Nigeria

Undergraduate entry requirements

  • 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.

International scholarships

  • 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.