Applicants from Nigeria can be considered for direct entry with:
the West African GCE A-levels (grade requirements as per UK GCE A-levels);
after the completion of 1 year of a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 3.5/5.0 (at the discretion of the department);
after completing an (Ordinary) National Diploma with an Upper Credit or above (at the discretion of the department – this is a technical/vocational qualification);
with a Higher National Diploma (HND) with an Upper Credit or above (at the discretion of the department – this is a technical/vocational qualification).
Applicants from Nigeria who have taken the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or a West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) will normally require a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. These offer the opportunity for guaranteed progression onto Birkbeck’s Bachelor programmes.
Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or A-levels will be considered for direct admission to our undergraduate degree programmes. IB requirements range from 28–30, depending on the course.
Postgraduate entry requirements
Applicants from Nigeria would need to have completed a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university.
For programmes requiring a 2:1: upper-second-class degree (2:1), a GPA of at least 3.5/5.0 or equivalent
For programmes requiring a 2:2: lower-second-class degree (2:2), a GPA of at least 3.0/5.0 or equivalent.
Students from top federal or state universities with a 2:2/GPA of at least 3.0/5.0 can be considered at the discretion of the department.
Students who have completed a Full Professional Diploma (Post-HND) with an Upper Credit or above may be considered at the discretion of the department; this is a technical/vocational qualification.
If you do not meet these criteria, you can apply for Birkbeck’s International Foundation Programme, which acts as a bridge between undergraduate and postgraduate study, preparing students to study a Master’s degree in the UK. There are progression pathways onto various courses at Birkbeck.
Another option is the Master's Foundation programme, which is available for 2- or 3-term progression onto a wide range of Master’s degrees at Birkbeck.
Nigerian degree classification
1st (GPA: 5.0; alternative name: Excellent; English translation or equivalent: 1st)
2:1 (GPA: 3.5; alternative name: Credit; English translation or equivalent: 2:1)
2:2 (GPA: 3.0; alternative name: Merit; English translation or equivalent: 2:2).
Research degrees entry requirements
The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a 2-year Master’s degree from a recognised university with a GPA of at least 3.5/5.0 or equivalent; students from top federal or state university with a GPA of at least 3.0 can be considered. Schools may also accept students with a 1-year Master’s degree at their discretion.
Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.
Scholarships for students from Africa: Birkbeck is pleased to offer several scholarships to students from Africa who will be studying at either undergraduate or postgraduate level at Birkbeck during the 2016–2017 academic year.