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Allied Healthcare Careers with Potential job prospects in UAE

Hi,

Me and my husband will be moving to the UAE in 2025 - 2026 because of his work (he works in IT).

I graduated in 2016 with a BSc in Genetics. I have worked in DNA sampling/labs/NHS GPs since then as a lab technician and healthcare assistant - but these by no means a career!

Is there any course or NHS training I can do in 2 or 3 years that will give me a career with job prospects in the UAE? I thought about going down the ODP route but not much prospect in the UAE...

Thank you! x
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Reply 2
Most AHP careers have a two year MSc training route but these really aren’t that easy to get into.

Speech and language therapy and physiotherapy probably transfer most easily from what I’ve seen. I know one SLT who went to work in the UAE and I know a physio in the process of applying for work there and also China. There’s another person I know who has struggled to find work as an IAPT practitioner who is retraining as an English Language teacher because her husband is being transferred abroad (could be Saudi or possible UAE, can’t remember which) and her qualifications and experience don’t transfer well.

What you need to think about is your own interests and what you actually want to do. You’ll be at least three years away from qualifying at whatever you choose, though, so just be aware of that.
Reply 3
It may be of relevance to anyone seeking these answers that all allied healthcare professions are funded. You will make an application that will be supported by student finance just like when applying for your first degree. This includes nursing, physiotherapy, mental health nursing and others. Programmes are typically integrated masters and fast tracked, can be between 1-4 years. Once you are certified, this should easily translate when thinking about international work.

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