Admission & Graduate Requirements : Faculty of Medicine

Requirements: Faculty of Medicine


UME Entry Requirements

Students applying to be admitted into the six years programme for the award of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in Madonna University Nigeria, must satisfy the minimum University Matriculation Requirements. Such students must have at least five credit (5) passes in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and English language in the West African School Certificate or its equivalent (GCE, SSCE, NECO), in not more than two sittings. However, the University reserves the right to further screen the students for admission by oral interview or aptitude test.

Direct Entry Requirements

 In addition to requirements in the above, candidates who possess any of the following qualifications can be considered for admission.

a. At least three advanced Level passes in the General Certificate of Education (GCE) The subjects should include Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Zoology.

b. Candidates who possess the basic admission requirements as stated above in 1.4.(i) and possess a first degree of at least a second class lower division from recognized Institutions in the medical, para-medical, biological sciences.


Minimum Duration

The programme shall have duration of six (6) years of which the first three (3) sessions shall be spent in for the mandatory acquisition and passing of the Basic Medical Sciences courses.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the MBBS degree programme, a student must pass all prescribed examination.

Job Opportunity

Successful graduates of MBBS degree programme are well equipped (after houseman- ship) for careers in hospitals, private practice, teaching, research activities in Universities or research institutions and even in administrations, Graduates of the MBBS degree programme are also equipped for post graduate training anywhere in the world.


(a) Admission into courses closes at the end of the third full week of each semester. Students who fail to register as stated shall be considered for late registration. Any student who fails to register within the first two weeks after late registration has commenced shall be advised to defer the semester. Only in special circumstances and through the approval of the Vice Chancellor on behalf of the Senate, may a student be allowed to register thereafter. An application for late registration shall normally attract a prescribed fee.

(b) A student can withdraw from a course without penalty any time up to and including the seventh week of the semester. Any student who withdraws after the seventh week will be deemed to have failed except in special cases approved by Senate.

(c) The minimum load permissible per semester is 15 units while the maximum load is 24 units. However, a final year student who requires less than 15 units of courses in either semester to complete graduation requirements will be allowed to register for the outstanding courses only. Students who wish to register above 24 units must seek the approval of the University Senate through the Vice Chancellor and through the Dean of the Faculty


Continuous Assessment

The progress of the students enrolled in each course is continuously assessed by means of tests; written assignments, reports and/or such other means as may be consistent with the objectives and conduct of the course as determined by the Department.


Departments in the Faculty conduct the examinations of the 2nd MBBS to 5th MBBS. To qualify to sit for the examination, students must have completed their lectures, practicals and clinicals with a minimum of 75% mandatory attendances. The continuous assessments constitute 30% of the final score in the professional degree examination. Students do end of posting test after each of the clinical postings. The end of clinical posting tests is compiled together to form the continuous assessment.

Each professional examination has a written paper I (Essay), paper II (MCQ) and an oral part. In addition, the 4th and 5th MBBS professional examinations have clinical parts. The Head of the department is the Chief Examiner. He is in-charge of selecting the examination questions from the submissions made by the lecturers in the department. Provisional examination results are released within 48 hours of completing the examination.


Notices for tests and professional Examinations shall be duly put up at least two weeks to the date fixed for such test/exam. All students who therefore absent themselves from any of such tests/exams will not have another opportunity to re-take. Those with medical reports duly certified by MAUTH could however have their cases reviewed by the Department or Faculty and each case shall be treated according to its own peculiarity and merit for a reprieve which will not include a re-take option. In summary, make-up (re-take) tests/exams are not possible in the Faculty for ALL categories of students. Cases of absenteeism from comprehensive examination or Part I MBBS examination are the concern of the Faculty or College.

Grading of Student Scripts

Results of all examinations, or tests taken shall be released with the total obtainable marks specified to enable students know their relative standing per time. In most cases, marks allotted each question shall be indicated against each question on the question paper to enable the candidate select (or plan for) which approach or combination will be more rewarding. Most multiple-choice questions (MCQs) are graded with a penalty factor of “one-half” which means that half of the total number of failed answers will be deducted from the total number of correct answers. This is adopted to discourage guessing and encourage honesty and precision whereby students answer only those MCQs which they are sure of their correctness.

Essay, Practical and Oral questions will however not be graded with any penalty. The total of all Continuous Assessment Test scores shall be compressed to make up 25% while attendance at lectures and practical classes shall carry a complementary mark of 5% to make up the 30% mark required for continuous assessment. The final examinations (Professional MBBS Exams) will be based on 70% as earlier indicated. A minimum pass mark of 50% in all professional examinations has been adopted. In addition to continuous assessment tests, examinations should be administered at the end of each course.

Final Marks

Each course shall be graded out of a maximum of 100 marks and the score for each course shall be assigned appropriate letter grades and grade points as follows:

Mark Letter Grade Grade Point

70 – 100 A 5.0

60 – 69 B 4.0

50 – 59 C 3.0

45 – 49 D 2.0

01 – 44 F 0.0


Probation: Probation is a status granted to a student whose academic performance falls below an acceptable standard. A student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average is below 1.50 at the end of a particular year of study, earns a period of probation for one academic session.

Withdrawals: A candidate whose performance in the Faculty is very poor at the end of a particular period of probation should be required to withdraw from the University. However, in order to minimize waste of human resources, consideration is given to withdrawal from programme of study and possible transfer to other programmes within the University.

Repeating Failed Course Unit(s) (Carry Over)

Subject to the conditions for withdrawal and probation, student may be allowed to repeat the failed course unit(s) at the next available opportunity, provided that the total number of credit units carried during that semester does not exceed 24, and the Grade Points earned at all attempts shall count towards the CGPA.

External Examiner System

Usually four External Examiners are invited to participate in the conduct of any professional degree examination. The External Examiners also evaluate the questions of the written part. Students’ scripts are usually marked by two (2) separate examiners and the results are collated. Each student passes through at least six (6) different examiners in the clinical part of the examination which has three (3) sections. External Examiners certify the overall performance of the candidates as well as the quality of available facilities and teaching.