WAEC and JAMB Subject for Nutrition and Dietetics – Medicine


This page contains 2020/2021 official WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Nutrition and Dietetics, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more


Course Nutrition and Dietetics – under Medicine
Qualifications M.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC
Duration 4 – 5 Years
Suitability Science Students
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses Nutrition and Dietetics related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive


On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Nutrition and Dietetics. if you are a returning visitor, you can skip reading repetitive paragraphs.


You must be a Science student for you to study Nutrition and Dietetics 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 admission requirement.

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That is the O level / WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers) and the required screening 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 Nutrition and Dietetics

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Nutrition and Dietetics in Nigeria universities. This subject combination is also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE. The O level requirement, that is, the required WAEC subject combination for Nutrition and Dietetics must include:

  • English Language
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • A trade subject

These listed subjects are compulsory for anyone writing WAEC and other O level examinations. I will advise you to include a Language in your O level subjects. For the record, if you are one of those students seeking admission into any universities, college or polytechnics in Lagos State, Yoruba Language is compulsory for Nutrition and Dietetics. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Nutrition and Dietetics, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Nutrition and Dietetics

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions. Now I’m going to show you the compulsory JAMB subjects for Nutrition and Dietetics that you must register (English must be included because it is compulsory even though it may not be listed among the JAMB subjects below), and I will honestly advise you to aim for a score of 200 and above in JAMB UTME instead of 180 to be on a safe side because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider the College of Education or Polytechnic… Read how to answer and pass JAMB once.

Please note– English Language is compulsory. If Mathematics is not listed among the Jamb subject on this post, then Mathematics is not compulsory for this course. JAMB is not the only option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities to study Nutrition and Dietetics. If you’re having troubles with JAMB UTME, maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

 JAMB UTME subject combination to study Nutrition and Dietetics must include:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Nutrition and Dietetics

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Nutrition and Dietetics, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, Biology and Physics plus UTME requirement.


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If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same with the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Nutrition and Dietetics, don’t give up. You should consider other Nutrition and Dietetics similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related courses.

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 useful guides on how to choose a course and university

These are the list of Universities offering Nutrition and Dietetics in Nigeria

  1. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  2. Bowen University, Iwo
  3. Bayero University, Kano


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Cut-off Mark for Nutrition and Dietetics course

As you can see, more than one University offers Nutrition and Dietetics. This means the cut-off mark for Nutrition and Dietetics varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Nutrition and Dietetics is a good course and you can also check the top best science courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.


Nutrition and Dietetics is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Nutrition and Dietetics at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Nutrition and Dietetics for five years. If you gain admission through direct entry, you will study this course for four years. And of course there is room for more years if you have an extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.


Nutrition and Dietetics is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Nutrition and Dietetics is under the Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science but may be under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.


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Can a science or art student study Nutrition and Dietetics?

No! If you are a Commercial or Art student, you can’t study Nutrition and Dietetics at the university. This is a pure science course. But if you are good with Science subjects, you can take your chances I won’t discourage you provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects to fit your desired course during WAEC registration because some schools may go against it.

Also, during WAEC or NECO registration make sure you know which subjects are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O level requirements for university courses. Another alternative way to register the required subject combinations for Nutrition and Dietetics is through GCE.


What is Nutrition and Dietetics course all about: 

The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (the terms are used interchangeably) prepares you to work as professional nutritionists and dietitians. Nutrition is the study of the role of food nutrients in the body while Dietetics is concerned with the prevention and treatment of a variety of food-related diseases.

Nutritionists and dietitians break down scientific knowledge about food in relation to health and disease, then translate it into practical information to help people change eating habits and improve their health. It covers the core biomedical sciences of physiology with biochemistry and the professional practice of communication and ethics.

Nutrition and Dietetics degree course is designed to produce graduates who can effectively deliver quality preventative nutritional practice within a wide range of settings including health education, health promotion and public health. The degree also offers several opportunities for graduates to continue studying in a number of health or education related specializations.

Courses under Nutrition and Dietetics

  • Fundamentals of biology
  • Molecular basis of life
  • Food systems nutrition
  • Physical activity and health
  • General chemistry
  • Human physiology
  • Biochemistry of human disease
  • Nutrition across the lifecycle
  • Food products and preparation
  • Fundamentals of nutrition epidemiology
  • The role and function of nutrients
  • Sports nutrition
  • Public health and community nutrition
  • Behavioural science


Where can I work with a Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics 
Potential career includes nutritionist, food company nutritionist, health promotion or lifestyle project officer, sports nutrition consultant and research nutritionist. Possible employers include local and state government (e.g. Health), non-government organisations (e.g.: Cancer Council, Heart Foundation), corporations (research and development) and health-related businesses


Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Nutrition and Dietetics in WAEC. But note this — 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 Nutrition and Dietetics below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Nutrition and Dietetics had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar….

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Nutrition and Dietetics
(i) University of Ibadan (UI) preference will be given to holders of the Professional Certificates of: (a) Nigeria Registered Nurse or equivalent; (b) Own Certificate of Food Science and Applied Nutrition; (c) National Diploma in Agriculture; (d) Public Health Inspectorate Certificate.

(ii) Bowen University, Iwo requires at least two A’ level passes to include Chemistry and any one of Biology, Botany, Zoology, Agricultural Science, Physics or Geograph

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration (waiver) to study Nutrition and Dietetics
(i) University of Ibadan (UI) Same as in Medicine and Surgery.

(ii) Bowen University, Iwo requires Five SSCE credit passes in English language, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology/Agricultural Science, Geography/Economics.

What is JAMB UTME Special Consideration to study (waiver) to study Nutrition and Dietetics
(i) University of Ibadan (UI) requires English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

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