January 17, 2023
About the Program
Our Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is a six-year undergraduate program based on an innovative curriculum, that is reactive to today’s needs, while focusing on the outcome to produce physicians that are scholars, leaders, communicators, and collaborators.
Our MBBS undergraduate program is divided into three phases. Each phase comprises of a variety of courses and builds on the preceding phase so that the curriculum becomes spiral in structure. Students repeat the study of a subject, but each time at a higher level of difficulty and in greater depth. Phase 1 is over one academic year, Phase 2 is for two academic years and Phase 3 spreads over three academic years.
Our College of Medicine offers something truly unique to our students through early clinic exposure, research that takes place on the MBRU campus, and affiliations with local and international healthcare institutions. Benchmarked against international standards, our College of Medicine aims to provide our students with rich and diversified learning opportunities, to ensure they are prepared with the knowledge, skills, and experience to serve the community and promote excellence within the healthcare system.
My professors here are so well experienced in their respective fields, they have a way when conveying their message.” – Hemica Hasan, Undergraduate Medical Student
Admission Criteria 2023-24
English Language Requirements
IELTS – Academic Module
- Minimum of band 6 with no skill less than 5.5
- ‘IELTS Indicator’ will not be considered for admission purposes
- A single certificate to be submitted, combined scores are not accepted
- Must have been taken within the last two years
- iBT 80; CBT 213;
- PBT is not accepted
- ‘My Best Scores’ will not be considered for admission purposes
- Must have been taken within the last two years
EmSAT - English
- Achievement of 1525 or above
• English proficiency is an admission criteria and all applicants, regardless of the medium of study or nativity, are required to submit either the IELTS/TOEFL report or EmSAT English.
Arabic Language Requirements
EmSAT - Arabic
- Achievement of 800 or above
- International students (non-UAE residents) will be registered for a non-credited ‘Basic Arabic Language’ course at the institution.
Admission Entrance Exam
Purpose of the test
The purpose of the MBRU Admissions Test is specifically to provide an assessment of candidates’ potential to succeed in the MBBS program. It is not designed to assess the appropriateness of applicants’ high school qualifications. The test results are intended to be used to select the students who will then progress to the multiple mini-interview (MMI).
The test items draw upon basic science knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics that are usually taught in secondary education (High schools) and have an application to medicine. The test provides an objective basis for comparing candidates from different high school curricular backgrounds locally within the UAE and those from other countries.
Structure of the test
- The test will be a 90-minute single-best-answer multiple-choice test (60 questions).
- The test explores whether a candidate has the minimum level of core scientific knowledge and the ability to apply it. Questions will be restricted to material typically included in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics courses in secondary schools. Approximately two-thirds of the exam will focus on biology and chemistry.
- Questions will be in multiple-choice format. There are no penalties for incorrect responses, only marks for correct answers, so candidates should attempt all questions. Each question is worth one mark. Calculators are not permitted. Log table will be provided.
- The content specification is set out in the Guide shared with invited applicants.
The test will be conducted on the computer.
Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
At MBRU we believe that to excel in your career, not only do we need to give you the best education in the classroom, but also outside of it, and to become an exceptional doctor requires the development of these “soft” skills.
To be accepted to our College of Medicine, we conduct a series of multiple mini-interviews. A process which is comprised of several short independent assessment interviews, typically arranged in a timed circuit.
The process results in an aggregate score of each candidate’s non-cognitive (“soft”) skills such as interpersonal skills, professionalism, and moral judgment. It’s been so successful that since its introduction in 2004, the MMI process has been adopted by medical, dental, and pharmacy schools around the world.
The interview scenarios are designed to test non-cognitive competencies which are key to medicine, such as:
- Communication Skills
- Moral/ethical reasoning
Although participants must relate to the scenario posed at each station, it is important to note that the MMI is not intended to test specific knowledge in the field. Instead, the assessors evaluate each candidate’s thought process and the ability to think ‘on his or her feet’. As such, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions posed in an MMI, but each applicant should consider the question from a variety of perspectives.
The MMI process
At the start of each mini-interview rotation, a candidate receives a question/scenario and has a short period of time (typically one minute) to prepare an answer. Upon entering the interview room, the candidate has a short exchange with an assessor (usually about 5 minutes). In some cases, the assessor observes while an interaction takes place between a simulated patient (a role player) and the candidate.
At the end of each mini-interview, the assessor evaluates the candidate’s performance on the activity against set criteria, while the applicant moves to the next station. This pattern is repeated through a number of rotations (usually 10-15). Some stations are designated as “rest stations” meaning that no interview takes place. The candidate is expected to sit quietly during that time. The duration of the entire interview is usually about 90 minutes (1 ½ hours).
- To be eligible for admission, applicants must have successfully completed 12 years of High School in the Science stream or its equivalent.
- Applicants from non-government UAE secondary schools will be required to submit an equivalency letter from the Ministry of Education.
- Applicants with degrees awarded outside the UAE will have to attest high school certificates and submit an equivalency letter from the Ministry of Education.
- Selection will be based on a range of performance measures including students’ academic performance and an interview using the multiple mini-interview (MMI) format.
- Wearing Niqab (face covers) for female MBBS students is not permitted. This includes the main campus, the simulation center, and the visiting hospitals.
All applicants for admission are required to obtain equivalency of their educational degree from the UAE Ministry of Education. The attestation process depends upon whether you completed your secondary schooling or undergraduate degree within the UAE or outside the UAE.
Applicants who completed secondary schooling or a Bachelor degree outside the UAE
must have their educational degree and transcripts/mark sheets certified by:
- The issuing educational institute and/or recognized authority for tertiary education in the host country in which you completed your education
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the host country
- The UAE Embassy in that host country
- The Ministry of Education in the UAE
Additionally, the UAE Ministry of Education must issue an Equivalency Certificate.
Equivalency requirements for high school degree attestation can be found on Ministry of Education website.
Equivalency requirements for Bachelor degree attestation can be found on Ministry of Education website.
|Application fee||AED 1,000 + AED 50 (5% VAT) Non-refundable. Due at the time of application|
|Seat reservation fee||AED 10,000. Due upon accepting your conditional offer (Non-refundable)|
|Annual tuition fee||AED 160,000|
Please note that the seat-reservation fee is non-refundable. For students who enroll in classes, the seat-reservation fee will be deducted from their 1st semester installment.
Each year our tuition and fee schedule is published with the rates based on that academic year. The yearly tuition covers all educational expenses, recreational, library, insurance and lab activities.
Tuition charges are due and payable in full at the specified deadlines of each academic term, and the final responsibility for payment rests with the individual student and/or their sponsor. Students who have secured external scholarships covering their tuition must provide written confirmation before the initial payment deadline.
In the case of a withdrawal, a refund of 50% is possible within the first two weeks of the semester. No refunds will be processed or given after the second week of the academic semester. For more details, please refer to the Refund Policy below.
Students facing financial hardship can ask the Office of Student Services to reschedule payments on an exceptional basis over a longer period of time during the academic year.
Tuition charges are due and payable in full at the specified deadlines of each academic term as per the Schedule of Tuition and Fees. The final responsibility for payment of tuition and fees charged rests with the individual student and their sponsors.
Tuition Fee Refund Policy
All tuition charges and fees are non-refundable, except as specified and summarized below:
- In the event of a student formally withdrawing from the university in the first semester, the following refund schedule will apply:
- 100% (excluding the seat reservation fees) if before the official beginning of the academic year.
- 50% of the total semester fees if before the end of the second week of classes
- No refund after the end of the second week of classes
- A full refund before the start of the term is possible in cases of
- If an applicant / student does not meet the academic admission / progression requirement as per published criteria
- Visa rejection
- If a student is awarded a scholarship (refund will be according to the granted amount)
- If a student does not meet the medical requirements
- For the continuing students (starting from semester 2 of the program):
- If the application form for withdrawal/deferral/drop of course was formally initiated prior to the start of the semester then the student is eligible for 100% refund.
- The Director of DSSR will request the formation of a committee to decide on tuition refund should an unexpected scenario occur.
- If an applicant cannot take up their seat at MBRU as a result of a situation that is outside of their control, and was not publicly clear at the time of application or when fee commitments were made then the applicant may be entitled to a full refund of tuition fees, seat reservation, and any application charges. Examples include:
- State-wide resolution such as visa restrictions
- Late University regulation such as suspension / cancellation of a program
- Late progression decision
- The refund policy excludes the following:
- Application fee
- Seat holding fee
- Tuition fee in the event of dismissal for disciplinary reasons
- A penalty of AED 500 may apply for:
- Late payment
- Bounced cheque
Frequently Asked Questions
Our undergraduate program is 6 years.
Yes, we will consider a new application. We will treat the new application as if it were the first.
Please note that for your application to be considered, you have to complete the online application, upload the required documents, and pay the application fee. An experienced panel of MBRU faculty and staff will then review completed applications against our published minimum requirements. Qualified short-listed candidates will be invited for on-campus multiple mini-interviews (MMI) planned for late February. Candidates who are not invited for interviews will be notified at that time with a regret notice. Interviewed applicants will then be ranked by the admission team based on their academic qualifications and interview performance. Ranked applicants will be sent conditional offers by mid-April.