Dentistry and Dental Surgery

Do you want to go to school and study Dentistry and Dental Surgery? Do you want to become a Dentist? If yes, read the full admission guide here.

At, we provide various resources for candidates who intends to study at any level of education in Nigeria and abroad.

This post will serve as a comprehensive JAMB brochure for Dentistry and Dental Surgery. It has every information you need if you are looking for admission into Dentistry and Dental Surgery at any Nigerian University. Here you will fine, admission requirements, JAMB Subject Combinations for Pharmacy, Admission requirements and special (waiver) considerations for many schools.

Dentistry as a course is offered in many Nigerian Universities leading to the award of Bachelor of Dental Surgery B.D.S. It’s in the Faculty of Medicine or Clinical sciences depending on school’s categorization.

Any students who successfully completed his or her studies in Dentistry and Dental Surgery will eventually become a Dentist with a qualification level of undergraduate.

Qualification Level: Undergraduate Degree

Course Duration: The course duration is 6 years for UTME Students and 5 years for Direct Entry Students starting from level 200 (year two).

Basic Admission Requirements for Dentistry and Dental Surgery

Candidates who made the basic admission requirements are offered admission into 4 or 5 years programme deepening on Mode of entry (UTME or DE).

Although, admission requirements slightly differ in many schools, here are the basic admission as well as waiver considerations.

UTME  Requirements for Dentistry and Dental Surgery

Candidates who wish to gain admission into Dentistry and Dental Surgery at any University in Nigeria must have at least Five (5) SSCE (WAEC/NECO) credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Some schools accepts a combination of O’Level Results to admission consideration.

JAMB-UTME Subject Combination for Dentistry and Dental Surgery

The JAMB UTME Subject combination for Pharmacy are Use of English, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

Special Admission Considerations for JAMB UTME Candidates 

(i)    UNN requires candidates in addition to  minimum entry
requirements the entrance candidates are expected to
have credit passes in English Language, Biology, Chemistry,
Mathematics and Physics in SSCE at the O’ level in not
more than one sitting.

(i) PHC, UNN, BENIN, LAGOS and OAU require Physics as the
other science subject.
(ii) IBADAN – As for Medicine and Surgery.

Direct Entry Admission Requirements for Dentistry and Dental Surgery

Three ‘A’ level passes
include Chemistry,
Biology/Zoology and

Special Admission Considerations for Direct Entry Candidates 

(i) UNN requires
(a) Direct entry candidates in addition to satisfying the UTME
requirements should also have 3 Advanced Level papers in
Biology or Zoology, Chemistry and Physics in London GCE in
one sitting.
(b)      The Faculty accepts B.Sc degree in related   field of study for
admission into the Five year standard programme.
(c)      Holders of MBBS may be admitted into the three year clinical
course in Dentistry
(ii) IBADAN as in Medicine and Surgery.
(iii) DELSU and LAGOS accept B.Sc. Degree First  Class/Second
Class Upper in Medical related fields. Also accepts Three ‘A’
level papers.
(iv) PHC – No Direct Entry.
(v)      BENIN accepts B.Sc Biochemistry (Second Class Lower)
Microbiology, Zoology, Botany, Anatomy, Physiology,
Nursing, B.Sc or OD Optometry, B.Pham or Doctor of
(vi)      OAU accepts .Sc. with minimum of Second Class Honours in
relevant discipline (Sciences).

Universities that Offer Dentistry and Dental Surgery in Nigeria

At the time of updating this information, 9 universities offer Pharmacy course at full time in Nigeria. Here are the schools below;

  1. Bayero University Kano – BAYERO
  2. University of Port Harcourt – PHC
  3. University of Benin – UNIBEN
  4. University of Ibadan – UI
  5. University of Lagos – UNILAG
  6. Lagos State University – LASU
  7. University of MAIDUGURI – UNIMAID
  8. Obafemi Awolowo University – OAU
  9. University of Nigeria Nsukka – UNN


School Fees Depends on school. It’s usually cheaper in Federal Universities, slightly costly in State Universities and are costlier in Private Universities.

Where to Work as a Dentist

Dentistry is one of the most lucrative course to study in Nigeria and other countries. Dentist are also one of the highest paid workers in the labour market. The profession also command huge prestige and respect in the society. They are guaranteed of work in the hospital, pharmaceutical companies, research firms, NGOs etc. They can even open their own hospital and make huge money daily by treating patients. So, it’s a very good course to study.

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