This page contains 2024 WAEC and JAMB subject combinations (admission requirements) for Civil Engineering, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.

Course Civil Engineering
Qualification B. Eng., B.Sc., B. Tech.
Duration 3 – 4 Years
Suitability Science students

Is Civil Engineering a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

Yes, Civil Engineering is a good course in Nigeria with limited job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. Civil Engineer and related professionals typically earn between ₦300,000 and ₦900,000 net per month

A Civil Engineering degree is competitive and quite popular amongst students in secondary school. From our records, 47 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Civil Engineering, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Civil Engineering and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

We have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you.


WAEC Subject Combination For Civil Engineering

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Civil Engineering degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study for a Civil Engineering degree.

Remember, the requirement you’re about to read is also applicable to all o level examinations. (WAEC, NECO and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before gaining admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for Civil Engineering are:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Mathematics
  4. Further Mathematics/Economics
  5. English Language
  6. Civic Education
  7. Geography
  8. Biology
  9. A trade subject

If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Civil Engineering, don’t give up. You should consider other Civil Engineering similar courses or 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 read valuable guides on how to choose a course and university

JAMB subject combination for Civil Engineering

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, your JAMB score in addition to your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 200 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Civil Engineering. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-190 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 JAMB subject combination for Civil Engineering is:

  1. English Language
  2. Mathematics
  3. Physics
  4. Chemistry

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Civil Engineering Description

Civil Engineering is as old as the Tower of Babel When it comes to Engineering, Civil Engineering is one of the broadest and oldest of the engineering disciplines, extending across many technical specialities. Civil Engineers plan, design, and supervise the construction of facilities essential to modern life like space satellites and launching facilities, offshore structures, bridges, buildings, tunnels, highways, transit systems, dams, airports, harbours, water supply system and wastewater treatment plants.

A civil engineer is responsible for planning and designing a project, constructing the project to the required scale, and maintenance of the project. A civil engineer requires not only a high standard of engineering knowledge but also supervisory and administrative skills.

What does a Civil Engineer do?

  • Civil engineers are involved in the design and building of highways, bridges and tunnels, schools, hospitals, airports and other buildings, sewage systems and water treatment facilities.
  • Most structures, large and small, require the help of a civil engineer whether in the designing, planning or managing of the project.
  • Civil engineers also help to preserve our environment by assisting in the cleaning up of existing pollution and planning ways to reduce future pollution of our air, land and water.


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Civil Engineering
‘A’ level passes in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics


List of Universities offering Civil Engineering in Nigeria

  1. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  2. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  3. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  4. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  5. Akwa Ibom State University of Technology, Uyo
  6. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  7. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  8. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
  9. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  10. Bayero University, Kano
  11. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  12. Covenant University Ota
  13. Cross River State University of Science &Technology, Calabar (CRUTECH)
  14. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  15. Ekiti State University
  16. Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
  17. Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
  18. Federal University of Technology, Akure
  19. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB)
  20. Gregory University, Uturu
  21. University of Ibadan (UI)
  22. Igbinedion University Okada
  23. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  24. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
  25. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  26. Kano University of Science & Technology, Wudil (KUST)
  27. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  28. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  29. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  30. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)
  31. Madonna University, Okija
  32. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  33. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  34. Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola (MAUTY)
  35. Federal University of Technology, Minna
  36. Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna (NDA)
  37. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  38. Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
  39. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  40. Ondo State University of Science and Technology Okitipupa (OSUSTECH)
  41. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  42. River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
  43. Michael Okpara University of Agricultural Umudike
  44. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  45. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  46. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  47. University of Uyo.
Estimated number of students currently studying Civil Engineering in Nigerian Universities is 27,170
Civil Engineering has 38% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Civil Engineering has 60% admission rate.

Cut-off Mark for Civil Engineering course

As you can see, more than one University offers Civil Engineering. This means the cut-off mark for Civil Engineering will vary. However, from aggregate, the cut off mark is 200. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-190 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher.

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

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

Can a commercial or art student study Civil Engineering?

No! Civil Engineering is a pure science course and not suitable for commercial or art students. But if you have the 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 Civil Engineering is through GCE


Special consideration (waiver) for Civil Engineering

  • Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli accepts a pass in English Language.
  • Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), University of Agriculture, Makurdi and Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) same as in Agricultural Engineering.
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – Same as in Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering.
  • Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU) requires five ‘O’ level credit in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any other subject in not more than two sittings.
  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT) requires credit in English Language and all relevant subjects.
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires a credit in Further Mathematics.
  • Federal University of Technology, Akure requires five SSCE credit or its equivalent at NOT more than two (2) sittings in five (5)  subjects: Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics English Language and any other science subject.
  • River State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) accepts further Mathematics in lieu of Mathematics and requires Agricultural Science or Biology as the fifth subject.
  • Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State – Same as in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) requires credit in Biology.
  • University of Jos (UNIJOS) requires credit in Additional or Further Mathematics as the fifth subject

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