These pages are specifically designed for those students coming to Dundee from Nigeria.

We are pleased to welcome students from Nigeria to Dundee, and at present there are 141 Nigerian students studying at the University. We also have an active alumni group in Nigeria for our former students.

An undergraduate degree is a first degree for those who do not already hold one. You can choose from more than 220 undergraduate degree courses.

Four Year Honours

As with most Scottish universities, the majority of our undergraduate degrees traditionally take four years study to complete. This is different from those in the rest of the UK, and the additional year is designed to give you a broader education in the early years with a greater degree of flexibility, and in many cases, the opportunity to try out new subjects.

In the final two years you will narrow your choice of subject and specialise in the key areas of interest to you. It is also possible to study for a joint degree.

Three Year Honours 

If you are suitably qualified, you may be able to start your course at Level 2 (second year). This is known as advanced entry.  

We also offer several discrete three year degree courses, including:

Five Year Degrees

For some degrees, you will need to study for a little longer. Courses which take five years include:

Academic Years

Our academic years run from September to May, with two teaching semesters. Exams for most undergraduate courses are in December and April/May.

In the UK, the term 'postgraduate' refers to Masters and PhD level courses. You may know these as 'graduate' level.

Masters Degrees

Our postgraduate Masters degrees are 12 months in duration. The advantage to the 12 month courses is that you will save both time and money, and begin your career sooner.

You will leave with a specialisation that can give you an edge in a particular field. Courses start in September, some also have January start dates.


A PhD or Doctorate usually takes three years to complete, if studied full time. The British PhD does not have a substantial taught element, rather it relies on original research.

English support

Moving overseas to live and study in a country where you need to speak and write in a different language can be daunting. We offer a free 10 week English support course to increase your English skills and knowledge once you've started here. It's also a great way to make new friends.

Pre-sessional courses

Depending on the level of your English, you may be required to take one of our pre-sessional courses so that you can improve your English skills before beginning your degree. 

Which courses are popular with students from Nigeria?

Our students from Nigeria apply across the full range of our disciplines with the following courses being the most popular:

MSc International Oil and Gas Management
MSc Energy Studies (with Specialisations)
LLM Energy Law and Policy

A friend first told me about the University of Dundee in 2009 and I subsequently matriculated the next year. I thought it struck a critical balance between the quality and cost of education and that was a key factor in me deciding to study here. Dundee is particularly conducive for studying. It is located near important places—it is possible to complete a degree without ever boarding a bus! The ambience and cost of living are remarkably supportive.

Pontian Okoli, Doctoral Researcher in Law

British Council

Learn more about studying in the UK from the British Council Nigeria website.

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Your Dundee, Your Scotland

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Dundee is a dynamic and multicultural city which has recently been named as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. It is a friendly place you can settle into quickly, but has all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect from a much larger city. Theatres, art-house cinema, restaurants, galleries, bars, boutiques and craft shops are all within five minutes' walk from the University.  Most students choose to live on or near the campus, so you won't need a car. The city also has a vibrant nightlife, with a mix of mainstream and alternative clubs and live music venues. 

While at Dundee you can immerse yourself in Scottish culture (there's more to it than just tartan and shortbread!) and explore the scenic beauty of Scotland. Mountains, lochs and glens are all within easy reach, with the rest of the UK well served by public transport. If that's not enough, you'll only be a short flight away from mainland Europe too.

Find out more about our student life in Dundee »

Duro-Bello Toluwaloju, MSc Accounting and Finance

People in Dundee are really open and friendly. The city itself is beautiful with amazing view of the River Tay and there are many green spaces. I really like the whole structure of the city and the sculptures in the buildings.

Duro-Bello Toluwaloju, MSc Accounting and Finance

Feso Bright, MBA International Oil & Gas Management

I was living off-campus but just across the street. Great place. We had loads of Naija flat parties, the Gate Church was close by and Tesco (a British supermarket) was just a minute away from my flat.

Feso Bright, MBA International Oil & Gas Management

Student societies

Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) has many student societies and sports clubs for you to choose from. Our International Student Society organises trips, tours and arranges social events such as Hogmanay (New Year), Burns Night, and St Andrew's Day. They work alongside our International Support Service to help make your time in Dundee memorable.

Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN)

Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN) works to promote interdisciplinary research focused on Africa as a continent, Africans as a people in the shores of Africa and their diasporic spread. DARN has been consolidating the presence of Africa within the University of Dundee. 

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"Formed in June 2015, the long term aim of DARN is to become an international African research centre of repute within the University, bridging the gap between academia, civil society, public authorities and industry on a wide range of policy and intellectual matters relating to Africa in general."
Oluwabamidele I. Kogbe, PhD Student in Politics, on behalf of DARN's Co-conveners

You can get in touch with Dundee Africa Research Network via Facebook, Twitter or our Blog

If you want to meet up with fellow African students, you can join the African and Caribbean Student Society.

You can also check out the Ghanaian Society Facebook page to learn more about their activities and connect with current Ghanaian students studying at Dundee.

"...As I slept on my bed that night, there was some sort of peace in my heart. I knew I had made the right decision. Dundee was the right decision."

One of our student bloggers, Stephanie, came to Dundee from Nigeria - check out her experiences on our Student Blog

Stephanie Anani
Student Blogger and 2nd Year Civil Engineering student

Life in Dundee for students from Africa and the Caribbean

Dundee is a multicultural city and people from all over the world have made it their home.  We have a significant African/Caribbean population living in the city.

Food and Drink

You'll find it easy to buy familiar foods in Dundee, and there are a variety of international restaurants close to the campus.  Local supermarkets stock a wide range of food from around the world, and the city has some international grocers, including specific African foodstores within walking distance of the University.  For those of you who require halal foods, Dundee has halal restaurants as well as halal grocers and butchers.

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You can feel at home when you are here as there are a variety of Nigerian and African food available in the stores that are close to the University. I assure you, you won't miss the taste of your traditional delicacy when you finally join us.  We are having an increasing number of  students from Nigeria, including ECOWAS region and  other parts of Africa. We look forward to welcoming you to our leading University.

'Dele Kogbe (Nigeria), PhD Student in Politics

Places of Worship

The city has places of worship for many faiths, including Muslims and many Christian denominations. Our University Chaplaincy is also open to all faiths. We have a very active Christian Union, who you can also find on Facebook.

For Muslim students, the University has an Islamic prayer rooms (both on the City campus and the Ninewells campus), and the Central Dundee Mosque is only a 10 minute walk from the City campus. There are a further three mosques in the city which organize regular prayers and other events all year round. We also have a thriving Islamic Society, in addition to the Muslim Message Society. You'll find plenty of people across the campus, staff as well as students, who will be observing Ramadan and celebrating Eid.

Single gender accommodation is available at the University. Please apply early to guarantee availability.

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Chizaram explains why she chose to study here

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Why our students think we're number one

For entry to all our programmes you will need to demonstrate that your qualifications meet the University of Dundee entrance requirements. These are general guidelines only, and exact requirements will vary on an individual basis, and from course to course. The information below is based on you taking your exams under your country's national education system. If this is not the case, please refer to the entry requirements for the relevant country.

For undergraduate courses: if you have taken international school leaving qualifications such as A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), the entry requirements are detailed on the individual undergraduate course pages.

For some of our postgraduate programmes there may be additional non-academic entrance requirements such as relevant work experience. These are detailed on the individual postgraduate course pages.

Nigeria-based entry requirements for 2020

Students who have completed the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level OR a post-secondary diploma OR a foundation programme in a relevant subject area will be considered for first year entry.

If you are doing a recognised international high school qualification such as A Levels or IB, the entry requirements are available on the specific course pages.

Direct entry to 2nd year is often possible for certain courses, if the student has completed the National Senior Certificate (with Matriculation Endorsement) with a grade of 6 or better in appropriate subjects OR if the student meets the Level 1 requirements and has undertaken further studies towards a relevant University level qualification at a recognised institution.

If you are doing a recognised international high school qualification such as A Levels or IB, the entry requirements are available on the specific course pages.

Applicants who hold an Undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree may be considered for taught postgraduate study. You must submit your degree transcripts. Bachelor’s degree with a score of 60-70%, 3.00-3.49/4.0, 3.5/5.0 or 5.0/7.0 is considered comparable to a UK 2.1. A score of 50-59%, 2.5-2.99/4.0 3.0-3.49/5.0 or 2.9-4.9/7.0 is considered comparable to a 2.2.  Entry requirements may be higher depending on the programme you are applying for.

Please check the relevant course page for more information.

A Masters level qualification from a good university will normally be required. Evidence of some research experience (for example through a Masters Degree project) is expected. Transcripts of all previous degree-level studies must accompany the application.

English language requirements

For all our programmes you will also need to satisfy the University's English language requirements.

International College Dundee

If you do not meet the entry requirements above, you may be able to apply via International College Dundee


The fee you will pay depends on your course and fee category. Please visit our undergraduate or postgraduate course pages to find out more.


The University of Dundee offers a range of scholarships, depending on the course you are applying for.

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Living costs

  • Dundee has private rents 45% lower than Edinburgh and 20% lower than the national average (Citylets Rental Report Q4, 2018) so you get a high value of education and your cost of living is affordable.
  • As a student in Scotland, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week with your student visa. Please read our factsheets for more information.
  • We offer a variety of accommodation, both on and off campus.

Healthcare costs

We have an excellent employment record. 95.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, June 2017)

Benefits of a British degree

A British degree is highly respected and valued by employers across the globe. Standards of teaching, research and facilities in the UK are among the best in the world. Academic standards are regularly assessed by independent bodies.

Studying and living abroad will help you to stand out from other candidates in an increasingly crowded job market. Employers value skills in adaptability, self-confidence and problem solving. You will be able to demonstrate these from your time in the UK.

Our independent approach to learning will help develop critical thinking, self-discipline and analytical skills.

Find out more about our careers service »

The Enterprise Gym at the University of Dundee has been very helpful to me in shaping my entrepreneurial skills.

Nigerian student, International Student Barometer, 2015

What are our graduates from Nigeria doing?

Ossy Nebolisa graduated with an MSc International Business in 2008 and is currently CEO for Visa Microfinance Bank Ltd in Nigeria.

Ibrahim Bashir graduated with an MPH (Master of Public Health) in 2009  and is now a Public Health consultant and Assistant Director of Public Health with the Presidency of Nigeria.

The learning environment was so friendly and there was help available anytime. We had excellent resident and visiting lecturers, gave presentations, worked on team projects on current Public Health issues, and worked individually on our research projects. This combination of experiences provided me with the knowledge and skills to take up a fellowship program with the West African College of Physicians on my return to Nigeria.

Ibrahim Bashir, MPH (2009)

Contact us

Got any questions about the admissions process, studying or living in Dundee?  Please contact the international officer(s) for your region:

Nick Andrews
Senior International Officer

T: +44(0) 1382 383838

Maria Ojehseme
Recruitment Officer

T: +234 08175133447

Meet us in your country

Our international team regularly travels to countries around the world, attending conventions and fairs and visiting schools and colleges. Forthcoming trips are listed below. If there are no trips scheduled to take place, please visit the international team webpage to contact us.

Meet us in Abuja and Lagos

Our representative Maria Ojehseme will be visiting Abuja and Lagos from Sunday, November 10, 2019 to Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Attending the UKEAS Fairs. If you'd like to meet Maria send her an email to discuss your options.

Meet alumni

We are sometimes able to connect you to alumni who live or work in your part of the world. If you are interested, please email to find out more.

Nigeria alumni group

We have a very active alumni community in Nigeria which is led by the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Alumni Committee:

  • President – Dr Garba Malumfashi
  • Vice President (Lagos) – Ifeanyi Aloh
  • Vice President (Abuja) – Abdulhadi Attah Adullahi
  • Secretary – Bitrus J. Bulama
  • Treasurer – Grace Dauda

Agents in your country

B&S Educational Services


British Canadian International Education

Abuja, Ibadan, Ikeja, Ikoyi, Kano, Lagos, Port Harcourt

Ceden Consulting Ltd.


PFL Group International Limited

Abuja, Ibadan, Ikeja, Port Harcourt, Victoria Island

SI-UK Education Council

Abuja, Lagos

Study Across Globe



Abuja, Enegu, Ibadan, Lagos