Vice Chancellor

Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

Dean Of Faculty:   
Prof. A. N. Chuemere
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The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences has grown immensely since its inception as part of the College of Health Sciences in 1979, when it was headed by Professor Alfred Diete-Koki, foremost physiologist. In the early days, the Faculty ran a four Bachelor of Medical Sciences (B.Med.Sc.) programme in Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology and in doing so, it was one of only two universities that offered such a programme at the time. Students who graduated with a second honours lower division degree or better, and who made at least a 50% average in anatomy, physiology and pharmacology, qualified to study clinical medicine for another 3 years.


The B.Med.Sc. programme ended in 1989 following a review of the MBBS programme and the adoption of the traditional six year MBBS program, that is offered by nearly all medical schools in Nigeria. Sadly, the Faculty also ceased to exist in the same year as a consequence of the rearrangement of the College's administrative structure. It is however worthy of note that the now extinct B.Med.Sc. programme produced many of the most illustrious products of the College of Health Sciences, including the many who were employed by the University and who now hold administrative positions in the College and elsewhere in the University.


The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences was recreated by the Senate of the University of Port Harcourt in February 1999, in compliance with a National Universities Commission directive (Ref UNC/ES/140NO1.56) of July 26, 1989, that required all universities to merge related faculties into colleges for administrative convenience. The new colleges were to be headed by Provosts and the Faculties by Deans, which were equal in stature with Deans of faculties not in colleges. The new Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences comprised four Departments: Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology.


The composition of the Faculty was reviewed by a College committee in March 1999 and expanded to include the Division of Pathology consisting of the Departments of Anatomical Pathology; Chemical Pathology; Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Immunology; and Medical Microbiology and Parasitology. This revised composition was approved by Senate and remains the composition of the Faculty. The First Dean of the reconstituted Faculty was Professor Nelson Brambaifa, assumed office in February 1999. Professor RNP Nwankwoala was Dean between 2001 and 2003. He was succeeded by Professor Omotayo Ebong who was Dean between 2003 and 2005. Professor BC Didia succeeded her and was Dean from 2006 to 2007 when he was elected Provost of the College of Health Sciences. Professor EB Dede served as Dean between 2007 and 2009 and was succeeded in office by Professor DV Dapper who was Dean between 2009 and 2012. Professor HB Fawehinmi was Dean from 2012 to 2014. Professor IM Siminialayi served as Dean between 2014 to 2016 and was succeed in office by Professor CN Nwauche who was the Dean 2016 to 2018 and handed over to the current Dean, Professor AN Chuemere in 2018






In keeping with the overall academic aims of the University of Port Harcourt and the College of Health Sciences, the Faculty seeks to:


  1. Contribute to the training of physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical scientists and other professionals in medicine and fields allied to medicine in degree and non-degree programmes. Such training emphasizing a team approach to health care delivery.


  1. Relate its training of all grades of health personnel, both in aims and in operation to national policies for health in order to provide comprehensive health care to the community by curative, preventive and promotion of health in rural or urban communities


  1. Offer training of a standard that would enable the graduate build further upon his professional knowledge and skills.


  1. Promote a high standard of health care in its catchments area.


  1. Contribute to national development, self-reliance and unity through the advancement and propagation of knowledge in the field of the Basic Medical Sciences.


  1. Use such knowledge for service to the community and humanity.




At the conclusion of the formal period of training, the graduate:

  1. Should be able to demonstrate that he has acquired knowledge of:
  1. A Defined core of scientific knowledge based on the normal structure, function, growth and development of the human body and mind.
  2. The ecological factors which affect health.
  3. The disorders of function and structure that occur as a result of ill health.
  4. The important contributions present medical knowledge owes to the history of medicine.


  1. Should be able
  1. To identify the health needs of a community
  2. To recognize the effects of social, economic, cultural and psychological factors on the health of both the individual and the community and to improve them.
  3. To take measures to comb at the environmental hazards to health.
  4. To carry out health education of the community.
  5. To organize, supervise or work with other health personnel as a member of a health team.



The graduate should be equipped:

  1. To recognize, maintain and develop personal characteristics and attitudes such as integrity, responsibility and ability to' relate to and show concern and respect for his patients and colleagues. To recognize his limitations and where necessary, seek further help from his Professional colleagues.
  2. To conduct this professional behaviour to his patients and/or community in accordance with the international code of medical ethics known as the declaration of Geneva.
  3. To be socially conscious, community oriented, professionally competent, politically informed, and be active and concerned as a citizen.



The students should be able:

  1. To accept responsibility for his own continuing selfeducation.
  2. To develop the habit of reading and evaluating scientific literature.
  3. To collect and analyze his own data.


Students of the MBBS programme pass through the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences in the first four years of their studies. They are taught the pre-clinical courses of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry to Part I MBBS/BDS. They also study Pharmacology and Laboratory Medicine (Pathology).


The latter comprises courses in the following areas of Medicine: Anatomical Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Hematology, Blood Transfusion and Immunology, and Medical Microbiology and Parasitology.


The Institutional Objectives for the MBBS Programme can be found in the prospectus of the College of Health Sciences. The Aims and Objectives of the other programmes are the same as for other under graduate and Graduate Educational Programmes offered in the other Faculties of the University of Port Harcourt.



Quality Control is the totality of systems, resources and information devoted to maintaining and improving the quality and standards of teaching, scholarship and research, and of students learning experience (UK Higher Education Board).



The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences offers undergraduate programmes that lead to the award of Bachelor of Science degrees in Anatomy and Physiology and postgraduate programmes that lead to the award of Master of Science degrees in Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacology and Immunology, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology.

The Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences also services the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) Programme, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) Programme of the Faculty of Dentistry, the Bachelor of Nursing Programme of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences, the Bachelor of Technology Programme of the Institute of Science Laboratory Technology and the Bachelor of Pharmacy Programme of the Faculty of Pharmacy.



To produce competent graduates with sound ethical principles and professional values that will meet the dynamic needs of health care, with an adequate knowledge base for further training in any of the medical or biomedical sciences.



To be the best Basic Medical Sciences Faculty in the Country






The Broad and Specific Objectives relating to knowledge and skill, attitude and self-education are as contained in this Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences Handbook.




The content, extent and sequencing of courses and other curriculum elements including the balance between core and optional content are as contained in this Faculty Handbook, which have been designed to achieve the set objectives of the Faculty. However in line with best practices in medical education, the curriculum should be reviewed to include the following courses:


  1. Behavioural Science (Medical Psychology),
  2. Social Sciences (Medical Sociology),
  3. Biostatistics,
  4. Medical Genetics and
  5. Medical Ethics/Jurisprudence and History of Medicine in the curriculum for Medicine/Dentistry. These are to provide the knowledge, concepts, methods, skills and attitudes necessary for understanding socioeconomic, demographic and cultural determinants of causes, distribution and consequences of health problems.


The Medicine/Dentistry programme should run the traditional modular system different from the current semester course credit unit system.



Teaching principles are as contained in the Faculty Handbook. Teaching should be done using:

  • Multimedia Projectors and Microsoft Power Point
  • Public Address System
  • Practical Demonstrations as much as possible


The Faculty shall provide recommended study material for students in the library (including e-library), such as lecture notes, web links, journal articles and textbooks.



There should be a policy that foster the relationship between research and education and describe the research priorities of the Faculty and available research facilities. There should be a schedule for seminar presentations on research findings and other contemporary issues. Lecturers should as much as possible concentrate their research works on their fields of specialization to become experts and authorities in such areas of study.



Assessment of students is as contained in the Faculty Handbook.



Selection of students should as much as possible be based on merit and carrying capacity of the Faculty. Following admission, there should be Student Support Services which should include: Counselling Services, Health Services, and have access to Academic Advisers to take care of students’ emotional, health, academic and financial needs. There should also be suitable physical facilities for recreation.



Every department should have a complement of teachers that meets the NUC’s minimum requirement. The current NUC’s minimum requirement is one teacher to ten students per course.



As required by NUC, Graduate Assistants and Assistant Lecturers should not be allowed to teach or grade students’ examination scripts.



Lecturers to teach post graduate programmes must be at least Senior Lecturers with a terminal degree.



For research generally, the minimum requirement for supervision of undergraduates should be an M. Sc degree and a minimum of a Ph. D for a post graduate programmes. Lecturers employed with minimum qualifications should be encouraged to acquire a terminal degree within seven years of engagement.



There should be adequate and well equipped teaching rooms for lectures, tutorial rooms, laboratories for practical classes, library resources (libraries, internet services).


There should be adequate and well equipped offices, as well as common rooms for teaching and non-teaching staff. The use of information technology should be encouraged to enhance communication between students and lecturers.





  • To maintain and improve the quality of teaching standards of the faculty.
  • To ensure that the contents of the curricula meet the contemporary needs of the community and society with respect to the course of study.
  • To ensure that the curriculum models are based on sound learning principles.
  • To maintain and improve good ethical conduct, attitudes as well as professionalism by both students and lecturers.
  • To ensure that student population is proportionate to available educational resources (lecture halls, tutorial halls, libraries etc.) and academic staff.
  • To maintain and improve the quality of staff



In formulating the mission and objectives were the following stakeholders adequately consulted? The Dean, members of the Faculty Board / Council, the University, Governmental Authorities and the Profession. Academic staff, students, the community, education and healthcare authorities, professional organizations and postgraduate educators.


  1. Feedback from internal and external examiners, external assessors (professional regulators and the Nigeria Universities Commission) and the students themselves continuously and upon graduation, shall be used for programme development. Feedback from students shall include the use of questionnaires.
  2. The Faculty should ensure that course content is completed during the duration of the programme.
  3. Examination should be fair, of a good standard and cover the course content.
  4. Corrected scripts must be accompanied by a marking scheme when they are returned to the Head of Department at the end of every semester.
  5. The reporting of the scores must be transparent and reflect the true performance of the students. Scores following approval by appropriate board(s) should be posted online so that students can have immediate access and with a software capability to enable students determine their GPA and CGPA. This will obviate the need for exam officers to manually calculate GPAs and CGPAs and make the processing of academic transcripts swifter and easier.
  6. Steps 4 and 5 should be vetted (regulated) by a Departmental and Faculty Examination Committee.
  7. Multiple choice questions should be computer based, so that performances can be analyzed and scores can bed .reported instantly.
  8. All cases of malpractice should be dealt with immediately as prescribed in the University’s Statement of Academic Policies to ensure deterrence.
  11. The curriculum committee should be provided with resources for planning and implementing methods of teaching and learning, student assessment, course evaluation, and for innovations in the curriculum. There should be representation on the curriculum committee of staff, students and other stakeholders.


  2. The number and nature of examinations should be adjusted by integrating assessments of various curricular elements to encourage integrated learning. The need to learn excessive amounts of information should be reduced and curriculum overload prevented.


  2. The size and nature of student intake should be reviewed in consultation with relevant stakeholders and regulated periodically to meet the needs of community and society.


  2. Counseling should be provided for the monitoring of student progress and should address social and personal needs of students.


  2. Student activities and student organizations should be encouraged and facilitated.


  2. A policy should be developed tor staff selection criteria, including scientific, educational and clinical merit, relationship to the mission of the institution economic considerations and issues of local significance.


  2. The staff policy should include teacher training and development and teacher appraisal. Teacher-student ratios relevant to the various curricular components and teacher representation on relevant bodies should be taken into account. Recognition of meritorious academic activities should be by rewards. There should be Annual Staff Appraisal.



The learning environment (physical facilities) for the students should be improved by regular updating and extension of the facilities to match developments in educational practices.



The interaction between research and education activities should be reflected in the curriculum and influence current teaching and should encourage and prepare students to engagement in medical research and development.



There should be access to educational experts and evidence demonstrated the use of such expertise for staff development and for research in the discipline of medical education.



Regional and international exchange of academic staff and students should be facilitated by the provision of appropriate resources.




Teachers and students should be enabled to use information and communication technology for self-learning, accessing information, managing patients and working in health care systems. This should include e - libraries with reputable on - line journals.



In pursuance of the policy of ensuring access to information to enhance good quality research, the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, through the University Library currently has access to some key Digital Libraries. These Libraries will help scholars, researchers and students discover, use and build upon a wide range of content from trusted digital archives, with full access to thousands of journal publications and books in the Health Sciences and so many other fields.


The Digital Libraries for which we have current subscription include:


  1. Health Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI)


  1. Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)


  1. Online Access to Research in the Environment (OARE)


  1. The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)


  1. ALUKA (The online digital library of scholarly resources from and about Africa),


  1. Lyell Collection (The Geological Society Publications Online)


  1. JSTOR (


  1. BIO-ONE


  1. Nigerian Virtual Library


  1. United Nations Official Document System


  1. The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education




The Usernames and Passwords for these Libraries could be acquired from the Faculty Librarian or the Faculty Officer.





The following Departments shall constitute the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Anatomical Pathology
  3. Chemical Pathology
  4. Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Immunology
  5. Human Physiology
  6. Medical Biochemistry
  7. Medical Microbiology and Parasitology
  8. Pharmacology.


The Faculty shall be headed by a Dean who shall be elected by the members of the Faculty Board.


An Associate Dean shall be elected by the Faculty Board upon nomination by the Dean.


Each Department shall have a Head of Department or Departmental Coordinator as the case may be.


There shall be a Faculty Officer who shall be responsible to the Dean of the Faculty for the day to-day administration of the affairs of the Faculty. He/she shall be the Secretary to the Faculty Board. The Faculty Officer shall be appointed in the same manner and as to such terms and conditions of service as a replicable to persons of the same grade and status in the University and may be assigned from among such persons by the Registrar after consultation with the Dean.



  1. There shall be Faculty Board which shall control the Academic work of the Faculty and shall be responsible to and subject to the control of the Board of Studies of the College of Health Sciences, and ultimately to the Senate of the University of Port Harcourt in all academic matters. It shall also exercise such powers of the Senate as may be delegated to it by the Senate from time to time.



The Faculty Board shall consist of:


The Vice-Chancellor


The Deputy Vice Chancellors


The Provost College of Health Sciences


The Dean of the Faculty -  Chairman


The Associate Dean


All Professors and Heads of Departments


All members of Academic Staff


The Medical Librarian.

The quorum of the Faculty Board shall be one-third (or the whole number nearest to one-third) of the total number of members for the time being of the Board, and subject to the provision of this statue and to any provision made by the regulations in that behalf, the Board may regulate its own procedure.


Subject to the provision of the Act, it shall be the function of the Faculty board to:


a. Advice and report to Senate through the College Board on all matters relating to the organization of Education, Teaching and research in the subjects of Faculty, including curricula and examination.

b. Consider the progress and conduct of Students in the Faculty and to report thereon.

c. Recommend to the Senate through the College Board persons for appointment as examiners; and

d. Deal with any Academic matters referred to it by Senate.





The Faculty offers undergraduate programmes in the following:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Anatomy {4 years}
  2. Bachelor of Science in Physiology {4 years}


The Faculty also provides services for undergraduate training in Applied Basic Medical Sciences for the award of the following Degrees:

  1. Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery
  2. Bachelor of Dental Surgery
  3. Bachelor of Nursing Sciences
  4. Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  5. Bachelor of Science Laboratory Technology



  1. Prospective candidates for admissions in to any of the degree programmes must possess a minimum of five credits in the General Certificate of Education/SSCE including English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, in addition to an acceptably high score at the JME (Joint Matriculation Examination) and post UME for the particular year.


There is no provision for Direct Entry admission in to the University of Port Harcourt.

  1. Transfers from other faculties of this University are allowed, if candidates meet the requirements set by the Board of Studies and approved by the committee of provost and Deans.
  2. Admission to the degree programme may also be after the successful completion of the University of Port Harcourt's School of Basic Studies programme in medicine, Anatomy or Physiology the entry qualifications for which are the same as for the degree programme.
  3. Transfers from other Colleges of medicine are subject to availability of vacancy and candidates meet the requirements set by the College Board of Studies for Medicine and approved by Senate. Students usually would have been certified medically fit and in good health by the Health Center of the University of Port Harcourt.



The period of undergraduate medical studies is six academic years. The B.Sc programme in Anatomy and Physiology usually runs fora period of four years. A maximum period of six years is usually permitted for student to obtain their B.Sc degrees. Students who fail to obtain their degree after the maximum length of time shall be asked to withdraw from the programme.



A candidate may be granted exemption from courses but not from any university or professional examination. Such exemptions must be approved by Senate on the recommendation of the Faculty Board.



The curriculum as designed would provide a balance between the science and art of medicine that will equip the graduate to practice anywhere in Nigeria and elsewhere. It would stimulate and hold the interest of the student. Subject would be taught in a coordinated and integrated manner.


Emphasis will be laid at every stage on basic principles and their application to the solution of health problems both for the individual and the community. Structure and function, health and disease, the behaviour of the individual and their role in the society will not be taught as separate entities.



Master of Science (M.Sc) in Anatomy (18 months minimum)

To qualify for Admission into the M.Sc programme in Anatomy candidate must:

  1. Possess a Second Class Honours Degree with a CGPA of not less than 3.00 in Anatomy from the University of Port Harcourt or other Universities recognized by Senate of the University of Port Harcourt.
  2. It is also open to holder of good degree in Medicine and Surgery, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Physiology, Zoology, and related Biomedical Science subjects. However, some of these candidates whose background in Human Anatomy is not considered satisfactory may be required to take Undergraduate courses in anatomy and allied Biomedical Sciences for a period of one year before commencing with the M.Sc Programme.
  3. Other Qualifications that may be considered suitable by the Department.


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Anatomy (36 months minimum)

To be eligible for admission in to the Ph. D Programme in Anatomy, candidates must pass an M.Sc Degree in Anatomy with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.50 or an Equivalent Qualification.


Interviews will be conducted to assess candidates before admission and final selection will be based on interview performance.


Duration of the Course

The duration of the study for fulltime shall be a minimum of 3 years or 36 months and a maximum of 5 years or 60 months while the minimum duration for Part time is 3 years or 36 months and a maximum of 7years or 84months.


Structure of the Programme

The programme would be course work and Research culminating in a Dissertation. The candidate is required to register and pass 18 credit units of prescribed course work. To obtain a Ph.D in Anatomy, candidate will be expected to present 3 research seminars, one of which must be to the School of Graduate Studies.

The Ph.D is finally examined by Oral Defense of the Dissertation. The Departmental Graduate Studies Committee through the Faculty Graduate Studies Committee and upon approval by the Board of the School of Graduate Studies shall appoint a supervisor and conduct the required examination and meet other condition that may be specified for the Award of the Degree.


Areas of specialization

The Ph. D programme shall provide intensive training in the following areas of specialization:

  1. His to chemistry and Teratology
  2. Clinical Anatomy
  3. Physical and Forensic Anthropology
  4. Radiological Anatomy



Post Graduate Diploma in Physiology (12 months minimum)

The candidates for admission into postgraduate diploma in Human Physiology must have any of the following qualifications:

B Sc. with at least Second Class Lower degree or its equivalent in any related science discipline such as Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biology, Microbiology, Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Agriculture, Biochemistry etc.


B Sc. with Second Class Lower with a low CGPA (i.e 2.40 to 2.99) or Third Class in Human Physiology.


Master of Science (MSc.) in Physiology (18 months minimum)

Admission into this programme is open to:

Graduates of the University of Port Harcourt or other Universities recognized by Senate of the University of Port Harcourt who hold at least a Second Class Honours degree in Human Physiology or related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 3.00.


Holders of MBBS, DVM, Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Anatomy or a Pass at Credit level in Postgraduate Diploma in Human Physiology.

Other Qualifications that may be considered suitable by the Department.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physiology (36 months minimum)

To be eligible for admission into PhD Programme in Physiology, candidates must have an MSc, degree in Physiology or any of the allied fields including Pharmacy and Medicine with a minimum CGPA of 3.50 or its equivalent. Interviews will be conducted to assess candidates before admission and final selection which will be based on interview performance.


Structure of the Programme

The programme will be based on Course Work and Research, both culminating in a Thesis or Dissertation.



Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Pharmacology (18 months minimum)

To qualify for the programme, candidates must possess a good Second Class degree with a minimum CGPA of 3.00 or its equivalent in Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Medicine. Such candidates, whose background in Pharmacology is considered satisfactory, will be required to register for the Advanced Pharmacology courses, start their research projects and spend a minimum of eighteen (18) months. However, candidates who hold good first degrees in Biochemistry, Physiology and Anatomy and whose Pharmacology background is considered unsatisfactory, may be admitted into a programme, but will be required to take Undergraduate courses in Pharmacology and allied subjects fora period of one year. This one year shall not be part of eighteen (18) months required for the Master of Science (M.Sc) programme. Until the candidate completes such requirement he or she shall not start the advanced courses in Pharmacology.


Continuation Requirements for M. Sc Programme

The Masters programme shall consist of:

  1. Taught Courses
  2. Obligatory participation in Bi-Monthly Research Seminars
  3. Preparation and Defense of a Thesis.
  1. A Graduate Student is expected to Pass all Taught Courses with a minimum Grade of “C”.
  2. A Student who fails a course shall re-register for it at the next available opportunity. A Graduate Student may not register for a course more than twice.
  3. At the end of first year of course work the student should have a CGPA of not less than 2.75. A student who does not meet this minimum requirement shall be asked to with draw.
  4. No student shall proceed to the thesis without a CGPA of 3.00 or above.
  5. A student who has exhausted both opportunities for all required courses without attaining a CGPA 3.00 shall be asked to withdraw.
  6. Course work grading shall be the same as for undergraduates.


The following M.Sc Pharmacology options exist:

  1.  Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  2.  Biochemical Pharmacology
  3.  Immuno-pharmacology
  4.  Toxicology
  5.  Ethnopharmacology
  6.  Chemotherapy


Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Degree in Pharmacology

Admission to the programme will be open to candidates who possess the M.Sc with a minimum of 3.50 Cumulative Grade Point Average, or the M. Phil. Degree or an equivalent degree, in Pharmacology.


Candidates should normally have had a Masters Degree with an average score of 60% or its equivalent grade. For candidates who obtained their Masters exclusively by Research Assessment, admission would be based on the quality of their Thesis.

Candidates with an outstanding performance during the M.Sc Pharmacology programme may be allowed to advance from to Ph.D on the recommendation of the Departmental Graduate committee to the Graduate School Board after approval by Senate of the University.


Candidates may be required to satisfy the Department in a selection process.


The Ph.D is a Research Degree finally examined by Oral Defense of the Dissertation. The Departmental Graduates Studies Committee through the Faculty Graduates Studies Committee and upon approval by the Board of the School of Graduates Studies shall appoint a Supervisor and conduct the required examinations and other conditions that may specified for the Award of the Degrees.


Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Surgery (MS)

The programme will run for a minimum of 24 and maximum of 36 calendar months. To qualify for admission into the programme, candidate must:

  1. Be either Medical Candidate (MBBS) of the University of Port Harcourt for not less than 5 (five) years or confirmed and experienced Academic Staff of the University with Medical Degree of a recognized University.
  2. In addition to the above, possess a recognized professional qualification at the Fellowship level, at least an M.Sc degree of a recognized University.
  3.  Show evidence of experience in research in the relevant areas.

Master of Science (M.Sc) Degree in Immunology:

The course is open to graduates of Medicine, Dentistry, Anatomy, Physiology, Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Nursing, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Animal Science, Veterinary Medicine, Zoology and other relevant courses.


Applicants who hold a minimum of Second Class Honors (Lower Division] degree, with CGPA of not less than 3.00 on a 5.00 scale [except for Medical, Dental and Pharmacy graduates whose degrees are unclassified) in any of the above mentioned subject, from the University of Port Harcourt or other Universities recognized by the Senate of the University of Port Harcourt shall be eligible for admission into the programme.


Programme Duration and Type

The course will be a taught course that will combine lectures, practical exercises and a laboratory based research project. It shall be both full time and part-time.


The full time program shall run for a minimum of 12 calendar months (1 year) and a maximum of 24 calendar months (2 years); while the part-time programme shall run for a minimum of 24 calendar months (2 years) and a maximum of 48 calendar months (4 years).


The degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Post Graduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Science (M.Sc), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) or Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Surgery (MS) may be conferred by the University at the successful completion of the programmes and is governed by the General University Regulations relating to Undergraduate and Post Graduate Degrees.



Senate at its 381st meeting held on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, approved the School of Graduate Studies Overstay Report. The implementation is with effect from March 21, 2012. The approved decisions are as follows:







  1. Full-Time Candidates are deemed to have overstayed after the period of 7 years that is, 2 extra years after the statutory 5 years.
  2. Part-Time Candidates are deemed to have overstayed after the period of 9 years that is, 2 extra years after the statutory 7 years.



  1. Full-Time Candidates are deemed to have overstayed after the period of 36 calendar months, that is, 12 Calendar months (1 extra year) after the statutory 24 Calendar months.
  2. Part-Time Candidates are deemed to have overstayed after the period of 60 Calendar months, that is, 12 extra Calendar months after the statutory 48.



Candidates in the Full-Time PGD programme are deemed to have overstayed after a period of 24 Calendar months, that is 12 extra Calendar month after the statutory 12 Calendar months.



PGDE (Full- Time)

Full-Time candidates in the PGDE programme are deemed to have overstayed after a period of 24 Calendar months that is 12extra Calendar months after the statutory 12 Calendar months.




Sandwich candidates in the PGDE programme are deemed to have overstayed after a period of 4 long vacations, that is, 1 extra long vacation after the statutory 3 long vacations.



The Senate also approved that:

  1.  Candidates who have overstayed the newly approved duration of the programmes should re-apply and start afresh. That is, purchase new forms and get new registration number as new students.
  2. Candidate’s old results, fees, etc. will be considered null and void.


Any application requesting for extension of programmes duration or re-admission to abandoned programmes will no longer be entertained. All those who are already in the programmes and have overstayed were given the end of 2011/2012 Session to complete their programmes and graduate.




The University and the therefore the Faculty, operates the Course Credit Unit System of study in B.Sc programme, as well as courses used for the computation of continuous assessment for the pre- clinical subjects of the MBBS programme.


In the foundation year or first year of study, both the MBBS and B. Sc students receive lectures in courses in General Studies as prescribed by the University, and courses in Physics, Chemistry and Biology, which are based in the Faculty of Science.


At the end of the first academic year, which is designed to give students a basic understanding of scientific concepts of medicine, students admitted into the MBBS; B. Sc (Anatomy) and B. Sc (Physiology) programmes, begin the Basic Medical Sciences/pre- clinical courses, which are available in the faculty.


Up to the first semester of the third year, all the students are taught the same courses, but in the second semester, they begin to branch off into special and professional courses. At all levels, students must however register for the courses both at the teaching Faculty and at their Departments.


Pharmacolem which is based in the faculty, is not taught at the beginning of the second year, like the other subjects, but is started during the first semester of the third year and is continued to the end of the fourth year of the MBBS programme.


Pharmacology is examined with the subjects in Pathology, which are taught during the fourth year of studies for the MBBS programme.



The mode of instruction for the Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree shall be by the Course System. The General University Regulations governing the award of Bachelors degree apply. The Faculty courses will be at the 200, 300 and 400 levels. Each course shall have a course number made up as follows


  1. A three character abbreviation MDS, ANA and PHS, representing the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, Departments of Anatomy and Physiology respectively. This is followed by
  2. A sequence of three numbers, the first digit indicating the course year while the last two numbers describe specific courses.

Numbers 10 - 19 to designate courses in Anatomy Numbers 20 - 29 to designate courses in Physiology Numbers 30 - 39 to designate courses in Pharmacology

  1. The number after the decimal point following the three digits is used to indicate the semester in which the course is taught.



Year 1:1st Semester


Course Title

Credit Unit

GES 100.1

Communication Skills in English


GES 102.1

Logic and Philosophy of Science


CHM 130.1

General Chemistry I


PHY 101.1

Mech. and Properties of Matter


PHY 102.1

Laboratory Practice I


FSB 101.1

General Biology I


AEB 302.1

Protochordates and Chordates







Year 1: 2nd Semester


Course Title

Credit Unit

CHM 131.2

General Chemistry II


CHM 132.2

Introduction to the Principles of Organic Chemistry


PHY 112.2

Electricity and Magnetism


AEB 200.2

Lower Invertebrates


GES 103.2

Nigerian People and Culture


PHY 103.2

Laboratory Practice II


GES 101.2

Computer Appreciation and Applications








Students must obtain a minimum average score of 50 percent in FSB, CHM, and PHY at the end of the first year of study to qualify for continuation in the MBBS/BDS programme. However, students who fail to satisfy these requirements in only one of the subjects at the end of the first year shall be required to repeat the year.


Those who fail to satisfy the continuation requirement in all the subjects, or after repeating the year, would be required to withdraw from the MBBS degree programme. Regulation permits such students to transfer to other degree programmes in the University.


Students for the B.Sc (Anatomy) and B Sc. (Physiology) programmes need an average score of 40 percent to proceed to the second year of studies. Students who fail to satisfy these requirements in only one or more subjects shall be required to carry over such failed courses to the next year of study.


Year 2: 1st Semester


Course Title

Credit Unit

MDS 210.1

Histology and Cell Biology


MDS 211.1

Upper and Lower Extremities


MDS 220.1

General and Introductory Physiology


BCH 210.1

General Biochemistry I


BCH 214.1

General Biochemistry II


CUM 260.1

Organic Chemistry










Year 2: 2nd Semester


Course Title

Credit Unit

BCH 211.2

Medical Biochemistry I


MDS 212.2

Anatomy of Thorax, Abdomen, Pelvis and Perineum


MDS 213.2

Medical Embryology


MDS 221.2

Cardiovascular Physiology


MDS 222.2

Gastroenterology and Nutrition



Community Service








Course Title

Credit Unit

BCH 311.1

Medical Biochemistry II


MDS 311.1

Gross Anatomy of Head and Neck


MDS 301.1



MDS 322.1

Endocrine and Reproductive Physiology


MDS 323.1

Respiratory and Renal Physiology


MDS 330.1

General and Autonomic Pharmacology








A comprehensive examination (MBBS/BDS Part 1) shall be taken after the end of the first semester of the third year of studies for the MB BS students. The subjects taken in the examination are: Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology, divided into the following sections:

Paper I - Multiple Choice / Objective Questions

Paper II - Theory / Essay Questions

Paper III - Practical Examination / Interpretation and Application of Laboratory Exercises.

Oral Examination / Viva Voce


The average of the total marks in a particular subject contributes 70% to the final marks of the candidate. The average of the continuous assessment accounts for the remaining 30%. Students who fail all three subjects at the first attempt shall be advised to withdraw from the programme. Those who fail one or two subjects shall resit the subjects they failed in about three months later. Those who fail any of the subjects after repeating the year shall be advised to withdraw from the programme.


1st year clinicals

The clinical course in year IV begins with the Introductory Course, which covers a period of one month. Lectures begin in the various disciplines in Pathology, while Pharmacology continues. There is continuous assessment at the end of each posting.


The courses in Clinical Pathology and Pharmacology are examined at the end of this year at the 2nd Professional or Part II MBBS/BDS examination and successful students move over to the Faculty of Clinical Sciences in their 500 and 600 levels. The average of the total marks in either subject in this examination contributes 70% of the final marks of the candidate while the average of the continuous assessment accounts for the remaining 30%.

The Part II MBBS/BDS examination is divided into the following sections: -

Paper I - Multiple Choice / Objective Questions Paper II - Theory / Essay Questions

Paper Ill-Practical Examination / Interpretation and Application of Laboratory Exercises.

Oral Examination / Viva Voce

Students who fail any of the subjects in the resit at the first attempt would be required to repeat the class. Those who fail any of the subjects at the resit in the repeat year would be required to withdraw from the programmed.



Students for the B. Sc programmes in Anatomy and Physiology will continue with courses in their various departments from the second semester of their third year as specified in the Academic Departments of the Faculty.




For the purpose of teaching and examinations the academic year is divided into two semesters, each of approximately sixteen weeks of teaching.


The unit of credit for a course is the credit unit, one credit unit being when a class meets for one hour every week for one semester in a lecture or tutorial, or for 3 hours every week for laboratory practical, workshop, or field work during vacations.


Prerequisite and concurrent requirement for courses may be prescribed, but may be waived at the discretion of the Faculty teaching the course for which they are prescribed upon there commendation of the department offering the course.


Every course shall be continuously assessed, and examined at the end of the semester in which it is given.



To obtain a degree in the University of Port Harcourt, a student must complete the approved programme of study in his/her department, and all courses, which the programme specifies, must be passed.


All students are urged to familiarize themselves with the specific requirements for a Bachelor's degree in their departments, as specified in the current brochure for the Faculty or Department.


Students will graduate on the programme and the regulations in force at the time of admission. The pass mark for undergraduate courses is 40%. Students enrolled for the MB.BS programme must score a minimum of 50% per course. All registered courses other than audited courses must be passed. When registering failed courses, students must not exceed the maximum number of 24 credit units for one semester, any course that would cause the maximum to be exceeded must be deferred to the following academic year. Grade points earned at all attempts in a particular course count towards the CGPA. Students are not allowed to repeat a course that they have passed.



Every student is attached to an Academic Adviser who is a member of the academic staff and who will advise him/her on academic affairs as well as on personal matters. Academic Advisers are expected to follow their student's academic progress and provide counseling to them.



The period for normal registration is the first week of each academic year, excluding the orientation week. The period for late registration is the second week of the first semester of the academic year. Late registration will attract a surcharge as penalty.

Course registration is the responsibility of the student's parent department. The Head of Department signs for all the courses registered. In registering, the parent department should ensure that student’s re- register all previously failed courses in which the programme requires a pass, and meet the prescribed requirements for each course registered. The total credit units registered shall not be less than 15 and not more than 24 per semester. Any registration completed after the time specified will be null and void and will not be credited to the student even when he/she has taken and passed an examination in the course previously registered.


Students are not allowed to sit for examinations in courses for which they have not previously registered. Such actions are fraudulent and culprits will be appropriately penalized.


Any genuine request for late registration must be made in writing to the Head of Department, and a late registration fee, reviewable each year in line with the cost of living, must be paid to the Bursary. Forms for late registration will be given out only when the appropriate receipt is documented on the form.


Students may join their professional associations, but the dues for such associations shall not be made conditional for student registration.


Application for adding or dropping a course must be made on the prescribed ADD/DROP form and certified by the Registrar after obtaining the approval of the Heads of Department concerned, not later than four weeks before the examination in each semester. Any change of course made by altering the registration form will be null and void.



Students may attend a course outside the prescribed programme. The course shall be recorded in their transcript only if they have registered for it with the approval of the Head of their Department and the Dean of their Faculty and taken the prescribed examination. An audited course shall not be used in calculating the CGPA.



A student who has been admitted to a degree programme on satisfying the minimum requirements for entry into the University as well as course requirements for the faculty and department shall not normally be allowed to change until he/she has completed the first academic year in the degree programme.


A student awarded a scholarship in a discipline different from that for which he/she is admitted shall be allowed to change faculty or department to that in which the programme specified by the


Scholarship Award if available, provided that he/she meets the requirements of the Faculty or Department to which a change is desired.


Application to change faculty shall normally be made by the students concerned through the Head of the present Department and the Dean of Faculty, who shall recommend to the Faculty Board on a prescribed form (quintuplicate) obtainable from the Faculty.


Duly completed copies of Change of Programme Form shall be forwarded to the Committee of Provost and Deans for approval and to the Registrar for certification. Therefore, the Registrar shall retain a copy and forward a copy each to the two Heads, the respective Deans and the students concerned. The Faculty Board should do intra-faculty transfer.


To qualify for consideration for transfer to the professional programmes in Medicine, Engineering and Management Sciences, a student shall be required to obtained a CGPA of 3.50 points or above at the time of application.



A student from another University may seek a transfer to any of the programmes of the University of Port Harcourt. Such applicants must enclose relevant credentials and transcripts of academic record, to the Registrar, who shall normally refer the request to the appropriate Head of Department with the applicant’s official transcript. The Head of the Department, after considering the application, shall make an appropriate recommendation through the Dean to the Committee of Provosts and Deans.


The decision of the Committee of Provosts and Deans shall be final. All such applications must be processed before the beginning of the academic year.


All applicants for Inter-University transfer shall be required to be in good standing in their previous University. A student who has been expelled or suspended from any university for acts of misconduct shall not be eligible for transfer to the University of Port Harcourt.



Every course carries a fixed number of credit Units (CU), one credit Unit being when a class meets for one hour every week for one semester, or three hours every week in the laboratory, workshop or fieldwork.


Quality point (QP) are derived by multiplying the Credit Units for the course by the Grade points earned by the student: e.g. in a course with 3 credit units in which a student earned a B with 4 Grade points, the Quality points are 3 x 4 = 12.


Grade Points Average (GPA) is derived by dividing the total Quality points for the semester by the credit units for the semester. Example in a semester where the student earned 56 quality points for 18 credit units, the GPA is (56/18) = 3.11


Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) is derived by the total credit units (TCU) to date: e.g. if the TQP are 228 and the TCU are 68, CGPA = (228/68) = 3.35


Grades obtained in all approved course of a student’s prescribed program, excluding audited courses, shall be used to compute the GPA. Where a student has registered more than the allowed number of free elective courses, only the grade obtained in the registration will be used in computing the CGPA. Other elective courses will be treated as audited courses and will not be used in calculating the GPA


When a student transfers from the faculty to another, the grades obtained in the courses in the new prescribed programme of study will be used to compute the CGPA. Course that were complete before the change of programme and which are not part of the new prescribed programme will be treated as audited courses.



The continuation requirement in the University is a CGPA of 1.00 at the end of every academic year.



Probation is a status granted to a student whose academic performance falls below an acceptable standard. A student whose Cumulative Grade Points Average is below 1.00 at the end of a particular year of study earns a period of probation for one academic session.


Limitation of Registration

Students on probation may not register for more than 18 units per semester. The purpose of the restriction is to give the student a chance to concentrate on improving their performance and thus raising their CGPA.


Warning of Danger of Probation

Students should be warned by their Department if at the end of any semester their GPA falls below l.00


Repeating Failed Courses Unit(s)

Subject to the conditions for withdrawal and probation, a student must 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.



A student whose Cumulative Grade point Average is below 1.00 at the end of one year's probation shall be required to withdraw from the programme of study.


Temporary Withdrawal from Study

A student may apply for temporary withdrawal from study for a period of one year, which may be renewable for up to a maximum of twoyears.


Duration of Degree Programme

A student, who, after the maximum length of time allowed for a degree programme has not obtained a degree, shall be asked to withdraw from the programme. The maximum length for a 4-year programme shall be 6 years. This regulation applies to the B.Sc. programmes in the Faculty, but not to the MBBS programme, which has its own requirements. In part-time programmes, the appropriate ratio should apply.




Senate at its 357th Meeting (Adjourned) held on Thursday, 8th April 2010, 365th Meeting held on Wednesday 28th July 2010, 366th Meeting held on Wednesday, 25th August 2010, 369th Meeting (Extra-Ordinary) held on Wednesday, 1st December 2010 and 372nd Meeting held on Wednesday, 23rd February 2011, decided as follows:


  1. That students shall be allowed to graduate with a maximum of two failed courses provided these are not Research Project, Design Project, Teaching Practice, Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), GES Courses, Year Abroad Programme and Community Service Courses. The effective date for the waiver of two failed courses is the U99/2000 session.
  2. That each Faculty and Department will specify its own minimum requirements for the award of its degree as submitted to the National Universities Commission (NUC), subject to a minimum of 120 credit units and a maximum of 148 credit units for a 4 -year programme, to be taken as stipulated in section 6.3 of the Academic Policies of the University of Port Harcourt of September 2012.
  3. That pass grades(s) should replace fail grade(s) and the pass grade(s) should be used to compute the CGPA, both for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The maximum grade to be given in respect of replacement of fail grade with pass grade should be a ‘C’. The effective date of implementation of (2) and (3) above is 2009/2010 session.



Senate at its 398th meeting held on Wednesday, 28th May, 2014 responded to the directive from the National Universities Commission (Ref: NUC/AS/391/Vol. II dated 16th March, 2013) on the review of Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMAS). In the light of the recommendations from the NUC, the new classification of Degrees with effect from the 2013/2014 academic session is as follows:



Class of Degree



Cumulative Grade Point Average


First Class Division




Second Class Upper Division




Second Class Lower Division


2.40 - 3.49


Third Class Division






Students shall be entitled to see their marked examination scripts if they so desire, provided appropriate steps are taken to safe guard the scripts. Any student who is aggrieved about the grading of a course examination may petition his/her Head of Department in the first instance. The Head of Department shall refer the petition to the Dean of the Faculty, who shall cause the scripts to be re-assessed and the scores presented to the Faculty Board for determination. A student applying for a review of answer scripts shall be required to pay the approved fee to the Bursary Department before commencement of the review. If the appeal results in a significant improvement (i.e. a change in letter grade) on the student's original grade, the fee so paid shall be refunded to the student within 30days from the release of the result. Students whose letter grade is not marked higher lose their money.


Application for review of answer scripts must be made not later than one month from the date of publication of results by the faculty. The application must be personal; i.e. an appeal by someone for the review of someone else's script shall not be entertained. No group appeal by candidates involved in the examination in question (or any other group of persons) shall be entertained.



Examiners should ensure that the question papers are prepared under conditions of maximum security and are ready in time. For all examinations, well-packaged question papers must be accompanied by a list of Supervisors/Invigilators and the relevant forms (Examination Control Forms). The Examiners should ensure that the question papers are adequately packaged and sealed and are submitted to the Supervisor at least one hour before the start of the examination.


Subject only to administrative supervision by the Office of the Provost/Dean/Director, the conduct of course examinations shall be the responsibility of the Head of Department. The Head of Department should ensure that examination questions are moderated.


For each examination there should be a Supervisor and Invigilators in a ratio of at least one invigilator to 50 students, including both male and female invigilators.


It is the responsibility of the Parent Department to appoint supervisors and invigilators. The list should be forwarded to the Head of the Teaching Department not later than one week before the commencement of semester examinations. Students should be seated according to their Departments and they should be invigilated by academic staff from their Departments.


Supervisors should be appointed from the rank of Senior Lecturer and above and invigilators should be other members of academic staff. Part - Time teachers, where necessary are also regarded as Internal Examiners.


Supervisors must identify and check students into the examination using the authenticated register of students for that course. The student must show the invigilator his/her registration/identity card on entry to every examination. He/She must leave these on the desk throughout the examination for easy inspection by the invigilator.


All examination scripts used by the students must be endorsed by the supervisor at least 30 minutes after the commencement of the examination.


The invigilator must ensure that no student removes from the examination venue any paper or other examination material except the printed question paper where it is allowed. Answer booklets are the property of the University and must not be in the possession of students.


During examinations the security must be stepped up, especially around examination centre, to ensure that no persons not involved in the examinations are allowed to loiter around the hall.


None registered student is allowed to take any examination.

A student should be in the examination room at least 30 minutes before the start of the examination. A student who is up to 30 minutes late shall be admitted, but shall not be given any extra time.


A student who arrives more than 30 minutes after the start of the examination shall not be admitted. A student may be allowed to leave the examination room temporarily before the end of the examination, but must NOT:

  1. Do so during the first hour of the examination except in case of emergency like illness.
  2. Do so unaccompanied OR with his scripts


All students must write their name and matriculation number and sign the attendance register within the first hour of the examination.


All students must write their number (not name) at the appropriate places on the cover and pages of the answer booklet.


No student shall keep any handbag, briefcase, books, notebooks, or paper near him/her during the examination.


No student shall directly or indirectly give or accept any assistance during the examination, including lending borrowing any materials.


No student shall continue writing when at the end of the allotted time; the invigilator orders all students to stop writing.


A student shall avoid noise making and /or communicating with any other student or with any other person except with the invigilator if necessary.

Students who disrupt an examination at any venue will have their examination cancelled, and they will be required to re-register for the course.

At the end of the examination the Supervisor/Invigilator should ensure that the scripts are checked properly packaged and returned along with relevant forms to the Chief Examiner.


Any member of staff who fails to turn up for invigilation shall lose a monthly examination allowance for each offence and be queried for his act the first time. If this is repeated during any other period of examination the member of staff will lose the monthly examination allowance for each offence, and will in addition lose the next promotion and be warned in writing by the Vice-Chancellor.


The Provost/Dean is responsible for reporting to the Vice-Chancellor any defaulting invigilator.


These examination regulations apply to all students studying for the award of University of Port Harcourt degrees, diplomas and certificates and where appropriate to all staff.



Results should be returned in quadruplicate and distributed as follows: a copy to the course lecturer, a copy to the Head of Department, and two copies to the Dean, who signs and returns one copy of the marked sheet to the Department.

Summary of result for all courses taken in the Department with the date of departmental meeting reflected on them shall be presented to the Extra-Ordinary meeting of Senate five weeks following the conclusion of the semester and degree examinations. Lecturers who fail to meet the deadline would face strict sanctions of salary suspension. The Dean shall report such lecturers to the Vice- Chancellor for the necessary sanctions to be applied.

A moderator for an examination must have access to the scripts and the course mark sheet must show an itemized distribution of the score. All results must be published provisionally not later than 24 hours after the Faculty Board had considered them.


Computation of results should be restricted to academic staff.

Examiners should ensure the security of scripts, and the scripts should normally be returned to the Head of Department after one year. Scripts are not to be disposed off until after five years.


Faculty Officers, Heads of Departments, and Provost/Deans/Directors should ensure that mark sheets and results are treated as high security documents. A copy of the mark sheets of all the courses should be sent to the Registrar for preparation of students’ transcript.



Results may be changed as a result of a review or as the result of the discovery of an error or fraudulent change in the recording of either semester or degree results.


No result/grade approved by the Faculty Board shall be changed without reference to the Faculty Board.

No result/grade approved by Senate shall be changed without reference to Senate.


Any application for a change of grade must be made in writing, appropriately routed, giving clearly defined reasons for the change. Where the change is suspected to be the result of fraud, it should be investigated at the appropriate level and a recommendation made to Senate.



Examination malpractice shall be defined as all forms of cheating which directly or indirectly falsifies the ability of the student.


These shall include cheating within an examination hall, cheating outside an examination hall, and any involvement in all illegal examination - related offences. Forms of cheating are categorized as follows:

  1. Cheating within an examination hall / room
  1. Copying from one another / exchanging Question / answer sheets.
  2. Bringing in prepared answer, coping from textbooks, notebooks, laboratory specimens or any other instructional aids smuggled into the examination hall.
  3. Collaboration with an invigilator/lecturer where it involves the lecturer providing written/oral answers to a student in the examination hall.
  4. Oral/written communication between / among students.
  5. Bringing in prepared answers written on any part of the body.
  6. Receiving information, whether written or oral, from any person (s) outside an examination hall.
  7. Refusal to stop writing at the end, within half a minute, of the examination.
  8. Impersonation.
  9. Non-submission of answer scripts at the end of an examination.
  10. Illegal removal of answer scripts at the end of examination.
  11. Cheating outside the examination hall/room
  1. Plagiarism is a form of examination malpractice and should be investigated and punished in the same way as cheating in the examination hall. Plagiarism is the use of another person's work without appropriate acknowledgment both in the text and in the reference at the end.
  2. Copying laboratory and fieldwork reports and/or term papers of others.
  3. Colluding with a member of staff to obtain, or on his own initiative, obtaining set questions or answers beforehand.
  4. Colluding with a member of staff in order to submit a new prepared answer script as a substitute for the original script after an examination.
  5. Writing of projects, laboratory and/or field reports on behalf of a student by a member of staff.
  6. Soliciting for help after an examination.
  7. Secretly breaking into a staff office or departmental office in order to obtain question papers, answer scripts, or mark sheets or substituting a fresh answer script for the original script.
  8. Refusing to c-operate with the Faculty Investigating Panel or the Senate Committee on Examination Malpractice.
  1. Related of fences
  1. Manipulation of registration forms in order to sit for an examination for which the student is not qualified.
  2. Sitting for an examination for which the student is not qualified as a result of manipulation of registration forms.
  3. Colluding with a medical doctor in order to obtain an excused duty/medical certificate on grounds of feigned illness.
  4. Producing a fake medical certificate.
  5. Assault and intimidation of the invigilator within or outside the examination hall.
  6. Attempting to destroy and/or destroying evidence of examination malpractice.
  7. Intimidation or threats to extort sex/money or other favours from students by a member of staff in exchange for grades.


Investigation of Examination Malpractice

The invigilator shall seize any unauthorized material found in the possession of a student after the student has signed, acknowledging that it was retrieved from him/her. Refusal to sign is tantamount to acceptance of guilt.

Where the student refuses to sign, the invigilator should make a clear statement on the answer sheet and sign. The student shall, however, not be prevented from finishing the examination. The invigilator shall, immediately after the examination, submit a written report to the Head of the Department conducting the examination.


The Department conducting the examination shall setup a committee/panel to examine the merit of the case.


If the Departmental Board feels that a prima facie case has been established, the case shall be presented to the Faculty Board, which shall appoint a panel to investigate the case and report back to the faculty.


If the faculty is satisfied that a case has been established, then the case shall be reported to the Senate Committee on Examination Malpractice (SCEM).


The Senate Committee on Examination Malpractice (SCEM) shall investigate the case and report to Senate for decision.


The investigation of examination malpractice shall take, as much time a sit takes to dispose off the matter, but it must not go beyond the end of the semester following the one in which the offence was allegedly committed. Meanwhile, the student allegedly involved in an examination malpractice shall be allowed to register for courses and take examinations in them. But the parent or any other department shall not release the results of the courses, until investigation has been completed and his/her innocence established by Senate.


Punishment for Examination Malpractice

Any student found guilty of examination malpractice after due process shall be expelled from the University.


This decision shall be communicated to all students and their sponsors before the commencement of each session.


The information shall be posted on all notice boards throughout the University and shall also be contained in each faculty prospectus so as to give it the widest possible publicity. The decision shall take effect immediately after the publication.


Members of staff involved in aiding and abetting students in Examination malpractice shall be made to appear before an investigation panel. If the member of staff is found guilty, the report shall be sent to the appropriate Disciplinary Committee.


For students involved in an examination malpractice and proven guilty, Senate shall take the ultimate decision, while for staff; the appropriate Disciplinary Committee (as specified in the conditions of services) shall forward its recommendation to Council.


Secret Societies/Cults

Secret societies/cults are anti-social and are banned by the University. Any student proved to belong to a secret society would be expelled.


Regulations Governing the Presentation of Projects/ Dissertations

The regulations stated below which have been approved are to be strictly followed.


I)         Size of Paper

The approved size of paper for writing up is A4 and in case of scarcity, approval could be sought for use of foolscap size.


ii)         Signatories

The under-listed members of a candidate's Board of Examiners shall sign the certificate of dissertation.



Head of Department

External Examiner/Chairman Board of Examiners



A Project/Thesis/Dissertation should be made up as follows:

Title page

Certification page



Abstract 200 to 300 words

Table of contents

List of Tables and Graphs

Body of Thesis/Dissertation



N.B. Students are advised to contact their Heads of Department or Faculty Officer to confirm the form of the Title and Certification pages. Details on styles of presentation are expected to be provided by the respective disciplines.



Colours for Binding

Each thesis/dissertation shall be bounding the colour of the awarding Faculty and the colour approved for the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences is Red while that of the College of Health Sciences is Purple (Mauve).


It is expected that all thesis/dissertations shall be bound or cased in boards. These should be well bound and should open easily. Prospective compilers of thesis/dissertations should consult the University Librarian for uniformity.



Binding Specifications

The technical and other requirements are listed below:




Librarian binding or full bound

Size of book


Weight of Board


End of papers

Cartridges 100/120gms. Azure laid marble paper (Cloth lined joints of made- end paper


Gold or Aluminum foil. Title and Author cover and spine.

Strengthening Material

Mull, Calico, Tape

Cover materials

Art canvas, leather clothe, Water- proof, library clothe, Buckram (a good quality material that will take hard ware for a considerable time and will have much better tensile strength and resistant to abrasion)


Crepe Kraft with split board


Head bound (Optional)


Write your Name, Degree, Department and Year on the spine of the bound thesis/dissertations.



A candidate shall, submit four copies of the thesis/dissertation in paper binding to the faculty committee, not later than the beginning of the last semester of the prescribed period of study and not later than two months to the date of the examination. All thesis/dissertations must conform to the specifications laid down by the University.

Before the degree is conferred, three copies of every thesis/dissertation accepted, shall be bound in a manner approved by the University Library and these shall become the property of the University.



















Supervisor(s)                            ………………………………..

Head of Department                 ………………………………..

External Examiner                    ………………………………..

Chairman Board of Examiners  ………………………………..





The attention of all Medical students should be drawn to the examination regulations and the fact that the pass mark for all examination is 50%.

  1. That he/she is a bonafide student of the Faculty (Identification card).
  2. That he/she has paid all prescribed school fees.
  3. That he/she has paid the fees for the particular examination.
  4. That he/she has attained 75% attendance to be eligible for the examination.
  5. That he/she attended all continuous assessment tests leading to that examination or provided an approved medical certification to be eligible for the examination.


  1. The Dean through the Examination coordinator shall arrange the examination time-table and venue(s) for the examination.
  2.  The time-table and venue(s) must be communicated to all examiners and candidates at least two weeks before the beginning of the professional examination.
  3. The desk of each candidate will be marked with the matriculation number before the Examination is due to start. Without prejudice, the invigilator can re-locate the sitting of a candidate during the examination.
  4. Candidates must be seated apart far enough to prevent cheating and all candidates must be visible to the chief invigilator at his seat. The desks shall be arranged as to make it possible for the invigilator to reach the candidates with ease.
  5. Candidates once admitted into the hall after identity has been checked may not leave the hall.
  6. A functioning wall clock from which the time of the examination shall be determined shall be prominently displayed in front of the hall in full view of all candidates.
  7. Question and answer papers shall be brought into the hall and be distributed to the candidates at the appropriate time.



A candidate eligible for a professional examination can only be exempted from the examination if:

  1. He/she applies for exemption to the Faculty Board through the Dean of Faculty and approval is given.
    1.      (a) A candidate who falls ill just before the examination or in the examination hall should inform the examiners immediately.

The examiner/invigilator should inform the Coordinator of the examination who will write a formal report to the Dean about the absence of the candidate from the examination.

(b) The candidate thereafter will produce a medical certificate from an approved source (e.g. the University Health Centre or University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital) to cover the duration of illness.

  1. A candidate exempted from such a Professional Examination should write the next available equivalent examination i.e. Main examination or Resit examination.
  2. A candidate that is not present for the Main and Resit Professional Examination of an Academic year without permission should be deemed to have withdrawn from the MBBS/BDS Programme.
  1. Candidates are required to take part in all Continuous Assessment tests. Any candidate that misses a test must provide a Medical Certificate from an approved source. Result of Continuous Assessment should be published at least 1 week before the commencement of the examination.
  2. After the Part II MBBS/BDS (Main) Professional Examination, candidates for the Resit Examination must take the Continuous Assessment test before the Resit Examination. The remedial continuous assessment marks must be averaged with the continuous assessment marks of the Main Examination.
  5. The Chief invigilator shall be the Coordinator of the professional examination. Other Invigilators shall be Heads of Departments and the academic staff in the departments conducting the Professional Examinations.
  6. The non-academic staffs in the department and the postgraduate students who help their Head of Departments in administering the examination are not invigilators but attendants. They are not to loiter or hang around the candidates. They should carry out the assignment given them at the venue of the examination and wait outside or stay at the back of the examination hall.
  7. It should be the duty of the invigilators to exercise constant and vigilant supervision over the candidates taking the examination.
  8. While the examination is in progress no person other than invigilators, examiners and staff of affected departments shall be allowed to enter the hall. All invigilators must be in the hall in the first and last 30 minutes of each paper.
  9. The time appointed for the examination in each paper as indicated in the Time-Table must be strictly adhered to and can only be altered in unavoidable circumstances with the permission of the Dean.
  10. No candidate may leave the examination hall once the examination begins except to the toilet or to receive first aid and then, only provided an invigilator or attendant accompanies him or her. Normally, no candidate shall be admitted after the first half-hour of the examination has elapsed.
  11. If any candidate finishes his/her paper before the time required, the invigilator may at his discretion allow the candidate to submit his/her papers and retire. Candidates are not allowed to leave the hall during the first and last 30 minutes of the examination.
  12. Candidates are not allowed to remove answer scripts used or unused from the examination hall.
  13. Silence must be maintained throughout the examination period by the invigilators, attendants and candidates.
  14. Smoking, eating and drinking are not allowed during the examination. Drinking of water may be allowed under some conditions.
  15. Invigilators must warn candidates of the time elapsed, thirty minutes and ten minutes before the close of the examination.
  16. Candidates must stop writing immediately at the end of the examination. Any candidate seen writing must be noted and be warned. The incident should be reported to the coordinator or most senior invigilator for appropriate penalty.
  17. At the close of examination, candidates shall be asked to hand over their scripts to the appropriate invigilator as they leave the hall. The invigilators are to check these scripts and count them for correctness.
  18. The invigilators shall collect the scripts and hand them over to the coordinator who will pass them on to the appropriate Head of Department.
  19. Multiple choice questions remain confidential even after examination. It is of utmost importance that all copies of questions including the invigilators copies be returned to the coordinator of the examination.
  22. Candidates must attend punctually at the times assigned to their papers and must be admitted into the examination hall fifteen minutes before the time the examination is due to start.
  23. Candidates shall not be permitted to enter the hall more than 15 minutes before the commencement of the examination. Candidates arriving more than half an hour after the examination has started shall be admitted only at the invigilator’s discretion and the time of arrival shall be noted on the scripts. The lateness shall in no way be compensated.
  24. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that they sign the attendance register for the examination. They should also ensure that they receive questions and answer booklets from invigilators.
  25. Save with special permission of the invigilator, candidates may not leave the examination except to go to the toilet or take first aid. They must be accompanied by an invigilator or attendant.
  26. Candidates must bring their writing materials such as pens, pencils, rulers to the examination hall. Bags and other personal materials should be left outside the hall.
  27. While the examination is in progress communication between candidates is strictly forbidden, and any candidate found to be giving or receiving irregular assistance of making unauthorized communication, may be required to withdraw from the examination and may be further penalized afterwards.
  28. Silence must be observed in the examination hall. The only permissible way of attracting the attention of the invigilator is by the candidate raising his/her hand.
  29. Candidates are informed that medical attention can be obtained, if necessary.
  30. Before handing in their scripts at the end of the examination, candidates must satisfy themselves that they have written their matriculation number.
  31. It is the responsibility of each candidate to hand in his/her answer booklet to the appropriate invigilator and ensure that this is recorded before they leave the examination hall.
  34. All candidates must write their examination number on their answer sheets. Failure to do so may result in the sheet not being marked.
  35. Candidates writing a different number in their answer sheets and answering a different question will suffer a penalty.
  36. Assisting another candidates and receiving assistance from another candidate will result in the two candidates being disqualified and their actions referred to the Examinations Committee of the Faculty.
  37. Candidates are not allowed to bring their phones and other electronic devices into the examination hall.
  38. Candidates are forbidden to bring any dangerous implements into the examination hall.
  39. Disorderly behavior and physical or verbal action on Examiners and Invigilators will lead to disqualification and report of such a case to the Examinations Committee of the Faculty.
  40. Candidate attempting to influence or actually influencing any part of the examination in their favour will be disqualified and their case referred to the Examinations Committee of the Faculty.
  41. Candidates must not intimidate, cajole, lobby, persuade, threaten or force any Examiner or Invigilator in the course of the Examination. Such action will lead to disqualification and report of the action to the Examinations Committee of the Faculty.
  43. Examination Malpractice
  44. Where a candidate is suspected to have been engaged in examination malpractice, this should immediately be brought to the attention of the Co-ordinator of the Professional Examination or the most senior invigilator present, who will immediately conduct an investigation.
  45. The investigation shall include the following:
  46.  Stop the examination of the candidate involved.
  47.  Collect documents involved which the invigilator and the candidate should sign.
  48.  Obtained a written statement signed by the candidate, who shall be informed of the case against him or her. Where the candidate refuses to sign, the invigilator should write it as a clear statement on the answer sheet and sign.
  49.  Obtain written and signed statements from all witnesses, including another invigilator (if present).
  1. The candidate may, thereafter be allowed to complete the examination.
  2. The Coordinator of the examination or the most senior invigilator shall report the matter to the Dean in writing.
  3. The Dean will report the matter to the Faculty Board.
  4. Any student found guilty of examination malpractice after due process should be punished according to University regulation.



Candidates must have attended up to 75% of the lectures and practical sessions leading to this examination. The candidates must have taken the prescribed continuous assessment tests.

The Part I MBBS/BDS (Main) Examination (2nd MBBS/BDS) shall take place 18 months after the commencement of the MBBS/BDS programme. The examination shall be in Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology in the following format:-


Paper I

Multiple Choice Questions

Paper II

Short Answer Essay Questions

Paper III

Practical Examination

Viva Voce

Oral Examination



The average of the total marks in any particular subject contributes 70% to the final marks of the candidates. The average of the continuous assessment accounts for the remaining 30%. When the results of the examination are published, candidates will be graded as follows:-

  1. Those who fail all the subjects at the first attempt will be advised to withdraw from the MBBS programme. These candidates may opt to transfer to any science - related course in the University.
  2. Those who fail one or two subject(s) will Resit the subject(s) in the next three months. If they still fail those subject(s), they will have to repeat the coming Academic year.
  3. Those who repeat the year are expected to write the examinations in the 3 subjects in the repeat year except those who have been exempted from writing a subject as a result of attaining a Second Class Upper Degree in that subject.
  4. Those who still fail the subject(s) at the end of the repeat Academic year will be advised to withdraw from the MBBS/BDS programme. These candidates may opt to transfer to any science - related course in the University.



Candidates must have passed the Part I MBBS/BDS Examination and have more that 75% attendance in the lectures and practical sessions leading to the Part II MBBS/BDS Examination. Candidates must have taken the prescribed continuous assessment tests.


The Part II MBBS/BDS examination (2nd MBBS/BDS) takes place at the end of year 3 of the MBBS/BDS programme. The Examination is in the subjects of Pathology and Pharmacology. The Pathologic Sciences courses are Anatomic Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Immunology and Medical Microbiology and Parasitology.


The Examination takes the following format:-

Paper I

Multiple Choice Questions

Paper II

Short Answer Essay Question

Paper III

Practical Examination

Viva Voce

Oral Examination


The average of the total marks in a particular subject contributes 70% to the final marks of the candidate. The average of the continuous assessment accounts for the remaining 30%.


When the results are published, candidates will be graded as follows:-

  1. Those who fail the combined Pathology or Pharmacology examination or both will resit the subject(s) in about 3 months.
  2. Those who fail any of the resit subjects will have to repeat the next Academic year and not proceed to the next clinical posting.
  3. Those who are repeating shall be required to re-write both subjects of Pathology and Pharmacology in the Part II Examination in the repeat year
  4. Those who fail any of the subjects at the end of the repeat academic year will be required to withdraw from the MBBS/BDS programme.


Distinction Candidates

  1.  A candidate must have scored 50% or above in all the other subjects in the Professional Examination and in addition scored above 70% (A score) in the subject to be awarded a distinction.


The distinction grade is confirmed by the performance of the candidate at an oral examination chaired by the external examiner in that subject.

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