Top 10 Best Universities to Study Medicine in Nigeria

The top universities in Nigeria which are considered the very best when it comes to studying medicine and surgery are what we shall be looking at in this post. We have outlined the 10 best medical schools in Nigeria this 2021 and what makes them different from the rest.

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These medical universities offer not just medicine and surgery alone but other accredited medical courses that science inclined students would love to study if it happens that they do not want to forge a career path as a medical doctor.

With that said, it should be stated that majority of the science students in our secondary schools aspire to become medical doctors before anything else. It might take some time before they consider being engineers or pharmacists but that is not to say that these courses are in anyway inferior to medicine. It’s simply the way science students are wired in this part of the world.

The joy at the thought of wearing a white ward coat with a stethoscope hanging around one’s neck, and being respected as a life saver is enough motivation for science students to anticipate medical school even at their formative years in science class.

But if those thoughts end up as just thoughts without following them up by attending a good medical university in Nigeria, the dream of one becoming a medical doctor might never come true.

If you are a Great Nigerian Student and you are seeking a good medical school to attend in the country, what this post seeks to do is to broaden your horizon and make you see as far as possible as to which university is among the best in Nigeria where you can get quality education as regards medicine and surgery and some other related medical courses such as dentistry which may be of interest to you.

Studying medicine and surgery also exposes you to great job opportunities after school with the promise of a decent pay per month. Medical doctors salary structure in the country today is quite attractive and you start to earn immediately after graduation through housemanship and also during your NYSC as a youth corper doctor. This cannot be said for many other graduates in different fields of study in Nigeria at the moment.

Moreover, the Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Education has been putting in a lot of money into universities offering medical sciences in order to ensure that these schools are very well equipped and properly funded so as compete favourably with their counterparts on the continental and world stage, and not be left behind in the past while others are advancing forwards.

This should embolden prospective students who wish to take medicine and surgery, and other medical courses in these top schools listed in our article to do so with the assurance that these medical schools actually have what it takes to give them the needed educational training in the field of medical science.

So if you are interested in the medical field, do well to check out the top 10 best universities in Nigeria that offer medicine and surgery and other related medical courses below.


The following are the 10 best universities to study medicine and surgery in Nigeria this 2021:


This university is presently the best university to study medicine and surgery, and other medical related courses in Nigeria. It is also one of the best universities in Nigeria generally as well as a leading tertiary institution of learning in Africa.

The well known University College Hospital, UCH Ibadan, a leading teaching hospital in Nigeria is owned and run by the University of Ibadan, and it trains highly skilled medical practitioners who value their jobs and human lives.

The school boasts some of the best medical infrastructure in Nigeria and it’s medical college sits on a large expanse of land to accommodate the growing number of medical students it accepts every year.

It should be stated that medicine and surgery is highly competitive and prospective students must work hard and score really high marks at the UTME and post UTME to stand in good stead to be given provisional admission to study medicine at the University of Ibadan.

The College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan comprises of four faculties namely:

  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Public Health


The College of Medicine, University of Lagos is also another top medical school in the country presently, and it is located at Idi-Araba, Surulere, away from the main campus in Akoka, Yaba.

The school sits side by side with the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, which gives medical students some of the best education on becoming good medical practitioners.

The College of Medicine, UNILAG, has three faculties which are:

  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dental Sciences


The University of Ilorin is one school that is known for academic excellence. It is one of the best universities in the South-Western part of Nigeria and because they rarely go on strike, they are rated as on of the best schools in the country also. One area of academics where they are very good at is medicine and surgery.

The College of Health Sciences at UNILORIN commenced teaching as the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin in the year 1977 but has since transformed into one of the best colleges of medicine Nigeria currently

The College of Health Sciences at the University of Ilorin comprises of two faculties which are:

  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences


Another top medical university in the country is the College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). The school is known for highly employable medical practitioners and it is considered as one of the most competitive colleges of medicine in Nigeria. For any prospective medical student to be admitted here, they need to be academically sound and highly focused.

The College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) comprises of four faculties which are:

  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Institute of Public Health


One of the oldest universities in Nigeria as well as one of the best schools to study medicine and surgery, and other related medical courses, ABU, Zaria is well equipped to give the best medical education there is out there.

The school has some of tge best medical infrastructure in Nigeria and is reportedly the most funded public tertiary institution in the country. The Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital owned and run by the school is one of the busiest hospitals in the country. At ABU, Zaria, the college of medicine boasts a total of 17 departments.


You cannot talk about the best medical schools in the country without giving worthy mention to the school that bears the country’s name, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The college of medicine of the University of Nigeria trains students to study very hard so as to be well grounded in the medical profession.

The school’s teaching hospital, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, is one of the busiest and best in the country. College of Medicine, UNN also teaches Veterinary Medicine and has a Veterinary Teaching Hospital which caters for pets and other animals in Nigeria.

The College of Medicine at UNN boasts of 3 faculties and 20 departments and sub-departments. The faculties include:

  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry
  • Faculty of Health Science and Technology


The Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM) is rightfully one of the best medical schools in Nigeria presently. Located in Ikeja, Lagos, the college has great medical infrastructure as well as a conducive environment for teaching medicine and other related courses. The school also has a teaching hospital which has state-of-the-art medical facilities to groom would be doctors and take care of patients properly.

The College of Medicine, LASU has 4 faculties which are:

  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of Dentistry.


The College of Medicine, UNIBEN boasts of some of the most modern medical facilities and world-class medical experts who work round the clock to save lives at the hospital.

The college of medicine at the University of Benin boasts of 4 Schools of Medicine namely:

  • Institute of Child Health
  • School of Basic Medical Sciences
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Medicine


The College of Medicine at DELSU rightfully sits as one of the best in the country currently. It has a teaching hospital which specializes in medicine and surgery and other medical related courses such as radiology, community health, urology, psychiatry, to mention but a few.

The College has three faculties which are namely:

  • Faculty of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Faculty of Family Medicine and Anatomy
  • Faculty of Medicine


Last but not the least on this list is the College of Medicine, Ambrose Alli University(AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State. The school is blessed with very good facilities and a very conducive learning environment for medical students and just like the University of Ilorin, AAU, Ekpoma hardly goes on strike.

The College of Medicine at AAU, Ekpoma has 2 faculties which are

  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences

Kindly note that a faculty houses several departments in a university.


In Nigeria today, the time duration for studying medicine and surgery in the university is six (6) years. Many universities in the country go by this time frame but there are some universities in the country that offer an accelerated 5-year undergraduate medical programme.


Prospective university students for medicine and surgery in Nigeria are required to meet the following entry requirements: at least 5 credits in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Language, and Mathematics in not more than two sitting at O level, and also scoring at least 280 and above in JAMB UTME to qualify for the Post UTME at any of the various schools offering medicine and surgery. Prospective students are advised to also score very high in the post UTME in order to get the admission into the university for medicine and surgery.


This is a comprehensive list of medical universities and schools in Nigeria currently:

  • University Of Benin, Benin City
  • University Of Ilorin, Ilorin
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  • University Of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • University Of Nigeria Nsukka
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  • University Of Port-Harcourt
  • Bayero University, Kano
  • University Of Lagos
  • University Of Jos, Jos
  • University Of Maiduguri
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto
  • University Of Calabar, Calabar
  • University Of Uyo
  • Delta State University, Abraka
  • Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island
  • Benue State University, Makurdi
  • Kaduna State University, Kaduna
  • Imo State University, Owerri
  • University Of Abuja, Abuja
  • Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye
  • Gombe State University, Tudun Wada, Gombe
  • Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  • Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  • Kogi State University, Anyigba
  • Abia State University, Uturu
  • Enugu State University Of Science And Technology, Enugu
  • Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti
  • Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  • Ondo State University Of Medical Sciences Laje Road, Ondo, Ondo State
  • Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti
  • Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  • Osun State University, Osogbo
  • Bowen University, Iwo
  • Bingham University, Karu
  • Madonna University, Okija
  • Igbinedion University, Okada, Benin City
  • Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State.

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and an Editor at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.


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  1. I think this medium would help students choose the right school for their proposed course and it would guide them on how to go about it

  2. wow…great info..thanks

  3. Great information with this someone can chose a choice that he/she like Thanks

  4. Abdullahi Ali Beti

    What of Yobe state University, Damaturu

  5. Iheanacho Saint Theresa

    Pls all of them which one is the very best

    1. University of Ibadan! Is the very best. But also the toughest.

      1. I know right

  6. Wow great information thanks for this.

  7. Hey university of Abuja also does surgery too
    I school there

  8. Please which of them is the best

  9. Mas'ud Is'haka Ibrahim

    Tanx for this notification. Gombe state University too.

  10. How come unical isn’t among the top ten universities to study medicine and surgery?

  11. Nice I love this so much….Thanks

  12. Contagious Intelligence


    Why don’t you post Top 10 States university for MBBS.
    At least not everyone wants federal government institution. 🤣

  13. Please which one is the best among those university

    1. Hi Umoru, every one of the schools listed in the top 10 best universities to study medicine in Nigeria is very good. It depends on you to choose which one you want to attend.

      1. I want to go to Ibadan but my peers do tell me that the only give admission to their Tribes only

  14. Wow

  15. Pls can we get the cut off marks for this schools

  16. Wow great information thanks for this.

    1. Yeah, but please do you know the cut of point for medicine this year 2021?

  17. Thanks for this great information

  18. usman danfodio university is greatest university

  19. Please what is the cut off mark for UI

    1. Hi Mariam, if you score above 260 in JAMB UTME and above 70 in your post UTME, you stand a very good chance of gaining admission for medicine and surgery at the University of Ibadan.

  20. What is the cut off mark for ABU Zaria

  21. Sabi akanbi Gabriel

    What if someone didn’t get up to 280 mark in jamb how will the person enter University of Ibadan?

  22. Thanks for this enlightenment.

  23. Thanks for the information.

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