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What will I learn?

This programme is designed to provide students with a pathway into an undergraduate degree programme in the School of Textiles and Design and the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society at the Dubai Campus.

It is specifically designed as a foundation programme that will help students to bridge the gap between their school qualifications and the demands of a university degree. Students who complete the programme successfully will be able to progress directly into the first year of their chosen degree programme.

The programme will help students to develop their subject knowledge while providing a firm foundation in IT, research and writing skills, academic English, and assessment and examination techniques.


Upon successful completion of this DEP, students will be eligible to progress to one of the following programmes, all of which are offered at the Dubai Campus:

BA (Hons) Architecture
BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing & Retailing
BA (Hons) Interior Design


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.

Students study the following subjects:

Introduction to Design Studies
Academic English
Approaches to Learning
Business Management

Which department am I in?

School of Textiles and Design

Study options

Full Time (2 semesters)

Tuition fees
د.إ44,100.00 (US$ 12,006) per year
Start date

September 2022


Heriot-Watt University - Dubai Campus

Dubai Knowledge Park,



Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students can apply for their chosen Heriot-Watt University Dubai undergraduate programme based on school-assessed grades. School-assessed grades include mock exams or pre-boards, as well as teacher-predicted scores. Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 Academic (with no element below 5.5)

For international students

Where English was not the medium of instruction at secondary school, applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving IELTS 5.5 in each category.


PTE Academic 44-49

Cambridge (New) 162-168

Cambridge (Old) FCE (grade C)


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