Queen's University Belfast welcomes students from Nigeria and from all over the world. We have 17,000 students from over 80 countries, 3,500 staff and 100,000 graduates worldwide. We're one of the UK's leading universities with a heritage dating back over 150 years.
We accept a wide variety of qualifications. Below you will find information on undergraduate and postgraduate entry requirements, English Language requirements, potential scholarships for international applicants and details of our overseas agents and representatives.
Important information for applicants
Undergraduate entry requirements
Students with the following qualifications will be considered for direct entry to Queen's University Belfast's undergraduate Bachelor degree programmes:
- Applicants who have completed the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the Nigerian Examinations Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate are required to complete a Foundation Programme or A Levels before entering the first year of a three-year undergraduate degree.
- Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a Nigerian University Bachelor Degree will be considered for admission.
- Between 30 and 36 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Information on required grades.
- West African GCE A Levels or UK A Levels.
Please note that the grades required vary depending on the course of study. Further guidance on the entry requirements for each degree programme can be found in the Undergraduate Coursefinder.
Postgraduate entry requirements
Entry to graduate diploma or taught masters programmes at Queen's University Belfast usually requires either a UK upper second-class (2:1) or a lower second-class (2:2) undergraduate degree. For most courses, your major subject or content of your Bachelor degree may also be considered. Please check the Postgraduate Course Finder for exact entry requirements.
The comparable Nigerian qualifications are as follows:
UK Upper Second-Class Honours (2:1)
A good Bachelor degree awarded by a recognised Nigerian university with ‘second class, upper division’ and minimum CGPA 3.5/5.
UK Lower Second-Class Honours (2:2)
A good Bachelor degree awarded by a recognised Nigerian university with ‘second class, lower division’ and minimum CGPA 3.0/5.
If you are interested in Computing, Finance and Management courses, but do not meet the entry requirements, you may wish to consider a a pre-masters Graduate Diploma offered by INTO Queen's.
We have expertise on a wide range of qualifications from around the world and will be able to assess the comparability of your qualification/s to the UK entry requirement. When submitting your application, please ensure that you upload copies of official transcripts for completed programmes as well as those currently in progress. Degree award certificates for programmes already complete should also be provided.
Students interested in undertaking a PhD at Queen’s University need good grades in their Bachelor and Masters degree programmes awarded by a recognised university, in addition to a strong research proposal.
We will consider students who have completed their degree with lower grades than those outlined in their offer letter.
Sometimes, it may be possible to exercise flexibility in the case of applicants who have fallen slightly short of the target grade when final results are known. In these cases, the decision will be at the discretion of the Academic Selector.
You should therefore wait until your degree has been completed and forward the final version of your official transcript and Bachelor degree award Certificates as soon as they become available. Unfortunately we cannot advise you until your degree is fully completed.
English language requirements
Applicants will normally need to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to 6.5 IELTS or 90 TOEFL IBT (Internet based test). However, some degree programmes have higher or lower requirements (please check individual programme requirements in the relevant undergraduate or postgraduate University Coursefinder. The University considers the West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate/NECO (English Language)at Grade C6 or higher as an acceptable English Language qualification (except for entry to Medicine and Dentistry). View the full list of acceptable English Language qualifications.
Please note that a Certificate of Proficiency in English is not an acceptable English Language test.
INTO Queen's - Pre-University English Language Programmes
INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a wide range of English Language courses, which may assist students to meet the required standard of English language to be eligible for entry to degree programmes at the University. If you wish to apply for an INTO Queen's English course please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or consult the INTO website
Queen's University Belfast offers a range of scholarships for international students.
A list of other potential sources of funding for Postgraduate study can be found on the University's Graduate School website.
Representatives and overseas visits
Queen's has a network of agents and representatives committed to providing you with high levels of support. More information on our network and a list of agents by country can be found on the University's agent webpages.
The British Council in your country can also offer advice on studying in the UK.
Applying to Queen's
For details on the application process for both undergraduates and postgraduates, please visit the University's How to Apply section.