Each year, many Nigerian students make the decision to come and study at Northumbria University.

The information on this page covers the entry requirements, scholarships and bursaries, contact details of the regional team and what it’s like to study with us in Newcastle.


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Meet your regional team

Lanre Kesiro
Senior Regional Manager

Entry requirements

At Northumbria University, we recognise a range of Nigerian qualifications for entry on to our programmes.

Please see the details below for the current qualifications and the equivalencies we accept.

For entry to You will need Grade required English language requirement
International Foundation Programme WAEC (WASSCE) Sufficient grades in at least 6 subjects (minimum C6 including maths).
For extended degrees BBBCCC grades including: Maths and English.
Biology and Chemistry also needed for Applied Science courses
Students not progressing to Law: IELTS 5.0 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

Students progressing to Law: IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 4.0, or equivalent, from a UKVI Approved centre

NECO Sufficient grades in at least 6 subjects (minimum C4 including maths).
Pre-Masters Bachelor degree from a government recognised University Third class or 1.50 2 semester: IELTS 5.5 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent
1 semester: IELTS 6.0 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent
Post Higher HND 40%

Full entry requirements, by country, can be seen here.

Depending which pathway programme you choose to study at Northumbria University and your previous qualifications, you may be eligible for a bursary and/or scholarship.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility. Check back here regularly to see the latest scholarships we have available.

Throughout the year our team travel to Nigeria for events and to meet with students.

Once dates are confirmed, the details of our trips will be available so you can arrange to meet our team in country. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us by using our enquiry form.

Our regional team make regular visits to Nigeria throughout the year and are able to help answer any questions you might have about our pathway programmes, studying with us, the application process and much more.

Email: QAHE.AFRICA@qa.com

If you would like to speak with our in-country officer, please use the details below.

Tel: (+234) 9065 235553

Northumbria University Pathway College,
5 Mekong,
Abuja, Nigeria

At Northumbria, we understand that where you live is a big aspect of your student life. That’s why we make sure you shape your experience from start to finish.

When applying for accommodation, you can select the exact building, flat and room based on real online availability. Once you’ve found the perfect room for you, you can confirm your booking online within minutes.

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Regularly voted one of the UK’s top student cities, Newcastle offers a vibrant and lively location in which to study.

Life at Northumbria University for Nigerian students


For those looking to shop, the intu Eldon Square is one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping complexes and you’ll also be able to find a mix of designer and high street brands alongside quirky boutiques in the centre.

Our Students’ Union plays a large part in university life on campus, with a large range of clubs and societies that you can join, making new friends outside of your course. You can find a full list of our current societies here.

The Quayside also boasts numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs.

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“I enjoy the creativity of the programme and the balance of academic and informal teaching methods. The teaching and support helps me to find alternative methods to learn and approach assignments, which gives me confidence that I will do well in my studies at undergraduate level.”

Oluwanisola Esele Oyefeko
International Foundation Programme - Business

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