Medicine and Surgery is a highly-sought-after programme in Nigerian universities. The course duration is at least 6 years of intensive learning and at least an extra year of housemanship/internship. To become a Medical Doctor in Nigeria, or even anywhere, you will need a lot of patience and discipline because of the apparently lengthy training period.
There are a number of Universities (Federal, State and Private) who have been accredited to offer Medicine in Nigeria.
To gain admission into an accredited Nigerian university to study Medicine and Surgery you will need to have been a science student while in the secondary school – not an art or commercial student – where you must have been taught the basic science subjects including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology (which is a pre-requisite for studying Medicine in Nigeria).
You need to have a minimum of 5 credits in core subjects in your secondary school certificate examination to enable you to sit for UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination) and Post-UTME. The minimum 5 credits should be in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and English Language.
Other ways of gaining admission to study Medicine and Surgery In Nigeria
If you are unable to pass the required minimum score of UTME and/or Post-UTME to study Medicine and Surgery, you can try any of the two methods: through Direct Entry or through a remedial programme
1. Through Direct Entry
You can gain admission to study Medicine and Surgery without UTME by first studying a medicine-related course in either a Polytechnic or a university. This means that you need to have first gained a degree in any medical related course before you can apply for direct entry. The advantage here is the fact that you don’t have to begin from 100 level but 200 level when you are admitted.
2. Through a Remedial Program
Another method of gaining admission into Nigerian universities is through remedial programmes. Some universities call it Pre-Degree, Pre-Science, or Remedial science; whichever name you know it as remedial programmes are one-year study programmes in the university which you are seeking admission. The study year is divided into 2 semesters (as with normal undergraduate programmes) where you’ll have to take lectures and sit for exams which will determine whether you’ll be admitted or not.