About the Department

Anatomy Department, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Uyo, Uyo came into inception during the last quarter of 2002. It was then that we started to “hunt” for cadavers and acquire microscopes and slides. The initial teething problems faced by new Medical Schools Lecture Halls, laboratories, text books, qualified lecturers were evident. Today we are proud to say that we have one of the largest and best equipped laboratories in Nigeria. Our laboratories Technologist are talented and dependable-they prepare our Microscope slides and human skeleton. The staff situation though adequate for now, will need to be beefed up due to the ever expanding number of programmes and students. Our crack academic team includes devoted professional anatomists and medical doctors; some of them had previously taught in various Departments of Anatomy in foreign and local universities such as in Port Harcourt, Calabar, Ibadan, Lagos, Maiduguri and can be ranked among the best Anatomy Lecturer in Nigeria.
Modern equipment and materials for teaching and research like microtomes, microscopes, cryostat and cadavers among others are available and adequate for use by staff and students. Our department can compete favourably (in terms of manpower, equipment and laboratories) with other medical schools in Nigeria. Due to the calibre of lecturers available, the department has commenced the Ph.D and M.Sc. programmes to complement the B.Sc. programme which commenced in 2005.
The University administration is solidly behind us in our effort to make our department to sustain the giant strides accomplished over the years so that our reputation and fame may outlive those of the renowned anatomists of old such as Andreas Vesalius, William Harvey, Aristotle, Herophilus, Galen, Leonardo da Vinci and others. We are glad to say that our department has been granted full accreditation status by the National Universities Commission (NUC), an unusual feat recorded during the first visit to the Department in 2007 by the NUC and also by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN).


Anatomy is derived from the Greek word ANATOME which means dissection. This discipline involves the study of the structure of organisms and covers many areas namely:

  1. Gross Anatomy (Macroscopic Anatomy) which is the study of structures seen with the naked eye.
  2. Descriptive Anatomy which is the study of individual parts of organisms.
  3. Histology (Microscopic Anatomy) which is the study of structures with the aid of a microscope.
  4. Embryology which is the study of the developing organism, especially human beings.
  5. Applied Anatomy which relates to diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities encountered in the practice of Medicine.
  6. Comparative Anatomy which is the comparison of the structure of different animals.
  7. Surface Anatomy which is the study of form and markings of the structure of the body.
  8. Morbid Anatomy which relates to the study of abnormal structures.

From an analysis of the areas mentioned above, it can be seen that Anatomy is indispensable in the study of Medicine and other closely related disciplines. In recent times, the study of Anatomy has advanced tremendously with the incorporation of the use of transmission and scanning electron microscopes, cytology, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry and genetics.

The curriculum in the Department of Anatomy, University of Uyo, has been designed to provide Medical students and students undertaking a Bachelor of Science degree programme in Anatomy and related disciplines with an in-depth knowledge in the field of Anatomy which is required for the production of well-trained medical and other science graduates; and to prepare a cadre of prospective Anatomy Teachers.

a. GROSS ANATOMY/EMBRYOLOGY UNIT – Embalmment of cadavers, practical teaching sessions with students involving dissection of cadavers.
– Preparation of histological slides, assisting students in processing of tissues during their projects, practical teaching sessions involving the use of microscopes

1. Bachelor of Science B.Sc. Degree Programme in Anatomy (Duration Four(4) years) UME Entry Requirements
Five credit passes at ordinary level (SSCE , NECO, GCE) in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English Language obtained at not more than two sitting. THE DEPARTMENT DOES NOT ADMIT STUDENTS FROM THE PRE-DEGREE PROGRAMME
Direct Entry Requirements
(a) Direct entry candidates shall be required to have passed the Advanced Level General Certificate of Education (‘A’ level GCE) examination or approved equivalent examinations, with credit passes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology or Zoology, plus a credit level pass in English language and Mathematics at ‘O’ level SSCE or equivalent examination.
(b) Candidates shall be required to fulfill the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board requirements.
Direct entry candidates admitted shall be required to take all GST courses that are not reflected in their transcript at the time of admission, possibly in their first year of study (200 level).
2. Master of Science M.Sc. Degree Programme in Anatomy Duration: Minimum of 3 semesters and maximum of 5 semesters
Entry Requirements
This programme is open to candidates with Bachelor’s degree in Anatomy with first or second class honours with CGPA of 3.00 and above in a 5 point scale from University of Uyo or any other equivalent degree of other Universities recognized by the Senate of the University of Uyo. Candidates with MBBS degree, Bachelor of Dental Surgery (B.D.S) or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) are also eligible.
3. Doctor of Philosophy PhD. Degree Programme in Anatomy Duration: Minimum of 6 Semesters and maximum of 8 semesters
Entry Requirements
M.Sc. Degree in Anatomy with a minimum of 60% or B Grade average in M.Sc course work from the University of Uyo or any other approved University. In Addition to (1) above, candidates must satisfy the O/L requirements of the University of Uyo, Five (5) credit passes in O’Level subjects including English Language and Mathematics and must have obtained at least a second class lower division degree with CGPA of at least 3.00 on a five point scale.
Preference will be given to any staff of this department who satisfies the above requirements.

The Department of Anatomy runs the following degree programme:

  1. B. Sc degree in Anatomy

The Department of Anatomy also services the following programmes:
a)MBBS programme
b)B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry
c)B.Sc. degree in Physiology
d)B.Pharm. Degree in Pharmacy
The B.Sc. programme is designed for a minimum duration of four academic sessions while the maximum period shall be 50% above the number of academic sessions. A student who spends one academic session in excess of the approved minimum period of study is eligible for a classification better than 2nd class Honours (Lower Division). Each of the sessions is divided into two semesters.
All courses under the B.Sc. programme are core courses which must be passed by the student who intends to graduate with a degree in Anatomy. Students also undertake courses in relevant disciplines such as Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology and Community Health.

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Vision Statement

To be a centre of academic excellence by utilizing the available human and technological resources for teaching, research, community service and sustainable development.

Mission Statement

To diligently pursue scholarship and deploy its output for human capacity development and economic growth in the society, with active participation in ICT.