Why choose the University of Birmingham Dubai?

When you choose the University of Birmingham Dubai, you are choosing to study at an outstanding internationally focused university renowned for changing lives and transforming society. If that wasn't enough, here are 10 reasons why you should choose us. 

1. A globally recognised education

We are one of the Top 100 Global Universities, ranked 90th in the QS World University Rankings 2022, maintaining our position in the top 100 universities globally. The world ranking of any university is extremely important to understand the value of the learning experience and the value of the degree certificate in the global market. The QS university ranking system evaluates universities based on the key metrics of: academic reputation, research output, faculty-to-student ratio, and also the number of international students and faculty members.

2. World changing research – 10 Nobel Prize Winners


10 of our former staff and students have been awarded Nobel Prizes. From revealing the structure of DNA to developing new treatments for heart disease and cancer, the research and work of our Nobel Prize winners has made an impact worldwide. Our Birmingham Heroes continue to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges, from anti-biotic resistance, Zika and Ebola to cyber security and sustainable energy.

3. Delivering Research focused Teaching



We are a part of the prestigious Russell Group of universities, which includes the University of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial and University College London. Russell Group universities are research-led and considered academically excellent. The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), a major exercise which evaluates the quality and the broader impact of research in all universities in the UK, has concluded that the University of Birmingham is one of the best universities in the country for research.

4. Increasing your employability


As well as giving you an exceptional educational experience, you will also gain the skills and expertise that top employers are seeking in the current global market. The University of Birmingham is a global institution that commands a strong international reputation, because of this, many of our students embark on careers across the globe with multi-national employers and the university has been rated as the top 2 most targeted universities by leading employers (High Fliers 2020). As a student of the University of Birmingham Dubai, you will have access to our Expert Careers Advice Team and a wide range of services to help you take that next step towards employment. 

5. Student experience


We know that learning does not stop when you leave the lecture theatre. Studying at the University of Birmingham Dubai will be an enriching experience that takes in all aspects of life – social and cultural as well as educational. This holistic Student Experience includes our dedicated Student Wellbeing Officer and Students Association team who organise various fun social activities, competitions, cultural days and sports challenges. We also have a dedicated Students Association room on campus with pool tables, foosball tables, PlayStation, chill areas and lots of board games and books.


6. Dynamic Dubai


Dubai is a young and exciting city, known for its diversity, friendliness and dynamic economy. A global business hub with state-of-the-art infrastructure and technology, Dubai offers opportunities to experience different cultures like few other cities on Earth.

This globally connected city is rapidly becoming established as an international education hub, with nearly 30 international universities providing students from across the globe with the opportunity to pursue the highest quality study. Dubai has firmly established itself as a global leader in innovation. As a hyper-connected, pro-business hub between the East & the West, it provides many career options for talented graduates.

The 2019 Year of Tolerance celebrated the diversity of UAE residents and how a society of over 200 nationalities are able to live harmoniously within the UAE and embrace each other’s cultures.

7. Year Two at our Edgbaston Campus


Time spent overseas can be one of the most rewarding opportunities available to you during your undergraduate studies. It enriches the university experience and enhances your employment prospects. With a 250-acre campus at the heart of the UK, you can gain further international experience by electing to study your second year in Birmingham as part of your undergraduate degree programme (subject to academic attainment).


8. An oustanding new campus

Campus entrance


Uniquely designed in the shape of a crescent moon and inspired by the historic Aston Webb buildings in Birmingham, our bespoke new facility in Dubai visually fuses the history and stature of our Edgbaston campus with the heritage, tradition and beauty of Arabic culture and architecture.

Collaboration is at the heart of the campus design, reflecting real-world working practices. You will be able to take advantage of our exceptional working spaces to carry out research in interdisciplinary teams across all of our academic subjects; from Computer Science to Psychology, for a comprehensive learning experience.

The new campus has state-of-the-art facilities including a soundproof library, auditorium, large and small classrooms, fully equipped computer and engineering labs, green open spaces and a grand entrance to welcome you.


9. Outstanding Scholarships Options



Our scholarship options are designed to reward the academic excellence and these financial awards can be carried forward through the entire programme in foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. We also give our Dubai students the exceptional opportunity to use your acquired Dubai scholarship at our UK campus if you decide to study there in Year 2. 


10. We are Birmingham 


The University of Birmingham Dubai is not a franchise, branch or partner university, we ARE the University of Birmingham. We adhere to the exact teaching standards and values as our Birmingham campus. The Dubai campus was built to extend educational excellence and equal opportunities to students here in the Middle East and neighbouring countries. Our curriculum is the same as the UK campus and our academic staff are employed by the Schools and Colleges in Birmingham. Because of this, you will receive a University of Birmingham degree certificate and transcript when you graduate.

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11. Be a part of a global community



As a student of University of Birmingham Dubai, you will be a part of a network of more than 300,000 alumni across the world including UAE, India, Singapore and China. This thriving network gives you the opportunity to connect, learn and share experiences, knowledge and opportunities within and beyond this network.

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