University of Dundee
- Undergraduate Students
- Postgraduate Students
- International Students
- 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, Hollywood actor Brian Cox and the current rector is round-the-world cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont.
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.
- 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.
The 15,180 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:
Level of study
- Undergraduate 67%
- Postgraduate 33%
Mode of study
- Full Time 69%
- Part Time 31%
- UK 83%
- EU 8%
- Other 9%
- Male 35%
- Female 65%
- Over 200 undergraduate courses are available in 9 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
- Seven art and design specialisms
Teaching StandardsIn the National Student Survey 2015, 90% of our students were satisfied with the quality of their course. Moreover, 100% were satisfied in:
- American studies
- Forensic science
- Media studies
- Creative art & design
- Social work
The Complete University Guide 2016 ranked Dundee:
- 2nd in UK and Top in Scotland for anatomy & physiology.
- 3rd in the UK and Top in Scotland for general engineering.
- Top 10 in the UK and Top 3 in Scotland for civil engineering, dentistry, education, mathematics, medical technology and sports science.
- Top 3 in Scotland medicine.
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.
- Over £140m 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.
- 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.
- 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 £6m 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. 24 hour access is available in the weeks leading up to exams.
- 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.
- The university leads the sector in offering the best support for disabled students.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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