Nigeria / Entry requirements

General requirements for undergraduate courses

Due to differences in the Nigerian and UK education systems, applicants who have completed the WASSCE will need to successfully complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course. 

Applicants to Faculty of Science and Engineering 

Students with high grades in the West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) (including Mathematics and Physics) would be considered for the University’s Science and Engineering with an integrated foundation year programme.

Read details of the grade requirements on our Intergrated Foundation Year site.


Applications for the University’s Biosciences with a foundation year programme would be considered following completion of the SSCE on a case by case basis. 

Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, Nursing and Psychology 

Students who have achieved five passes in Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) at Grade B3 or higher would be considered for the foundation programmes run in partnership with the University by INTO Manchester. Subject-specific requirements may also apply. 

NCUK International Foundation Year

The University is a member of the Northern Consortium (NCUK). NCUK offers an International Foundation Year in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. 

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

For information on studying for a foundation in Nigeria, see NCUK in Nigeria.  

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

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 or 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 to an MPhil or 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 international students coming to study in the UK on a Tier 4 visa/Student Route visa are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English language. The minimum English language requirements for each programme are specified in the course description

We accept a range of global English tests (for example IELTS, TOEFL iBT). In addition, we can usually accept a high score in English in WAEC exams (if taken within the last seven years). The minimum grade requirement is B3 or B2 depending on the requirement of the course.

For further guidance about evidencing English language proficiency, please contact the International Office or the relevant admissions team. Alternatively, consult our English language requirements.

Other entry requirements 

Please note that this is general 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.