This page contains official WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Medical Biochemistry, including the list of Nigeria universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more


Course Medical Biochemistry
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

You must be a Science student for you to be able to study Medical Biochemistry 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 Medical Biochemistry a good course in Nigeria?

Yes. Medical Biochemistry is one of the oldest degrees in Nigeria with few job roles to explore. The average net salary for Medical Biochemist in Nigeria is ₦119K

A Medical Biochemistry degree is competitive and this course is popular amongst science students in secondary school. From our records, 5 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

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

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Medical Biochemistry 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 Medical Biochemistry 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 Medical Biochemistry are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject 
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Geography/Any Nigerian Language

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 Medical Biochemistry, don’t give up. You should consider other Medical Biochemistry 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 Medical Biochemistry

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 210 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Medical Biochemistry. You can still gain admission if you score between 180-200 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 Medical Biochemistry are:

  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics

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

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Medical Biochemistry, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry and any one of Physics, Biology/Zoology/Botany, and Maths

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These are the list of Universities offering Medical Biochemistry in Nigeria

  1. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  2. Cross River State University of Science &Technology, Calabar (CRUTECH)
  3. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  4. Gregory University, Uturu
  5. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)
Estimated number of students currently studying Medical Biochemistry in Nigerian Universities is 5,940
Medical Biochemistry has 22% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Medical Biochemistry has a 32% admission rate.

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Medical Biochemistry is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Medical Biochemistry degree course at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Medical Biochemistry 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.

Medical Biochemistry is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Medical Biochemistry 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 Medical Biochemistry?

No! If you are a Commercial or Art student, you can’t study Medical Biochemistry 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 Medical Biochemistry is through GCE.

Medical Biochemistry course description: 

When Medical Biochemistry romances Medicine you have Medical Biochemistry. Medical Biochemistry looks at the structure and function of the living organism in relation to its application to medicine. Students who study Medical Biochemistry acquire in-depth knowledge of human health and diseases.

You will learn about modules in neurodegeneration, cardiovascular disease, and immunology, which will help to develop a strong understanding of the implications of Medical Biochemistry within medicine alongside the needed research and experimental skills…

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