The University of Birmingham Dubai has been granted Initial Institutional Licensure by the UAE’s Ministry of Education through the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), recognising the quality of our educational experience, which stretches and challenges students to achieve their highest potential.
The University is proud to continue to support the UAE as it continues to strengthen our knowledge-based economy, underpinned by a higher education system where students are assured that their qualifications are of a high standard and recognised across the globe.
The University of Birmingham Dubai, located in the Emirate of Dubai, is officially Licensed from 30th September 2019 to 9th September 2026 by the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates to award degrees/qualifications in higher education.
What does this mean for you?
Study a Three-year degree
We are currently the only university licensed by the Ministry of Education in the UAE to offer a UK 3-year undergraduate degree programme for direct entry to suitably qualified students. So you can upgrade your skills and change your world sooner!
Working in government
Our degree certificates can be attested by the Ministry of Education which enables our graduates to take up the offer of governmental employment across the Gulf region.
Our entry requirements
Our entry requirements are set at the same level as we set for our UK campus. Applicants and students can be assured of the highest standard and academic rigour.
Our Ministry of Education licensure applies to all University of Birmingham Dubai students; past and present!
Frequently asked questions
What about programme accreditations?
Following our Initial Institutional Licensure the Programme Accreditations will follow, to ensure that all of the programmes we offer in Dubai are individually accredited by the CAA.
Once the Initial Programme Accreditations achieve approval you will be able to seek formal attestation by the UAE Federal Government of your qualification upon graduation. This is something that we know you will find of tremendous value in seeking employment following your degree.
Individual Programme Accreditations through the Ministry of Education will be communicated as soon as they are granted by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA).
I'm a University of Birmingham Dubai alumni, does this apply to me?
Yes! Our licensure and programme accreditations, once granted, will be applied to all of our existing academic programmes in Dubai and that status will also apply to the qualifications achieved by all students who have already graduated from the University of Birmingham Dubai.
Will you still be licensed by the KHDA?
As an institution, we have chosen to base ourselves in the Emirate of Dubai. We will continue to be licensed to operate in Dubai by the Dubai Government through the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA).
The KHDA are still responsible for our Higher Education Permit to operate in Dubai, in line with their custodianship of the quality of Higher Education for the Emirate of Dubai. KHDA will continue to assess the initial approval of all of our programmes to ensure they are of quality and have real value and relevance to students in Dubai.
The KHDA continue to be an incredibly important partner in developing our contribution to Higher Education in Dubai, demonstrated by our long-term commitment to Dubai with the building of our new campus which is currently under construction and planned to open in September 2021.
Professor Glyn Watson
University of Birmingham Dubai Provost
“We are honoured to be awarded ‘High Confidence’ by the CAA - a strong endorsement of the University of Birmingham Dubai that further underlines the quality and status of our education programmes. This recognition from the Ministry of Education signals to prospective students and their families that we represent the best route to a first-class education from an elite British university that will see them graduate as high-achieving and employable problem solvers.”
Following the breaking of ground on our iconic new campus, the accreditation is a further important milestone in our journey to establish ourselves as a key part of the emerging global education hub that is Dubai.
“We are a global university with a civic outlook committed to contributing to UAE society through partnership in education and areas of research strength that support the National Agenda and Vision 2021.
The University of Birmingham Dubai is proud to support the UAE, as it strives to build a knowledge-based economy underpinned by a higher education system where students are assured that their qualifications are of a high standard and recognised across borders.” added Professor Watson, University of Birmingham Dubai Provost.