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List of Medical Courses to Study in Nigeria (2024 Update)

List of Medical Courses to Study in Nigeria – Most people just have a love for the medical profession, reasons are best known to them. Perhaps for the lucrative nature of the field, but whatever being the case, the question is, ‘Do you want to study a course in the medical field, but probably don’t know which area to choose, then read this article.

In this article, I will be revealing to you the best medical courses and medical-related courses that you can study at any Nigerian University. You will also get to know about what each of the courses is all about.

Meanwhile, let us start the article with an overview of what medical courses are all about for better clarification.

List of Medical Courses to Study in Nigeria

About Medical Courses 

These are courses in the field of medicine that have to do with the health and well-being of people in society. There are so many medical courses you can ever think of. They include courses that care for the nose, teeth, eyes, mouth, and all parts of the body of humans.

Categories of Medical Courses in Nigeria

In the discussion of the list of medical courses offered at the University, I will be discussing this topic by considering 9 categories of medical courses and what their duties are.

In higher institutions, medical courses are classified into different medical faculties such as:

  1. Basic Medical Sciences
  2. Health Sciences
  3. Health Technology
  4. Health Engineering
  5. Dentistry Medical Sciences
  6. Health Medical Sciences
  7. Pharmaceutical Medical Sciences
  8. Clinical Medical Sciences
  9. Veterinary Medical Sciences

List of Medical Courses to Study in Nigeria

In this section, I will be looking at the medical courses based on their categories and the functions that they perform in the medical field. The first category of the medical courses that you can study in Nigerian University is:

Veterinary Medical Courses

These are medical-related courses studied at the University that help in the application of health principles, such as analyzing, evaluating, and testing animal cells, fluids, and blood.

These medical courses are mainly designed for caring, for and improvement of animal health, animal diets, and animal production.

The following are the medical courses that you can study under the veterinary medical courses:

  • Animal Health
  • Veterinary medicine
  • Veterinary surgery
  • Veterinary physiology
  • Veterinary parasitology
  • Veterinary Entomology
  • Animal Production
  • Veterinary pathology
  • Veterinary Microbiology
  • Veterinary pharmacology
  • Veterinary anatomy
  • Veterinary obstetrics

Clinical Science Courses

The second category of medical courses offered in Nigeria Clinical medical science courses. These are medical-related courses, whereby students are trained to become qualified doctors who will diagnose diseases in humans and offer treatment to them.

This is a category of medical courses known as clinical science which makes use of the principles of chemistry, biology, and other related sciences in medicine and health sciences.

Some of the medical courses that students can offer at the University include the following:

  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Community Health
  • Orthopedics/Traumatology
  • Hematology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Nursing/Nursing Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medical Radiography
  • Radiation medicine
  • Psychological medicine

Pharmaceutical Medical Courses

Pharmaceutical medical courses are another category of medical-related courses that are directly or indirectly related to pharmacy.

The pharmaceutical courses are mainly focused on the principle of how to prepare and dispense drugs. It also includes the science of safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs.

Moreover, the course exposes students to intensive research and development of new drugs, medical technology, medical processes, and food. Courses under this category that students can study include:

  • Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmacognosy 

Medical Health Courses

These are medical courses that study personal health, public health, community health, and environmental 

  • Pharmaceutical and Medical Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutics
  • Natural medicine
  • Toxicology
  • Clinical and Biopharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical chemistry.

health. This includes those who carry out laboratory tests and bring out results of the patient’s health condition, they are also medical experts who offer health treatment to people, which includes treatment of the eye, nose teeth, ears, and the general body of humans.

In this category, the courses that students can apply to study at the University are as follows:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Dietetics
  • Optometry
  • Environmental Health
  • Primary Health
  • Health Information Science
  • Health Management
  • Community Health
  • Environmental and Public Health

Dentistry Medical Courses

Dentistry courses are medical courses whereby students are taught about the care of the teeth of people. Dentistry teaches students the prevention, treatment, and diseases of the oral cavity for their patients.

Some of the available dentistry courses you can study in Nigerian Universities are:

  • Dentistry
  • Child Dental Health
  • Restorative dentistry
  • Preventive Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial surgery


Health Care Technology/Engineering Courses

Another category of the Medical courses is the one known as health technology or health care engineering. The both of them have a close relationship in terms of their duties in the medical field.

It might interest you to know that Health Care Technology/Engineering medical courses are not like the other courses that we have mentioned earlier, which involve medical professionals who have direct contact with their patients.

In Health Care Technology/Engineering, the reverse is the case, because the medical professionals here do not have direct contact with patients, rather their main focus is on the production and development of technologies that can help in ensuring a healthy system.

Health Care Technology/Engineering is focusing its entire attention on the building up of engineers that can maintain health and safety health policies in the health care system.

Apart from the above, they also build health devices, and medical systems for the safe manufacturing of vaccines, medicines, medical operations, and procedures;

The health care technology/Health care engineering courses you can study in Nigerian Universities are:

  • Biomedical technology
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Pharmaceutics Technology
  • Biomedical engineering.
  • Prosthesis and Orthopedic Technology
  • Public Health Technology
  • Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Healthcare Engineering
  • Forensic Science


Basic Medical Courses

These are medical-related courses whereby students learn about the basic and specified aspects of medicine. It is a more specialized medical course.

The courses under this category, that candidates can study at the University are:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Anatomic and Molecular Pathology
  • Biochemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Microbiology.
  • Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Pharmacology
  • Therapeutics
  • Toxicology
  • Physiology
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Cell biology and genetics
  • Chemical pathology
  • Morbid anatomy


What is the main subject combination for studying a medical course at the University?

The subjects that you need for studying any of the above medical courses include; Biology, Chemistry, English, Physics, and other science-related subjects.

Which of the medical courses above is difficult and demanding?

The medical course that is so demanding is the medicine and surgery field.


The aforementioned are the medical courses that you can study in Nigeria if you want to study a medical-related course at the University.

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