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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?
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

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


Postgraduate Taught

The majority of our Postgraduate Taught Masters will consider applicants with 2:2 or 2.5/5 or 2.0/4 from Bachelor degree.
Some courses have higher entry requirements as well as other admissions criteria. Please see individual courses for more information or email our admissions team at

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.

Scholarships and bursaries

Our Africa Scholarship Programme offers  £3,500 scholarships for undergraduates from Nigeria in their first year of study.

Our Africa Scholarship Programme offers a £4,000 discount to postgraduate students from Nigeria achieving a CGPA of 3/5 or above.

Meet us in Nigeria

February 2020

British Council Exhibition, Abuja and Calabar

Bridge House College, Lagos

If you'd like to meet us please get in touch by email with our Africa Regional Office at

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
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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.

Get in touch
Arinze Odiari Nigeria country contact
Telephone: +234-1-08034086809