A lot of science students in secondary school are not aware that there are several other medical courses apart from popular ones like Medicine & Surgery, Nursing etc.

In this post, we will be providing the full list of medical courses that are available in Nigerian Universities. This gives you more options to consider when filling your UTME application form.

However, note that not all universities currently operating in the country have all the courses listed here as a study option.

Ascertain that your preferred medical course is available in your chosen school before filling your UTME application or select a school where the course is available.

The List Of All Medical Courses In Nigerian Universities is provided below.


Anatomy is simply the study of the structure of organisms and their parts. It has strong ties with embryology, comparative anatomy, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, and phylogeny.

Human anatomy is important to medicine which makes it is one of the essential basic sciences that are relevant to medicine. The duration of study for anatomy is 4 years.


Biochemistry is sometimes called biological chemistry. It is the application of chemistry to the study of biological processes taking place at the cellular and molecular level.

The complexity of life arises from biochemical processes so we must study them. It takes 4 years of study to graduate with a degree in Biochemistry.

Biomedical Technology

Biomedical technology simply is the application of engineering and technology principles to solving biological or medical problems affecting humans.

The course is focused majorly on the design and use of medical equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. It is a 4-year degree course.

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Dentistry and Dental Surgery

Dentistry is concerned about the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and conditions of the oral cavity. You are required to spend 6 years of study at the university to earn a bachelor of dental surgery (BDS) degree.

Human Anatomy

Human anatomy deals with the study of the shape and form of the human body which is very important to medicine. The course is a 4-year degree course.

Human Nutrition and Dietetics

It is a branch of science that deals with the study of nutrients. It is a broad field and overlaps with many other disciplines such as biochemistry, cell biology, dietetics, medicine, physiology, communications and public health. It is a 4-year course.

Medical Biochemistry

Medical Biochemistry is a branch of medicine that is concerned with the biochemistry and metabolism of human health and disease. A degree in Medical Biochemistry takes 4 years to complete.

Medical Laboratory Science

It is a biology/chemistry-based bachelor’s degree that prepares students for careers in places such as hospital labs and clinics, veterinary clinics, forensic labs, industrial research labs and molecular biotechnology labs.

Medical Laboratory Scientists analyze blood, urine, tissue, and other body specimens.

Results of these tests are important in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. It takes 4 years to complete a degree programme in this field.

Medical Rehabilitation/ Physiotherapy

It is a branch of medicine that helps to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life of those with physical impairments or disabilities.

Professionals in this field help to restore optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, ligaments, or nervous system. It takes 5 years to complete a degree in this field.

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Medicine and Surgery

This is the most popular medical course. Medicine is concerned with the diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and also the prevention of disease.

Surgery, on the other hand, involves the use of operative manual and instrumental techniques to investigate or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury.

Surgery also helps to improve bodily function or appearance, as well as repair unwanted ruptured areas. It takes 6 years to complete a Medicine & Surgery course in Nigeria.

Nursing/Nursing Science

Nurses are health professionals concerned with patient care. They help individuals, families, and also communities to attain, maintain, or recover optimal health and quality of life as the case may be. A nursing degree in Nigeria takes 5 years to complete.


Optometry is a medical field concerned with eye care. It deals with everything that has to do with eyes and vision, including examination, diagnosis and treatment of the eyes and surrounding structures, as well as the treatment of vision problems. It takes 4 years to study this course.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Pharmacology is simply the study of drug action. Pharmacologists carry out research experiments and test drugs, to study their effect on humans and animals.

They study the interaction of chemical substances with our body system, as well as identify ways in which our biological systems affect drugs. A degree in pharmacology takes 4 years to complete.

Also, therapeutics deals with the use of drugs and the method of their administration in treating disease.


Pharmacy deals with the technique of preparing, dispensing, and review of drugs. Pharmacists also provide additional clinical services. It is a 5-year degree programme.

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Physiology is a biology sub-discipline that studies the functions and mechanisms which work within a living system. A bachelors degree in physiology can be completed in 4 years.

Prosthesis and Orthopaedic Technology

This course is concerned with the evaluation and production of artificial limbs and orthopaedic braces for the disabled. The bachelor’s degree programme in this field can be completed in 4 years.

Public Health Technology

Public health deals with promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play. It takes 4 years to complete a bachelor’s degree programme in this field.


Radiography is an imaging technique that involves the use of X-rays, gamma rays, or similar ionizing radiation and non-ionizing radiation to view the internal form of an object.

It is used in medicine for obtaining images of the internal form of humans for diagnosis. 4 years is required to study Radiography in Nigeria.

Veterinary Medicine

Veterinary medicine is a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, disorder and injury in animals. It takes 6 years of study to earn a degree in this field.


These are all the medical courses currently available in Nigerian Universities. You can read more on admission requirements to study these courses.

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