Entry requirements for students from Nigeria

We have been welcoming students from Nigeria for many years and our staff are very familiar with the Nigerian education system and qualifications.

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High entrance requirements for our degree programmes at Sheffield reflect the quality of the University. The following information is for guidance only.

English Language Requirements

All applicants are required to have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS or equivalent. SSCE (WAEC) English C6 or above can be accepted in place of IELTS or equivalent, however this is at the discretion of each individual department. In cases where we can accept, it is valid for up to 5 years until the start of your programme at Sheffield.  

If you were awarded one of these qualifications more than five years before the start date of your Sheffield course, you can provide evidence of English proficiency through the following methods:

If you have been awarded a first degree or postgraduate diploma taught in English within 12 months of the start date of your Sheffield course, you should provide an official letter from your university that confirms you were taught in English.

You can also prove your English proficiency if you have at least 12 months of recent employment in a role which involves regular communication in English. You should include with your application an official letter from your current/most recent employer that confirms 1) your English language proficiency, 2) the dates of your employment and 3) how you use English in your role.

Should you wish to know the exact English language requirements for your chosen programme, please refer to the course pages.

English language entry requirements 


Undergraduate Programmes e.g. BSc, BA, BEng/ MEng

A variety of qualifications can be considered for direct admission to undergraduate bachelor degree programmes. All applications for undergraduate programmes should be made through UCAS.

A Levels
Applicants with a minimum of 3 A levels will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes.

International Baccalaureate
International Baccalaureate diploma holders will be considered for direct admission to undergraduate programmes.

Other Qualifications
Applicants with one or more of the qualifications listed below will be considered for direct admission for Year 1 entry in our undergraduate programmes:

  • National Diploma with credit or distinction
  • Higher National Diploma with credit or distinction
  • Nigerian Certificate of Education

Applicants who wish to transfer from an undergraduate (WAEC or NECO) programme in Nigeria will be considered for Year 1 entry with strong SSCE grades and an Upper Class Second average in their undergraduate programme in Nigeria.

NCUK International Foundation Year
The University is a member of the Northern Consortium (NCUK) . NCUK offers an International Foundation Year (IFY) in Nigeria at Oxbridge School, Lagos. Students who have completed the IFY programme and have achieved the required academic level will be considered for admission to undergraduate programmes.

Undergraduate pathway programmes at the University of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College provides International Foundation Year programmes specifically for international students who want to progress to the University of Sheffield. Upon successful completion, students can progress to an undergraduate degree. Students can choose to study an International Foundation Year in the following subjects:

International Foundation Year in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering

International Foundation Year in Dentistry


Postgraduate Taught Programmes e.g. MA, MSc

Holders of an Upper Second Class (2:1) bachelor degree from a recognised Nigerian university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate diploma or masters programmes.

For Entry to MBA
Holders of an Upper Second Class (2:1) bachelor degree from a recognised Nigerian university and at least 3 years relevant post-graduation work experience will be considered for direct admission.

Applicants with a Lower Second Class (2:2) degree and considerable work experience may be considered.

Postgraduate pathway programmes at the University of Sheffield International College

The University of Sheffield International College provides Pre-Masters programmes specifically for international students who want to progress to the University of Sheffield. Upon successful completion, students can progress to an postgraduate degree.Students can choose to study a Pre-Masters in the following subjects:

Pre-Masters in Business, Social Sciences and Humanities

Pre-Masters in Science and Engineering

Postgraduate Research Programmes e.g. MPhil, PhD, PhD with Integrated Masters

Holders of an Upper Second Class bachelor degree and a good masters degree from a recognised Nigerian university will be considered for direct admission to postgraduate research programmes.

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