How To Apply For UK Masters Programme From Nigeria (2023)

If you want to apply for your masters degree programme in the United Kingdom and you want to know how to go about it from Nigeria this 2023, then in this article, we will show you just how to do it. One of the most exciting countries to study in is the United Kingdom, it is a world renowned country in terms of education and their standard of living, and should you get the opportunity to enroll for your masters to the UK from Nigeria and get it, you will be in for some of the best times of your life as it would afford you the opportunity to learn alongside some of the best minds on the planet and expose you to life in the developed world.

How To Apply For UK Masters Programme From Nigeria

Bear in mind that if you are enrolling from Nigeria for your masters degree programme in the United Kingdom, the amount you will be required to pay is quite expensive. There is the option of applying for a full or half scholarship that would reduce the amount you will pay, but applying for your masters degree programme in the UK from Nigeria is not really difficult. Are Nigerian certificates acceptable in the UK? Definitely! All you need do is to easily register by yourself or though one of the agents of the institutions you are enrolling to in Nigeria.

There are many Nigerian students currently studying in the United Kingdom. Majority of them are studying at the postgraduate level, so if you apply for your masters degree programme in the UK from Nigeria and you succeed in securing your admission there, you will not really feel out of place because you will meet a lot of people from Nigeria who will be willing to help you settle in the United Kingdom as fast as possible. There are many courses to study in the UK and you will need to assess your options very carefully before settling for the one.


These are the steps to take in order to successfully enroll for a masters degree programme in the United Kingdom from Nigeria. They are given below:


Your masters degree programme application process commences with you finding, choosing and settling for the right course to study. At postgraduate level, there are over 30,000 different courses to choose from. During your course choosing process, ensure that you contact the school you’re applying to for more information so as to know if you are qualified for that particular course or not.


Once you have concluded on the course you want to study for your masters degree programme in the United Kingdom, the next thing you should do is to follow it up with the application process. This process varies from one school in the UK to another. As long as you are registering for a postgraduate degree programme, you will have to submit your application directly to your school of choice. Each school you may be enrolling to has a portal on their website where you can send in your application and if you are confused about the whole process, kindly contact your school of choice to assist you with it, they will surely help you out.


One of the things you must do when applying for a masters degree programme in the UK from Nigeria is to ensure that you enquire about your eligibility for UK visa or not. This is very important and failure to check for your visa eligibility might cost you your admission. This step is one step that you must first sort out before proceeding to enroll for a masters degree programme in the United Kingdom.


Entry requirements are set or determined by the university you are applying to in the United Kingdom and the course you are going there study plays a major role in ensuring what the entry requirements will be. Below are the requirements for a masters degree programme in the UK.

  • One thing to note when enrolling to universities in the United Kingdom for masters degree programme is that you are required to have a minimum of Second Class Degree (Upper Division), what we generally refer to as 2.1 degree.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, what a 2.1 class of degree means is that the student is required to have an average CGPA starting from 3.5.
  • The results to be used by a prospective UK postgraduate student from Nigeria in the application process must be obtained from a recognized Nigerian university.
  • Some courses being applied for in the UK prevents the use of Second Class Lower Bachelors degree (2.2).
  • Certain universities in the United Kingdom require that a prospective masters degree student from Nigeria must have undergone some form of postgraduate level studies before they can be given provisional admission.
  • Almost all the universities in the UK demand that aspiring masters degree students take internationally recognized English Language proficiency tests and pass them comprehensively. The prospective student may sit for IELTS or any of its equivalents and the result obtained must be submitted along with the other documents required during application process.
  • Some universities in the UK do waive the IELTS exam if the student passed English Language at SSCE level (O’Level) with a minimum grade of C6. Some departments may however insist on the student sitting for IELTS exam even if they had an A1 in English Language at SSCE level.
  • Prospective masters degree students must score a minimum of 6.0 in the IELTS exam for them to be considered for provisional admission. This kind of cut off mark may be higher in certain other departments.

If you need more information concerning the entry requirements for any of the universities you are applying to in the United Kingdom and for the specific course of study, you can contact the school through their official e-mail address or phone numbers.


In the UK, may of their masters degree programmes combine both learning and research. This helps the student to be well grounded in their field of study, making sure that upon graduation, they can confidently defend what they have been taught anywhere in the world. Many Nigerian postgraduate students are looking for masters degree programmes in the UK and if you are one of them, it is very advisable that you commence your application early enough in order to beat stiff competition for spaces and stand a chance of being admitted into your school of choice.

Every university in the United Kingdom allow prospective students to apply for masters degree programmes on their websites. While some schools charge application fees, some others do not and they ensure that their prospective students register for their choice courses  for free. You may need to find out about this before proceeding with your application to any of the universities in the UK.

Also, it is important for you to know that many of the universities in the UK begin their new masters degree programme in September, so ensure that you must have finished registering before then. Some other schools however have intakes either in January or February. For more information on this, you should contact your school of choice to find out what applies to them.


Every important document you may need to include in your application differs from one school to another and you will need to find out about this from your school of choice before applying. That said, other important documents that may be required in addition to your vital documents include the following:

  • Proof of previous degree.
  • Academic references.
  • IELTS certificate.
  • Supporting statement, stating why you are applying for the masters degree programme in that particular university. Contact the school to find out exactly how many words they require in the supporting statement.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume.

Also contact your school of choice to enquire about other supporting documents they may require apart from the above listed ones. The supporting documents can be submitted along with your application form online. Some universities in the UK may permit you to submit your application form even if your supporting documents are not yet ready. You can submit your supporting documents at a later date, but ensure that you submit them before the registration process commences.

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Maduawuchi Obialo

Maduawuchi Obialo is the founder of Nigerian Guide and the Editor-in-Chief at Nigerian Infopedia. He is a professional Web Content Developer and a Biochemist.

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