Welcome to College of Medical Sciences

About College of Medical Sciences

Prof Ahmed Ahidjo
Provost College of Medical Sciences


The establishment of the University of Maiduguri was approved by the Federal Military Government in April 1975 and the University of Maiduguri law (Degree No. 83) promulgated on the 30th of September 1979. The College was one of the seven faculties which the University opened with in the 1978/1979 academic session. Classes commenced during this session with 24 out of 834 matriculated students. The founding Provost was Professor George Miller Edington. Some other pioneer members of his academic staff included Professor D. Baxter Grillo and Professor H. C. Varma (Department of Anatomy), Professor J. K. Sengupta (Department of Physiology), Professor P. K. Joseph (Department of Biochemistry) and Professor Harold Scarborough (Department of Medicine). A few others included Professor Y. N. Mehra (Department of Ear, Nose and Throat), Professor B. M. Sahay (Department of Anaesthesiea), Professor Jibril M. Aminu and Professor K.S. Chugh (Department of Medicine), Dr. N. C. Charterjee and Dr. E. K. Ampofo (Department of Community Medicine), Professor U. G. Lister (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Professor L. Garmada (Department of Surgery), Dr. A. K. Rathi (Department of Paediatrics), Dr. E. Czabanska (Department of Ophthalmology) and Professor M. I. I. Dahniya (Department of Radiology).

On the sad demise of Professor G. M. Edington in January 1981, Professor H. Scarborough succeeded him as the second Provost of the College while the credit for the sound planning and developing of the Preclinical Departments of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry could be ascribed to Professor Edington. The task fell on Professor Scarborough to start the Clinical Departments, initially using the General Hospital, Maiduguri and later moved to the new Teaching Hospital at the beginning of 1982. The mature academic leadership of Professor Scarborough put the College on a sound footing and the first set of 21 Doctors graduated in September 1983. Some of the graduates of the College have attained the highest academic and health administrative positions. Professor Scarborough retired from the services of the University in 1984 and was succeeded by Professor S. B. Lagundoye, (a Professor of Radiology, University of Ibadan) on secondment as the third substantive Provost of the College. He remained at the helm of affairs until October 1987 before going back to the University of Ibadan. Professor Lagundoye (1984-1987) of the Department of Radiology was succeeded by Professor K. Ahmed (1987-1988), of the Department of Pharmacology as Acting Provost for a very short period of less than six months. Professor H. C. Varma, of the Department of Human Anatomy became the next Acting Provost at the beginning of 1988 and held this office till August 1989 when Professor A. N. Sawhney, of the Department of Microbiology became Acting Provost in the periods 1989-1991 and 1994-1995. The other substantive Provosts were Professor Umaru Shehu (1992-1993) of the Department of Community Medicine, Professor H. Onyewotu (1993-1994) of the Department of Medicine, Professor Idris Mohammed (1994-2000) also of Department of Medicine, Professor M. I. A. Khalil (2000-2004), of the Department of Pathology and Professor A. W. Hassan (2004-2008) of the Department of Surgery, Professor U.H. Pindiga (Acting) (2008-2010), of the Department of Pathology, Professor A. Tahir (2010-2011), of the Department of Radiology, Professor DilliDogo(2011- 2015) of the Department of Surgery and Professor Ahmed Ahidjo of Department of Radiology (2015 to Date).

The main functions of the College include teaching, research and community service. The teaching and training of Medical Doctors to meet high international standard is one of the most cardinal objectives of the College. A Medical Doctor trained in this institution is expected to be well versed in medical and health problems generally and the tropics in particular. The training is oriented towards preventive medicine and community-based primary health care.

The College provides qualitative tuition leading to the award of the following degrees:
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Bachelor of Dentistry
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences
B.Sc. Human Anatomy
B.Sc. Radiography

Office of The Provost

The Provost is the head of the College and has an office in the Clinical section situated in the George Edington Building in the Teaching Hospital premises. There is also a Deputy Provost (Clinical) who is responsible to and assists the Provost in the day-to-day running of the College. The College Officer assists the Provost in the administration of the entire College and represents the Registrar in the College. The College Officer has a number of members of staff who also assist in the administration of the College.

Preclinical Section

The preclinical section consists of six main Departments of Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Nursing Sciences, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) and Medical Radiography. This section is headed by the Deputy Provost (Preclinical) who is responsible to and assists the Provost in the day-to-day administration. He has an office and a number of secretarial staff on the main campus in the New College Pre-clinical Building. The assistant College Officer is usually the Head of the Secretarial staff in the Office of the Deputy Provost (Preclinical). Each of the Preclinical Departments has its Head of Department, Academic staff, Senior and Junior administrative and Technical staff.

Clinical Section

The following are the functional Clinical Departments, headed by respective Heads of Departments: Microbiology, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Human Pathology, Chemical Pathology, Haematology, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medicine, Surgery, Community Medicine, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Ophthalmology, Anaesthesia and Orthopaedics.


The MBBS programme, unlike other programmes in the University, operates the sessional subject credit system. Under this system, an academic session comprises one examination at the end of each session. In addition to this, a system of Continuous Assessment (CA) is used to assess the progress of the students enrolled for each subject. Any or a combination of tests, practical exercises, bedside clinical cases, assignments or presentations may be used for the CA. The CA normally accounts for 30% of the total score, while the examination at the end of the session accounts for the remaining 70% score. The minimum pass mark in all subjects is 50%. Setting of questions, evaluation and marking schemes of the examination questions for the different subjects are forwarded by the respective examiners to the Head of Department, who moderates the internal examinations for MBBS I – VI subjects. The examination is conducted in accordance with the existing University regulations. Respective internal examiners mark and evaluate the students’ performance in every examination for the total programme duration. In addition to moderating the questions, external examiners also asses the performance of the students out of 10% and also moderate marks awarded by internal examiners. Results are considered by the Departmental and College Academic Boards before being sent to the University Senate (final authority on academic matters) for approval/ratification. Thereafter, the results are published for students and the general public.

Conduct of Examination is done under the strict confidentiality and regulation guiding/governing University Examination. Examination related offences of any sought is considered as a grave misconduct and attracts various punishments, including rustication if found guilty. All malpractice cases are reported to and handled by a competent disciplinary committee, constituted by Senate of the University for the purpose.

Admission Requirements

There are three modes of admission into the MBBS programme, namely: JAMB Direct Entry (DE), JAMB Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and placement through successful completion of the one-year Remedial Science programme of the University.

  1. Candidates wishing to study MBBS must have obtained a minimum UTME score of 200 with at least five (5) O’level credits at not more than two (2) sittings. The credits must be in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics and Physics.
  2. A grade point score of 4.0 and above in the Remedial Science Programme of the University of Maiduguri, with minimum UTME and O’level requirements as in (i) above.
  3. Candidates with an average of 3.0 “A” level passes at minimum of C in Biology, Chemistry and Physics plus five (5) O/level credits (as in i above) are admitted through the JAMB DE. Also candidates with first class or second class upper degree in relevant courses (Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry).

Period of formal studies in the University

  1. The programme is a six (6) year period of study for students admitted through the UTME and Remedial Science programmeand five (5) years of study for those admitted through JAMB DE.
  2. Research project works at the Part VI level are carried out by the graduating students in Community Medicine under close supervision of an academic staff. Such research works/dissertations are subjected to external peer assessment involving an External Examiner invited from sister Universities.
  3. Upon graduation, the graduands are made to undergo a compulsory one-year (in-house) training to allow for guided practice of the profession under the supervision of experts in the field.

Provost and Heads of Departments

Staff Staff Details Interest/Specialization
Prof. Ahmed Ahidjo

Prof. Mohammed Bukar
Professor/DEPUTY PROVOST (Clinical)

MBBS. (Unimaid)
Dr. S. H. Garba
Associate Professor/DEPUTY PROVOST (Pre-Clinical)

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Maiduguri).
Histology (Reproductive Anatomy, Teratology and Natural Products).
17 years Teaching and research experience in the University.
Dr. (Mrs) Grace Vincent-Onabajo
HEAD OF DEPT. - Physiotherapy

BPT (Ibadan); MSc (Ibadan); PhD (Ibadan), Member: WFNR, AHA/ASA, MRTB Regd
Neurological physiotherapy. Functioning and quality of life of stroke survivors.
8 years teaching and research experience in the University.
Chigozie Ivor Nwobi
HEAD OF DEPT. - Medical Radiography

B.Sc (Enugu); PG-CT (Abuja) MSc. (Enugu); MHPM (Maiduguri); PhD (In view).
Medical Imaging (Ultrasound, Interventional angiography Quality management).
Dr. Aliyu Mohammed Kodiya
HEAD OF DEPT. - Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery

Otology/Head and Neck Surgery
16 years teaching and research experience at university level

Staff Strength

Under Construction

The Faculty started with four academic and six non-academic staff. Today, there are 135 academic and about 100 non-academic staff. Nine out of the 135 academic staff are Professors and some are currently on assessment for the professorial cadre positions. The distribution according to departments is as given in the Table below: Out of this number, 31 are on fellowship in various fields of engineering around the world.

Department Staff Strength and status
Medicine Bachelor; Bachelor of Surgery Professor (), Reader (), Senior Lecturer (), Lecturer I (), Lecturer II (), Ass. Lecturer(), Graduate Assistant (), On Fellowship ()
Medical Radiography Professor (1), Senior Lecturer (3), Lecturer I (6), Lecturer II (3), Ass. Lecturer(6)
Nursing Science Professor (), Reader (), Senior Lecturer (), Lecturer I (), Lecturer II (), Ass. Lecturer(), Graduate Assistant (), On fellowship ()
Physiotherapy Professor (1), Reader (1), Senior Lecturer (1), Lecturer I (3), Lecturer II (3), Ass. Lecturer(6), On fellowship (4)
Medical Laboratory Science Professor (), Reader (), Senior Lecturer (), Lecturer I (), Lecturer II (), Ass. Lecturer(), Graduate Assistant (), On fellowship ()
Human Anatomy Professor (2), Reader (2), Senior Lecturer (1), Lecturer I (2), Lecturer II (2), Ass. Lecturer(1), Graduate Assistant (1), On Fellowship (2)
Human Pathology Professor (3), On Fellowship (1)
Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Professor (2), Reader (4), Senior Lecturer (1)

Students Population

Department Number of Student
Medicine Bachelor; Bachelor of Surgery 893
Nursing Science 549
Physiotherapy 294
Medical Laboratory Sciences 458
Human Anatomy 304
Medical Radiography 597