Entry requirements for Nigeria
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we want to ensure the welfare of our staff and students. Our staff won't be able to attend international exhibitions or events at this time but you can still get in touch.
Our entry requirements will vary depending on your level of study, the course you are interested in and your English language proficiency.
If you have graduated from the national high school system, you will be required to successfully complete a one-year International Foundation Programme before entering our undergraduate courses.
You will be required to successfully complete the SSCE (WAEC) with an overall average of B and at least B in key subject areas to be considered for admission on to our International Foundation Programme.
Some subjects, such as healthcare allied professions, will require higher grades. Please contact the International Office for more information.
You will be required to have the Senior School Certificate combined with a successfully completed International Foundation Programme from a reputable institution to be considered for admission on to our bachelor's degree courses.
Alternatively, if you hold the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, West African GCE A-levels or British A-levels or you have successfully completed an OND or HND or you have successfully completed the first year of a Nigerian bachelor's degree, you may be considered for admission to the first year of our undergraduate courses.
Postgraduate taught courses
You will be required to have a good bachelor's degree (usually minimum 2.1) from a recognised institution to be considered for admission on to a master's degree. In some cases, a good 2.2 bachelor's degree may be acceptable.
Postgraduate research courses
There are a number of possible entry routes to our postgraduate research courses. We will consider applicants who have successfully completed a Masters from a recognised Nigerian institution.
In some cases, we will consider applicants who only have a Bachelor's degree (minimum Second Class, Higher Division), although applicants may be required to complete a Master's course at Cardiff University prior to embarking upon PhD studies.
Whilst Nigeria is, of course, recognised as an English-speaking country, for the purpose of complying with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules, we are asking that students demonstrate their English language abilities. We are constantly reviewing our admissions systems, whilst also abiding by the changes in UK entry laws. Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions about this.
For entry to our undergraduate programmes, the WAEC or IGCSE can be considered at the appropriate grade, in lieu of IELTS. However, due to recent changes, if you are applying for a Foundation Course, you will be asked to sit an IELTS qualification, in order to qualify for your visa to study in the UK.
To find out more about the scores required in the WAEC or IGCSE examinations and our English language requirements, please visit our English language requirements page.
Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions about this.