We welcome students from Nigeria

There are a number of ways of funding your studies at Leicester, including scholarship options available to international students. We have a variety of courses which include an optional 'Year in Industry', where students can develop key skills for the graduate market and expand their professional network.

In NatWest's Student Living Index 2023, Leicester was named in the top 10 most cost-effective university locations. There are a number of options to work while you study, giving you the opportunity to gain additional income and work experience. All our students have lifetime access to our online careers platform, so we can continue to support you in your career, even after you have graduated.

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate (Bachelor's) degrees

If you are studying a recognised foundation programme, A-levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB) then you can begin from the first year of a Bachelor's degree. Please see individual course pages for entry requirements.

If you have already completed the first year of an undergraduate degree at a Nigerian university, you may be considered for entry to the first year of a Bachelor's degree if you have studied relevant subjects.

For more information about available degrees please see individual course pages.

Postgraduate (Master's) degrees

If you hold a Bachelors degree from Nigeria you will be considered for entry to a Master's degree. You should have at least a second class honours degree (some degrees may require a second class upper).

For more information about available degrees please see the individual course pages.

PhDs and other research degrees

To apply for a PhD (or other postgraduate research qualification) you must have at least a second class honours undergraduate (Bachelors) degree from a recognised Nigerian university, usually in a related subject area (depending on the subject that you wish to study) which is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (also known as a 2:1).

You must also be able to demonstrate practical knowledge of appropriate research methodologies. Research degrees are demanding and intensive: to succeed at this level you must be highly motivated, be able to work independently, and have an appropriate familiarity with the discipline and its associated research techniques/methodologies.

Where a Master's degree is required, this is indicated in the relevant description on our Postgraduate Research webpages, together with further information about requirement.

English language requirements

For postgraduate applicants who have completed one or more year of study at a recognised university in Nigeria, the University does not require additional evidence of English Language competency.

WAEC and NECO accepted. For more information on grades required and for full details, see our English language requirements for undergraduate applicants and those who do not satisfy the above prerequisite.


NECO English Language
  • 6.0 = C6
  • 6.5 = C6
  • 7.0 = B3
  • 7.5 = B3
WASSCE English
  • 6.0 = C6
  • 6.5 = C6
  • 7.0 = C4
  • 7.5 = C4

Contact us 

Regional Manager Jules Pringle and Global Recruitment Officer (West Africa) Abigail Yakubu are more than happy to answer any questions that you might have, put you in touch with one of our current students or recent alumni, or arrange an individual consultation at a time that is convenient for you.

You can email the team at or contact Abigail on +234 8179 326 435.

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