BSc Economics (Dubai)

Start date
September 2023
3 years
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours

The tuition fee for 2023 is AED 109,145 per year of study which can be paid for in instalments.

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%.

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

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. 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.


We charge an annual tuition fee which is set at AED 109,145 per year of study for 2023 entry.


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 A*AA-ABB. (A*AA without A level Mathematics and ABB with A level Mathematics). GCSE Mathematics at grade 7/A required. 
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. 


Please view the Middle East section on the international country page for further information on entry requirements. 


  • A*AA = 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 85% West Bengal or 95% Other State boards
  • AAA = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards

Please view our India page for further information on entry requirements.


  • The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Requirements for each of these qualifications is listed above.

Please view our Pakistan page for further information on entry requirements. 

American System

Either a total of 3 distinct subject tests from APs and/or SAT subject tests or one year at a Community College or USA University.

Other entry requirements can be found on our international students pages.

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.