Top 10 Less Competitive Courses In Nigerian Universities (2023)

This article is about the top 10 less competitive courses in Nigeria this 2023. There are courses in Nigerian Universities that are some of the easiest to get. These courses are termed less competitive and we shall be looking at the 10 easiest courses that you can gain admission for by simply choosing them and making their universities your first choice.

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Sometimes, it is not because most Nigerians are not smart enough or because they do not know the requirements for getting most of the courses that are termed competitive but their stubbornness to keep writing and failing JAMB UTME until their dream course is gotten makes them stay at home for longer.

It is not even as if these courses that are termed easy are that easy. It is simply because most people do not really prioritize them and would love to go for other ones higher up on their scale of preference, so with time, these so called less competitive courses became easier to get due to the lesser number of applicants and the less traffic that they generate and attract.

In this article, we have provided a comprehensive list of courses in Nigerian universities that prospective students pay less attention to but are just as important as all the other courses Nigerian students rush.


The following are the top 10 less competitive courses in Nigeria this 2023:


One of the very best less competitive courses in the country, Languages is a very vast course in Nigerian tertiary education institutions which has different aspects that you can major in. The course is peculiar to those in the arts. With the study of a particular language, you can get really important job roles at Embassies where you can become a translator and be paid handsomely for it. You can also work in most media houses and at the customer service centres for some top telecommunications companies and banks in the country, as well as other companies in Nigeria who need people that are fluent in certain indigenous and foreign languages.

Courses under the Faculty of Languages in some Nigerian Universities include the following:

  • Linguistics
  • Arabic
  • Hausa Language
  • Igbo Language
  • French
  • Yoruba Language
  • Chinese
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Russian


History is another good course in Nigerian universities that is less competitive and peculiar to arts students. By the time you know it, you are through with your studies. Studying history is studying about past events as described in written documents, it keeps you informed and sets you up to becoming an archivist, a demographer, diplomat, foreign Affairs analyst/specialist, immigration specialist, market research analyst, to mention but a few.


Courses under Education cuts across different fields. Whether you are science or commercial or arts inclined, Education is very vast. Education is one of the less competitive courses to get and it grooms students to become teachers in any of the fields of study that it cuts across. Education is basically taught at Colleges Of Education in Nigeria, but most universities in the country now offer it as well.

Education courses offered at Nigerian tertiary education institutions include the following:

  • Adult and Community Education
  • Adult and Continuing Education
  • Adult and Non-Fiction Education
  • Adult Education
  • Adult Education/Economics and Statistics
  • Adult Education/English Literature
  • Adult Education/Geography and Regional Planning
  • Adult Education/Political Science and Public Administration
  • Agricultural Production and Management Science and Education
  • Agricultural Science and Education
  • Automobile Technology Education
  • Building and Woodwork Technology Education
  • Building Education
  • Building Technology Education
  • Business Education
  • Education Arts
  • Library Science
  • Sports Science
  • Computer Education
  • Counsellor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Early Childhood and Primary Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education / Mechanical Technology
  • Education Accounting
  • Education and Accountancy
  • Education and Arabic
  • Education and Biology
  • Education and Business Administration
  • Education and Chemistry
  • Education and Christian Religious Studies
  • Education and Computer Science
  • Education and Economics
  • Education and Edo Language
  • Education and Efik/Ibibio
  • Education and English Language
  • Education and English Language and Literature
  • Education and French
  • Education and Geography
  • Education and Government
  • Education and Hausa
  • Education and History
  • Education and Igbo
  • Education and Integrated Science
  • Education and Islamic Studies
  • Education and Language Arts
  • Education and Mathematics
  • Education and Music
  • Education and Physics
  • Education and Political Science
  • Education and Science
  • Education and Social Science
  • Education and Social Studies
  • Education and Sociology
  • Education and Yoruba
  • Education Fine and Applied Art
  • Education Fine Art
  • Education Technology
  • Education, Igbo and Linguistics
  • Education, Language and French
  • Educational / Psychology Guidance and Counselling
  • Educational Administration
  • Educational Administration and Planning
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Educational Foundations
  • Educational Foundations and Administration
  • Educational Foundations and Management
  • Educational Management
  • Educational Management and Planning
  • Educational Technology/Introductory Technology
  • Electrical/Electronic Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Guidance and Counselling
  • Health And Safety Education
  • Health Education
  • Home Economics and Education
  • Human Kinetics
  • Human Kinetics and Health Education
  • Industrial Education Technology
  • Industrial Technical Education
  • Library and Information Science – Under Education
  • Library and Information Studies
  • Marketing Education
  • Mathematics/Computer Science Education
  • Mathematics/Statistics Education
  • Mathematics and Education Technology
  • Metal Work Technology Education
  • Nursery and Primary Education
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Education and Recreation
  • Pre-Primary and Primary Education
  • Primary Education Studies
  • Science Education
  • Secretarial Administration
  • Secretarial Administration and Education
  • Secretarial Education
  • Special Education
  • Sport Science and Health Education
  • Statistics/Computer Science Education
  • Statistics Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education Science
  • Technical Education
  • Technology and Vocational Education
  • Transport Planning Management and Education (TPM)
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Vocational Education
  • Wood Work/Education


Veterinary medicine is one of the medical courses in Nigerian universities that is very less competitive. It is an alternative to medicine and surgery but instead of humans, animals are the ones being treated by a veterinary doctor.

This course deals with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in animals. Science inclined students would do well to check this course.


Agriculture is another less competitive course to look at in Nigerian universities. The course enables you as a graduate to create your own job, produce raw materials for industries, go on agricultural tours, helps in the diversification of the economy, to mention but a few.

Some of the best courses to study under Agriculture In Nigerian Universities include the following:

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Production
  • Crop Production
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Science Education
  • Animal Science and Technology
  • Soil Science and Technology
  • Fisheries and Aquacultural Technology


Interestingly, Mathematics and Statistics are less competitive courses in Nigeria. They are there for students who love to play with figures. People who study mathematics or statistics can work anywhere and be paid decent salaries.


A science course that is one of the less competitive in Nigerian universities is Zoology. This branch of science deals with animal behaviour, animal physiology and life. Zoologists work at zoological parks, wildlife research centres etc.


As a medical course, that science inclined students can take a look at. It is one of the less competitive medical courses and you might just get it if you choose to study it at the university. Radiography is the imaging of body cells, tissues and organs for the purpose of diagnosis of certain ailments and graduates in the field are in demand these days. They are paid handsomely as well.


Building Technology is the less competitive version of Civil Engineering and applying for it can get you into the university sooner rather than later. Building technology is the study of the technical processes and methods used in the constructing buildings. It combines both architecture and civil engineering.

Graduates in this discipline can choose to go for further certifications that can enable them work at some of the top construction companies in Nigeria.


Christian Religious Knowledge and Islamic Religious Knowledge are also less competitive. They are courses apart from Theology that teaches students the in and out of these two major religions in the country. Graduates of this course can become teachers or lecturers at various public and private education institutions in Nigeria as well as clerics.

Apart from the top 10 less competitive courses in Nigeria which we have listed, other worthy mentions include:

  • Oceanography
  • Combined Biological Sciences
  • Sports Science and Health Education
  • Visual Art and Technology
  • Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology
  • Soil Science and Land Agro-Climatology
  • Ecotourism and Wildlife Management
  • Shipping and Maritime Technology
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Secretarial Administration
  • Marine Biology
  • Operations Research
  • Marine Science and Technology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Surveying and Geoinformatics
  • Industrial Physics with Electronics and I.T Application
  • Physics /Astrology
  • Wood Production Engineering
  • Physics and Computational Modelling
  • Mechatronics and Systems Engineering
  • Polymer and Textile Engineering
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Environmental Management and Toxicology
  • Cooperative and Rural Development
  • Public and Private International Law
  • Personnel Management
  • Plant Breeding and Seed Technology
  • Adult and Non-Fiction Education
  • Transport Planning Management and Education

The Author

Maduawuchi Obialo

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


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  1. can I study counsellor education with 210 in jamb and these waec result
    literature -c4
    mathematics -c4
    English -c4
    civic education -c4
    c r. s-c4
    dye and bleaching -ABS

    1. Hi Ariobasa, first of all your JAMB score is OK but I cannot guarantee that you will get Counsellor Education seeing that your O Level Government and Economics aren’t that sound. You may or may not get it but with a credit in Civil Education you can weigh your other options and apply for a change of course

  2. pardon me its d7 for government

  3. Can I study nursing science in unilorin with a jamb score of 256

    1. Hi Eunice, while Nigerian Guide cannot guarantee what schools put up as their various cut off marks as these are subject to change, we can say that it is very likely you can study Nursing science with that score as it is a really high score.

  4. Pls can I study medical lab science with 203

    1. Hi Patrick, it depends on the school you applied to

  5. Pls sir , what’s my chance to study political science with 237 in university of Ibadan

    My Utme subject combo are :

    1. Hi Praise, your chances of studying political science is high.

  6. Hello sir, What is my chance, to study medical lab tech in UI With 249.

    1. Hi Joshua, you have a really good chance of studying your dream course with that score

  7. Hi..I scored 185
    And I put computer science as my first choice but I’m about to change it
    My subjects combination:maths, English, Physics, Chemistry
    Can you help me with any course that can go with the subjects apart from computer science

    1. Hi Mercy, kindly consider Food Science and Technology

  8. Please can I study medicine and surgery in uniabuja with these results: WAEC 6Bs and 3Cs, JAMB Score:216?

    1. Hi Grace, in order to study medicine and surgery, you will need to score above 250 for some schools, while for some others, it is from 290 and above. Your WAEC result is very good but that jamb score, while you did well, cannot get you medicine. You may need to to apply for a change of course in any science discipline.

  9. What are the science courses I can study with 228

  10. Nice piece!
    Botany didn’t make your top list. Certainly, Engineering wouldn’t make this rundown, because it’s very competitive. Nonetheless, a good number of the above list courses are less relevant.

  11. I want study medical radiography in usman danfodio sokoto I scored 210 in my utme what are my chances of get admission.

    1. Hi Usman, if you do well in your post UTME, you stand a very good chance of getting the admission.

  12. I scored 236 in jamb and i wanted to study computer science will i be admitted in unn

    1. Hi Anthonia, you will be admitted if you do very well in your post UTME. Your JAMB score isn’t bad at all.

  13. Pls sir, can I study History and International Studies with the score of 204 in any university.

    1. Hi Christiana, it depends on what the Universities set as their cut off mark. Your JAMB score is good as long as you passed the JAMB cut off score of 200. All the best.

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