Best Universities to Study Medicine in Nigeria

According to Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of universities for 2022, University of Ibadan is the best University to study medicine in Nigeria.

Best Universities to Study Medicine in Nigeria

The higher education specialist’s list is a global performance ranking that judges research-intensive universities.

THE bases its subject rankings on the same 13 performance indicators used in its world university rankings which are grouped under five categories: teaching, research, citations (the number of times a publication is referred to), international outlook, and industry income.

The medicine subject ranking uses the same trusted and rigorous performance indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, and it highlights the universities that are leading across medicine, dentistry and other health subjects.

The medicine table includes 925 universities, up from 856 last year. Five Nigerian universities made the cut, but none were ranked within the top 250

The highest-ranked University to study medicine in Nigeria is the the University of Ibadan, it’s world rank is in the 351-300 range; another university that made it to the top 300 is the university of Lagos.

Best Universities to Study Medicine in Nigeria, 2021

University Ranking
University of Ibadan 251-300
University of Lagos 251-300
University of Ilorin 601+
University of Nigeria 601+
Obafemi Awolowo University 601+

University of Ibadan

University of Ibadan medical faculty Founded in 1932, the University of Ibadan (UI) was the first university to be established in Nigeria. Originally an affiliated College of the University of London, it was granted full independent status in 1962.

The school which initially started as a small institution with just three departments in Science, Medicine and the Arts, has today expanded to become one of the country’s most prestigious higher education institutions. Today UI comprises thirteen faculties, including Social Sciences, Agriculture and Forestry, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Technology, Law, Public Health and Dentistry.

The Faculty of Medicine which today is the best University to study medicine in Nigeria was one of the first Faculties created when the University College, Ibadan came into being in 1948.

The demand for places in the medical school has been great and the standard of entrants accepted by the University is high. For several sessions running and due to limited facilities, the College has not been able to offer admission to more than one in twenty of the available qualified applicants.

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University of Lagos

University of Lagos medicine and surgery Founded in 1962, the University of Lagos, Nigeria (UNILAG) has, for over 5 decades, provided qualitative and research-driven education to individuals from around the globe. It has three campuses in Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital. These are: the Main Campus at Akoka, the School of Radiography at Yaba, and its College of Medicine, at Idi-Araba, Surulere.

Department of Medicine was among the foundation Departments of the College of Medicine which was established by an Act of Parliament in 1962. The Department pursues and emphasizes the teaching of medicine, through sound clinical skills backed by an equally sound theoretical knowledge in the training of Students of Medicine.

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University of Ilorin

Best Universities to Study Medicine in Nigeria, 2022The University of Ilorin (Unilorin) was founded in 1975 and is based in Ilorin, the state capital of Kwara State in Western Nigeria.

Unilorin was founded with the aim to provide more opportunities for Nigerians who aspired to have university education and to contribute to the rapidly expanding economy.

The university which is the second best University to study medicine in Nigeria was revealed by JAMB to be the most sought after university in the year 2021.

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University of Nigeria Nsukka

University of Nigeria Nsukka is one of the best school to Study Medicine in NigeriaThe University of Nigeria is the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria, modelled upon the American educational system. It is the first land-grant university in Africa and one of the five most reputed universities in Nigeria

UNN operates 102 academic departments across 15 faculties and offers 82 undergraduate programmes and 211 postgraduate programmes for a student population over 36,000. It does so across four campuses: Nsukka; Enugu campus (UNEC); University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), in Ituku-Ozalla and the University of Nigeria Aba campus (UNAC).

The Nsukka campus houses the faculties of agriculture, arts, biological sciences, education, engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and veterinary medicine.

The former Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology (UNEC), Enugu, comprises of the faculties of business administration, environmental studies, law and medical sciences.

The medical school, in Enugu, has most of it activities in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), where doctors and other health workers are trained with high standards and have proven over the years that they can effect a significant positive change in Africa and the entire world’s healthcare system.

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Obafemi Awolowo University

Obafemi Awolowo University health sciences Obafemi Awolowo University is a federal government owned and operated Nigerian university. It was established in 1962 as the University of Ife. In 1987 it was renamed Obafemi Awolowo University in honour of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, one of the university’s founding fathers and eminent lawyer, nationalist, and politician.

Obafemi Awolowo University has 13 faculties and two colleges, the Postgraduate College and the College of Health Sciences.

The school has a long and proud tradition of excellence in the education of health care professionals. It’s no wonder they are ranked the fifth best University to study medicine in Nigeria.

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Mr Madu
Mr Madu
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