This page contains the [current_year] WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for International Relations, including the list of Nigerian universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more.


Course International Relations
Qualification [B.Sc. (Hons]
Duration 3 – 4 Years
Suitability Art and Commercial Students
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses International Relations related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive

Is International Relations a good course in Nigeria?

Absolutely. International Relations is one of the oldest degrees in the world with plenty of job roles you can explore. You are not limited to any specific career field. International Relations salary depends on where you work, different employees have different salary packages.

Private employees pay more than the government but not in all cases. The salary range for International Relations graduates in Nigeria is between 60k to 500k per month.

International Relations is one of the oldest degrees and is not competitive. This course is popular amongst art and commercial students in secondary school. From our records, 22 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

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

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for an International Relations 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 an International Relations 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 International Relations are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject 
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Geography
  • Commerce/Literature in English
  • 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 International Relations, don’t give up. You should consider other International Relations 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 International Relations

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 190 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study International Relations. You can still gain admission if you score between 160-170 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 International Relations are:

  • English
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Government


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study International Relations
If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for this course, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes in Social Science subject from Government/History, Economics, Sociology and Business Management

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Here is the list of universities offering International Relations Degree in Nigeria.

  1. Achievers University, Owo
  2. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  3. Bayero University, Kano
  4. Baze University
  5. Bowen University, Iwo
  6. Caleb University, Lagos
  7. Covenant University Ota
  8. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  9. Gregory University, Uturu
  10. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  11. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  12. Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  13. Landmark University, Omu-Aran
  14. Lead City University, Ibadan
  15. Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
  16. Novena University, Ogume
  17. Obong University, Obong Ntak
  18. Oduduwa University, Ipetumodu – Osun State
  19. Salem University, Lokoja
  20. Southwestern University, Oku Owa
  21. Tansian University, Umunya
  22. University of Ibadan (UI)

Admission Rate:

International Relations is one of the oldest degrees in Nigeria with plenty of job roles you can explore, and the competition for this course is high in Nigerian universities. International Relations has a 67% admission rate. Check the International Relations related courses below to also know their admission rate.

Estimated number of students currently studying International Relations in Nigerian Universities is 8,452
International Relations has 07% employment rate in Nigeria

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International Relations is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, International Relations is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, International Relations is under the Faculty/School/College of Social and Management Studies but may be under a different faculty in some universities.

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Who can study International Relations?

Can science or art students study International Relations at the university? By default, this course is meant for commercial students only. But the curriculum of this course allows students with art and science backgrounds to study it as long as they have the right O level subject combination for International Relations.

This simply means that even though you were an art student in secondary school, you can still qualify to study this course with the right O level subject for International Relations.


International Relations Course Description

International Relations is a wide-ranging subject that allows students to investigate and research the relationships between countries and governments. Sometimes it’s called international studies, international affairs, or global studies, and it can be spread across a university’s humanities and social science departments.

When you study for an International Relations degree, the focus lies on relationships between nation-states and large intergovernmental organizations like the OAU, UN or World Health Organisation. The subject is often categorised as either political science or interdisciplinary. These degrees cover areas of politics, law, history, geography and economics.

Benefits Of Studying International Relations

  • International relations promote successful trade policies between nations.
  • International relations encourage travel related to business, tourism, and immigration, providing people with opportunities to enhance their lives.
  • International relations allow nations to cooperate with one another, pool resources, and share information as a way to face global issues that go beyond any particular country or region. Contemporary global issues include pandemics, terrorism, and the environment.
  • International relations advance human culture through cultural exchanges, diplomacy and policy development.


Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study International Relations in WAEC. But note this — Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some compulsory subjects instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results.

Special consideration (waiver) for International Relations

  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria requires Five ‘O’ level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Government, or History and any other two Social Sciences or Arts Subjects
  • Bells University of Technology, Otta – Same as in International Relations.
  • Covenant University Ota same as in Marketing.
  • Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State and Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State – Same as in International Relations.
  • Southwestern University, Oku Owa requires five SSCE credit passes including English Language, Government and Mathematics and any other two relevant subjects.
  • Bowen University, Iwo requires five O’ level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Government and any two Social Science subjects selected from Economics, Civics, Geography and History.

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