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Nigeria / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Students who have completed the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) are normally required to complete a foundation course or A-levels before entering onto the first year of a three-year bachelor’s degree.

The University of Manchester runs its own foundation programmes for students who wish to study in the areas of engineering or science.

For further information on the options available for foundation study, visit:

For admission onto The University of Manchester's International Foundation Year, students require: 

  • Five high passes (at Grade B3 or above) in all Science, Mathematics and English subjects in the SSSCE.

NCUK International Foundation Year

The University is a member of the Northern Consortium (NCUK). NCUK offers an International Foundation Year in Nigeria at Oxbridge School, Lagos.

Students who have completed the International Foundation Year programme and have achieved the required academic standard will be considered for admission onto undergraduate programmes.

For information on studying for a foundation in Nigeria, please visit the site of the Oxbridge Tutorial College:

Bachelor's degree

For entry onto an undergraduate degree programme, we accept the following qualifications:

  • SSSCE or WASSCE plus successful completion of a recognised foundation course as detailed above;
  • Three GCE A-levels or an International Baccalaureate;
  • ND (Upper Credit);
  • HND (Upper Credit).

Although formal undergraduate applications must come through UCAS, we are happy to consider your qualifications informally to indicate the likely chances of gaining admission.

General requirements for postgraduate/research courses

Postgraduate taught programmes

Applicants for a master's degree will generally require a bachelor's degree from a recognised institution with a minimum class of 2:1 and a minimum GPA of 3.5/5.0.

For some courses, a good 2:2 bachelor’s degree may be acceptable.

Postgraduate research

A master's degree from a good university will allow access onto an MPhil course for those wishing to proceed to PhD.

Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised and we strongly recommend that prospective applicants make initial enquiries with the potential supervisor or School before submitting a formal application.

A research proposal might be required along with your formal application. Please check with the School to which you wish to apply.

English language requirements

All applicants to the University (from the UK and overseas) are required to show evidence of English language proficiency.

UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the ‘B2 level’.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English language policy, including a list of some of the English language qualifications we accept, can be found here.

Some Schools ask that the appropriate score has been met before you apply for a course, while others give conditional offers subject to applicants achieving our general entry requirement level of English language proficiency before starting the course.

Under certain circumstances, the University may consider IGCSE/O-level English, or International Baccalaureate Language (English) or Language and Literature (English) at high grades as a recognised English language qualification.

Other entry requirements

Please note that this is generic information only. Faculties and Schools have different entry requirements and some qualifications may not be acceptable for certain courses, so it is important to check with the School directly before you apply.

Some courses have additional entry requirements such as previous work experience, submission of written work with the application or previous study of a particular subject.