University of Birmingham Dubai Virtual Q&A Session – May 2019

Find out more about what it is like to study at a global top 100 university.

Join our online Q&A session that gives you the opportunity to speak to our Programme Heads, Professors and Recruitment Specialists about our outstanding undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation programmes.

A full list of programmes available at our Dubai campus can be found here

Discover more about our scholarships on offer

View our frequently asked questions

Please note that during the chat session your question will not show up in the chat window until it has been answered. We will try to answer each question as soon as we can, however during busy periods this can take a little longer.

The live sessions will take place 1pm-2:30pm UK time (GMT)

Speaker profiles

  • Karen Brodie

    Lecturer for PGCE Primary Education

  • Sachin Dessai

    Programme Director, Foundation Year Programme

  • Dr Farrukh Hafeez

    Programme Director of Mechanical Engineering

  • Dr. UmmeSalma Husein

    Programme Director BSc (Hons)Business Management

  • Dr Mei-Na Liao

    Programme Director for International Business Management

  • Dr Kashif Rajpoot

    Programme Director for Computer Science Dubai

  • Dr Sheikh Selim

    Programme Director of BSc Economics

  • Naomi Britton

    Marketing Officer - University of Birmingham Dubai

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the University of Birmingham Dubai Virtual Q&A Session – May 2019 live event.
Hasnain asked:

What is the average cost of student accommodation or private accomodation in the area

Samiera replied:

Hi Hasnain, we have two preferred student accomodation providers. The first is UniNest and second is Dubai Silicon Oasis. Uninest monthly costs for twin accommodation start from AED 2,950 or AED 5,600 for single accommodation. For DSO the monthly cost for twin accommodation start from AED 2,500 or AED 5,000 for single accommodation.


For more information please click on this link

Hasnain asked:

When do applications open for 2020 Mechanical Engineering students? Should I apply with my achieved A levels or predicted grades, similarly to a UCAS (UK) application?

Samiera replied:

Hi Hasnain, the applications for 2020 are open from 1st October 2019, you can apply with either your predicted grades or your achieved grades (whichever you have available). Please click on this link to apply

We look forward to receiving your application!

Hasnain asked:

What facilities are available free to students ( studying mechanical engineering inshallah) ?

Samiera replied:

Hi Hasnain, for our BE Mechanical Engineering students we have advanced engineering lab facilities, our library is also equipped with the most updated texts and resources for your study. You will also have access to all the online texts used in our UK campus.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us on

Hasnain asked:

How many students may recieve the Chancellor’s full scholarship award? Is the opportunity given based purely on academic achievement or home country, household income etc. Thank you

Samiera replied:

Hi Hasnain, the Chancellors full Scholarship is based on outstanding academic achievement. Whilst we don’t have a certain number allocated, we must stress this is extremely competitive and we do have a limited number. However, we do have a range of excellent scholarships available dependant on your grades. You could get 30% discount on each academic year and an extra 10% on your first year if you apply and pay your deposit before Wednesday 31st July.

What programme are you interested in studying?

Isha asked:

Can I visit the campus on other days apart from the open day?

Samiera replied:

Hi Isha, feel free to contact us on +971 424 92300 and our team will be happy to book you in for a campus tour on a date/time that works for you.