Psychology BSc (Dubai)

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

The annual tuition fee for 2024 is AED 126,309 per year of study.

Scholarships available for all students up to 40%

Our three-year Psychology BSc in Dubai covers the full breadth of the field of psychology and its research methods. Gaining a grounding in all aspects of psychology is an important foundation allowing graduates to pursue a diverse range of career paths to specialise in.

BSc Psychology is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education
The University of Birmingham is home to one of the largest and most active psychology schools in the UK. Ranking among the top 100 in the world for Psychology (QS World Rankings, 2023), we are renowned for the cutting-edge research that improves people's lives on a personal, social, and political level, as well as the knowledge and skills we instill in our graduates.

Psychology plays a significant part in modern day life, including corporate organisations, law enforcement, public healthcare and educational institutions. We offer a Psychology curriculum that covers the breadth of contemporary psychological theory and practice, from child development to psychopharmacology, from social psychology to human neuroscience. 

Psychology is traditionally defined as the study of mind and behaviour, but this simple description doesn’t truly capture the tremendous variety of phenomena that you will study or the skills you will learn as a psychologist.

The behaviours that you will study range from simple acts like feeding, to relatively more complex skills such as language and social interactions. In studying the mind, our programme deals with a very wide range of abilities and processes, such as seeing, hearing, feeling and remembering and how these processes act in concert making humans conscious and intelligent.

More recently, psychology has become more integrated with the neurosciences, and our programme mines what we know about how the brain and nervous system underlie our thoughts and behaviours, for example, by determining which brain areas and networks deal with particular mental functions, and how individual nerve cells work and communicate with each other.

The degree programme is structured on a modular basis. In the first and second years, you will take a range of modules covering psychology, research methods and subject-related skills. In your final year, you will be offered a range of specialist modules bringing you to the forefront of the field in some carefully selected areas of psychology.

Years 1 – 3

Our Psychology degree is structured so that you follow a common programme in all of the areas that make up the core of contemporary psychology. In addition, in the third year you are offered a range of specialist modules which will allow you to focus on the forefront of the discipline in some selected areas.

First and second years

In your first two years you will study the core theories and methods of psychology, covering child development, learning, cognitive psychology, perception, personality, social psychology, and brain and behaviour. You will also learn how to design experiments and collect and analyse data. 

Third year

Year 3 is designed to allow in-depth coverage of a more limited range of topics. You will also engage in the research process in a more extensive and in-depth manner, which may include an independent Research Project.

What attracted me the most was that when I looked at the modules, there were many different areas of psychology offered. This has exposed me to new things and indirectly helps me to choose an area in which to specialise in the future.

Ku Nurul Izzah Ku Seman, BSc Psychology

Why study this course?

  • University of Birmingham is ranked in the top 100 for Psychology (QS World University 2023 rankings by subject) and 23rd in the UK of 118 universities (Complete University Guide 2024)
  • The world-leading research we do feeds directly into our undergraduate programmes, which means you will be learning from academics who are experts in their fields.
  • The University of Birmingham is the first of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group universities to open a campus in Dubai
  • The University of Birmingham Dubai is accredited by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education and approved by KHDA (Knowledge and Human Development Authority)


Year One

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. 

  • Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Sustainability (EIS)
  • 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.

Find out more about EIS and Arabic modules

Year Two

Final Year

  • Research Project
  • Crime and Anti-social Behaviour: Theory, Research and Practice
  • Contemporary issues in Social Psychology: Media, Body Image, and Prejudice
  • Psychological therapies: CBT and beyond
  • Brain Health Across the Lifespan

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 2024. 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 annual tuition fee for 2022 is AED 126,309 per year of study which can be paid for in instalments.


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.

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Typical offer:

Our typical entry requirement ranges from AAA-ABB (A-Levels).

International Baccalaureate: 6,6,6 - 6,5,5 (IB (from 3 HL subjects))

85 - 75% CBSE

Undergraduate English language requirements

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International Students

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.

We use a range of teaching methods to help you become an independent and self-motivated learner. You will have access to a comprehensive academic support system that will assist and encourage you, including a welfare tutor who can provide guidance on all academic and non-academic needs.

Your learning will take place in a range of settings, from scheduled teaching in seminars, lectures and small group tutorials, to peer group learning where you may be asked to prepare and deliver a presentation with your classmates.

Psychology is a broad discipline and you will develop a range of transferable analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills. Our graduates are very successfully working in a range of sectors both in the UK and overseas. They are highly regarded and successful in finding careers both within psychology/neuroscience and in the wider professional, commercial and industrial world.

We are ranked 1st in the Russell Group for graduate prospects - Complete University Guide 2019

Your Birmingham degree is evidence of your ability to succeed in a demanding academic environment. Global 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 climbed at a rate well above national trends.

What do Psychology graduates do?

As a Psychology graduate you may enter a career in which your knowledge of psychology is a useful foundation, including but not limited to: business management, journalism, human resource management, teaching, marketing and market research, social work or government. You may wish to pursue a career in a psychology profession such as clinical, forensic or educational psychology. Many graduates go on to further study (Masters and PhD) either at Birmingham or at other universities across the globe.

96.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study within six months of graduating - 2016/17 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey.


“The course provided a wide range of research and analytical skills that I was able to apply to a range of professional jobs”

Gagandeep - BSc Psychology