University of Birmingham and Nigeria

The University extends a warm welcome to students from Nigeria. Nigeria accounts for the second largest amount of new international students at the University. There are over 220 Nigerian students at the University following undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a range of subjects.

The University has a number of links with Nigerian universities, schools and sponsors. It is home to the prestigious Centre of West African Studies, the only university department in the world to concentrate specifically on West Africa. Further details about the work it carries out can be found on the Africa Hub.

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“Birmingham is a very multicultural university. Not only is the teaching quality excellent, you get to meet new friends from different parts of the world that impact positively on you, and likewise you to them. It’s a win-win game.”

The following information is for guidance only and should be used together with the University's general entrance requirements and any specific degree programme requirements.  

Please note: If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (eg SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult the country specific section for that country for qualification equivalence information. If you are unsure about the acceptability of your qualifications for entry to Birmingham please contact us for further details.


English Language

You will need to demonstrate a certain level of English language, either through an English test such as IELTS, TOEFL or PTE, or we may be able to accept your previous or alternative qualifications as evidence. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements, and details on our presessional English language courses.

For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English language at grade C or above (or in numerical terms, grade 6 or above) in the WAEC SSCE is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.

For Postgraduate programmes, Nigerian nationals with a degree from Nigeria or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.

Foundation Pathways

WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.

If you have achieved English Language at grade C6, you will not be required to take an additional English proficiency test (for the 4-year programme).

For further information see the  Birmingham International Academy website.


The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.

The University has a number of agreements with foundation providers in Nigeria which allows students to be considered for admission to undergraduate programmes. Please contact us for more information.

Students who have completed the first year of a 4-year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in Nigeria with excellent grades (2.1, 3.0/4.0, 3.5/5.0) will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes (first year entry).

Please note:

  • For Medicine country specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website.
  • For Dentistry, please see the general entry requirements listed on the Dental Surgery course page.

Postgraduate Taught

Students who hold a Bachelor degree (minimum 4 years and/or level 400) from a recognised institution will be considered for Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters degrees.  Most taught Masters programmes require a minimum of an upper second class degree (2.1) with a minimum GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 3.5/5.0

Students who have completed a Masters degree from a recognised institution will be considered for PhD study.


Find out more about fees and funding for undergraduate, postgraduate taught or postgraduate research courses, or click here for information on international tuition fees.


To reward outstanding achievement and to help ensure that fears about finance do not constrain our students, we are pleased to offer a number of prestigious international scholarships.

We are pleased to offer the following scholarships for students from Nigeria:

Use the links below to search our funding and scholarship databases:

Search the undergraduate funding database
Search the postgraduate funding database


There are lots of ways to find out more about Birmingham. We run regular live chats where you can ask us any questions you might have about your application or the University. Visit our Live Chats page to find out when the next events are.

Birmingham Representatives

Our representatives in Nigeria can assist you with your questions and help you during the application process:
Our in-country representative Francis Ojo who is based in Lagos can support you with all of your queries.
Contact: +2348158868617 or email:

Our agents, Intake Education and SI-UK have a network of offices throughout Nigeria.

Bridge House Counselling (for undergraduate courses only)
Bridge House College
1/3, Olagunsoye Oyinlola Street,
2nd Avenue Estate,
Ikoyi, Lagos
Tel: +234 1 8728297
Bridge House Counsellining website 

Intake Education Abuja
Ground Floor
50 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent
Osas and Oseji Building
Between UBA and H-Medix
Wuse 2, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria
Tel: +234 (0) 9-2906508
Intake Education website

Intake Education Enugu
Suite B8, First Floor,
Bethel Plaza,
36 Garden Avenue,
Tel: +234 (0) 7059193156
Intake Education website

Intake Education Ibadan
Ile Oridetu
1st Floor , 1 Shell Close
Onireke, Ibadan
Tel:+234 (0) 2 -7517057
Intake Education website

Intake Education Ikeja
3rd Floor, 76 Opebi Road
Tel: +234 (0) 1 3429059
Intake Education website

Intake Education Kano
Ground Floor (Suite 10A), JBS Plaza,
No 375 Civic Centre Road,
Tel: +234 8166575768
Intake Education website

Intake Education Port Harcourt
Plot 156,
No 11 Tom Inko-Tariah Street
Rumuogba Estate
Port Harcourt, Rivers state
Tel: +234 (0) 8116 709 992
Intake Education website

Intake Education Victoria Island Lagos
6 Adeola Odeku Street
Victorial Island
Tel: +234 01 2915972 
Intake Education website

SI-UK Abuja
10 Durban Street
Wuse 2
Tel: +234-8082055733/+234 9093279115
SIUK Nigeria website 

SI-UK Lagos
2 Ahmed Onibudo Street
Victoria Island
Tel: +234-8104841013
SIUK Nigeria website 

Student Connect 
2 Pietersburg Street,
Wuse 2,

Tel: +234-9121074087
Student Connect website 

Student Experience

The University of Birmingham is a fantastic choice for your academic study. Our thriving campus with its beautiful grounds, friendly community and excellent facilities will quickly make you feel at home. We offer you a huge variety of exciting activities to get involved in outside of your studies, too.

Beautiful surroundings and fantastic facilities

When you step onto campus, you are immersed in our historic red-brick buildings and glorious green spaces. You'll find our Edgbaston campus both a peaceful and vibrant place to spend your time, whether it's studying on one of the lawns, or enjoying a hot drink in one our many cafes.

When you are on campus, you are in the heart of University life - it's the perfect place to meet friends, whether it's to have a bite to eat, discuss your seminar notes or meet up before heading off to a sports club or society.

You can also take advantage of our fantastic facilities on campus. Study in our state-of-the-art academic library with its stunning views over campus, or go for a swim after lectures at our brand new £55 million Sport and Fitness Club.

Student societies

Many nationality groups form student societies during their time at the University of Birmingham. The student societies are an excellent way to keep in contact with home and also provide an opportunity to highlight your culture and customs in the UK. Student societies are also a useful point of contact for prospective students to Birmingham who may want to contact current students for information.


We offer dedicated support for international students, including an international careers consultant and a team of international student ambassadors. We will support you in developing the skills you will need to fully prepare for the working world or further academic study, whether this is in your home country or elsewhere.

Our Careers Network researches jobs all over the world. We host fairs, workshops and presentations, which are attended by many large, global companies that offer opportunities worldwide. We also offer a huge database of information on employers, vacancies and industry trends in a range of countries.


The University of Birmingham has many strong alumni groups all over the world. Alumni groups are an excellent way of keeping in contact with the University and with other graduates from Birmingham who live in your country. Some alumni groups meet on a regular basis for social and professional events.

If you would like to meet up with University staff when they are in your country or you would be willing to help promote the university at education exhibitions, we would also like to hear from you. You can find out if there is an alumni group in your country or join our alumni mailing list on the Alumni website.

Contact Details

For all general queries about becoming an international student at Birmingham, please complete and submit our enquiry form.

Amy Mitchell-Bell (International Officer for Middle East and Africa)
International Recruitment
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston Campus
B15 2TT

The university of Birmingham contacts for Nigeria are Collins Agaza (in-country Representative) who is based in Lagos and Amy Mitchell-Bell International Officer (Middle East and Africa) based at our Dubai camous can support you with all your queries. Please email: 

The British Council has offices in many countries throughout the world which are able to provide you with advice about studying in the UK. Most offices also have an education library and Internet facilities where you can consult university material. The British Council can also provide advice about funding opportunities.