University of Ilorin P.M.B. 1515,, +234810-848-3222


The Department of Chemistry started as one of the foundation departments in the Faculty of Sciences in 1976. The department is currently one of the largest departments in the Faculty of Physical Sciences where it is now domiciled. Chemistry, as a central discipline of science – deals with the world around us including life and the surrounding. It plays a vital part in our understanding of the structure and interactions of matter in the universe. Chemistry impacts strongly on all fields of Sciences which include Medicine, Pharmacy, Geology, Engineering, Environmental studies, Agriculture and others.

UNILORIN has one of the best Chemistry departments in Nigeria. Over 35 academics/research staff and many support staff interact with over 400 undergraduate and over 60 postgraduate students of Chemistry. The department however services well over 5,000 students of many other department, colleges, faculties and institutes within the university, particularly, students from College of Health Science/medicine (MBBS), Institute of Education, Faculties of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering & Technology, Pharmacy and Agriculture. The learning environment is relaxed, with supervisors and lecturers operating an "open door" policy. Regular seminars and informal get – together of students and staff help promote a friendly working atmosphere. The Department is equipped to carry out research in various areas of chemistry. The Department aims to foster the critical, analytical and presentation skills required for professional scientist. Interdisciplinary research and partnership with industries are particularly encouraged.

Our Programme: The department offer courses that lead to:

  • B.Sc. Chemistry
  • Postgraduate Diploma, PGD Chemistry
  • M.Sc. Chemistry
  • Ph.D. Chemistry

Some of the facilities domiciled in the department include:

  • Thermo Scientific Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy
  • Ultraviolet-Visible Beckman Coulter Spectroscopy
  • BUCHI automated circulatory rotary evaporator with chiller
  • Turbidimeter, Hach 2100N
  • Nitrogen Analyser
  • Glove Box
  • Melting point Apparatus, pH meter etc

Our staffs in Chemistry department are well qualified individuals dedicated to teaching, research and career mentoring of the young ones. They are renowned personnel of national and international reputation. Many of them have won series of research grants and fellowship such as World Bank Grant, UNESCO-TWAS grant, ETF Equipment Grant which have brought various facilities and equipment to the department of which most of them are in good working condition.

Basic Admission Requirement: B.Sc. Chemistry students are required to possess a credit pass in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

Graduation Requirement: Students admitted to study Chemistry are required to offer and pass some other courses in the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Plant Biology, Statistics and Zoology, in addition to General study courses in their first two years in the department.