Entry requirements at UK universities for students from Nigeria
Course entry requirements can vary depending on the university and degree you choose. The information below is only a guide so be sure to check the entry requirements for your favourite courses.
Entry Requirements for Undergraduate Courses (First degree)
If you have graduated from the Nigerian education system, you may be required to successfully complete a one year International Foundation course before entering a University's undergraduate courses.
UK universities accept the Senior School Certificate (SSCE) or West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC) or the NECO with a minimum of 5 subjects at grade B or C PLUS a recognised university foundation course. One year of undergraduate studies at a recognised Nigerian university with an average CGPA of approximately 3.5 out of 5 may also be accepted.
You will be required to successfully complete the SSCE/WAEC with a Grade B or C in at least 5 subjects to qualify for the International Foundation Programme.
Entry Requirements for Postgraduate Courses (Second degree)
You will normally be required to have an Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree (UK 2:1 degree) with an average CGPA of 3.5 out of 5 or above from a recognised Nigerian university. Some courses may also accept a Lower Second Class Bachelor degree (UK 2:2 degree). Some universities may also require you to have already undertaken some postgraduate level study.
Nigerian Students living in United Kingdom
With nearly 3,000 Nigerian students living only in London, amongst many other African nationalities, there is large African community in the city contributing to the vibrant and diverse London population. UK is a popular education destination for Nigerians, especially due to the shorter education structure of UK degrees. Most undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees in the UK are usually three year courses, postgraduate master’s degrees are one year and postgraduate PhD degrees three to four years.
As a Nigerian student studying in London you can be sure to find lots of African events, societies, news and friends.
- You will find African or Afro Caribbean student societies at most London universities. These meet regularly and provide the perfect opportunity to make friends and enjoy African culture, food and events.
- The Students Association of Nigerians in Diaspora (SAND) is a student led organisation which aims to connect, represent and inspire Nigerian students abroad. SAND-UK is the United Kingdom strand of the SAND International network which supports and represents the interest Nigerian students in the UK.
- Nigeria in London provides information on Nigerian hot spots, fun events in the city and the best places to get Nigerian food.
- The Voice of African Radio brings you African music from across the continent.