WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Pharmacy

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WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Pharmacy
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This page contains official WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Pharmacy, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more…



  • JAMB officially classified this course under Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science.
  • Probable Degree type – [M.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC]

You must be a Science student with a good background in Science subjects for you to study this course 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.

That is, the 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 always ignore!



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.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Pharmacy

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Pharmacy in Nigeria universities.

The required subject combination must include:

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

The above WAEC subject combination is also applicable to other O’level examinations such as NECO and GCE. So now that you know the compulsory O level requirement to study Pharmacy, let also look at UTME and Direct requirements and course descriptions.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Pharmacy

Prepare yourself well so you can score above 200 in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just a piece of advice) because anything short of this score may deny you 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 or Predegree.

JAMB UTME subject combination (subjects to write in jamb) to study Pharmacy is

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Pharmacy

Three ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry, Biology/Zoology and Physics or Mathematics plus UTME Requirement.


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 taking 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

List of Universities in Nigeria offering Pharmacy include:

  1. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  2. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  3. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) Click to read conditions
  4. University of Ibadan (UI) Click to read conditions
  5. Igbinedion University Okada
  6. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Click to read conditions
  7. University of Jos (UNIJOS) Click to read conditions
  8. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU) Click to read conditions
  9. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  10. Madonna University, Okija
  11. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  12. Niger Delta University Yenagoa (NDU)
  13. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  14. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  15. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  16. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  17. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  18. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  19. University of Uyo
  20. Gombe State University, Gombe
  21. Bayero University, Kano Click to read conditions

Cut-off Mark for Pharmacy

As you can see above, there are over 21 Universities offering Pharmacy. This means the cut-off mark for this Pharmacy varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Pharmacy is a good course and listed among the top best science courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.


Pharmacy is how many years course?

Pharmacy is a four to five years course


Pharmacy is under which faculty?

Pharmacy is under the Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science.


What is Pharmacy course all about: 

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


Where can I work with a Degree in Pharmacy 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Pharmacy. 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. Career opportunities will be added when we revisit this page.


Special Consideration

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…

Special Consideration

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Pharmacy
(i) University of Benin (UNIBEN) and University of Uyo do not accept ‘A’ level Mathematics.

(ii) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts B.Sc. with a minimum of 2nd Class Honours in relevant discipline (Sciences).

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

(iv) University of Lagos (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) University of Benin (UNIBEN) accepts B.Sc. Second Class (Hons) in related fields.

(vi) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (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) Niger Delta University Yenagoa (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) Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye accepts Botany in lieu of Zoology.

(ix) University of Jos (UNIJOS) does not accept Mathematics for Physics. University of Jos (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) University of Ilorin (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) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires Physics, Chemistry and Biology in Addition to English Language and Mathematics. As in Medicine.

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

(iv) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and University of Uyo – Requirements in not more than two sittings

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