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Information for students from Nigeria

Find out about the Nigerian 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) West African Examination Certificate, achieving at least five subjects with an average of C6 or above. For Economics, Finance or Management degrees, B3 in Maths required
Engineering Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate courses in engineering, physics, computer science and geophysics) West African Examination Certificate, achieving at least five subjects with a B3 grade minimum or the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300 points or above and at least 5 relevant subjects at grade C4 or above
Science Foundation Year (progressing to undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry and other science-related courses) West African Examination Certificate, achieving at least five subjects with a B3 grade minimum or the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300 points or above and at least 5 relevant subjects at grade C4 or above

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 

 Postgraduate entry requirements

Masters programmes Bachelors degree awarded by a recognised Nigerian university or an equivalent professional qualification approved by the University

UK 1st equivalent: GPA 4.5
UK 2.1 equivalent: GPA 3.5;3.2 depending on awarding institution.
PhD programmes

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

English language entry requirements

You will need to be able to demonstrate the required level of English language proficiency. We require a letter from the student's previous institution to confirm they teach in English combined with the student having achieved at least West African Examination Council (WAEC), West African Secondary School Certificate with English Grade C6 or above.

Find out more about our English language requirements and support.


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Mr. Abiodun Moses

Abiodun, a student support and careers specialist for the University of Southampton based in Lagos, Nigeria.

Abiodun offers extensive and expert advice and guidance to potential students, parents and guardians who are considering any study level across all courses in our 60+ subject specialisms. In addition to providing a visa support service, he works with the international admissions team to facilitate a smooth processing of applications to the University of Southampton. Abiodun is also able to provide information on what to expect from university life through pre-departure briefings, and coordinates Nigerian alumni events for the University. As a graduate of Business Administration and Management, a certified British Council Agent, Learning Receptiveness Profile administrator and a member of Nigeria Institute of Management, he is well placed to support all your higher education needs.

While travelling across Nigeria to provide face-to-face support, Abiodun attends major higher education fairs to meet with our potential students; more information on where and when he’ll next be in your city is available on our meet us in your country page. With over six years work experience in international higher education, and having already supported over a thousand students into universities around the world, Abiodun is ready to help you make that next step towards an exciting future with us.

For more information, please contact Abiodun directly via email on

The Nigerian student community

We are pleased to welcome students from Nigeria to the University each year. In 2016/17 we have 77 Nigerian students studying with us.

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. 

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

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