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Top 10 Best Universities to Study Neurosurgery in Nigeria

Are you aspiring to study Neurosurgery in Nigeria to become a Neurosurgeon and join the league of Medical Specialists?. In this article, you will discover the best Universities to study Neurosurgery in Nigeria.

What is Neurosurgery?

Neurosurgery deals with the nervous system. It is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of patients with injury or disorders of the brain, spinal cord, spinal column, and peripheral nerves within all parts of the body.

Neurology is a branch of medicine that deals with disorders of the nervous system. In Addition, Neurology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases involving the central and peripheral nervous system.

A Neurosurgeon is a skilled person and specializes in the diagnosis and treatments of all diseases and disorders of the Nervous system.

While Neurologists are people who diagnose and treat diseases and conditions of the brain and nervous system. However, they do not perform surgery, only Neurosurgeons are capable of performing surgery.

Universities to Study Neurosurgery in Nigeria

Just like Medicine and Surgery, Neurosurgery is a very competitive course to study in Nigerian Universities.

It is important that when applying for Neurosurgery you should ensure to meet up all the requirements.

Below are Top 10 Universities to study Neurosurgery in Nigeria.

1. Abia State University, Uturu

Abia State University is among the best state universities in Nigeria and most importantly, University has been approved by the NUC because it has all the medical facilities necessary for the studying of Medicine and surgery as well as Neurosurgery.

2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Even though Amadu Bello University is an Old university, it still makes the list of Universities that offer Neurosurgery in Nigeria.

Due to their good equipt facilities and highly trained medical personnel, ABU is the best place to study Neurosurgery and other related science medical courses.

3. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti

The University is a private Owned University, It was founded by a Lawyer and is located in Ekiti State.

Afe Babalola University is approved by the Nigerian University Commission (NUC). They are known for performing complicated surgeries like that of the brain and spinal cord.

Hence the University is outstanding with well-trained medical personnel and available facilities for proper teaching and learning of Neurosurgery. Afe Babalola University also offers other professionals like Aeronautical engineering in Nigeria

4. University Of Ibadan (UI)

The University of Ibadan is the only University in Nigeria that claims to have the electron microscope mounted in its laboratory.

Together with Medical staff and teachers, it is evident that the University of Ibadan is among the top-ranking universities that offer Neurosurgery in Nigeria.

5. University of Benin (UNIBEN)

The University of Benin is renowned and among the most rated Universities in Nigeria. They are accredited by NUC and have all it takes to offer Neurosurgery.

6. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)

Lagos State University is located in Lagos state Nigeria, with their good equipt medical facilities makes them specialize in the field of Medicine as well as Cardiology.

7. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)

The University of Illorin is located in Kwara State, They are accredited and approved by NUC, The University is the best in Kwara State in terms of medicine and surgery. They also make the list of universities that offer Neuroseugery in Nigeria.

8. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)

UNIPORT located in Port-Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State. They have a well-furnished Teaching hospital with Medical facilities that makes them the best in medicine and surgery.

9. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)

UNIMAID is a Federal University founded in 1973 in Borno State. Over the years UNIMAID has proven to be one among the best universities in Nigeria with Good Infrastructure and clean environment to study Medicine and surgery.

Besides, the University teaching hospital is very big and has the capacity to handle complicated Surgeries.

10. University of Calabar (UNICAL)

UNICAL is located in Calabar, (Cross River State), which is one among the cleanest cities in Nigeria. With a serene and beautiful Environment, University of Calabar has proven to be an ideal place to study Medicine and Neurosurgery.

In Addition, there are 10 Faculties and 3 institutes in UNICAL

Other Universities that Offer Neurosurgery in Nigeria are:

  • University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  • Bowen University, Iwo
  • Benue State University, Makurdi
  • Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  • Gregory University, Uturu
  • University of Uyo
  • Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
  • Gombe State University, Gombe
  • Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  • Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  • Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  • University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)

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How Much Do Neurosurgeons Earn in Nigeria


Neurosurgeon in Nigeria

A Neurosurgeon in Nigeria typically earns around 973,000 NGN monthly. Salaries range from 328,000 NGN (lowest average) to 1,510,000 NGN (highest average, the actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary and includes housing, transport, and other benefits. However, salaries may vary depending on different surgery careers.

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Requirements / Qualifications For Neurosurgeons in Nigeria

Becoming a Neurosurgeon in Nigeria is not indomie and egg.

Before you study to become a Neurosurgeon you must have completed a degree in medicine and have obtained an MBBS or any equivalent qualification.

Nevertheless, Neurosurgeon is a complex course to study and so it requires highly specialized individuals, before you become a Neurosurgeon you must ensure to cultivate the following skills

  • A highly specialized skill of Manual dexterity
  • good hand-eye coordination, excellent vision and visuospatial awareness
  • a blend of confidence and caution
  • good organizational ability and excellent communication skills
  • physical stamina to cope with long hours and the demanding nature of the work
  • emotional strength in order to manage very sick patients
  • the ability to lead and manage a team effectively
  • able to embrace change and constantly developing technologies
  • a strong interest in anatomy and physiology

How Many Hours A Week Do Neurosurgeon Work?

Neurosurgeons work an average of 61 hours per week on professional activities (excluding on-call). Much of this time (34 hours per week) is devoted to direct patient care, with or without a teaching component.

Conclusion: Universities to Study Neurosurgery in Nigeria

In Conclusion, Neurosurgery is one of the most marketable and Top ranked courses to study, It falls under the faculty of Medicine And Surgery and it deals with the diagnoses and treatment of disease.

Those who are Neurosurgeons earn almost a million in one month (though depending on the carrier, but it is worth it).

Should you Study Neurosurgery in Nigeria? I strongly say Yes!!!!

Benjamin Targba


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  1. Okay,thank you sir.But,does that mean I will study medicine and surgery first then neurosurgery?

  2. I can study direct to neurosurgeon

  3. pls to study neurosurgery how many years of general med is to be studied? and is wise to study such a delicate course like neurosurgery in a country that barely has good standard facilities for the course so far no direct answer has been given for universities that stand a good chance of practicing neurosurgery without breakdown or set back of any chance

    1. Emm according to wat I find out it will take u 16year to become a neurosurgeon

  4. I want to study neurology precisely pediatrics but am confused if I will study med surg first before going into a medical school. Pls I need a reply

  5. Pls can I use Aleve to study neurosurgery. cause I just finished my wace to day and am prepared to go for Aleve…

  6. Pls does the medical school mean that you will be studying medicine and surgery as a whole ?

  7. Pls which university is d best for neurosurgery

  8. What do u intend to achieve by adding ABSU to the list..a school that doesn’t have a neurosurgery unit and even on d verge of being closed down. Plz don’t misinform serious minded people

  9. I know it is off topic, but is it possible to study two Bsc courses in Nigerian Universities?

  10. Please can you send my your email contact.

    I’ve a kinda off-the-topic question on University courses in Nigeria.

    1. Hello Joe, Kindly check the contact page

      1. Which school can I study Neurosurgery

  11. Yasir zubairu Sulaiman

    I’m planning to pursue neurosurgery after my mbbs. Unfortunately, I heard that it’s impossible to do that without acing all my o’levle relevant science courses with A grades.

    Pls I need a quick reply.thanks in advance

    1. Hello Sulaiman, I don’t think that matters, what matters is to get at least credit passses in the relevant science subjects

  12. Pls I want to study neurosurgery.But I don’t know if I can study it directly or not.But if I cannot study it directly what are the other courses I can study before going into neurosurgery.pls help me

  13. I am an aspiring pediatric Neurosurgeon and plan on studying Biological sciences as an undergraduate course at the University, is it the right course to study to become a neurosurgeon?
    Because, from my researches so far, one who studied biological sciences stands the chance of getting accepted into a medical school.
    It’s urgent and I need a reply.

    1. Yes, you are on the right track. @ Christel

  14. Can I study neurosurgeon and ophthalmologist oculo plastic and retina surgery orbital surgeon Together or how can I study all And best University to study tjem

    1. @ Fasasi, Yes it is possible but it will take a long period of time

    2. I changed my institution from unn to Andy because my JAMB score wasn’t high enough to study medicin and surgery in it . And now I hear that’s impossible for me to study neurosurgery in ansu.Can I still change my institution and give it a try to gain admission for my desired course or should I just give up on my dream

  15. Pls which university is better to study neuro ophthalmologist oculo plastic in Nigeria or how do I go about it

  16. Seems its now clear
    I want to study neurosurgery and plastic surgery, thanks bro.

  17. Nice write up
    I want to study neuro ophthalmologist,oculplastics and orbital surgeon

    1. Success is yours bro @ Fasasi

  18. Favour ifechukwu

    Please what courses are related to neurosurgeon

  19. Faith Ike Egong

    I studied biological sciences, do I have to study medicine before I can study neurosurgery? Or is there any other means I can go through to be a neurosurgeon?
    Please reply as soon as possible.
    Thank you

    1. @ Faith Ike, Thanks for your comment. Pls, note that as a graduate of Biological Sciences if you wish to study Neurosurgery you can only be admitted in 200L Medicine and Surgery (Provided you graduate with First-Class or Second Class Upper as a minimum requirement) after which you can proceed to study Neurosurgery. However, If you didn’t make good grades from Biological Science you will be required to write jamb and start from Medicine and Surgery in 100L

      I hope this is understood? Thanks dear

      1. I want to study neurosurgery in Nigeria. Do I need to study a premed course in Nigeria

  20. Pls reply urgently.
    I want to study cognitive neuroscience. Does it mean l have to do medicine or do a Bsc in psychology?.?.?

    1. @ Joseph Chisom, Thanks for your comment, If you want to study Cognitive neuroscience you will have to do BSC psychology first and from there you will proceed to study Clinical psychologist at the masters level where you will specialize in cognitive neuroscience.

  21. can I still go for neurosurgery after studying optometry? Or must I pass through medicine and surgery.

    Plz, reply sooner for It’s very urgent.

    1. Thanks for your question @ Ikechukwu after studying Optometry you can not directly study Neurosurgery in Nigeria although you can be admitted into 200L medicine and surgery. However, in other developed countries such as USA or Canada after studying Optometry you can be directly admitted in 400L to study Neurosurgery.

      I hope this is understood?

  22. ABUAD is located in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State not Edo…nice write up up there…

    1. Thanks for much for your correction @ John

  23. Can I choose abuad or uniabuja to Study neurosurgery

  24. Pls wat are the subjects needed for this and universities DAT offer dis course

    1. Thanks for your comment precious. Take note that Neurosurgery can only be studied at the Masters level after you have completed Medicine and Surgery. O’level result must carry A credit in all science subjects

      1. Musa Emmanuel oluwasegun

        Sir i wish to study neurosurgeon i just wasnt to enter University sir should i go for medicine and surgeon before i can study neurosurgeon as my career

        1. @Musa, You should study Medicine and Surgery first. After that, you can proceed to study Neurosurgery at Masters Level

  25. I want to study neurology. Does that mean I have to do medicine and surgery first ?

    1. Yes, You have to study Medicine and surgery first. Neurology can only be studied at Masters level after you have finished medicine and surgery

      1. I want to study neurosurgery does it mean I will study medicine firs, if yes then how long will I be under medicine and surgery

        1. Onu Favour Chinonso

          I too want to study Neurosurgery
          It takes a total of 15 years 6 years med school+1 year internship training + 1 year NYSC + 7 years of neurosurgery residency training program
          Residency training program differs in country and regions it could be 5 years to 7 or 8 years of general neurosurgery and more extra years for subspecialties of your choice
          It is the highest in education in medicine and the highest paid

          1. Pls I want to write jamb
            Should I put neurosurgery or medicine and surgery

      2. Onu Favour Chinonso

        Neurosurgery or Neurology are studied during residency training programs which varies from countries

        1. I changed my institution from unn to Andy because my JAMB score wasn’t high enough to study medicin and surgery in it . And now I hear that’s impossible for me to study neurosurgery in ansu.Can I still change my institution and give it a try to gain admission for my desired course or should I just give up on my dream

        2. Kemisola Okugbesan

          pls I wrote only gce can I study medicine and surgery With it

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