Studying for a UK degree in the UAE


You’ll find many great opportunities to study for a UK degree in the UAE. So if you have caring, job or family commitments that prevent you from travelling to the United Kingdom, you can still gain your dream qualification. 

These Transnational Education (or TNE) courses are designed, delivered, and quality-assured to the UK’s own rigorous standards and each leads to a UK degree.

They can provide a pathway to the United Kingdom at a later date, either to continue your studies or to work, and you’re sure to benefit from their strong links with both UK and international business (just one of the reasons that graduates with UK degrees are among the most employable in the world). You may also find that studying for a UK TNE degree in the UAE is more affordable than studying in the UK itself.


You can apply to study for a UK-awarded TNE programme in the UAE if you hold a High School Leavers Certificate (or equivalent).  

In addition, you must have evidence of English language proficiency, such as an IELTS certificate.

There may also be additional requirements, depending on the course you choose. So we always advise you to check with the UK university that will be awarding your degree, and with the partner institution in the UAE where you will be studying.

Which degree should I choose?

A wide range of full time, UK-accredited degrees are on offer in the UAE, and you’re certain to find a course that’s right for you. 

Every year, graduates in the UAE complete Masters degrees, Doctorates and Bachelor’s degrees in subjects ranging from Law to medicine to the arts. And each is awarded their prestigious degree from a UK university.

How will my degree be awarded?

There are two ways that your UK-accredited degree may be awarded in the UAE.

Articulation agreements 

Many higher education institutions in the UAE have partnerships with specific UK universities. This means that the UK university will recognise the credits that you have studied for in the UAE. Furthermore, if your results meet the required threshold, and if you choose to do so, you may be able to transfer to the UK university to continue your studies. 

What degree am I awarded?

Depending on the agreement between the higher education institution (HEI) and the UK universities, upon successful completion of your studies you may be awarded:

  1. A dual/joint award from both the UAE university and the UK university
  2. A degree from just the UK university

UK Branch Campus

Eight UK universities have established branch campuses in the UAE:

These UK branch campuses award their own degree (undergraduate and postgraduate), diploma and foundation studies qualifications. Depending on the university and your course of study there may also be opportunities to study for semesters abroad, either at the home campus in the UK or at other partner universities.

What degree am I awarded?

Upon successful completion of your studies, you will be awarded the same qualifications as these universities’ students in the UK.  

To find out more about your options with these universities in the UAE, we advise that you contact these universities via their main UK campus.

Studying online

Depending on your work and home commitments, you may choose to study for your degree online. 

There are a number of these programs available in the UAE which offer the same high standards of UK teaching and the same prestigious qualifications, while allowing for a greater amount of flexibility and schedules that better suit your needs.

To find out about these online degrees, we advise that you directly contact individual institutions in the UK. You can find a comprehensive list on the UK government website.  

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