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University of Dundee

2016 League Table Ranking 42
2016 Overall Score 716
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Entry Standards 398 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 13.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Quality 3.03 Help
Research Quality
A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,139 Help
Academic Services Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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Student Satisfaction 4.13 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 331 Help
Facilities Spend
A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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Graduate Prospects 70.3 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 86.0 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 76.1 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 40.3 Help
Green Score
This environmental & ethical ranking of the University is provided courtesy of the People & Planet Green League - the only comprehensive and independent green ranking of every UK university. Choosing a greener university can reduce your carbon footprint and improve your job prospects in a global low-carbon economy.

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  • The University of Dundee was founded in 1881 and became a college of St Andrews University in 1897.  Independence was regained in 1967 and the University will celebrate 50 years as an independent university in 2017.
  • Over the years the University has merged with  Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Northern College of Education  and Fife and Tayside Schools of Nursing.
  • Former rectors include Sir Clement Freud, Sir Peter Ustinov, Stephen Fry, Fred MacAulay, Lorraine Kelly and the current rector is Hollywood actor Brian Cox.

Location and Transport

  • Dundee's city campus forms the heart of the west end of the city and is only five minutes’ walk from a wide range of high street brands, independent shops and the cultural quarter.
  • The city became the first UNESCO City of Design in the UK in December 2014. This award recognises the huge contribution the city has made to design worldwide.
  • Ninewells Campus, located at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, is about a 20-minute walk from the city campus, and the School of Nursing & Midwifery campus in Kirkcaldy, Fife is about 30 miles away, yet easily accessible by bus and train.
  • Transport links to Dundee are excellent, with international air connections possible via Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports. Direct flights to London available from Dundee Airport.
  • Dundee is on the main East Coast rail service with direct services to Newcastle, York and London. The railway station is only five minutes' walk from the city campus.
  • The city's bus station is only 10 minutes’ walk from the city campus and provides connections with many major cities in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Entry Standards

  • Full details of entry requirements for each course can be found on our website.
  • You may need to attend an interview for some courses, e.g. medicine, dentistry, education and nursing. See the website for information.

Student Mix

The 15,195 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

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Mode of study
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Student gender
  • Dundee has the highest number of students per-head-of-population of any city in Scotland.
  • Over 80 nationalities are represented in the student body.

Course Flexibility

  • Over 200 undergraduate courses are available in 14 academic Schools.
  • Many courses offer the flexibility to choose new subjects and possibly to change your degree specialism in later years.
  • Traditionally undergraduate degrees in Scotland are of 4 years duration (with the exception of architecture, dentistry and medicine). However, it is possible to complete a large number of honours degrees in 3 years by starting in Level 2, provided applicants have met the minimum entry requirements.
  • The 4 year MA (Hons) degree programmes allow students to study a range of subjects in Levels 1 and 2.
  • Art and design, life sciences and engineering follow core curriculums in Level 1, allowing students to change specialism in Level 2.
  • A number of new discrete 3 year Honours degree programmes are available to those meeting the relevant entry requirements. This currently includes LLB English Law, BSc Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction and nine art and design specialisms.

Teaching Standards

  • The University of Dundee has a long-established commitment to teaching quality and student experience. This is reflected in our student satisfaction results – no. 1 in Scotland, 4th in the UK and 13th globally for overall student satisfaction (International Student Barometer 2013).
  • In the National Student Survey 2014, 90% of our students were satisfied with the quality of their course. Moreover, 100% were satisfied in education, geography, mechanical engineering and philosophy.
  • The Complete University Guide 2015 ranks Dundee 1st in Scotland for Anatomy & Physiology, in the top 2 in Scotland for Civil Engineering and Town & Regional Planning, and in the Top 3 in Scotland for Art & Design.
  • Students benefit from small classes and from the interdisciplinary approach at Dundee to both teaching and research, which helps to develop a wide range of transferable skills, attractive to employers. The success of this approach can be seen by high graduate employability.
  • A large number of our degrees are accredited by the relevant professional bodies which enhances graduate employability.

Research Standards

  • Over £140 million in new research and related awards secured during the last financial year.
  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 Dundee recorded the highest level of 4-star, or 'world-leading', research in the Biological Sciences of any University in the UK, and achieved an outstanding set of results across the STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering & mathematics - where the University’s quality profile was the highest in Scotland.
  • Twice ranked in the top ten places for PostDocs to work internationally by The Scientist magazine.
  • Dundee was ranked in the Top 1% in the 2013 QS World University Rankings for Biological Sciences.
  • First Scottish CR-UK Cancer Centre opened in February 2010.

Academic Strengths

  • Dundee offers a wide mix of subjects, and is particularly strong on professional and accredited degrees, such as medicine, engineering, law, dentistry, architecture, education, accountancy and nursing.
  • There are further strengths in life sciences, computing, humanities, and social and environmental sciences.
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University of Dundee, is one of UK's top art schools.
  • The University is one of only a few in the UK to have been awarded three Queen's Anniversary Prizes.
  • Dundee has one of the highest graduate starting salaries in Scotland, with an average first job salary of £21,569.
  • The University is a founding partner of the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee.

Student Facilities

  • The University has been rated as having Scotland’s no. 1 student experience every year since 2010, according to the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
  • Over 750 generally available PCs on campus – sited in library study zones and IT suites.
  • Wireless access is available (including WiFi printing) throughout teaching and learning spaces across the campus.
  • Wireless and cabled access to the University’s high speed network in all University accommodation.
  • The main library has been given a £6-million extension, and new features include flexible learning spaces, extensive electronic resources, self-service machines to issue and return books/DVDs, laptop charging points and lockers, and a café. Opening hours are from 7.30am until 2.30am Monday to Friday and from 10am until 2.30am at the weekends during the academic year.
  • The university has one of the most advanced online learning environments available to students in the UK – available via the internet and mobiles, supporting all courses and providing specialist academic search and discovery tools.

Disability Services

  • The University leads the sector in offering the best support for disabled students. For more specific information on disability services, please visit

Students' Union

  • Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) has consistently been ranked among the best students' unions in the UK.
  • Situated in the heart of the campus, the Union is a stylish and contemporary bar and nightclub which regularly hosts bands and DJs and offers a range of entertainment at night.
  • Offering a large convenience store and a range of food outlets, including fast food takeaway, all-you-can-eat buffets and table service meals, the Union is the perfect place to find everything you need.
  • Over 120 student societies are currently affiliated to DUSA catering to a variety of interests and specific groups including acting, international students and a wide range of sporting activities.
  • Students interested in a career in media can get involved with DUSA Radio, DUSA's own internet radio station, DUSA TV, Scotland's leading student television channel, or The Magdalen, the University's student magazine.
  • DUSA has one of the strongest representation structures in Scotland with its members sitting on the majority of University committees. The DUSA Executive Committee and Student Representative Council (SRC) lead DUSA and ensure all activities are undertaken with the best interests of students at heart.
  • In addition to the newly created Enquiry Centre which offers a centralised student services hub within DUSA, the University also hosts a Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Student Law Clinic, where students can access a range of advice.


  • • The University of Dundee has an extensive provision for sport and exercise delivered through the Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE). The University has invested some £6 million in recent years in extending and upgrading both its indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.
  • Campus based facilities include a state-of-the-art gym, exercise studios, two multi-court sports halls, three fitness studios, three new glass-backed, competition standard squash courts, a specialised dance/indoor cycling studio and a designated performance centre. In 2013 the University upgraded and extended its fitness facilities with the construction of a dedicated functional training suite and additional cardio and strength equipment.
  • Additional facilities include a 25m swimming pool with sauna, and four newly refurbished floodlit, all-weather tennis courts. Arrangements are also in place to access numerous golf courses and practice facilities in the surrounding area.
  • ISE offers a wide range of sport and exercise opportunities with an extensive programme of exercise classes, dance courses and swimming courses, as well as personal training and a large range of support services such as physiotherapy and sports massage.
  • Dundee University Sports Union oversees the activities of over 44 sports clubs ranging from archery to volleyball and basketball to water polo and has numerous British Universities champions, in both team and individual events. Dundee’s sports teams and athletes continue to perform well in both Scottish Student Sport and British Universities competition.
  • The 33 acres of sports grounds and playing fields include two new specialised all-weather pitches as well as numerous high quality grass pitches for football, rugby, Gaelic sports and cricket. The ISE plays host to the Dundee Football Club Training and Youth Academy.
  • The Sport Scholarship programme, developed and delivered by ISE, has been running for over 10 years with funding in excess of £60k to support talented students at the University hoping to compete (or already competing) on the international stage. 14 students are currently being supported through individual ISE Sports Scholarship awards. The Sport Scholarship programme provides coaching, financial assistance and programme flexibility to all student athletes competing at the elite level of their sport. University of Dundee is also a member of the Scottish Winning Students scholarship programme. In addition ISE hosts the Tayside and Fife Area Institute of Sport – one of 6 regional centres supporting performance sport in Scotland.
  • ISE was accredited as an official pre-games training camp venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games and supported the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Brand new purpose-built Enquiry Centre created in the centre of campus which is a single point of contact for students needing support in a number of areas.
  • Brand new energy efficient teaching buildings with the most advanced teaching technologies.
  • Fantastic ensuite student accommodation with access to the University’s high speed broadband network.
  • Extension of the Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE) and Main Library.
  • Creation of Campus Green – providing a beautiful space for students and staff to relax.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Wide variety of part-time work available throughout the city. The university's city centre location makes many employers readily accessible.
  • The Careers Service offers a Job Shop to students, giving access to local part-time job opportunities.
  • The students’ association (DUSA) employs a large number of students on a part-time basis throughout the year.

Careers Guidance

  • Trained Careers Advisers are available to support students at every stage of their degree.
  • The Careers Service organises five major career and recruitment events throughout the year plus many general and subject specific events on a broad range of career areas.
  • Students have the opportunity to use the JobShop and Placement Base to source part-time vacancies and internships.
  • The Careers Service also offers two modules – career planning and internship – which can be taken as part of your degree credits in Level 2.
  • Dundee graduates can continue to access the Careers Service for up to five years after graduating.
  • Endorsed by local and national employers and professional bodies including the CBI, the Dundee Graduate Skills Award recognises the value of extracurricular activities that students undertake whilst studying.
  • The Enterprise Gym gives students the chance to improve their self-reliance and employability through business enterprise skills development from training sessions led by members of the local business community. The Enterprise Gym also provides support and guidance to students who are interesting in starting their own business.

Notable Alumni

  • Kate Atkinson, Author, studied English.
  • Colin Bennett, Art Director at Apple, studied Graphic Design.
  • Professor Neil Buist, Oregon Health & Science University, studied Medicine.
  • Dr Kenny Deuchar, GP and retired professional footballer, studied Medicine.
  • Jane Gowans, jeweller, studied Jewellery-Metal Design.
  • Scott Hobbs, Native Instruments, studied Innovative Product Design.
  • Wendy Houvenaghel, Olympic silver medallist cycling, studied Clinical Dentistry.
  • Gary Lightbody, lead singer Snow Patrol, studied Arts & Social Sciences.
  • Iram Mohammed, Planning consultant at Atkins, studied Town and Regional Planning.
  • Fred MacAulay, Comedian, studied Accountancy.
  • James McIntosh, James McIntosh Limited, Britain’s Food Ambassador, studied Food and Welfare Studies.
  • Campbell McNeill, Dell, studied Computer Science.
  • Sir William Patey, Government and International Affairs Adviser, Control Risks, studied Modern History.
  • Susan Philipsz, 2010 Turner Prize winner, studied Fine Art.
  • Dan Robb, Google, studied Town and Regional planning.
  • Professor Colin Roberts, International Arbitrator at International Dispute Resolution Centre Ltd, Australia. studied Resources Law & Policy.
  • Lord George Robertson, previous Director General of NATO, studied Economics.
  • Dr James Robson, Scottish Rugby Union doctor, studied Medicine.
  • Hayley Scanlan, Hayley Scanlan, studied Textile Design.
  • Paul Smernicki, Universal Music UK, studied Town and Regional Planning.
  • Chris van der Kuyl, Brightsolid, Tayforth consulting, studied Computer Science.

For further information

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  • University of Dundee
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UCAS Code D65

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