission requirement that is the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider other Biomedical Engineering similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related course subject requirements. You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please consider

  • The Fees
  • The Distance
  • The Environment
  • The Degree Certificate
  • Vulnerability to Strike
  • Acceptable O Level and A-level Result
  • Academic Calendar

See useful guides on how to choose a course and university

These are the list of Universities offering Biomedical Engineering in Nigeria

According to 2020/2021 JAMB Brochure, only University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) offers Biomedical Engineering

Cut-off Mark for Biomedical Engineering course

The cut-off mark for Biomedical Engineering is 180. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Biomedical Engineering is a good course and you can also check the top best engineering courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.


Biomedical Engineering is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, Biomedical Engineering is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, Biomedical Engineering is under Faculty of Agriculture but may be under a different faculty in some universities.


Can a commercial or art student study Biomedical Engineering?

No! Biomedical Engineering is a pure science course and not suitable for commercial or art student. But if you have required subject combination in your O level result, you can go for it if that is the course you desire to study. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects during WAEC registration because your schools may go against it. The alternative way to write the required subjects combination for Biomedical Engineering is through GCE.


Where can I work with a Degree in Biomedical Engineering 

I believe you now know the subjects required to study Biomedical Engineering. I urge you to also find out where you can work with the degree. Please take your time to read The Act of Getting a Job – so you would know what you’re up against after graduating.

Bio-medical engineers and technologists can find job openings in a wide range of global industries which may include modern health care, hospitals, medical equipment manufacturing units, industrial firms, educational and medical institutions, pharmaceuticals, government regulatory agencies and so on. In hospitals, they have to work closely with other healthcare professionals like physicians, nurses, therapists and technicians.

They develop customised devices and provide advice for selecting, handling and maintaining medical equipment. In industries, Biomedical Engineers use their understanding of living systems and technology to design and test new products. Government positions often involve product testing as well as establishing safety standards for devices.

Biomedical engineers are required in institutions engaged in medical research. They are also appointed as technical advisors for the marketing department of medical equipment companies. The fast-growing rehabilitation and orthopaedic engineering fields apart from computer-assisted surgery and heavy research in molecular, cellular and tissue engineering also need the service of Biomedical engineer


The SSCE O level and A-level subject needed to study Biomedical Engineering have been listed above. Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results. You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for this course if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for this course had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar..

No special consideration (waiver).

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