BSc Accounting and Finance (Dubai)

with Integrated Foundation Year

Start date
January and September 2022
4 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours

September 2022 entry

The foundation year of your programme is AED 101,516 for September 2022. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 109,145 per year of study which can be paid in instalments.

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Studying Accounting and Finance at the University of Birmingham Dubai provides the basis for sound decision-making in business. As the world recovers from a global pandemic, this has never been more important.

BSc Accounting and Finance is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education

Accounting and Finance plays a vital role in any business. Studying at the University of Birmingham Dubai, you will receive the practical grounding required to start your career in this exciting industry along with a wider appreciation of business within a global, legal and social environment that can be applied in a range of different contexts.

Why study this course?

Accounting and finance is a universal language that crosses borders. Our globally respected programme teaches you the roles and responsibilities that apply in whichever country you choose to practise in. Our programmes are aligned with professional accounting bodies across the globe and you will benefit from six exemptions including ACCA, CIMA and CPA Australia. 

  • Our student-staff ratio is small, so you will get to know your tutor personally and will be able to tailor your study to your personal needs
  • Benefit from collaboration with the UK campus and access highly qualified lecturers, who will share their international experience to offer you an enriched education
  • You can take an international exchange period in your second year at a number of partner institutions across the world
  • We have a tried and tested relationship with all the major professional bodies and offer six exemptions, including ACCA, CPA Australia, CIMA, ICAEW and CIPFA
  • Modules are based on the respected UK programme but tailored to the requirements of Dubai

Your programme of study

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, the Integrated Accounting and Finance foundation course is the equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system. We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate BSc Accounting and Finance course, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai.

Successful completion of the Integrated Foundation course will also guarantee you progression onto the BSc Accounting and Finance. You will need at least 100 credits at an average of at least 60%, with at least 60% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 65% in Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics.

The BSc Accounting and Finance programme

As part of your first year of study on our Accounting and Finance course, you will complete 6 core modules. During the second year you will focus on employability through a range of department organised events designed to help you secure a graduate position at the end of your degree. The modules you take in the third year are designed to raise your knowledge to a managerial level, equipping you with the tools you need to be successful at a senior level within the accounting and finance sector.


ACCA accredited programmeThe University of Birmingham's Accounting and Finance Programmes on the home campus are accredited by ACCA and CPA Australia.  

Students who graduate form the Accounting and Finance degree will be eligible for exemptions from these accrediting professional bodies and will also be eligible for exemptions from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) professional exams, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). Each body has their own assessment process but currently students taking the required modules can gain up to six (6) exceptions from their professional exams. As the Dubai programme is directly comparable to the home programmes we expect students to gain the same exemptions. 

Not only did my course prove to be flexible, but it covered a wide range of topics which will help to shape my career after graduation. I would recommend Birmingham Business School to anyone intending to study a related degree because the broad scope of knowledge which is gained in a small amount of time is rather impressive compared to other Institutions offering the same discipline

Nooresahah Hussain, Final Year, BSc Accounting and Finance


All modules listed for this course are compulsory. 

Foundation year

  • Academic English and study skills or Advanced Academic English and study skills or Advanced Academic Skills
  • Business and the Market
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics
  • Introduction to Psychology 1 

Like all UAE Ministry of Education Higher Education Institutions we run the below listed compulsory modules. These modules are designed to support talented graduates in the region, with the skills to aid and further employability. 

  • History Culture Society and Economy of the UAE
  • Arabic Language 1

Please note these modules must be completed and passed, in addition to your core programme modules, during the course of your degree.  For further information on these modules please contacts us on

Year one

Year two

Year three

Optional Modules

Choose two modules from the below list:

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2022. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.


September 2022 Entry

The foundation year of your programme is AED 101,516 for September 2022. Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 109,145 per year of study which can be paid in instalments.


We have a number of scholarships available.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

International Requirements

Typical offer:


Students studying the WAEC or NECO would be required to study a four year integrated foundation and degree programme.   

  • WAEC Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with at least 5 subjects at grade B3, to include grade B3 in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.
  • NECO Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) can also be accepted with at least 5 subjects at grade B3 or the joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) with 300+ points and at least 5 subjects at grade C4 to include grade B in Maths for our EPS pathway.

Middle East (Thaneweya)

Applicants to the Foundation pathway will require an average of 85% in the Thanawiyan (Secondary School Leaving Certificate), to include 85% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.


The University will consider students with a Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC) (also called Intermediate Certificate), with at least grade B or 70%, to include grade B or 70% in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

American System

High School Graduation Diploma with 'good'/grade B/GPA 3.0 average, to include grade B in Mathematics for our Engineering and Physical Sciences pathway.

You will benefit from flexible teaching methods – our small cohort means our lecturers don’t just talk at you, you will be engaged in conversations via small group seminars and practical workshops.  

We have a thriving Accounting and Finance Society that you are automatically enrolled on, so from day one, you are a valued member of our supportive community.

Contact hours

Modules will be taught in blocks over 30 hours per week. The remainder of the working week consists of self-guided study based on degree programme content and requirements of specific modules.

How you'll be assessed

Your progress is assessed through coursework and exams. Coursework takes a variety of forms, including reports, essays, group presentations, class essays and computer assignments. You must achieve satisfactory results to proceed to the next year. Your final degree is based on marks gained in the second and third years and credits which you build up throughout the whole programme.

We pride ourselves on our graduates high levels of employability and will help you to plan, manage and achieve your career goals, giving you the competitive edge when it’s time to start job hunting.

Our degrees are highly regarded by employers and our graduates are very successful in the job market. In most cases, our graduates go into roles related to their degrees, such as trainee accountancy in professional practice, industry or the public sector, tax consultancy or banking.

Your Birmingham Degree

You get the same globally respected qualification as offered on the UK campus without having to leave Dubai. There is no distinction, so you have the same opportunities as our UK-based graduates.

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Employers target Birmingham students for their drive, diversity, communication and problem-solving skills, their team-working abilities and cultural awareness, and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends.