International students

Information for applicants from Nigeria

Queen Mary University of London has a long history of welcoming students from around the world. Over the years, many thousands of international students have graduated from the university and gone on to pursue successful careers. Today, we are home to students from more than 162 different countries and over 45% of our student body come from outside of the UK. This diversity contributes to a lively and welcoming community which should make you feel comfortable and at home.

We are one of the largest colleges of the University of London and one of the few with fully integrated teaching, research and residential facilities. Our setting provides our students with the benefits of both a large campus environment, and the countless academic and social opportunities provided by London.

There are currently 70 students from Nigeria studying at Queen Mary who are enrolled on a range of degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Queen Mary's International Office staff visit Nigeria twice a year, details of our next visit can be found on these pages.

Entry requirements

Undergraduate (BA, BSc, LLB etc.)

Students that have successfully completed A-Levels, the European Baccalaureate, or the International Baccalaureate will be considered for admissions to our undergraduate degrees.  

Please check the grade requirements for your chosen degree programme via the undergraduate study section of our website.

The West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) and the Senior School Certificate (NECO) are not currently accepted for entry to any of our bachelor degree programmes. However, applicants that have completed the WASSC or NECO can be considered for entry to one of our International Foundation Programmes. These provide opportunities for students to progress to linked bachelor degree programme one year later, providing that the foundation programme is satisfactorily passed.

For more information regarding our Queen Mary foundation programmes

We generally accept the WASSC or NECO with a minimum of 5 relevant subjects at grade B3.

If you are currently studying another UK foundation programme elsewhere and would like to progress to one of our Bachelor degrees, please get in touch via the contact details at the bottom of the page.

WAEC (WASSC) English at the relevant level meets QMULs English language requirements. WAEC English should have been achieved no more than 5 years from the start date of the QMUL course of study.

Qualification Equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Equivalent to IELTS 6.5 Equivalent to IELTS 7.0

Undergraduate Medicine and Dentistry Admissions

For detailed Medicine and Dentistry entry requirements and instructions on how to apply, please refer to the School of Medicine and Dentistry website.

Please note, the WASSC and NECO are not accepted for admission to either our MBBS or BDS programmes.


Taught Degrees (MA, MSc etc.)

Students that apply to one of our Master degree courses are normally expected to have achieved an Upper Second Class bachelor degree, however some courses will also accept a Lower Second Class classification.  

Please check the grade requirements for your chosen degree programme via the postgraduate study section of our website.

We are also pleased to also consider students if they have obtained a Bachelor or Master’s degree.

This is QMUL’s equivalency table for UK and Nigerian Bachelor degree classifications:

UK Bachelor Degree Classification Nigerian Bachelor Degree Classification
First Class (1st) 4.50/5.00
Upper Second Class Hons (2:1) 3.5/5.0
High – Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) GPA 3.2- 3.49/5.0
Standard – Lower Second Class Hons (2:2) 2.8/5.0
Third Class Hons (3rd) 1.50-2.79


Full English Language Requirements section can be seen at the link below. If a first degree is taught for at least 2 years fully in English, and no more than 5 years have passed since the student was taught in English, the Admissions office can consider the degree for English language acceptability. These degrees will be considered on a case by case basis. Students will need to supply academic transcript and confirmation letter from central university administration confirming the course is taught and examined in English for at least 2 years.

Research degrees (MPhil/PhD)

Competitive applications to our postgraduate research degree programmes will include high overall grades achieved in their Master Degree.

For more information regarding our research specialisms and opportunities, please see our Research at Queen Mary

English Language Requirements

Student profiles and Alumni ambassadors

Alumni ambassador

Jide Rotilu

Jide Rotilu

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My QMUL experience was a very vibrant and multicultural journey unlike anything I could imagine. I had to choose between going to the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and Queen Mary and I chose QML. I am so glad I did. Straight from my arrival I knew I had not made a mistake in applying to such an institution with great heritage. I was accommodated in the "World' famous" Stocks Court where many great things happened from Ping Pong tournaments to Snowball fights. It was a year of rounded development in academics, multicultural relationships, transferrable skills in the workplace and so much more. Talking about academics, the classrooms and the camaraderie/enthusiasm of lecturers were so different to what I’ve seen in other schools. I was particularly happy with the online discussions with lecturers on the intranet page of the course.

I loved the Careers Center, CV Clinics and Mock Interviews. The emphasis on building students/graduates for careers could never be underestimated and the team there must be praised for their efforts.

From all night studying in the library, to Movie nights at the chapel to parties at Drapers, it was an all round developmental field. I loved the time and I wouldn't change a thing if I was to do it all over again.


Otumba Fred Chima Jr.

Otumba Fred Chima Jr.

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My name is Otumba Fred Chima Jr. (Esq), Queen Mary University of London LLM scholar in International Comparative Disputes Resolution 2012-2013 and Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) scholarship recipient. I am a member of International Centre for Dispute Resolution Young & International (ICDR Y&I), International Bar Association Student Committee and I was also appointed European Peace University (Austria) Scholar, MA Peace and Conflict Studies 2012 and 2013, and an International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration (ICC ICA) Legal Intern 2013. I qualified as a legal practitioner, advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria after successful completion of the Nigerian Laws School vocational training.

Given my background from the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, conflict management became an obvious emerging career path for me; not only as a lawyer but also as a dispute resolution/management expert; and quite instinctively, Queen Mary University of London’s LLM specialism in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution (encompassing challenging and emerging modules such as International Comparative Commercial Arbitration, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement) topics that have now attained economic, political and legal relevance, captivated me, especially, with the current trend of de-emphasis and paradigm shift from litigation to other friendlier but effective hybrid dispute resolution processes in global economies.

My interest in the role of Alumni Ambassador began even before I joined QML. I benefited from excellent career advice and support I received from the staff in Nigeria Regional Office and having joined, I continued assisting International Regional Manager for Nigeria with promoting the university to other prospective students. I also served as the Vice President Scholarship and Education, Post Graduate Law Student Association and on the Student Staff Representative Committee, representing Postgraduate students, and as a Career Mentor from October 2012 to January 2014, during which time I gained valued experience mentoring students in London.

Overall, the Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for Commercial Law scholarship was that catalyst that spurred me on to undertake this LLM. For me, a University of London diploma from QML, a prestigious LLM scholarship, flexible modules, academic and non-academic staff support - these are the dividing lines separating Queen Mary University of London from all the rest. Certainly, with the LLM in Queen Mary University of London, the future buds like a vista into a new global, academic, professional and intellectual horizon.


 Osayamon Michelle Ogbebor LLM Alum Nigeria

Osayamon Michelle Ogbebor

LLM Commercial and Corporate Law

The Commercial and Corporate Law LLM programme at Queen Mary reflects the in-depth experience of its tutors which in turn has a huge influence on the students. The lectures are conducted in a concise manner allowing one the ability to critically think as a scholar and this is one of the main reasons why I believe the school has achieved high ratings over the years both home (the UK) and abroad.

 Queen Mary appealed to me when contemplating what Law schools to apply to for an LLM for various reasons: firstly its high academic reputation; secondly because I wanted the central London student experience considering that I previously had the opportunity of schooling outside the city (Essex); and also because of the diversity of  its students in terms of backgrounds. The staff and fellow students are hardworking, eager to relate and help.

Prior to attending Queen Mary, I did my LLB at the University of Essex, which was also a very good experience for me shortly after which, I gained law firm experience at London Bridge. I then went on to graduate from the Nigerian Law School and worked with a couple of companies and law firms in Nigeria. With this came the recognition and need for an LLM in corporate commercial law as this is where my career interests emanate.


Nigerian Psychological Therapies student

Esther Osemudiamen Okogbenin

MSc Mental Health: Psychological Therapies

In Nigeria, I work as a Consultant Psychiatrist at the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria and an honorary lecturer in the College of Medicine Ambrose Alli University, Edo State, Nigeria. I treat patients who have psychological disorders and train students in psychiatry both at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. I also carry out research in interesting topics in psychiatry.

My training in psychological therapies at QMUL has greatly enhanced my skills and improved the psychological interventions I offer to my clients. I am also going to be building capacity in psychological therapies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. In the next couple of years I am going to be focusing my research on psychological interventions towards becoming a professor of psychiatry. The pursuit of a PhD in psychological therapies is part of my plans.


Photo of LLM Law and Economics student

Chukwubuike Onwuzurumba

LLM Law and Economics

Before joining Queen Mary I was a Senior Associate in a commercial law firm in Nigeria. Studying a masters was one of my long-term goals in my professional career plan. I wanted to add a multi-disciplinary value to my practical experience as well as interact with colleagues from around the world

I chose Queen Mary as it is highly well-regarded for legal education and I had been following the UK university rankings. In addition, 2 of my undergraduate classmates studied for postgraduate degrees at Queen Mary and told me of their experiences.

Being a postgraduate student in London is a wonderful experience. London offers everything from a serious academic environment to the most exciting opportunities for relaxation and downtime.

Scholarships and Funding

There are a range of awards available for international students including International Mathematical Sciences Excellence Awards, School of Law scholarships and School of Economics and Finance scholarships.

Nigerian students are eligible to receive our International Science and Engineering Excellence awards. Further details about these awards can be found here.

We host students from a number of Nigerian scholarship bodies such as the following: 

We are also have a number of Nigerian Chevening Scholarships each year.

In country representatives

Queen Mary has appointed representatives in Nigeria who can offer advice and assistance with your application to the College.

SI-UK Lagos Office
2nd Floor
84 Opebi Road
Ikeja, Lagos
Phone: 08117344963

UKEAS Abuja,
Ground Floor,
50, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent,
Osas and Oseji Building
Between UBA and H-Medix,
Wuse 2, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.
Tel: +234(0) 9-2906508

3rd Floor, 76 Opebi Road
Ikeja Lagos
Tel: +234 1 7419173

UKEAS Victoria Island
6, Adeola Odeku Street,
Victorial Island
TEL: +234 01 2915972

Suite 3, 2nd Floor
Hatlab Place,
Plot 1952 Sokode Crescent,
Wuse Zone 5, Abuja
TEL: +234 (0) 9-2906508

UKEAS Port-Harcourt
45 Stadium Road
(Ken-Saro Wiwa Road)
beside FIRS building
Port Harcourt, Rivers state
TEL: +234 (0) 8116 709 992

Visits to your country

Country manager

Jake Duffin is the Country Manager for Nigeria and is happy to help any of our prospective Nigerian students with any questions they might have about the university.

Mr Jake Duffin
Regional Manager

Tel +44 (0)20 7882 6522

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