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Things you need to know about studying in the UK

  • 1. There are more than 395 colleges and universities, which offer more than 50,000 university-level higher education courses throughout the United Kingdom.
    2. There are different deadlines to apply to different courses and for different universities. Take a look at the key dates and deadlines for the courses that interest you.
    3. You will have to pay the tuition fees, which vary according to the university or university and the course you choose. You may be able to get financial assistance with your tuition fees or a scholarship. However, EU students are not subject to tuition fees in Scotland.
    4. The amount of money you will need to cover living costs will vary depending on where you study. London and other large cities tend to be more expensive.
    5. Many international students need to apply for a visa to study in the UK, and there are work permit restrictions and some English language requirements they may need.
    6. Universities advise all applicants what level of English is required for their courses. Most course providers will ask you to demonstrate English proficiency or have an approved English test if English is not your first language.
    7. First-year students tend to live in university residences (university accommodation), but there are many other accommodation options.


Due to differences in the Nigeria and UK education systems, applicants who want to study in UK will need to have completed the SSCE will need to successfully complete a University-recognised foundation programme before joining an undergraduate course. Students who have achieved five high passes in Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE) at Grade B2 including all Science, Mathematics, and English subjects would be considered for the University’s Science and Engineering with an integrated foundation year programme. Study in UK 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.

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 (Engineering and Science, Humanities and Social Sciences (including Management and Law), Biosciences, Pharmacy, and Psychology) run in partnership with the University. Subject specific requirements may also apply.

Bachelor's degree

For entry onto an undergraduate degree to study in UK, we accept the following qualifications:

SSSCE or WASSCE plus successful completion of a recognized foundation course as detailed above;

Three GCE A-levels or an International Baccalaureate;
ND (Upper Credit);
HND (Upper Credit).


Postgraduate taught programmes

Applicants for a master's degree will generally require a bachelor's degree from a recognized 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 Ph.D.

Postgraduate research degrees are individually supervised and we strongly recommend that prospective applicants make initial inquiries 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.

All applicants 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, some Universities may consider IGCSE/O-level English, or International Baccalaureate Language (English) or Language and Literature (English) at high grades as a recognized English language qualification.


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