University of Dundee

2015 League Table Ranking 49
2015 Overall Score 676
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Entry Standards 402 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 14.9 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
The average staffing levels at the University.

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Research Assessment 2.54 Help
Research Assessment
The average quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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Academic Services Spend 1,062 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 4.01 Help
Student Satisfaction
A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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Facilities Spend 294 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 71.8 Help
Graduate Prospects
A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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Degree Completion 84.3 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 71.7 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 28.0 Help
Green Score
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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 is a true city centre campus only five minutes’ walk from a wide range of high street brands and independent shops and the cultural quarter.
  • Ninewells Campus, located at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, is about a 20-minute walk from the City Campus.
  • International air connections are possible via Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports (around 1 hour 15 minutes' by road/rail). Direct flights to London are 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 City Campus and provides connections with many major cities in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Entry Standards

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

Student Mix

The 15195 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time
Part Time
Student Gender

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 (top for teaching quality in UK in 2006 league tables).
  • In the National Student Survey 2013, over 88% of our students were satisfied with their teaching in many subjects (86% average).  Moreover, 100% were satisfied in History, Politics and Town and Regional Planning.
  • The Complete University Guide 2014 ranks Anatomy & Physiology and Civil Engineering at Dundee as top in Scotland and Pharmacology, Social Work and Town & Regional Planning in the top 3 in Scotland.
  • The University received a favourable Quality Assurance Agency (ELIR) report in 2014. This highlighted that students are very positive about their experience of the University; that there is a strong partnership with the Dundee University Students’ Association, with student representation embedded at all levels of the institution; that the University is successful in supporting a diverse student population, with particularly positive feedback from students in relation to Disability Services, the Careers Service and the Library and Learning Centre; and that the University provides a comprehensive range of opportunities for students to develop their employability skills, including the innovative Enterprise Gym and Placement Base.

Research Standards

  • Over £140 million in new research and related awards secured during the last financial year.
  • Performed at 'world leading' level in every subject area submitted to the UK Research Assessment Exercise 2008.
  • Ranked in the top five places to work internationally by The Scientist magazine.
  • Dundee was ranked 49th in the 2013 QS Word University Rankings for Biological Sciences.
  • First Scottish CR-UK Cancer Centre opened in February 2010.

Academic Strengths

  • Dundee offers a good mix of subjects, and is particularly strong on professional and accredited degrees, such as medicine, law, dentistry, architecture, education, accountancy and nursing.
  • There are further strengths in life sciences, engineering, computing, humanities, and social and environmental sciences.
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design is one of UK's top art schools.
  • The University is top in Scotland for research in Art and Design, Civil Engineering, Biological Sciences and Laboratory-based Clinical Sciences (2008 RAE). There were further strong performances in History, Geography and Environmental Studies, Nursing and Midwifery, Computing, and Philosophy.
  • Dundee has one of the highest graduate starting salaries in Scotland, with an average first job salary of £21,569.

Student Facilities

  • Over 750 generally available PCs on campus – sited in library study zones and traditional computer 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 recently 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 9am 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 the University website.

Students' Union

  • Dundee University Students’ Association (DUS) 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, inclding fast food takeaway, all-you-can-eat buffets and table service meals, the Union is the perfect place to find everything you need.
  • Over 70 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 Discover 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 student Executive committee and Student Representative Council lead DUSA and ensure all activities are undertaken with the best interests of students at heart.
  • In addition to the Student Services Advice Team, the University’s hosts a Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Student Law Clinic in DUSA, 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.
  • 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. In 2013–14, a total of 21 students are being supported through individual ISE Sports Scholarship and Team 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.
  • Science @ ISE. The ISE Sports Science Support Programme provides sports science support to a range of Governing Bodies of Sport and a number of Professional sporting bodies. ISE hosts 1 of only 2 laboratories accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES). Teaching programmes in Sports and Exercise Science are highly regarded with students according a 95% rating for the quality of our teaching programmes.
  • ISE was accredited as an official pre-games training camp venue for the London 2012 Olympic Games and is currently supporting the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth games.
  • 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.
  • Dundee University Sport is a strategic partnership between ISE and the Sports Union which aims to enhance and progress the delivery of sport across the University – since its inception in 2010 this programme has witnessed a 27% increase in club membership, the provision of coaching across all competitive sports clubs and improvements in the administration and organisation of the sports clubs.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • Brand new energy efficient teaching buildings with the most advanced teaching technologies.
  • Fantastic new 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 through 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.

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, Whisk Ltd, 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.
  • 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

  • +44 (0)1382 38 38 38
  • University of Dundee
    DD1 4HN
UCAS Code D65

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