Discover the JAMB and WAEC subject combinations for Music at Nigerian universities. In addition to that, we have answers to some of the questions you might have in mind regarding obtaining a degree in music.

Generally, Nigerian universities have similar O’level (WAEC, NECO, etc.) and JAMB UTME requirements for studying Music.

Nevertheless, it remains important to take note of the slight differences before completing your JAMB registration.

Basically, Nigerian Universities require at least 5 credit passes in O’level, to include English Language and 4 other relevant subjects.

Requirements for Studying Music at Nigerian universities

‘O’ level subject combination (WAEC, NECO, etc.)

To be eligible for admission to study Music, you must score at least 5 SSCE credit passes, including Music and English Language along with three other relevant Arts and/or Social Science subjects.

To put it differently, the NABTEB, NECO or WAEC subject combination for Music is English Language, Music, plus any 3 from Religious Studies, Geography, Economics, History, Government, Civic Education, Mathematics, Fine Art or other relevant subjects.

Your overall grade must not be below five credits in at most 2 sittings combined.

Special considerations for the O’level requirements

  • BOWEN accepts Music Society of Nigeria’s Grade V Certificate, Trinity College of Music Grade V certificate and Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Grade V Certificate and other Arts or Social Science subjects.
  • For Obafemi Awolowo University and UNIBADAN, a credit pass in Music is not compulsory.
  • The University of Uyo does not insist on Credit pass in Music at SSCE. If a candidate earns a Grade V certificate in the Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Examination or Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Examination, it will be an added advantage.
  • The University of Port Harcourt accepts credit passes in English Language and any other four subjects (a credit pass in Music is an added advantage).
  • The University of Jos requires five O’ level credit passes to include English Language, Literature in English and any Arts/Social Science subjects at not more than two sittings.
  • MOUNTAIN TOP requires five O’ level credit passes in English Language and another Language (African or European) and any of a credit level pass in Music at SSCE or pass at Grade V or Higher (Local Examinations in Music) of ARRSM or equivalent.

JAMB UTME subject combination

In addition to the compulsory Use Of English, candidates who wish to study Music at any Nigerian University must register for Music, one other Art subject, plus any other subject.

Special consideration for JAMB UTME subject combination

  • Lagos State University accepts Music plus any two other subjects. IBADAN and UNIZIK accept any three Arts or Social Science subjects.
  • BOWEN requires any of Literature in English or CRS as the other subject.
  • The University of Nigeria Nsukka and UNIPORT accept any three subjects
  • Obafemi Awolowo University accepts any three subjects from Arts, Social Sciences or Sciences.
  • MOUNTAIN TOP requires one language subject and one Social Science subject.

Direct Entry Requirement

To gain admission to study Music through Direct Entry, you need to score at least two ‘A’ level passes in Music and any other related course.

Special considerations and waivers for Direct Entry Students

  • The University of Uyo accepts ND
  • The University of Nigeria, Nsukka accepts:
    • For 3 Years:
      • Pass in NCE (single major), NCE (double major), and ND in music.
      • Music Society of Nigeria’s Grade V Certificate.
      • Trinity College of Music Grade V certificate iv. Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade V certificate.
    • For 2 Years
      • NCE (Double Major in Music Education) not less than lower credit (Merit).
  • For now, the University of Port Harcourt does not offer Direct Entry.
  • The Joseph Ayo Babalola University, in addition to UTME requirement, accepts English Language and any other four Arts or Social Science plus ND and HND.
  • Obafemi Awolowo University accepts
    • NCE in Music (double major) merit above
    • ABRSM Grade VIII Certificate
    • Certificate in Music (Ife)
  • Lagos State University accepts
    • NCE (Music) with at least merit passes
    • ND (Music/Music Technology)
    • in addition to five credit passes in O’ level at not more than two sittings to include English Language and any combination of Arts and Sciences.
  • BOWEN accepts A’ level pass in Mathematics or other Arts or Social Science subjects.
  • IBADAN accepts
  • ND / HND in Music from recognized institutions with a minimum of an upper credit will be admitted into the 200 level of study.
  • An ‘A’ Level pass in Music plus any other two ‘A’ Level subjects will be admitted into the 200 level of study.
  • NCE with major in Music and any other subject with a minimum of an upper credit or merit will be admitted into the 200 level of study.
  • Grade VIII Theory ABRSM or MUSON Certificate with any good HND or degree certificate will be admitted into the 200 level of study.
  • The University of Jos accepts MUSIC major in relevant fields such as Theatre Arts, ND I MUSIC at credit level or NCE Music Education at credit/merit level/JMB A’ level in Music in addition to O’ level requirement.
  • The Obafemi Awolowo University accepts NCE in Music or ABRSM London (Grade VIII) or their equivalents. (xxii) MOUNTAIN TOP requires two A’ level passes including English and one other language subject. DIRECT ENTRY AND UTME:
  • The University of Nigeria, Nsukka and the University of Uyo require candidates to pass Audition test which is held on the last Thursday and Friday of August every year.
  • UNIUYO does not insist on Credit pass in Music at SSCE
  • OAU accepts candidates with credit in English Language and four other subjects but with no qualification or certificate in Music may be considered provided they possess UTME requirements.
  • Delta State University does not insist on credit pass in Music at O/L. Both UTME and DE candidates must pass their departmental audition test.
  • UNIZIK does not require credit in Music but does not accept a pass in English Language.
  • Lagos State University accepts NCE (merit) in Music Education, Music Technology/Music from recognized institutions.
  • OAU requires credit in another language, African or European.
  • DELSU accepts HND ) Upper credit) into 300 level. It also accepts the Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Grade.

JAMB cut off mark for Music

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In general, Nigerian Universities allow students to partake in their Post UTME for Music if they score at least 180 in the JAMB UTME.

Universities where you can study Music

Based on the JAMB 2018 Brochure, the following Nigerian universities offer music:

  1. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
  2. Babcock University
  3. Bowen University
  4. Delta State University
  5. Godfrey Okoye University
  6. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  7. The University of Ibadan
  8. The University of Jos
  9. Lagos State University
  10. MOUNTAIN TOP
  11. Obafemi Awolowo University
  12. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  13. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  14. University of Uyo

What is a degree in Music all about?

Bachelor of Music is an academic degree awarded by several Nigerian universities upon completion of the required years of study.

What’s in it for you?

You will be trained to become proficient in an instrument, voice, or conducting.

Frequently asked questions

Is music a Commercial or Art course?

Music is offered as an Art course at most Nigerian Universities, and is, therefore, placed under the faculty of Arts.

How competitive is Music at Nigerian Universities?

The number of applicants for Music is relatively low. Therefore, it is not a very competitive field in terms of admission.

Can Science Students study Music?

Any science student who wishes to study Music must satisfy the UTME and ‘O’level requirements.

What Jobs can I apply for after a degree in Music?

After obtaining a degree in Music, you can become a private music teacher, music therapist, secondary school teacher, etc.

How many years do you have to spend studying Music?

Generally, you have to spend at least 4 years to obtain a degree in Music at most Nigerian Universities.

Final note

We advise you to check the latest JAMB brochure for more information, as the Universities reserve the right to alter their requirements for studying Music.

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