BSc Human Physiology

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Physiology may be defined as the scientific study of functions and mechanisms which work within a living system.

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September entry


4 years

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Physiology may be defined as the scientific study of functions and mechanisms which work within a living system. Physiology can also be defined as the “inescapable fundament” of medicine that attempts to bridge the gap between bench-to-bedside and bedside-to-bench data to provide a logical explanation of the essence of existence – Prof. Senol Dane & Dr. MO Welcome. Physiologists integrate the vast panoply of biomedical information acquired at the different levels of organization of biological systems to provide a logical account of the body processes and functions that define human existence.

Principal areas of study within Human Physiology include blood and body fluid, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, nervous, renal, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, gastrointestinal, and integumentary systems.


You will study the following modules:


100 Level

First Semester

  • General Biology I
  • General Biology Practical I
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry Practical I
  • Communication in English I
  • Use Library, Study Skills & ICT
  • Elementary Mathematics I
  • General Physics I
  • General Physics Practical I
  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Comparative Vertebral Anatomy

Second Semester

  • General Biology II
  • General Biology Practical II
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Chemistry Practical II
  • Nigerian Peoples and Culture
  • Communication in English II
  • Contemporary Health Issues
  • Elementary Mathematics II
  • General Physics II
  • General Physics Practical II

200 Level

First Semester

  • Introduction to Physiology
  • Introduction to Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology
  • Histology of Basic Tissues
  • Systemic and Functional Anatomy
  • Regional Anatomy
  • General Biochemistry I
  • General Biochemistry Practical I
  • Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Peace and Conflict Studies

 Second Semester

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership Skills
  • Biostatistics
  • Principles of Neurophysiology
  • Introduction to Laboratory Physiology
  • Students’ Industrial Work Experience
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • General Biochemistry II

300 Level

rst Semester

  • Introductory Enzymology
  • Chemistry and Metabolism and Amino Acids and Proteins
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Embryology & Reproduction
  • Cardiovascular Physiology I
  • Neurophysiology I
  • Physiology of Excitable tissues  

Second Semester

  • General Principles of Pharmacology
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology I
  • Fluid & Renal Physiology I
  • Endocrinology I
  • Blood Physiology
  • Functional Histology
  • Students’ Industrial Work Experience

400 Level

First Semester

  • Seminar presentation
  • Gastrointestinal Physiology II
  • Endocrinology II
  • Neurophysiology II
  • Functional Neuroanatomy
  • Animal Experimentation
  • Membrane transport
  • Space and Aviation Physiology
  • Sports Physiology

Second Semester

  • Fluid & Renal Physiology II
  • Neurophysiology III
  • Endocrinology III
  • Comparative/Environmental Physiology
  • Cardiovascular Physiology II

The curriculum is underpinned by research, linking your learning to the work of the faculty, from the laboratory bench to new drugs to public health interventions. With less emphasis on traditional lectures, problem-based learning in small groups encourages you to take an independent approach to clinical scenarios.

Lecturer MBBS Program


Additional Information

Entry Requirements

Admission into the programme shall be by:

  1. University Matriculation Examination (UME) 
  2. Direct Entry
  3. Medical Students (Intercalated programme)

1.1.University Matriculation Examination (UME)


All Nigerian admissions into the University shall be through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Admissions shall be open to all irrespective of nationality, sex, physical challenge, religion and race. A letter of recommendation from the previous Senior Secondary School Counsellor/ Principal is also required.

To be admitted through UME, candidates must possess

  1. Credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at not more than two (2) sittings in WAEC or NECO examinations or acceptable equivalents
  2. An acceptable pass mark of not less than 180 at the UME conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Additionally, admission into an undergraduate degree programme of the University shall be based on the Faculty and Departmental requirements stated below.

Table 1: Admission Requirements


Admission Requirements




Direct Entry


Human Physiology

Five credit passes in Science Subjects at SSCE (or its equivalent) including English, Mathematics.

  • “A” level passes in three Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Mathematics.

UTME subjects are Mathematics/Physics, Biology, Chemistry and English.



1.2.Foreign Students

The university proposes to admit foreign students through the following:

  1. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – conducted in over 130 countries as an international entrance exam for admission into Universities the United States and American University abroad),
  2. OSS - Student Selection and Placement System- The university entrance exam conducted in Turkey that is equivalent to JAMB - Nigeria),
  3. YOS (another internationally recognized entrance exam conducted across 25 European Countries for admissions across Australia and Europe), or
  4. Any other internationally recognized University Entrance Exam, equivalent of the JAMB in Nigeria.

In order to comply with the admission policy into Nigerian Universities, all foreign students admitted into NUN will be subsequently cleared with JAMB.


1.3.Direct Entry

In addition to the UME requirements, candidates seeking admission through direct entry should possess any of the following;

  1. Pass mark of not less than ‘C’ in Physics/Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology at the Advanced Level.
  2. First degree in relevant biological or physical sciences discipline not less than second class lower division level.
  3. Medical Students wishing to acquire first degree in Basic Medical Sciences (Intercalated Programme) before completing their MBBS Programme. These students shall spend an additional two (2) semesters after 300 Level (First Professional Examinations) for the award of BSc, before concluding their MBBS Programme. This is however only open to distinction candidates in Human Physiology.
  4. Withdrawn medical students wishing to pursue BSc. Programmes in Basic Medical Sciences. The entry point shall be 200 Level.

1.4. Inter/Intra-faculty Transfer

A student in 200 level can change department within/outside the faculty. This can be done by completing the “CHANGE OF DEPARTMENT FORM”.  The time to change department is during the registration period in first semester of the student’s 200.

How will I be taught?

The course is going to be taught majorly by lectures through presentation and the use of other teaching aids.  Laboratory sections will be scheduled where applicable.

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