Department of Anatomy, Histology and Cytology

The Department of “Anatomy, Histology and Cytology” is the most essential as well as the largest preclinical Department of Medical University – Pleven. It was founded in 1975, when the courses in macroscopic and microscopic anatomy were merged.   

In 2008 Department “Anatomy, Histology and Cytology” and Department of “Medical Biology” were united in one Department “Anatomy, Histology, Cytology and Biology” with two sectors.


The sector of “ Anatomy, Histology and Cytology” has a Histology laboratory, Histochemistry laboratory and Electron microscopy laboratory closed in 2007. The sector has a museum of macroscopic preparations as well as models, educational films, slides, panels for lectures and seminars. The main research focus of the sector is on studying the embryonic development of sensory systems, innovations in the teaching of anatomy, functional anatomy of the basal nuclei and functional anatomy of the enteric nervous system. Classes are conducted in English and Bulgarian languages and combine classical dissection techniques with modern knowledge about the structural organization of the organs and systems. There is also an optional lecture and practical course of “Topographic anatomy”. The sector organizes courses in clinical anatomy as well as courses for trainee doctors and specialists on selected topics. The sector has published its own manuals for practical classes of “Cytology, Histology and Embryology” and “Microscopic Anatomy of Internal organs”.

Training of medical students take place during their first and second year and is carried out in both Bulgarian and English. The sector teaches the following subjects:

  1. “Cytology, Histology and Embryology”.
  2. “Human Anatomy”.
  3. Faculty course of “Topographic Anatomy”.