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You can apply for all programmes (except Edinburgh Business School programmes) using our online application form.

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You must create an account to use the online application form. You don't have to complete the application in one session; you can save what you have done so far and return to complete it at a later date.

Edinburgh Business School MBA applicants

To apply for the Edinburgh Business School on-campus MBA Programme, please contact:
Edinburgh Business School
MBA Programme
Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus
Telephone: + 971 4 4358770

PhD applicants

If you are interested in our PhD opportunities please review the supporting document and Research Proposal requirements for the PhD before completing the application form.

Supporting documents

In order for us to assess your suitability for the programme you have applied for, you need to submit various supporting documents. You can view the documents you are required to submit and upload them by logging into your application account.

We will accept scanned documents at the application stage, but you may be asked to provide original copies of your documents at a later date.

You may delay an offer being made to you if you do not submit your supporting documents as soon as you can.

Application fee*

You will be asked to pay an application processing fee of AED 300 for each application form you submit. We cannot process your application without this fee.

* Not applicable to the MBA Programme applications.

You can pay either in cash or by local cheque made payable to Heriot-Watt University or by bank transfer to:

Payment details
Type Details
Account name Heriot-Watt University
Bank name HSBC Bank Middle East
Bank Address PO Box 66, Dubai, UAE
Account Number (AED) 030035307200 (IBAN : AE250200000030035307200)
Account Number (USD) 030035307211 (IBAN : AE190200000030035307211)

You will need to meet any bank charges incurred for any fees paid through credit card, bank/telegraphic transfer etc. in addition to the fee itself. You must also send a copy of the funds Telegraphic Transfer Issuing Advice, along with the application form, to help identify your payment. Please check with your bank when transferring the funds for details.

When to apply

Our Dubai Campus operates a rolling year-round admissions process: as soon as one intake has closed we begin accepting applications for the next one. It is also possible for you to defer your start date for up to a year.

All of our programmes have an intake in September, but some programmes also offer an additional intake in January.

Most students apply 6–10 months in advance of their chosen intake. We can accept applications up until 3 weeks before the start of each intake but you should note that a late application will almost certainly mean a delay in the provision of essential administrative services, such as your student matriculation card (without which you won't be able to access library or online services).

Our response to your application

Our academic staff consider all applications carefully and will let you know of our decision on your application as soon as possible. They will make one of the following offers or responses to you:

  • an unconditional offer, (which you must accept by returning the relevant acceptance form within 2 weeks of receiving)
  • a conditional offer (you will need to achieve further qualifications or provide additional supporting documents before you are accepted)
  • regretfully reject your application (this does not prevent you from applying again in a subsequent year)

In general, the entire review process takes between 2–6 weeks following the receipt of your completed application package.

Visa requirements

Students from outside the UAE will need to apply for a Student Residence Visa. Check the visa requirements for more information.