BSc Economics (Dubai)

Start date
September 2024
3 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours

For 2024-2025 entry
AED 114,602 per year of study.
Can be paid for in instalments.

Scholarships are available

Economics at the University of Birmingham Dubai teaches you the science behind decision-making and managing resources. This is fundamental to succeed in the current competitive global business market.

This programme is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education

Economics is the science behind how people and society make difficult choices and manage resources. Studying at the University of Birmingham Dubai, you will receive a practical economic education, drawing on examples of how people, businesses and governments in Dubai and the wider region make sound decisions to manage scarcity.   

Why study this course?

Dubai is a vibrant economic hub, so studying here means you get the best of both worlds – you will study a broad-based degree that will open up many career opportunities without having to leave the country.

Mentoring is a feature of the economic community and at Dubai, our small cohort means you have access to experts in a diverse range of fields of study in economics personally aligned to your individual aspirations.

  • You will be taught by economic experts in a research-active learning environment rated Gold standard by TEF
  • You will gain the same globally respected qualification from Triple-Crown accredited Birmingham Business School as offered on the UK campus without leaving Dubai
  • You have access to global career opportunities and ministry accreditation also opens up exciting prospects in this booming UAE region, as you will be eligible for sponsored government-level jobs in the expanding economic sector
  • Economics is a broad-based subject and you will be taught to be an independent thinker, opening up varied career opportunities not limited to business – our graduates have gone on to work as NGOs in developing countries, the UN and the World Bank

Economics is the course most suited for pursuing a career in Finance and every module has helped prepare me in one way or another. Whether it be microeconomic theory in relation to how firms and industries operate to Excel and computer skills I developed across the three years.

Jordan O'Donoghue, Economics Student


All modules listed for this course are compulsory and worth 20 credits.

First year

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

  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Sustainability (EIS)
  • Arabic Language 1

Find out more about EIS and Arabic modules

Please note these modules must be completed and passed, in addition to your core programme modules below, during the course of your degree. 

Second Year

Third Year

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. 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.


Fee for 2024 - 2025 entry

AED 114,602 per year of study.


We have a number of scholarships available. 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:


3 A Levels. Typical offer AAA-ABB. GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A required if you are not taking Mathematics or Further Mathematics at A Level (or equivalent).

General Studies not accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

7,6,6 at Higher Level to include 6 in Mathematics with a minimum of 32 points overall. 

Specific country requirements

Entry requirements for specific countries

English Language Requirements

Undergraduate English language requirements

The University of Birmingham Dubai offers access to a self-contained campus that mirrors the UK experience. You will benefit from state-of-the-art galleries, big classrooms and open learning spaces. Our new campus is fully integrated with our UK campus for enhanced learning opportunities such as live-streamed and pre-recorded lectures, providing you with the best of both worlds. Our small teaching cohort also means that you will be part of a friendly and welcoming 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 will be assessed

Your modules will be assessed using a combination of coursework, exams and tests, the mix of which will be dependent upon the modules you choose.

Economics is a diverse subject that will expose you to a wide range of opportunities and careers. We will teach you to be independent thinkers and some of our graduates have gone on to launch their own businesses or work as NGOs or with the UN in developing countries.

Our careers officer will work with you continuously to make sure you have the right skills to succeed in the competitive job market, and you’ll have access to events covering CV writing, interview preparation and summer internships, where you spend two to three weeks working on a project in industry.  

A BSc economics degree means you are provided with the skills required for a very wide range of careers. These skills are useful in the financial sector, general commerce, public sector, journalism and education to name but a few. Many employers will value the training that an Economics degree provides. The University of Birmingham is known to produce high quality graduates, therefore students are in high demand when they have completed their study on our BSc economics course.