This page contains 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


CourseNutrition and Dietetics – under Medicine
QualificationsM.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC
Duration4 – 5 Years
SuitabilityScience Students

You must be a Science student for you to be able to study Nutrition and Dietetics in Nigeria Universities, and that can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to WAEC, JAMB and A-level admission requirements.

Is Nutrition and Dietetics a good course in Nigeria?

Yes. Nutrition and Dietetics is one of the oldest degrees in Nigeria with fewer job roles to explore. The salary range for the majority of workers in Dieticians and nutritionists – is from ₦31,204 to ₦105,335 per month. A Dietician and nutritionist typically earn between ₦31,204 and ₦87,763 net per month at the start of the job.

A Nutrition and Dietetics degree is competitive and this course is popular amongst science students in secondary school. From our records, 15 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Nutrition and Dietetics, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Nutrition and Dietetics 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.

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WAEC Subject Combination For Nutrition and Dietetics

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Nutrition and Dietetics 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 Nutrition and Dietetics 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 you can gain admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If however, 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 Nutrition and Dietetics are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject 
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Food and Nutrition

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 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 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 useful guides on how to choose a course and university


JAMB subject combination for Nutrition and Dietetics

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 Nutrition and Dietetics. 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 Nutrition and Dietetics are:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics

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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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
  4. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  5. University of Ibadan
  6. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  7. Wesley University of Science & Technology, Ondo
  8. Bells University of Technology
  9. Bells University of Technology
  10.  Imo State University (IMSU)
  11. Nasarawa State University
  12. Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta
  13. University of Nigeria Nsukka
  14. Wesley University
  15. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (offer as Human Nutrition and Dietetics)
Estimated number of students currently studying Nutrition and Dietetics in Nigerian Universities is 5,753
Nutrition and Dietetics has 39% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Nutrition and Dietetics has a 75% admission rate.

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Nutrition and Dietetics is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Nutrition and Dietetics degree course 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 also 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 degree course 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.

Nutrition and Dietetics course description: 

The Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (the terms are used interchangeably) prepares you to work as a professional nutritionist and dietitian. 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, and 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.

The 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.

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

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