Medical Biochemistry is a course that deals with the study of metabolic processes and pathways as it relates to human healt. It is quite similar to Biochemistry – recoined from Merriam-Webster dictionary
We have a detailed guide comparing Medical Biochemistry and Biochemistry, you can check it out.
However, Biochemistry has been available in Nigeria for sometime now while medical Biochemistry is still new and trying to gain a solid ground in the country, therefore not all Universities offer Medical Biochemistry in Nigeria.
In most universities in Nigeria, Medical Biochemistry is being classified under the faculty of life sciences while in others like Uniben, it is under the School of Basic Medical Studies.
Universities that offer Medical Biochemistry In Nigeria
In total, there are five (5) Universities in Nigeria that offer Medical Biochemistry as a course and they are :
- University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City
- Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka
- Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State.
- Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Calabar
|University of Benin (UNIBEN)||4 years||Ugbowo||Edo|
|Delta State University (DELSU)||4 years||Abraka||Delta|
|Gregory University||4 years||Uturu||Abia|
|Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH)||4 years||Calabar||Cross River|
And in all these Universities, it takes four years to get a B.Sc in Medical Biochemistry. Another quick note here is that the body behind Medical Biochemistry students in Nigeria is the National Association of Medical Biochemistry Students (NAMBS)
Course programme of Medical Biochemistry in Nigeria.
Although each university in Nigeria has their various programmes, we have been able to mesh all into one giant structure and we would give it here.
For the first year of studying Medical Biochemistry – you would be taught basic general courses just like every other department in your faculty. This is kind of a little advancement from what you were were taught in secondary school and it includes
- General studies (which could include history, philosophy among others)
- Some Universities like Uniben also add math to the syllabus.
For the second year of studying Medical Biochemistry – you would be taught basic Medical courses like
- Medical Biochemistry
For the third and final year – you are taken through series of strict Medical Biochemistry courses as well as practicals.
As a Medical Biochemist in Nigeria, you can also work in a variety of places ranging from hospitals, laboratories, pharmacies among a host of others. So, Good luck.