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The Department of Physiology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Madonna University was established in 18th September, 2002 with twenty-two students as its first intake under Dr Ufearo C. S. as the first Head of Department. This was sequel to the approval from the University Senate and the National University Commission.


The philosophy of the Department of Physiology, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Madonna University takes its cue from the broad philosophy of the College of Medicine in the country and from that of the University. The philosophy of the Department of Physiology is as follows:

a. Training of B.Sc. (Hons) Physiology students.

b. Training of medical students towards the degree of MB. BS. during their two pre-clinical years basic and applied physiology.

c. Rendering intra-faculty training services to B.Sc. Anatomy students and inter-faculty training services to Pharmacy and Health Science (Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing Sciences, Public Health, and Optometry) undergraduates.

d. Researching into various disciplines in physiology.

Objectives and Scope of the Programme

The objective of this undergraduate programme is to produce graduates in the field of Human Physiology:

a. To staff this University, existing and many emerging medical schools in the country

b. To teach in medical, pharmaceutical and nursing schools

c. To perform effectively in other areas where knowledge of Human Physiology is applied: Safety and Environmental matters, Drug Industries, Human Biology, Nutrition, Sports and Research Institutions etc.

d. To produce professionals in the discipline for the effective implementation of Postgraduate training plans of the department: the professional qualification in Human Physiology is Ph. D. Degree.

e. To engage in independent study or research to inculcate in themselves. The culture of academic responsibility for further professional education and training. The scope of this programme is such that Human Physiology graduates shall be competent to practice in private and public institutions or undertake postgraduate training in any local or foreign institutions.



Candidates for 4 years degree programme must obtain the approved pass mark in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and must have at least five credit O’ Level passes in English Language, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in not more than two sittings in the West African School Certificate Examination or in the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination or National Examination Council.

Direct Entry

Direct entry candidates for the 3 year programme are required to pass the General Certificate Examination (A’ Level) or obtain principal level passes at High School Certificate Examination in Physics, Chemistry, Zoology or Biology.

Duration of Programme

The Department of Physiology offers a 3 or 4 year degree

 programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Science in Human

Physiology. Admission for a 4 year programme is by entrance examination (UTME). Admission for direct entry is for a 3 year programme. Additionally, the department offers courses to students admitted to take degrees in the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy leading to their professional examinations.

Job Opportunities

Successful students in the Bachelor of Science degree examination are well-equipped for careers in hospitals, work in well-equipped laboratories and lecture in universities, act as representatives for medical and pharmaceutical firms, or be appointed as technical assistants in research or routine laboratories.

Course Coding System

Course codes contain an abbreviation letter code of three letters representing the department offering the three digits. The first digit represents the year or level of study. The second digit indicates the subject or the stress area. The third digit denotes the semester (odd numbers represent the first semester; even number represents second semester).


Introductory Physiology 0

Respiratory Physiology 1

Cardiovascular Physiology 2

Neurophysiology 3

Gastrointestinal Tract Physiology 4

Reproductive Physiology 5

Renal System 6

Endocrinology 7

Pathophysiology 8

Project/Laboratory Experiments/Seminar 9


Students who gained admission by direct entry into the 200 level will ensure that they register and pass the following General Studies Courses in addition to all the courses in the Faculty/Departmental curriculum, as applicable.


Course Code Course Title Unit

GST 111 Communication in English I 2

GST 113 Nigerian Peoples and Culture 2

GST 121 Use of Library, Study Skills and Information Technology 2

GST 123 Communication in French 2

GST 125 Introduction to Entrepreneurship Studies I 2


Course Code Course Title Unit

GST 104 Fundamental Philosophy 1

GST 112 Logic, Philosophy and Human Existence 2

GST 122 Communication in English II 2

GST 142 Communication in German 2

GST 162 Introduction to Social Science 2

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Phone: 08137180957, 08078130033,
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