Admission into Special Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Conversion Programme 2018/2019 Session


To produce well-trained academic pharmacists and preceptors with the requisite knowledge, skills and confidence to meet the demand for effective running of PharmD undergraduate programmes across Nigerian universities.

Aims and Objectives

  • To facilitate the rapid adoption and implementation of the recently NUC-approved PharmD degree programme which is slated to become the minimum registrable qualification for pharmacy graduates of Nigerian universities in the near future.
  • To respond to the profession’s changing environment in the area of patient-centred pharmacy education.
  • To develop academic staff and preceptors with adequate skills and the ability to function seamlessly and train students in a multidisciplinary healthcare setting.


Although the University of Benin took a bold step to implement the PharmD programme in 2001, formal adoption of the programme was only announced by the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission in July 2016. Following this announcement, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) vigorously pursued the rapid implementation of the programme in all Faculties of Pharmacy in Nigeria as it is intended that the BPharm degree would be phased out in near future course. A major challenge has been the need to provide urgent but sound training for existing Lecturers for the purpose of rapid implementation and accreditation of the programme in the various Universities. It was in this light that the need to develop a training/capacity building programme for academic pharmacy staff of Nigerian universities, particularly those teaching in Departments of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Practice, was advocated at the 10th Annual Scientific Conference and Exposition of the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas, Inc (NAPPSA) held in Las Vegas, USA in June 2016. This was endorsed by NAPPSA, the PCN, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), and the Forum of Deans of Faculties of Pharmacy of Nigerian universities. In response, PCN requested the Vice Chancellor of University of Benin, Benin City to kindly accept to develop and mount a Special PharmD Conversion programme in a letter dated 28 November 2016. The choice of University of Benin is in recognition of the university’s reputation and status as the institution that pioneered PharmD in Africa in 2001 and still the only University that runs the programme in Nigeria, the several testimonies of the performance of PharmD graduates of the university within and outside Nigeria, and the institution’s capacity to implement the programme.

This special programme is time-bound as it was expected to be mounted twice and then discontinued, and is without prejudice to the current full-time undergraduate and part-time conversion PharmD programmes which will continue to run unhindered.

Programme Structure

This programme requires the successful completion of three modules:

(1) two online  modules consisting of didactic courses, in-course assessment, self-evaluation, and group discussions as well as on-site tutorials, and a research project, plus

(3) a pharmacy practice experience module(clinical clerkship, externship, and simulation exercises) consisting of on-site experience which will be carried out by a team of PharmD professionals from USA and clinical experiences in approved hospitals, community health centres and pharmacies.

Students are expected to be on-site for one week orientation at the beginning of the programme and for one week pre-examination tutorials in the first and second modules to allow for interactions. Other than the orientation programme to be conducted in central location(s) over a two weeks period by the team from USA, each student will undergo supervised clinical rotation in the institution where his/her students carryout their clerkship programmes.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must (1) hold at least a master degree in pharmacy from recognised Universities acceptable to the Senate of the University of Benin who have been teaching in a University for at least one year or be hospital/community pharmacists nominated by their institutions and/or recommended by the Deans of Faculty of Pharmacy in Universities as Preceptors for pharmacy students’ clerkship programme, (2) be registered and practicing pharmacists, and (3) have, at least, passed the West African School Certificate (WASC), Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or its equivalent at not more than two sittings.

For this purpose, each Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy is expected to forward the list of sufficient number of pharmacists working in hospitals and community pharmacies (who do not already have PharmD degree) he/she is recommending for the training of his/her students in hospitals and community pharmacies and ask such persons in the list to apply for the programme. The Dean should then send the list of his/her nominees to the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin (Email: and copy on or before 15th November 2018.

Course Duration

One academic session.


The programme fees is N240,000.00. In addition, each admitted applicant will be required to pay a clearance fee of N60,000.00 and examination/logistic fees of N20,000.00. Additional charges for foreign students available in the information flyer for foreign applicants can be obtained from the programme coordinator.

Method of Application

Candidates should visit the University website at from 20th of September 2018, click on ‘STUDENT PORTAL’ and then on ‘Waeup portal’ in the drop-down menu. In the Waeup portal page,

1. Click on APPLICATION at the top left corner at and then on Special PharmD Conversion Programme

2. Click on REGISTER FOR APPLICATION and create a login account

3. Click on LOGIN at the top right corner of the screen and use the user id and password sent to your email to login.

4. On login, click on APPLICATION RECORD at the top left corner of the screen

5. Complete the application form and click on SAVE.

6. On the Payment ticket information at the bottom of the form, click on ADD PAYMENT TICKET.

7. You can click on the ticket you created and that will take you to the payment area. If you choose to make the payment through a Nigerian Bank,

  • use the ticket as reference to pay through REMITA in the Bank
  • go back to the application page and click on the ticket to QUERY REMITA

8. You can now complete the application process by clicking on the SUBMIT button.

Candidates should ensure that forms are clearly filled as any application form not properly completed will not be treated. Note that an application fee of N12,500.00 is required to complete the application process. In this regard, the system may re-direct you to the payment gateway to make the payment with either a Verve card, VISA card or a naira MasterCard. Therefore, ensure that the account to which your card is linked has sufficient funds prior to commencing the application process.

Closing Date

Closing date of application is 15th November, 2018.

Contact Us

Further information may be obtained via email ( and copy or from the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy or call 0805 205 7767 or 0805 526 3622