Scholarships for Nigerians to Study for a UK Masters Degree; Commonwealth Distance Learning Programme
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships offer the opportunity to study for a UK Master’s degree while living and working in your home country.
The scheme was established in 2002, as part of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission’s (CSC) and the Department for International Development’s (DFID) commitment to exploring new methods of scholarship delivery. To date, nearly 1,000 Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships have been awarded.
Rather than offering these scholarships directly to students, the CSC works with UK universities to identify appropriate courses and recruit candidates.
Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships are being offered in 2013 for the following Master’s courses. Full details of these courses and the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution.
- Bangor University – MSc Tropical Forestry
- Cardiff University – MSc Clinical Optometry
- Cardiff University – MSc Palliative Medicine/Care
- Institute of Education, University of London – MA Education and International Development
- Leeds Metropolitan University – MSc Public Health – Health Promotion
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – MSc Clinical Trials
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – MSc Epidemiology
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – MSc Global Health Policy
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – MSc Infectious Diseases
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – MSc Public Health
- London South Bank University – MSc Education for Sustainability
- Open University – MSc Development Management
- Royal Veterinary College, University of London – MSc Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
- School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London – MSc Poverty Reduction: Policy and Practice
- University of Bath – MSc International Construction Management
- University of Dundee – MN Master of Nursing
- University of Edinburgh – MSc Biodiversity, Wildlife and Ecosystem Health
- University of Edinburgh – MSc Global Health and Infectious Diseases
- University of Edinburgh – MSc Global Health and Non-Communicable Diseases
- University of Edinburgh – MSc International Animal Health
- University of Liverpool – MPH Master of Public Health
- University of Nottingham – MA Education
- University of Oxford – MSt International Human Rights Law
- University of Southampton – MSc Gerontology
- University of York – MPA Master of Public Administration – International Development
To be eligible for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship, candidates should:
- be Commonwealth citizens of a developing Commonwealth country (Nigeria included), refugees or British protected persons
- be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- normally hold a first degree of upper second-class standard, or higher qualification. In certain cases, we will consider a lower qualification and sufficient relevant experience
The CSC may require candidates to undertake the academic IELTS English language test as a condition of eligibility. Candidates should check with the UK institution/provider whether this requirement applies to them. It is the candidate’s responsibility to note that an IELTS test will only be considered valid if taken after 1 September 2012 for those candidates wishing to start their studies from September 2013 onwards. Candidates will be asked to provide evidence that they have achieved a minimum overall score of 6.5 on the IELTS scale.
The deadline for applications is 23:59 GMT on 17 May 2013.
Procedure for Application
Full details of the application process must be obtained from the relevant institution. The CSC expects all candidates being considered for a Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship to have completed an application form using our Electronic Application System (EAS). Full help on how to apply using the EAS is provided in our guides, which should be read in full before making any attempt to use the EAS.