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Cost of Medical Study (MBBS / MD) in UAE

Jun 17, 2022

Tuition Fees for MBBS / MD in UAE for International Students

The healthcare and life sciences sector of the UAE has been on an upward trajectory. The pandemic has highlighted the need to hire skilled professionals in various medical careers. Consequently, salaries in the health sector have grown by 4.5% since 2020.

With such a positive outlook, studying medicine in UAE can be a brilliant opportunity for medical aspirants. The UAE offers excellent quality education, at par with medical studies in the US. Moreover, the cost of studying MBBS, MD, and related programs is considerably lower than in the US. 

Read more about what the tuition fees are at the best universities in UAE and what would be the cost of medical studies for international students.

Cost of MBBS/MD for international students in UAE 

The UAE has seven prominent medical universities. The medicine degree is offered for both undergraduate and graduate levels. MBBS is a five to six-year program and requires students to have completed their high school, whereas the four-year MD requires a bachelor’s degree.

Not all universities accept international applications. Foreign students can apply to the following universities:

  • Khalifa University
  • University of Sharjah
  • Ajman University
  • Gulf Medical University
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Ras al-Khaimah Medical and Health Sciences University
University Program Offered Annual Tuition Cost in AED
Khalifa University MD 120,000
University of Sharjah MBBS 118,300
Ajman University MBBS 121,000
Gulf Medical University MD 147,000
MBR University of Medicine and Health Sciences MBBS 160,000
RAK Medical and Health Sciences University MBBS 121,000

The average cost of an MBBS / MD degree in UAE is AED 133,460 or USD 36,334*

* Average cost has been converted from AED to USD at the current exchange rate of 1 AED=0.27 USD. Exchange rates change periodically.

Cost of medicine-related programs in UAE 

Medical universities in UAE offer programs in medicine-related fields

  • Dentistry
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Health Sciences

International students can enroll in these programs at bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. 

The following table provides an overview of the cost of bachelor’s and master’s programs in medicine-related studies.

Khalifa University does not provide any other medical programs besides MD. Ajman University does not offer courses in Nursing.

Cost of dentistry studies in UAE

Dental studies in UAE is available as Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery (BDS) and Master of Dental Surgery (MDS). Some dental studies specializations include endodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry, etc. 

The average tuition fees for undergraduate programs in dentistry are AED 109,990. The average tuition fees for graduate programs are AED 162,337.

Only graduate-level courses are available at MBRU, and only undergraduate programs are offered at RAK Medical and Health Sciences University.

University Undergraduate Annual Tuition in AED  Graduate Annual Tuition in AED
University of Sharjah 114,973 170,000
Ajman University 106,722 140,000
Gulf Medical University 126,000 154,350
MBR University of Medicine and Health Sciences 185,000
RAK Medical and Health Sciences University 89,000

Cost of Nursing programs in UAE

Nursing studies in UAE are available as standard degree programs like BSN and MSN. Students can also enroll in specialized two-year programs to become registered nurses. Master’s courses in nursing are limited, with only three universities currently offering them.

The average cost of undergraduate nursing courses is AED 48,700. Graduate nursing courses start at AED 60,000 and go up to AED 140,000.

University Undergraduate Annual Tuition in AED Graduate Annual Tuition in AED
University of Sharjah 56,692 54,810
Gulf Medical University 44,400
MBR University of Medicine and Health Sciences 140,000
RAK Medical and Health Sciences University 45,000 60,000

Cost of Pharmacy programs in UAE

Forecasts reveal that UAE’s pharmaceutical sector will grow by 27% by 2025. This expansion can lead to several job openings and an increase in salaries. Training for a career in pharmacy can prove to be a profitable decision. Universities in UAE present excellent education opportunities in Pharmacy. 

Pharmacy studies are available as undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The average cost of a bachelor’s in pharmacy is AED 59,800. For master’s programs, the cost is AED 68,880.

University Undergraduate Annual Tuition in AED Graduate Annual Tuition IN AED
University of Sharjah 61,379 65,000
Ajman University 58,292 84,375
Gulf Medical University 63,000 66,150
RAK Medical and Health Sciences University 55,000 60,000

Cost of Health Sciences studies in UAE 

Health Science studies in UAE cover disciplines like Physiotherapy, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Anesthesia Techniques, etc. Tuition fees for undergraduate programs range between AED 44,400 and 56,700. Graduate programs cost AED 47,250-66150 for one academic year. 

Do note that MBRU, Ajman, and RAK universities do not offer any programs in Health Sciences

University Undergraduate Annual Tuition IN AED Graduate Annual Tuition IN AED
University of Sharjah 56,692 54,810
Gulf Medical University 44,400-53,000 47,250-66,150

Cost of living in UAE for international students 

UAE is moderately expensive compared to other prominent Asian countries. The cost of living can depend on several factors, such as accommodation type, city of residence, and personal expense habits. 

Some universities provide accommodation to international students, significantly decreasing rent expenses. According to a recent 2021 report by Mercer, Dubai and Abu Dhabi ranked as the 42nd and 56th most expensive cities in the world.

An international student in UAE can expect to incur the following expenses.

Particulars Monthly Expense in AED
Accommodation 1,500-2,500
Food and Transport 3,000
Utilities 900
Total 5,400-6,400

The total annual living expenditure will range between AED 64,800 and 76,800. 

The annual cost of attendance for MBBS/MD programs is AED 183,100-236,800.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nursing degrees cost AED 48,700 on an average at the undergraduate level. The cost can be lower than the average at AED 45,000.

The average cost of an MBBS degree is INR 28,38,633. This cost is much cheaper than other medical studies destinations like the US or the UK, where tuition costs can range from INR 36,69,580 to 46,84,570.

The average annual tuition fee for studying BDS in UAE is AED 109,990 or USD 29,945. Some universities may charge as high as AED 126,000 for one academic year.

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