Curriculum : Faculty of Medicine



The curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine aims at educating and training of competent medical doctors and other health personnel for the promotion of good health and eradication of diseases. It is also designed to promote integration of modern scientific ideas in medicine and to develop research capability. In addition, the programme emphasizes the inter-relationships of various clinical disciplines and their synthesis into a unified code for the solution of problems.


The Faculty of Medicine offers courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS). The curriculum normally spans six academic years and is divided into three stages. They are

(i) The pre-medical stage which is essentially natural and pure science based

(ii) The pre-clinical stage in which the basic medical science courses are taught

(iii) The clinical stage in which the courses focus on the nature of diseases with the systematic instructions in medicine

First Year: 

Pre-medical Course: This consists of natural science subjects of Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Computer Sciences. General Studies courses, morals and philosophy are also taught.

Second and Third Year  

Pre-clinical courses: These comprise basic medical sciences of Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry, Community Health and Medical Physiology. The course contents of these subjects include practical works and lectures. The student consequently acquires sufficient skill and capability to perform tests and analysis on tissues and fluids. The student must take all the courses and pass them to proceed to the next stage of clinical medicine.

Clinical Courses: The courses span the fourth, fifth and sixth years of the medical programme during which instructions are given in Medicine, Surgery, Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Haematology and Immunology, Pharmacology, Community Health, Anaesthesia, Radiology, Epidemiology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology.

The training involves health care and full time clinical attachment in the wards and includes didactic lectures, and seminars. At the end of each posting there is always continuous assessment which forms 30% of the entire mark of each final examination.


General Study Courses

A course which every student in the University must compulsorily take and pass at foundation level. They are not directly related to any programme, but are necessary in the holistic formation of students before graduation.

Core/Compulsory Course

A course which must be registered for and passed by a student to obtain the degree in Biochemistry.

Required ancillary Course

A course that a student takes at a level of study and must be passed before graduation.

Elective Course

A course that students take within or outside the faculty. Students shall choose an elective course from among three others in order to make up the required additional units for the award of the degree. Students may graduate without passing the course provided the minimum credit unit for the course had been attained.

Pre-requisite Course

 A course which student must take before the course for which it is a prerequisite can be taken. Courses can only be designated prerequisite to other courses at a higher level. A prerequisite may be waived for a suitably qualified candidate by the Department.

Credit Load per Semester

The Minimum credit load per semester is 15 units while the maximum is 24 units.

Course Unit

A series of approximately 15 one-hour lectures, or tutorials or 15 x 3-hour laboratory or field practical classes, or an equivalent amount of assigned study, or any combination of the above.

Course Credit Unit System

 This should be understood to mean a ‘quantitative system of organization of the curriculum in which subject areas are broken down into unit courses which are examinable and for which students earn credit(s) if passed’. The courses are arranged in progressive order of difficulty or in levels of academic progress, e.g. Level or year 1 courses are 111, 112 etc. and Level II or Year II courses are 211, 212 etc. The second aspect of the system is that courses are assigned weights allied Credit Units.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Performance in any semester is reported in Grade Point Average. This is the average of weighted grade points earned in the courses taken during the semester. The Grade Point Average is obtained by multiplying the Grade Point average in each course by the number of Credit Units assigned to that course, and then summing these up and dividing by the total number of Credit Units taken for the semester

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

This is the up-to-date mean of the Grade Points earned by the student in a programme of study. It is an indication of the student’s overall performance at any point in the training programme. To compute the Cumulative Grade Point Average, the total of Grade Points multiplied by the respective Credit Units for all the semesters are added and then divided by the total number of Credit Units for all courses registered by the student


1.11 General Studies (GST)


The goal of GST courses is to produce a well-rounded, morally and intellectually capable graduate with vision and entrepreneurial skills in an environment of peace and social cohesiveness.

Objectives: The objectives of the General Studies programme consist of the following:

(a) Acquisition, development and inculcation of the proper value-orientation for the survival of the individual and society.

(b) The development of intellectual capacities of individuals to understand, appreciate and promote peaceful co-existence.

(c) Production of graduates with broad knowledge of individual of Nigerian Nationals and people with a view to inculcating in them mutual understanding and patriotism.

(d) Exposing graduates of Nigerian Universities to the rudiments of ICT for computer literacy and ability to live usefully in this ICT age.

(e) Preparing students for a post university life with opportunities for job creation and entrepreneurial skills.

(f) Production of graduate capable of communicating effectively (both oral and written).

1.12 Course Coding

A course is coded by a combination of three letters and three digits. The three letters code stands for the Department offering the course. Biochemistry courses are coded as BCH for example. For the three digits numbers, the first digits indicates the year of study, the second indicates the subject stress area while the third digit shows the semester. First semester are represented with odd numbers while second semesters are represented with even numbers.

  • General Studies Courses (GST)
  • Biology (BIO)
  • Chemistry (CHM)
  • Physics (PHY)
  • Mathematics (MTH)
  • Computer Science (CSC)
  • Anatomy (ANT)
  • Biochemistry (BCH)
  • Physiology (PIO)
  • Community Medicine (COM)
  • Medicine (MED)
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OBG)
  • Paediatrics (PAE)
  • Surgery (SUG)
  • Pathological Sciences (PAT)
  • Pharmacology /therapeutic (PHA)
  • Chemical Pathology (CPY)
  • Haematology (HEM)