Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences



List of Programmes and Degree(s)







Life as a bio-psycho-socio-cultural entity continues to experience rapid and tremendous changes. Consequently, a required body of knowledge necessary to cope with the advances, abilities expertise, changing needs of man, skills and responsibilities have similarly expanded. Degrees in Basic Medical Sciences must address these issues in frame work and be subject to continuous review.


The discipline is design to fulfilled the following objectives

  • To prepare students with sufficient theoretical scientific knowledge base and practical skills that enable them assume professional positions.

  • To develop in student the relevant practical and technological competence in practice at primary, secondary and tertiary level of health care.

  • To assist students in the development of interpersonal skills necessary to function as members of the health team.

Basic Admission Requirements and Expected Duration of the Programme(s)

Admission Requirements

Admission into these programmes would be by University Matriculation Examination (UME) and Direct Entry modes.

University Matriculation Examination (UME)

Candidates must possess credit passes at the Senior Secondary School Examination conducted by the West African Examination Council or National Examination Council, General Certificate Examination at the Ordinary Level or its equivalent in Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two (2) sittings and an acceptable pass mark at the UME conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Direct Entry

Candidate seeking admission through this mode should in addition to the UME requirements possess either of the following;

i) accept passes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology at the Higher School Certificates or Advanced Level of General Certificate Examination or its equivalent.

ii) First Degree in relevant Biological or Physical Sciences Discipline not Less than Second Class Lower Division Level.

Each University should conduct Aptitude test or interview of candidates before admission.

Duration of the Programmes

The duration of programmes under the discipline ranges from between 4 – 6 years based on the specification of each programme.

Graduation Requirements

Students shall comply with each programme specification relation to core/compulsory courses, while required units under specified optional or elective courses must be duly complied with. Credit for graduation varies from one programme to the other based on the mode of entry (UME/DE) and the duration of each programme

Degree Clarifications

Degrees are classified using either the first class, second class upper, second class lower and third class.


Any candidate who earns less than 1.5 GPA in a semester is on probation.


Any candidate who obtains less than 1.5 GPA for two consecutive semesters is deemed to be withdrawn.

Course Credit System

Course credit/Unit system must be employed in teaching all the programmes. Prerequisite courses must be passed before students can register for higher level of a particular course while Non-requisite courses can be carried over. All compulsory courses for A Level must be passed before student can proceed to a higher level.

Make Up’ examination system should be allowed for students with slight deficiencies in order to proceed to the next level.

Grade Point Average and Cumulative Grade Point Average

First class division 4.50 – 5.0

Second class upper division 3.50 – 4.49

Second lower division 2.40 – 3.49

Third class division 1.50 – 2.39




70 - 100 A 5

60 - 69 B 4

50 - 59 C 3

45 - 49 D 2

0 - 44 F 0



Important notes:

i. Core course are courses that all students in the department must pass and which will be used in computing the final results. Core courses are marked C.

ii. Mandatory courses (marked M) are those that all students in the department must pass in order to graduate in their chosen options.

iii. A pre-requisite course is one that must be taken and passed before the student can take certain more advanced courses.

iv. Elective courses are those that may be taken (in addition to core and mandatory courses), in order to make up the minimum credit requirement or out of personal interest.

v. Maximum credit load per semester is 24 Credits while minimum is 15 credits load per semester.

vi. Students must register for the courses carried over from the previous level before those for the new level.