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Information for students from Kenya

Find out about the Kenyan student community at Southampton, entry requirements for our courses and other information specific to your country.

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Entry requirements

This information is for general guidance only; entry requirements vary for different courses. For more specific details, please visit the relevant course web page or contact the admissions office for your chosen subject area.

Foundation year entry requirements 

International Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate degree in management, humanities, arts and social sciences) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education achieving a Grade B (9) or 65% average with at least grade B (9) or 65% in subjects relevant to the chosen undergraduate course
Engineering Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate courses in engineering, physics, computer science and geophysics) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, achieving a Grade B (9) or 65% average with at least grade B (9) or 65% in both maths and physics 
Science Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry and other science-related courses) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, achieving a Grade B (9) or 65% average with at least grade B (9) or 65% in both maths and a science subject

Please note that this course does not progress to an undergraduate degree in medicine.

Undergraduate entry requirements

To be considered for a place on one of our undergraduate (bachelors) degrees, you will need:

High grades in UK A levels 
Between 28 and 38 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB) 
A recognised foundation year programme 
Successful completion of first year of a recognised Kenyan university honours degree 

 Postgraduate entry requirements

Masters programmes

Bachelors degree awarded by a recognised Kenyan university or an equivalent professional qualification approved by the University

UK 1st equivalent: 1st, or 70%, or GPA 3.4
UK 2.1 equivalent: 2.1, or 60%, or GPA 3.0

PhD programmes

Good grades in bachelors and masters degrees awarded by a recognised university, and a strong research proposal

UK 1st equivalent: 1st, or 70%, or GPA 3.4 
UK 2.1 equivalent: 2.1, or 60%, or GPA 3.0

English language entry requirements

You will need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency. The University can accept a KCSE grade B in English, combined with an English proficiency letter from a recognised university in place of an English Language Test. Find out more about our English language requirements and support.

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The Kenyan student community

We are pleased to welcome students from Kenya to the University each year. 

Student-run clubs and societies

Getting involved in clubs and societies is a great way to meet other students from your country and from around the world. There are many societies run by the University's Students' Union (SUSU) for different interests, religions, sports and academic groups.

You may wish to join the University of Southampton East Africa Society

Visit the University of Southampton Students' Union (SUSU) website for more information about clubs and societies.

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