International students

Information for students from Kenya

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Entry requirements

Foundation courses

For year 12 students taking their KCSEs, we would look for a minimum of five grade Bs, including English, Mathematics and relevant subjects.

Our foundation courses

We offer foundation courses for international students who are not qualified for direct entry to our undergraduate degree courses.

These courses are available at the University of Nottingham International College, just next to University Park Campus, in partnership with Kaplan International Colleges.

Find out more about the courses, entry requirements and progression options on Kaplan's website:

Applications and enquiries for these courses are handled by Kaplan and the college.

International foundation courses


Undergraduate courses

Full-time courses across our five faculties typically last for three to four years, although some degrees such as medicine and architecture have a longer duration.

Undergraduate entry requirements

Normally Kenyan students will complete A levels and students taking these should meet the usual A level entry requirements as indicated in the prospectus and online.

However those who follow the local Kenyan system (KCSE) are required to successfully complete a Foundation Programme. 

Our Undergraduate Prospectus lists entry requirements for A levels and International Baccalaureate students for each course.

Students taking APs or SATIIs should refer to entry requirements for the USA.

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Masters courses

We offer a wide range of postgraduate masters degree programmes across our five faculties. Full-time masters courses typically last for one year.

Masters entry requirements

Bachelor degree classifications are similar to those in the UK and so the same requirement is needed: at least a 2.1 or second class upper.

GPAs vary between institutions, so if you have a GPA score, you should get in touch with your country contact.

Degrees from recognised universities in Kenya can be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.

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Research courses

Our PhD courses, available across a wide range of subject areas, typically include three years of full time research followed by an optional writing-up period of one year to complete your thesis.

PhD entry requirements

Applicants should hold a masters degree of a good standard from a recognised university in a relevant subject area.

See the masters section for guidance on the grades we typically require from Kenyan universities. These will vary depending on the university where you have studied and the course you are applying for at Nottingham.

Exceptional students may be considered for PhD entry without a masters qualification, but this is rare and would be more suitable for New Route PhD applicants.

Degrees from recognised universities in Kenya can be accepted as meeting our English language requirements.

You should identify possible supervisors at Nottingham before applying and prepare a research proposal to submit with your application.

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English language requirements

Scholarships and funding


Kenyan students at Nottingham

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International Relations Manager - Africa

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Official representatives

Our official representatives in Kenya can assist you with applying for our courses, visa processes and preparing to study with us.

About our overseas representatives

Meet us 

In Kenya

We regularly travel to Kenya to meet with prospective students and their families, visit schools and to attend education fairs and other events each year.

Meet us in Kenya

In Nottingham

You are also very welcome to visit our campuses in Nottingham for an open day or an independent visit.

Visit us in Nottingham


Get in touch or connect online 


International Student Recruitment

C Floor, YANG Fujia Building
Jubilee Campus, Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB, UK

+44 (0) 115 951 5247
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