Application Guidance Notes Dubai

Before continuing with your application please read the following guidance carefully

Your application is specifically designed for the programme you have applied for via course finder. It is sensitive to the answers you provide as you proceed through the application. Some sections may not be relevant to your application.

You do not have to complete your application in one session. You will be sent an email containing a secure link to enable you to complete your application at a future date should you so choose.

You will be able to save your application at any point in the process and return to it when you are ready to continue.

Please note that your application will not be processed until all the relevant sections have been completed and your application has been submitted.

Upon submitting your application you will be given the opportunity to upload scanned documents in support of your application. 

You may want to consider the supporting documentation that you will need to upload at the end of the application process before reaching that point. See Upload Documents Screen

Please note that a decision on your application may be delayed if the relevant supporting documents are not received.

The following information will usually be needed before a decision can be made on your application:

  • One academic reference (unless your chosen programme requires two);
  • Academic transcripts (interim* transcripts) and certificates for all relevant academic qualifications;
  • English language test certificate (if appropriate);
  • GCSE or equivalent certificates (if applying for PGCE).

*A transcript of your progress within the qualification and achievement to date.

You may also be required to submit further documents. This will depend on whether you indicate on your application that you will be uploading a document in support of your application. If you indicate that you will be uploading a document during the application process, the document will become a mandatory part of your application.

A copy of your completed application will be available to you for your future reference.

It is your responsibility to ensure that the information you provide is accurate and complete, and does not contain false or misleading information. It is also your responsibility to provide additional information when requested to do so. The University will check your academic history, qualifications, references, personal statements, and anything else provided as part of your application for accuracy.

Completing the application form

The application form is divided into the following pages. Each page is listed below with an indication of the information you will be asked to provide:

Please note that the fields that have an asterisk (*) must be completed. Please do not use commas in the text fields.

New User Details


*Forenames (first name/given name(s))

*Surname/family name


*Date of Birth (dd/mm/yyyy)

*Email address (this is your username).

Please provide us with an active personal email account that will be valid for the duration of the application process. This is to ensure our communications reach you. Should your email change after you submit your application, please update your details in the applicant portal and email us at with the details. Changing your email address without informing us will impact on your user experience with this system.

*Confirm e-mail Address

*Password (choose a password containing a combination of numbers and letters with a minimum of at least 8 characters and no more than 32).

*Confirm password

- Proceed
- Confirm your user details
- Proceed (to start your application)

Personal Details and contact information

*Personal details will automatically appear based on the details already provided.

For international applicants your name should be as it appears on your passport. Please amend/update your name if appropriate.

*University ID number (if you have applied to the University of Birmingham before or are a current student or member of staff).

*Permanent home address. All applicants must provide a home address and this is the address we will use to contact you unless you have specified a correspondence/temporary address.

*Are applying via a University of Birmingham Overseas Representative?

  • No - Please click here if your Correspondence Address is the same as your Home Address - if it is the same the correspondence address will be populated with the same address details.
  • Yes - Please select your overseas representative from the drop-down list that will appear.

In selecting your overseas representative you will not need to provide any further correspondence details as we already hold your representatives details.

*Correspondence/Temporary address. Please state the dates you will be living at your temporary address.


  • UAE National

*If you have dual nationality please enter your second nationality

*Country of birth

*Country of permanent residence

*Do you require a Student Residence Visa to study in the UAE? 

  • No 
  • Yes

*Please confirm that you intend to upload a copy of your passport personal details page at the end of this application form. 

Please upload a copy of your passport personal details page before the end of your application in the document upload section.


This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and does not form part of the selection process. We are collecting this data to ensure support needs are identified. If you have any support requirements, please indicate these at this stage.


This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and does not form part of the selection process. We are collecting this data for equal opportunities monitoring.

Education/Qualifications already held/to be obtained

*Country of university/college/institution/school

Select country from dropdown list

*Name of university/college/institution/school

Type in name of institution
(dropdown list is specific to University/College)

*Dates of attendance

From m/yyyy To expected end date m/yyyy

*Full or Part Time

*Programme of Study

E.g. International Baccalaureat Diploma, SATs/APs, Secondary School Leaving Certificate, A Level's or equivalent, Degree (whichever qualification is relevant to the level of course you are applying for).

*Subject(s) e.g. Maths;English;Physics;Geography etc 

*Classification/Score/Grade/GPA - achieved or predicted

Add another qualification?

You can add up to eight qualifications (as appropriate)

Please record details of each qualification including those currently being studied. You should include all studies whether they were completed or incomplete. This information will be used to assess your application for suitability to the programme. 

Please note: You will be required to upload academic transcript(s) for all prior academic studies at the end of the application form.


  • If you have studied/are studying outside the UK, you will have the opportunity to upload certified copies of your academic certificates and transcripts to date as part of the application process. If these are in a language other than English please scan and upload official certified translations as well as copies of the original documents. These documents should have an original certification stamp, certified by a notary, an organisation such as the British Council, your university, or by a Birmingham local representative in your country;

  • If you are currently studying or have recently studied in the UK and your institution provides a transcript(s), you may scan a copy as part of the application process, Please ask your institution or academic referee to certify them as a true copy (copies) before uploading the documents;

*Professional or other qualifications 

You can add up to four qualifications studied outside of university/college/institution/school (or eight if relevant to the application). 

*English Language proficiency

If English is not your first language (native language) please provide information on your English Language Qualifications taken or to be taken. Select ‘other’ if you have studied at a UK institution - and provide details

You will have the option to upload a copy of your English Language qualification (test certificate) as part of the application process.

Read more about the University of Birmingham's English language requirements.

Work experience (if relevant to application)

+Details of any relevant employment history

Personal Statement (maximum 5000 characters)

Provide a brief statement describing why you are interested in applying for this programme of study. You will have the option to upload a copy of your personal statement as part of the application process.

Additional Information


It is important that you have sufficient funds to pay for your tuition fees and living expenses during your period of study. Please give as much information as possible about your known or anticipated funding arrangements. 

*How will you pay your fees? (please tick all that apply)

If you're studies are being funded by someone other than personal or family funds, please indicate whether it is through sponsorship/scholarship and provide us with the relevant sponsor/scholarship details as requested on the application form. The following questions may appear depending based on the selected funding choice:

*Has this funding already been obtained?

  • No 
  • Yes

*Have you applied for this funding?

  • No 
  • Yes

*Further Study (Foundation programmes only)

*Upon successful completion of the Foundation programme which programme do you intend to study?

Bachelor's Degree with Integrated Foundation Year (Engineering and Physical Sciences)  (Dubai)

  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (Dubai) or BSc Computer Science (Dubai)

Bachelor's Degree with Integrated Foundation Year (Social Sciences Business and Law Pathway) (Dubai)

  • BSc Economics (Dubai) or BSc Business Management (Dubai)

+How did you find out about us? 

We would like to know the sources of information that you used to find out about us. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application and will only be used for marketing purposes.


We are asking you to provide one academic references (or two if applicable to the programme you have applied for). Contact details should include an academic or professional (official) email address and details of where the referee can be contacted in a professional capacity.

*Referee One

*Referee Two (if applicable to the course applied for)

Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that references are provided. References from family members are not acceptable.

Your referee(s) will be contacted automatically by email and will be asked to provide a reference. Alternatively, you have the option to upload a reference from your referee. If you are uploading a reference on behalf of your referee, ensure the reference is a scanned copy of the original and that it is on headed paper.

Please note that the University of Birmingham reserves the right to contact the referee independently.


*Criminal convictions


*Proceed & Upload Documents

Before you submit your application please go back through each tab and check that all the details have been added correctly.

Once you click on the Proceed & Upload Documents button you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of this applications process. You will now be taken to the upload document screen.

Terms and conditions

By submitting this application you:

  • Agree to the University processing personal data contained in this form or other data which the University may obtain from you or other sources;
  • Agree to the University approaching your previous institution(s) to request verification of the qualification(s) stated in your application;
  • Agree to the processing of such data for any purpose connected with your studies or your health, welfare and safety, or for any other legitimate reason;
  • Agree to the University sharing your personal information with appointed education agents;
  • Confirm that the information given in this application is correct and complete, to the best of your knowledge.

Upload Documents Screen

You will need to provide us with specified documents in support of your application. We accept electronic copies of documents in most formats including the following: .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .txt, .jpg, .xls, .gif, .zip. You are able to upload one file for each specified document, and each document must be no larger than 2mb or 5mb for your transcript and research proposal. If you have a document larger that 2mb we advise either using compression software to produce a .zip file, or separating the large file into smaller files and uploading these as unspecified documents. Please note that you are only able to upload 2 unspecified documents per application. Please do not upload RAR files.

One document should be uploaded per requirement; please do not upload all required documents merged into one document.

The documents requested will vary depending on the programme applied for and the responses you make in your application but can include:

Transcripts certified copy of your academic record. Please ensure both sides of your certified transcript are uploaded. If you are currently a student then please provide a copy of your academic progress and achievement to date.

Translation of transcript if your transcript is not in English.

Certificate(s) can be uploaded as a document in support of your application. If your certificate is not available, i.e. if you have not yet completed your academic qualification, we will be able to consider your application on a conditional basis and you will have the opportunity to upload the certificate once it is available.

Translation of certificate (if your certificate is not in English)

English Language Certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, GCSE etc)

Personal Statement (if appropriate)

First Reference (if appropriate)

Second Reference (if appropriate)

Copy of passport identification page (if appropriate)

Evidence of Immigration status (if appropriate)

Curriculum Vitae (CV) (if requested)

Sample of written work (if requested)

You are asked to provide one or two references in support of your application. You can either upload the reference(s) using the upload documents section of the application or we can contact your referees on your behalf using the email details you have provided us with. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that the references are provided.

In addition you can upload up to two additional documents that are relevant to your application and not specified above.

Please note: if you receive an offer from the university you will need to supply us with the original or certified hard copy of your academic qualification(s)*.

If you are unable to upload electronic copies, please contact the admissions office for advice. Email


  • Click on the Upload button;
  • Browse and Select Document then;
  • Click on Upload button again to upload document
  • The button will change to Amend and you will be able to 'View document'

All Mandatory documents (those documents which have a tick) must be uploaded at this point of the application before you can Complete Application Process. You will have the choice to Save and Return Later.

After you have completed and submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to return to your portal page, track and review your application and upload any additional documents.

The University of Birmingham reserves the right to request original documentation at any point in the admissions process. Failure to provide original (or attested copies of) documentation confirming all the information you have provided in your application may result in the withdrawal or any offer of a place at the University of Birmingham.

Data Protection

The University of Birmingham holds information about everyone who applies to the University and everyone who studies here. We use the information from your application form to administer your application and to compile statistics that may be published or passed to government bodies such as the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

If your application is successful we will also use the information to administer your studies, to monitor your performance and attendance, and to provide you with support.