Subjects in First Year MBBS – Medicine and Surgery

In an attempt to answer some of the questions my readers across all fields of studies asked me and give them the quality answer. I contacted some of my students studying Medicine and Surgery in the university in Nigeria, and I ask them – What are the subjects in first-year MBBS?

They provided me with the list of subjects they offered in their first-year, which I will share in this article. But before then, I use this opportunity to congratulate you on your admission to study one of the most lucrative courses – medicine and surgery.

Do you know that MBBS stands for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery? If you already know the meaning, that means you are ready for this course. I know medicine students to be smart, hardworking, and curious. You guys rock!

Now to the primary aim of this article, I will give you the list of the subjects for first-year MBBS and their meaning so that you know what they stand for.

First-Year MBBS Courses

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Embryology
  • Histology
  • Introduction to Neuro-Anatomy


It is the branch of science concerned with the bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms, especially as revealed by dissection and the separation of parts.


It is the branch of biology that deals with the normal functions of living organisms and their parts.


It is the branch of science concerned with the chemical and Physico-chemical processes and substances that occur within living organisms.


It is the branch of biology and medicine concerned with the study of embryos and their development.


It is the study of the microscopic structure of tissues.

Introduction to Neuro Anatomy

This subject introduces you to a branch of science relating to nerves or the nervous system bodily structure of humans, animals, and other living organisms.

The above courses are general to all universities in Nigeria offering Medicine and Surgery. However, some universities may add some subjects to the the general ones you have to take in your first-year MBBS. And these subjects are referred to as university course(s).

You are the one that needs to find that out based on the university of your choice. I hope I have been able to answer the question correctly.

Bolarinwa Olajire

A tutor with a demonstrated history of working in the education industry. Skilled in analytical skills. Strong education professional with a M. SC focused in condensed matter. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking on the icon below to ask questions.

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