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The English language requirements for our courses are provided on individual course pages as minimum IELTS scores, however we accept several other certificates.

If you require a Student Visa to study at Birkbeck, you will need to meet specific entry requirements as specified by the Home Office.

Please note that WAEC is not included on our list of accepted tests.

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);
  • the completion of Year 1 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 be considered for a four-year course with foundation programme in their field of interest. Upon successful completion of the Foundation Year, students will automatically progress on to our three-year degree.

Alternatively, applicants can opt for a Foundation course for entry onto undergraduate programmes at the university. 

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 to 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 UK 2:1: upper-second-class degree (2:1), a GPA of at least 3.5/5.0 or equivalent
  • For programmes requiring a UK 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 OnCampus London's Master's Foundation Programme which is available for two- or three-term progression onto a wide range of Master's degrees at Birkbeck. Foundation programmes from other providers will also be considered.

Research degrees Entry Requirements

The usual entrance requirement for a research degree is a two-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 one-year Master’s degree at their discretion.

Applicants are strongly urged to contact potential supervisors within the department before submitting a research application.

Our representatives in your country

Please get in touch with our in-country representatives if you have any queries.


  • AH&Z
  • Ikeja office address: 16 Irewole St, Opebi 100281, Ikeja, Nigeria
  • Phone: +234 813 391 0758


  • BCIE
  • Abuja office
    • Address: 24B Djibouti Crescent, Off Freetown Street, behind Rockview Hotel, 5th house after Zartech, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria
    • Phone: 080-7149-5402/09-093478930
    • Mobile: 080-6678-8636
  • Ibadan office
    • Address: 2nd Floor, The Horizon Office Complex, Vitas Bus Stop, Ring Road, Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Phone: +234 022913532
  • Ikeja office
    • Address: 99 Opebi Road, Valley View Plaza, 3rd floor, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria
    • Phone: +234 013427600
  • Kano office
    • Address: Ground Floor Room ‘701’, Tahir Guest Palace (Annex), No 84 Lamido Road, Off Suleiman Crescent, Nassarawa G.R.A, Kano
    • Phone: 081-354-032-94 (WhatsApp)
    • Mobile: 081-307-432-52
  • Port Harcourt office
    • Address: 2nd Floor, F. H. Jumbo House, 80 Aba Road, Opposite Government Crafts Development Centre, Port Harcourt, Rivers State
    • Phone: 07085010020
    • Mobile: 08069278962
  • Victoria Island office

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  • SI-UK
  • Address: 2 Ahmed Onibudo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
  • Phone: +234 8104841013


  • TGM
  • Lagos office (head office)
    • Address: 3rd Floor, Kobis Building, 18/20 Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Lagos
    • Phone: +234 908 077 5662
  • Abuja office
    • Address: Suite 313 GCL Plaza, 522 Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Opposite DBM Plaza, Abuja
    • Phone: +234 809 393 8217
  • Benin office
    • Address: 17 Imeuruze Street, Off Upper Adesuwa Road, GRA, Benin City
    • Phone: +234 913 799 6199
  • Kano office
    • Address: 299 Gandu Commercial New Layout, Off Lawan Dambazau Street, Behind Sky Line University, Kano State
    • Phone: +234 809 393 8202

More information

Financial support

  • As an international student, you will be expected to self-finance your studies, so before you apply to join a programme you should be aware of the fees that you will be required to pay and any discounts or bursaries that you may be eligible for. 
  • Birkbeck is committed to providing advice and support to help you finance your studies. 
  • We offer a number of scholarships specifically for international students. Some are offered directly by Birkbeck, others are offered in partnership with other organisations.
  • You may be eligible to apply for School and Departmental funding linked to your programme of study.
  • Birkbeck offers flexible payment options that allow you to spread the costs of your fees across the year at no additional cost. 

Online events

  • Our open events and taster sessions are a great chance to find out more about your chosen course and studying at Birkbeck, University of London. 
  • A taster session will provide you with a more in-depth view of the College and your chosen department.

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  • Explore the campus from the comfort of your home and visit our learning facilities, social spaces and local amenities. 

Nigerian students at Birkbeck