Higher Education Qualifications

The higher education institutions in the UAE offer wide range of academic programmes.  The UAE higher education offers standard academic studies at the bachelor and masters level. A few of the universities offer doctorate level studies, as well as professional programmes leading to specific professional qualification. Higher education in the UAE builds on the successful completion of 3 years of upper secondary education. 

Following are the higher education qualification awarded in the UAE: 


A diploma is awarded after successful completion of a programme that is designed to provide employment skills. Diploma programmes in UAE provide theoretical as well as practical knowledge and skills. 

Undergraduate Degrees

The Undergraduate degree in UAE involves a bachelor degree.
Bachelor’s degree: The bachelor degree is the first university qualification and prepares students for professional vocation or graduate study. The bachelor degree programme in UAE involves 4 years of full-time study. 

Graduate Degrees

The graduate degree in UAE involves master and doctorate degree of different orientations: professional and research-based

Master’s degree: The Master’s degree increases the professional skills and is offered in many fields. 

Doctorate degree: The Doctoral degree involves a minimum of three years of study following completion of Master’s degree. Doctoral programs are offered by a fewer universities in UAE. Doctor of business administration and doctor of pharmacy are offered by the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).  The doctorate studies enables to assess your current knowledge and use research to find out answers to some important questions related to your chosen area.  
  • Professional doctorate:  The professional doctorate involves coursework and research. 
  • PhD degree: A PhD degree is offered by some of institutions in UAE and requires a completion of a thesis. 
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