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Advanced Degree Entry (Foundation) Programme in Engineering + Year 1: Engineering

Key information

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
Non Graduating
Mode of delivery
1 year 6 months
Start date

Our new Advanced Degree Entry Programme (ADEP) in Engineering allows you to fast-track your career by providing you with an opportunity to complete your Degree Entry Programme and first year undergraduate degree programme in Engineering in one academic year. You will spend only one semester in the Degree Entry Programme level and then progress onto an Engineering degree programme.

This programme gives you a fantastic opportunity to transition from high school into university smoothly. It is specifically designed as a foundation programme that will equip you for the demands of a university degree and will help you develop your subject knowledge, soft skills and confidence, as well as become familiar with our assessment and examination techniques.


If you complete the ADEP in Engineering/Computing programme successfully, you will be able to go directly into a general Engineering degree or the BSc in Computer Science programme in January. Thereafter, you will complete the first year of your degree over two semesters and join the second year of your chosen degree in September of that year. 

Upon successful completion of this ADEP in Engineering/Computing + Year 1 General Engineering or Computer Science degree, you will be eligible to progress to one of the following programmes at year 2 level: 

For General Engineering students: 

For Computer Science students: 

Your student experience

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai. All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Read more about the UAE Federal Accreditation.

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Course content

September Intake - Dubai

Students are assessed through a combination of coursework and exams and must attain a minimum overall grade of C (50%) in each course to ensure guaranteed transfer onto the undergraduate programmes listed above.

Mandatory September

  • Entry Mathematics
  • Approaches to Learning
  • Academic English for Science and Engineering

Optional September

  • Entry Chemistry
  • Entry Physics
  • Entry Computer Science

Fees and funding

AED 85,857 per year

  • All tuition fees inclusive of VAT.

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

  • British GCE/IGCSE Three Bs + 2 Cs
  • Indian CBSE/CISCE/NIOS – 50% HSSC – 55%
  • UAE Tawjihiyya Year 12 - 70%
  • US American High School Diploma 70% (No SAT requirement)
  • Africa WASSC (WAEC/NECO) Five C4s
  • Philippine High School Diploma 75%
  • National Curriculum Russian / Kazakhstan (Attestat) Grades of 4
  • IB – MYP year 11 Three grades of 5 + two grades of 4
  • IBCP - BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Merit + SL grades of 5 or IGCSE grades of B (6)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma – Merit
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma – Pass

All of the above require English, Maths and Physics/Chemistry as mandatory subjects.

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

To find out more about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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