At Kent we consider all applications on their individual merit and welcome students from Nigeria with a wide variety of qualifications and experience. Please note that some departments may have slightly different entry criteria.
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The University considers students for foundation entry who have completed the SSCE (Senior School Certificate of Education), normally validated by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO).
Students will be considered on an individual basis. We typically require students to have taken a minimum of five subjects (including English), and to have achieved a minimum grade C or 6 in each subject. Higher average grades may be required depending on the entry requirements of the degree programme to be taken after successful completion of the foundation course.
We offer two types of foundation programme which enable progression onto a wide range of our undergraduate degrees: the International Foundation Programme (IFP) and 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year:
- The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is for international students whose school-leaving qualifications are insufficient for direct entry to undergraduate study and/or whose English language standard is below the necessary level. The IFP gives you a year’s preparation in academic subjects, English language and study skills up to the required level for progression onto undergraduate degree study. The IFP is delivered at our Canterbury campus by University of Kent academics and successful completion of the programme provides entry into a wide range of Bachelor degrees in our faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences and Sciences. We offer September and February start dates depending on your chosen pathway and the degree you intend to progress on to.
- We offer 4-year integrated programmes which include a foundation year in Actuarial Science, Chemistry, Computer Systems Engineering, Electronic and Communications Engineering, Forensic Science, Mathematics, Pharmacology and Physiology, and Physics. These are designed for students with acceptable English language ability but school-leaving qualifications below the level required for direct entry to an undergraduate degree. Entry to these foundation programmes may require you to have studied specific subjects at high school.
Please note: you only need to take a foundation programme if your qualifications are not suitable for your chosen degree.
The University considers Nigerian students for undergraduate study who have completed the SSCE (Senior School Certificate of Education) in a minimum of five subjects, having achieved a minimum grade C or 6 in each subject. Higher average grades may be required depending on the entry requirements of the degree programme to be taken after successful completion of the foundation course, and who have taken a further acceptable qualification. The following further qualifications are acceptable for entry to our undergraduate programmes:
UK Examination Board A levels
We typically require students to have taken a minimum of three A levels and have achieved the grades specified in the standard offers for UK applicants; see the prospectus for the required grades for each course.
Students should have satisfactorily completed a foundation course, either at a UK based college, or a college in Nigeria which is acceptable to the University of Kent. Candidates should check with the University that the foundation course will be acceptable prior to starting the foundation course. All applicants with a foundation qualification will be considered on an individual basis.
Ordinary National Diploma/National Diploma (OND/ND)
Students should have satisfactorily completed an (Ordinary) National Diploma with an overall grade between lower credit and distinction depending on the degree subject applied for. For some subjects, such as science, we may request that you send in a copy of your syllabus with your application.
Higher National Diplomas (HND)
Students should have satisfactorily completed a Higher National Diploma with at least a lower credit grade.
Nigerian degree programmes
A successfully completed first year of a Nigerian degree programme with good grades may qualify students for year 1 entry.
Students may also gain entry to year 1 of our undergraduate degree programmes if they have successfully completed 1 or 2 years of an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) and seek to transfer to Kent for the remainder of their degree.
NCUK International Year One
Kent Business School now accept the NCUK International Year One for entry to Year 2 of many of their undergraduate programmes. For details of NCUK centres in your country, please see the NCUK website.
If you are studying, or have studied, US qualifications such as SATs, ACTs, Advanced Placement tests or an Associate Degree, please see our USA country page for details of the US qualifications we accept.
International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate and A levels
If you are studying, or have studied, the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate, or A levels please see our General entry requirements for details.
We have a standard International Baccalaureate Diploma offer of 34 points across all programmes of study including any specific subjects at higher or standard level required by the particular degree programme. As an alternative to achieving 34 points, for most programmes, the University will also make IB students the offer of passing the IB Diploma with specific achievement in higher/standard level subjects.
IB Career-related Programme (IBCP)
The University welcomes applications from students taking the IB Career-related Programme (IBCP). We do not make standard offers for this qualification, however we are happy to advise prospective students based on the component IB courses they are taking as part of the IBCP. For specific advice on grade requirements, please contact us listing the IB courses and additional courses you are taking.
If you have questions about which qualifications we will accept, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our entry requirements and details of how to apply.
The University considers students for postgraduate study who have completed a four year honours degree (BA/BSc/BEng) achieving a good result from a reputable overseas institution or a good UK honours degree.
For details of our MBA programme, please see the MBA course page.
If you would like to pursue a PhD at Kent, you should visit the relevant department website and our find a supervisor page to identify potential supervisors for your research and thesis. You are encouraged to then make direct contact with the appropriate academic to discuss your research proposal.
English language requirements
Applicants will also need to meet University of Kent's standard English language requirements. These are set at a level that meets both the academic needs of the University and the minimum requirements for a Tier 4 (General) student visa.
Applicants for the International Foundation Programme or pre-sessional English programmes are required to have a UKVI recognised SELT (Secure English Language Test). These must be taken at one of the UKVI approved test centres.
Pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
If you need to raise your English language skills, you can attend one of our intensive pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes. Satisfactory achievement on one of these courses can be used to meet Kent's English language entry requirements in place of other external language examinations
Fees and funding
For the latest details on fees, see our course fees look-up table.
The University offers a wide variety of financial support and scholarships, including awards for academic, musical and sporting excellence. Scholarships include our International scholarships for undergraduate students and International Scholarship for Taught Masters Students.
For details of all the scholarships available, please use our scholarship finder.
Kent Law School has established a major fund to support students who are from or who have studied in Nigeria, and who undertake a taught Masters in Law (LLM) at the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent. Find out more…
Postgraduate Taught tuition fee deposit scheme for international-fee paying applicants
A deposit payment of £2,000 is required to secure your acceptance of an offer for a Postgraduate Taught programme at Kent. This deposit will be deducted from the overall tuition fee you are required to pay at enrolment.
We advise early payment of the deposit, and the final deadlines for us to receive your tuition fee deposit are:
- Postgraduate Taught Master's with a September start date: 1 July
- Postgraduate Taught Master's with a January start date: 1 December
The University reserves the right to withdraw your offer if the tuition fee deposit is not received by the relevant deadline. If this occurs, your application will only be re-instated subject to receipt of the deposit and places being available on your chosen course. If you are offered a place after the given deadline, an immediate deposit payment will be required to secure your place.
If you require a CAS for visa purposes, this will not be issued until the depositve that has been received for your chosen course.
Please note: The deposit is only applicable to postgraduate programmes that start in the UK. A deposit is not required for postgraduate programmes that are taught exclusively at our centres in Brussels and Paris.
Kent Business School tuition fee deposit scheme
Both Home and International applicants to Postgraduate Taught programmes with Kent Business School are required to pay a £1,000 tuition fee deposit. International Postgraduate research applicants are required to pay a £500 tuition fee deposit. Please see the Kent Business School Online Store pages for details.
The University will consider deferral requests for postgraduate applicants for up to one year if they have fully met the conditions of offer and have paid the fee deposit.
For full terms and conditions, including details of our deposit refund policy and application deferrals, please visit our Online Store. If you have any questions about the deposit scheme, please contact the Admissions Team via your online application portal or email email@example.com.
How to apply
If you are from the UK or Ireland, you have to apply through UCAS.
If you meet the following conditions, you may choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website:
- You are NOT from the UK or Ireland.
- You do NOT pay home fee (i.e. you pay international or special EU fee)
- You have never used UCAS AND you do not intend to use UCAS in the future
Please remember if you are eligible and intend to apply directly on our website, you should NOT use UCAS at any point. Submitting your application to both UCAS and our website will cause issues to your application.
If you are applying for a subject-specific foundation programme, you apply in the same way as for a three-year undergraduate degree.
Applications for our International Foundation Programme (IFP) can be made:
- directly to Kent via the International Foundation Programme site
- via one of Kent's overseas representatives
- via UCAS. If you are submitting other applications to Kent through UCAS, your IFP application must also be made through UCAS.
Apply directly on our website.
Apply via our representatives
International students can also apply with the assistance of one of Kent's overseas representatives.
A process called 'Clearing' takes place in July and August, running from 1st July annually. We will provide an updated list of all of the Kent degrees that still have places available once Clearing opens – this can give you another chance to apply. For more information on how the Clearing process works and how to apply, please see Clearing at Kent for details.
- For international students, the deadline for applications to taught Master's programmes is 31 July.
- Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to the majority of our research degrees*, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible; no later than three months before your intended start date. The University has three PhD entry dates during the academic year: September, January and May. Entry to a Master’s by Research is in September only.
*Applications to PhD degrees for Kent Business School have a deadline of 31 July.
If you have any questions about applying to Kent, please contact us.