Why Essex?

With students from 140 countries, Essex is the world in one place. 
We offer a range of courses with many Nigerians excelling in Business, Computing and Law amongst our highly ranked departments. Did you know that Nigerian BBC Radio presenter Dotun Adebayo and Booker Prize winning novelist Ben Okri both studied at Essex?

Entry requirements



Previous university/college study is required in addition to local high school qualifications for our Undergraduate Bachelor degree courses.

We accept a number of other international qualifications and international foundation year programmes

We also offer a range of Foundation Programmes which can lead to entry to our undergraduate degrees, please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team admit@essex.ac.uk


Postgraduate Taught

Many of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 2:2 or 2.5/5 or 2.0/4 or above from Bachelor degree. Some courses and departments have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team at pgadmit@essex.ac.uk.

We also have a range of Foundation Programmes available through our partner Kaplan International Colleges if you do not meet these grades. Please visit University of Essex International College for further information.

Postgraduate Research

For entry to Research degrees, please refer to the entry requirements for the course that you are interested in. 
An undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2:2 (see the information above), and a master’s degree with a good grade is required for most PhD programmes, in addition to a well-developed research proposal in a field in which we can offer supervision. Please have a read through our information for PhD applicants and check the course details for your chosen programme for further information about entry criteria.

Scholarships and bursaries

Our Africa Regional Scholarship scheme offers  £4,000 scholarships for undergraduates from Nigeria in their first year of study.

Our Africa Scholarship Programme offers a £4,500 discount to postgraduate students from Nigeria achieving a CGPA of 3/5 or above.

Our Nigeria office

We have an office in Lagos, and will be happy to help with any questions about applying to Essex. 

Our office address is:

2nd floor

77 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi


Office hours: 10 am - 4 pm, Monday to Friday

Tel: +234-1-08034086809

Email: arinze@essex.ac.uk

Information for parents and guardians

If you are a parent or a guardian of a student interested in joining us at Essex, we've got a dedicated page for you full of useful information. You are also more than welcome to get in touch with our Nigeria office to ask anything about studying at Essex.

Meet us in Nigeria

If you'd like to meet us please get in touch by email with our Africa Regional Office at arinze@essex.ac.uk.

Why should you study here?

Central London is easily accessible from all of our campuses
We have a range of job opportunities giving you first hand work experience whilst you study
Colchester is among the UK's top 10 most affordable university towns according to totallymoney.com
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Hear from our Nigerian students

Omodunni smiling at camera, in a graduation gown and hat
The experience of attending Essex Law School was quite memorable. Both the educational staff and the career team provided me with exceptional resources and support. I was able to adjust to the welcoming atmosphere of the school and make lifelong friends.
Omodunni Aderibigbe LLB Law
Gbubemi from Nigeria
I remember thinking my course would be more academic than practical but it’s been a good balance of both. All my lecturers have real world experience outside of academia, and learning typically involves case studies, group work, and presentations, together with lecture sessions. The level of non-academic support is amazing. The greatest benefit of my Essex experience has been gaining international exposure from learning in a multicultural environment whilst making lifelong connections from all around the world!
Gbubemi Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Alumna Ugonnaya Igwilo from Nigeria
Ugonnaya Igwilo was named  Social Impact Award winner for Sub-Saharan Africa in this year’s British Council Alumni Awards for her work supporting public health campaigns against Ebola and AIDS.
Ugonnaya said her studies at Essex helped her develop all the skills vital to work in high pressure situations.
 “The unique practical learning experience from Essex tweaked my way of thinking, addressing challenges and improved my communication skills.”
During her time as a student at Essex, Ugonnaya served as the student representative for her class, joined the United Nations Model Society and the Human Rights Society.
She said: “Being a member of the Human Rights Society at Essex built on my knowledge base and changed my perception of my role as a public health physician.
“This was a guiding principle for my volunteerism, community outreach planning and implementation and my health service delivery.”
Ugonnaya is currently undergoing a six-year residency training program at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria as a Senior Registrar and works in a clinic providing maternal and child health services to over 10,000 patients a year.
Ugonnaya Igwilo Masters in public health, 2003

Find out more about Ugonnaya's inspirational work and learn about our MSc Global Public Health course.

Victoria Kayode
I studied Financial Economics and Accounting for my undergraduate and stayed on for my MSc at Essex. I always heard of Essex Startups but didn't become an active participant until the year of my MSc and haven't looked back since. During my MSc through Essex Startups I was able to attend bootcamps and meet with students outside of the university with similar entrepreneurial interests. This has helped me in my current place of work and I gained transferable skills that I've been able to apply in my own business planning. I love that the Essex Startups team don't work in a one size fits all setup, but help each student individually, maximising the potential of our strengths and improving on weaknesses. They make business planning easier with their thorough guidance, whilst giving room for utmost creativity and letting you be and feel in charge of your ideas and your business at large. They also help utilise other university facilities and events, especially in the areas of funding for business. They set up extremely helpful and practical bootcamps and events that leave you feeling challenged and ready to soar. Essex Startups is a true backbone for any student and graduate entrepreneur. 

Find out more about Essex Startups.

We also have information available on our other careers and employability services, and the new Graduate Immigration Route, which offers the opportunity for new international graduates to remain in the UK to work, or look for work, for two years after completing their course.

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Arinze Odiari Nigeria country contact
Contact hours 10 am - 4 pm (West Africa time)
Telephone: +234-1-08034086809