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Over the last two decades dramatic changes have occurred in health care systems, hence creating many new and exciting roles for pharmacy practitioners and health care providers. A unique feature of the Faculty of Medical Sciences is that it applies a problem-based methodology to learning and teaching. In the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach, students are given a problem to discuss, develop learning objectives and do further research for while lecturers play a facilitory role in the process. Students of all four disciplines (Human Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy) do a common programme for the first year of study. Lectures/Problem Based Learning and tutorial classes are held in small classrooms to facilitate one-to-one interaction, and students also have access to the Veterinary, Dental and Medical Hospitals, which are maintained by the North-West Regional Health Authority.


  • Pre-clinical Sciences
  • Para-clinical Sciences
  • Clinical Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Surgical Sciences
  • Clinical Dental Sciences
  • Clinical Veterinary Sciences

undergraduate degree programmes

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Pharmacy
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Nursing
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Optometry

University & Faculty Requirements:

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About undergraduate degree programmes

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)

The MBBS programme spans five years, and is divided into two phases. Phase I consists of a comprehensive study of the basic health sciences, including Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology and Community Health, while Phase II involves a two-year clinical clerkship. Students of the MBBS programme develop proficiencies in: • Basic Medical Sciences • Clinical and therapeutic methods, procedures and investigations • Community Health and Family Medicine • Community Skills • Professional competence Upon successful completion of the course of study, graduates must follow a 12-month internship in order to be eligible for certification by the Medical Council and full registration to practice medicine.


The dental practice involves the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of various disorders of the teeth, gums, mouth, face, jaws and salivary glands. Dentists are usually general practitioners handling a variety of dental needs. Most dentists operate their own private practice. Others work for hospitals and dental clinics, or as full-time or part-time teachers, administrators or researchers in dental schools or research laboratories.

Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)

The undergraduate programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) extends over five years and is divided into two phases. Phase I spans the first two years of the programme and is devoted to the study of the basic medical and dental sciences. The first three semesters are taught in cooperation with the School of Medicine as a common programme for dental, medical and veterinary students. After having successfully completed Phase I, students then embark upon the clinical Phase II in their third year of study. These three clinical years leading up to graduation involve supervised patient management in all spheres of dentistry, and the study of causes, management and prevention of oral and dental diseases. Following graduation, students participate in a one-year Phase III programme of pre-licensure internship in General Dentistry to prepare them for independent practice and for eligibility for registration with the Dental Council.

Veterinary Medicine

Today’s veterinarians are members of an important health profession. While maintaining the health and well-being of animals, including pets, livestock, and zoo, sporting, and laboratory animals is the primary responsibility of these medical professionals, some also work to protect humans against diseases carried by animals and conduct clinical research on human and animal health problems, with others being involved in wildlife preservation and conservation.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)

In this course of study, students are exposed to theoretical and practical training in the pre-clinical, para-clinical and clinical aspects of veterinary medicine. Integrated Basic Health Sciences courses as well as a Clinical Skills phase that includes clinical rotations and a seeing practice externship are presented.


There is a traditional belief that pharmacists spend their days behind a counter, counting tablets and capsules and giving advice to their customers. In recent years however, the practice of pharmacy has dramatically shifted its focus, and changes in health care systems have created many new and exciting roles for the pharmacy practitioner. Today’s pharmacists provide what is known as “pharmaceutical care”, which involves working with their patients to determine what the patient’s needs are and what care should be provided in order to best meet those needs. In other words, pharmacists serve society as professionals who are responsible for the optimal use of drugs, with the ultimate goal of pharmaceutical care being to improve the quality of life of individual patients.

BSc Pharmacy

The Pharmacy programme extends over four (4) years, and its curriculum consists of an intensive programme of Pharmacy Studies, Pharmacy Sciences, Pharmacy Practice, Community Health, Social Sciences and summer and extended clerkships. Important Note for Applicants to the Pharmacy programme from Caribbean Countries You must complete a prescribed form in duplicate to register your interest in pursuing a career in Pharmacy with your local Pharmacy Board/ Council. One copy of this form must accompany your application to the Campus Registrar. The Pharmacy Board/Council will forward the other copy directly to the University. Students from other countries may need to consult with their Pharmacy Boards or Councils to ascertain whether they need to follow any existing regulations.


Nursing can be a very rewarding career, as nurses have the opportunity to save and improve lives, to teach people how to achieve better health, and to help ensure that patients have the best health care.Ê

BSc Nursing

The Nursing curriculum is designed for completion in a minimum of two years on a full-time basis, and offers a programme of teaching, outreach, nursing practice and clerkship.

BSc optometry

The introduction of the Optometry programme is keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago's government Vision 2020 Plan of providing primary health care for all. It is also in keeping with the WHO strategic plan for Vision 2020: THE RIGHT TO SIGHT, as part of a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.