Programme of Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS)


The Bachelor Degree of Medicine Award:-

Alzaiem Alazhari University Senate awards graduates the degree of Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery, MBBS.
Admission Requirements:-
The student should meet the admission requirements of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
Graduation requirements:-
1. To study at least fifty percent of the study duration in the faculty (five semesters).    
2. To complete all prescribed courses and pass through final exams
3. To acquire CGPA of two or more.


Curriculum Model:

The Faculty of Medicine has an outcome based, community-oriented, system-based, problem-oriented integrated curriculum, composed of systematic blocks with continuous, formative, and summative assessment at the end of each block. 
The curriculum has been designed on the principles of:
 Integrating basic and clinical sciences.
 Community orientation.
 Enhancing critical thinking, problem solving and analytical activities.
 Student led education such as tutorials, seminars, assignments, problems and research.
These principles are meant to stimulate, prepare, and support the students for life- long learning (LLL).

Curriculum structure, composition, and duration 

The curriculum structure of the faculty can be described as a “semester system”. Each semester is 16-22 weeks long. The curriculum consists of integrated blocks with an end of block exam, with the exception of few longitudinal courses. 
There are approximately 3 phases (stages):
Phase 1 (Semester 1 and 2): is an introductory phase
Phase 2 (Semester 3-6): consists of courses on organ systems
Phase 3 (Semester 7-10): is the Clerkship phase, which is composed of courses on surgery, medicine, mental health, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology. 
The basic sciences are integrated with clinical sciences in the different stages of the curriculum. Phase 2 (Semesters 2-to-6): Horizontal integration: All organ system courses such as the GIT, CVS, etc, have integrated basic sciences with clinical rounds and other activities .
Phase 3 (Semester 7-10): The Clerkship: All the clinical topics are discussed and taught with reference to the anatomy, physiology, pathology, and other relevant basic, social, and behavioural sciences.
In addition, vertical integration exists of subjects such as professionalism (including medical ethics),and clinical methods extend throughout phase 2 and 3.
The Total duration of the program is 10 semesters.

Educational Strategies:-

The learning Strategies of the Faculty of Medicine emphasize the followings:
1. Early acquisition of basic skills.
2. Student-centered learning 
3. Problem-oriented learning.
4. Community-oriented. 
5. Integration of basic science, community and clinical practice.
6. Self - and peer education and evaluation.
7. Team work approach.
8. Continuous education.


Teaching and learning methods:-

  1- Theoretical Teaching and learning methods:
- Lectures.
- Problem solving sessions.
- Seminars.
- Small group discussions e.g. tutorials. 
- Educational assignments, reports and research activities.
 2-Practical training methods:
- Role Play.
-Practical and laboratory activities.
- Hospital based clinical rounds.
-Health center visits.
- Community and clinical practice in rural setting.


Teaching and Training setting:-

FMAAU runs teaching and training activities at lecture halls, laboratories, Basic Skill Lab, Mortuary, Museum, Hospitals and Health centers and community field.    
Evaluation Methods :-
A. Student's assessment:-
 Written:  Modified essay question (MEQs), Short structured essay question (SSEQ), multiple choice Questions (MCQs).
 Practical: Objective structured practical examination (OSPE)
 Clinical: Objective Structured Clinical examination (OSCE)
 Continuous evaluation: reports, assignments, seminars and mid course exam.

The student's marks after each exam are converted into grades (A,B+,B,C+,C,F), which are transferred into weight points (A=4, B+=3.5, B=3, C+2.5,C=2, F=1) as shown in the grade scale below:
Grade Range Score Weight



Score Weight


80 or more


















Absent from the exam without acceptable reasons



B-Curriculum management and evaluation
The Faculty of Medicine has a Curriculum committee responsible for curriculum management. It is composed of faculty staff and students .It submits the reviewed curriculum and advice to the Faculty Council, which in turn submits it to the University senate for approval, following which the Faculty academic office will take the responsibility of implementation and resolving any issues arising afterwards.
In addition, there is a weekly meeting of the Faculty staff to supervise the progress of the individual courses, exam results, and discuss any issues arising .Regular workshops are undertaken to update the curriculum, Local and International experts in medical education are invited.

C-Program evaluation:

1- Total review Self-evaluation (every 2 years)
2- External evaluation (every 5 years)

Curriculum outline

Courses Numbers Percentage %
Faculty courses



University requirements courses






 1 theoretical contact hour= one credit 
 2 contact hours practical /clinical= one credit
 3 contact hours field work    = one credit

MBBS Curriculum Map Batches 24-27