BSc Business Management (Dubai)

with Integrated Foundation Year

Start date
September 2019
4 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Foundation, Single Honours

The foundation year of your programme is AED 82,030.

Following successful completion of your foundation year the annual tuition fee is AED 94,808 per year of study which can be paid in instalments.

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The BSc Business Management with foundation course at our Duabi campus equips you with the expertise needed to lead, change and understand business and management on both a national and global scale.

Why study this course?

Our Business Management course with foundation year aims to develop the intellectual, analytical and communication skills of students by providing them with a breadth of knowledge of business management, together with the transferable skills (for example in group and team working) that are necessary to apply this knowledge in new and challenging contexts.

Given the fact that business is conducted today in a global environment and that it is necessary to be able to interact with other markets and cultures, an international underpinning is to be found in most modules. In addition, an appreciation of other contemporary issues such as digital marketing, international entrepreneurship and management strategy is provided throughout the course, which will also endeavor to impart a sense of corporate social responsibility.

Foundation year

Designed for international students who require a preparatory year prior to undergraduate study, the foundation course is equivalent in learning to year 13 of the UK education system.

Successful completion of year 1 of the foundation course will also guarantee you progression onto the Business Management BSc (Hons) programme. *You will need at least 100 credits, an average of at least 60%, at least 60% in Academic English and Study Skills and at least 65% in Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics.

We will ensure you're fully prepared for your undergraduate programme, immersing you in the university environment and giving you dedicated support in your first year in Dubai, on our business management foundation course.

Year one

Year one introduces the key themes of the Business Management course. e.g. marketing, organisational behaviour, accounting and finance. Students are given a thorough grounding in the subject areas that they continue in later years. The modules studied will mirror the UK programme.

Year two

In year two of the Business Management programme we adopt a generalist approach although modules begin to become more focused and specialised; students must take at least 10 credits from each key themes. The modules on the course mirror those modules already offered in the UK based programme. The modules have been chosen as the most appropriate modules for the coherence of the programme, and the most suitable for the Dubai market.

Year three

Year three of our Business Management course features modules that are increasingly focused. The year is underpinned by a compulsory dissertation which allows the student to investigate in-depth an area of personal interest.

As a student that had never even studied business, having such a diverse curriculum has meant that I have experienced a range of business activities and processes which have now given my future a clear vision and pathway. I believe that by not limiting yourself to one discipline of business you will become a well-rounded individual, which will also help massively when you come to find a graduate job.

James Ellis, Business Management student


All modules listed for this course are compulsory. 

Foundation year

Core modules

  • Business and the market (20 credits)
  • Quantitative Methods for Business and the Market (20 credits)
  • Academic English & Study Skills (40 credits)

Optional modules (Choose two from)

  • Law (20 credits)
  • Psychology (‘social’) (20 credits)
  • Biology (20 credits)

First year

All modules listed below are compulsory.

  • Economics for Business (20 credits)
  • Personal, Professional and Academic Development (PPAD) (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Marketing and Communication (20 credits)
  • Managing Financial Resources (20 credits)
  • Managing Operations and Projects (20 credits)
  • Organisations, Management and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)

Second year

All modules listed below are compulsory.

  • Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Responsible Business: Theory and Practice (20 credits)
  • Accounting, Management and Accountability (20 credits)
  • Human Resource Management (20 credits)
  • Intermediate Business Economics and the Macroeconomy (20 credits)
  • Services and Retail Strategy (20 credits)

Third year

All modules listed below are compulsory.

  • Business Strategies in Emerging Economies (20 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing (20 credits)
  • Crisis Management (20 credits)
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship (20 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)

Students who have taken work experience over the summer may choose the Professional Development module (20 credits) in place of one of the 4 taught modules above.

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 2019. 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.


The foundation year of your programme will be charged at AED 82,030 2019/20 entry.

Following successful completion of your foundation year we charge an annual tuition fee which is set at AED 94,080 per year of study.


We have a number of scholarships available for 2019 entry. Find out more.

How To Apply

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

Typical offer:

Foundation Pathway entry requirements


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.

Learning and teaching methods on our business management foundation course will take the form of lectures, classes, case study work, online assignments and quizzes, presentations and self-directed study.

All work on the business management foundation course will be assessed via exams, coursework, presentations and a dissertation.

As the University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015-16, Birmingham is the UK’s number one university for securing a graduate-level job.

Our business degrees have long been recognised by major employers across all sectors of the economy. Our students find employment in areas as diverse as retail management, financial services, accountancy, motor manufacturing, management consultancy and pharmaceuticals; some become self employed.

Joe Cainé“Studying the Business Management programme provided me with practical analytical and finance skills which have helped enormously when a significant part of my job is spent in Excel trying to get to grips with managing part of a large IT estate and delivering monthly business reviews for such a large service with a high turnover.”

Joe Cane, BSc Business Management, Service Delivery Manager, Fuijitsu

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