Entry Requirements

Academic and Experiential Requirements

Applicants will be considered on the basis of their academic and professional qualifications regardless of race, colour, gender, marital status, religion, disabilities, age or national origin.

Applicants will need to demonstrate the potential to carry out rigorous research at the post graduate level. The following table provides information on the requirements for eligibility and selection criteria considered for admission:

Application Eligibility Requirements
 1 A recognised master’s degree (or equivalent or higher qualification) in CS or CS related subject with a cumulative grade point average of greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale or its equivalent.
 2 Documentary evidence of minimum EmSat English 1400 or TOEFL score of 550 or its equivalent in a standardized English language test such as 6.0 IELTS or in City & Guilds, Pearson, or Cambridge or any another standardized test as approved by the Ministry Of Education.
 3 The chosen area of CS study is one which can be supervised by staff within the University.
Selection criteria
Work experience: Relevant work experience will be considered. Considerable experience (3 years or more) in a CS related environment is desirable.
Interview: Satisfactory admissions interview by a panel of at least two academics will be mandatory.
Research experience: Evidence of training in research and research work, including publications, will be considered.
An initial proposal for research, including motivation to study for a PhD will be considered.  Guide to writing proposal is provided here.
References: Supporting references will be required.


Where the Master’s degree does not have a GPA score, candidates will need to demonstrate that they attained a level of 60% or more on the dissertation or project component of their master’s degree or demonstrate outstanding academic achievement on the taught element of such a programme.

Award and Degree Completion Requirements


The successful student will receive the award of PhD, from the British University in Dubai. The award is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Degree Completion Requirements

In order to receive degree of PhD the Students will need to have successfully completed the taught elements of the programme and the independent research element through the presentation of a substantial thesis.

The thesis for the PhD is expected to be the equivalent of approximately 80,000 words.

Students will therefore need to have accumulated 540 D-level credits with 180 credits awarded for the successful completion of the 7 taught modules and 360 credits for the successful completion and defence of the thesis.

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