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The University of Dundee aims to transform lives, working locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. The university builds on its success by investing in excellent facilities, pushing the boundaries of research, and equipping staff and students with the means to create real-world impact. Dundee's collaborative approach to teaching and research is reflected in its close-knit community campus, making Dundee an excellent place to live as well as work and study.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: D65

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 75%
  • Part Time 25%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 36%
  • Female 64%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Dundee's main library is open until 2.30am during semester time and 24/7 during exams, with library staff to help locate any resources required. It provides relaxation areas, group study rooms with the latest technology, bookable creative spaces, and a café to keep students going through their study sessions.
  • There are more than 750 computers on campus across library study zones, individual schools, and IT suites. Wi-Fi is also available throughout campus and student residences, where the network will connect to streaming devices and games consoles.
  • Students have access to free Microsoft software with the Microsoft Advantage and Dreamspark schemes.

Student jobs

  • The university's city-centre location makes many employers readily accessible, with a wide variety of part-time work available throughout the city.
  • The Careers Service advertises local part-time opportunities and provides help with CV writing and interview skills.
  • Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) employs a large number of students on a part-time basis throughout the year.

Careers advice

  • Careers Advisers are available to support students at every stage of their degree, and offer lifetime access to graduates after they leave university. The service organises major career and recruitment events throughout the year plus many general and subject-specific events on a broad range of career areas. The Careers Service also offers two modules – career planning, and internship – which can be taken as part of the degree credits in Level 2.
  • Students have the opportunity to use the JobShop and Placement Base to source part-time vacancies and internships.
  • The Dundee Plus Award is endorsed by local and national employers and professional bodies including the CBI; it  recognises the value of extracurricular activities that students undertake whilst studying.
  • The Centre of Entrepreneurship gives students the chance to improve their self-reliance and employability, with business enterprise skills development training led by members of the local business community. The Centre of Entrepreneurship also provides support and guidance to students who are interested in starting their own business.

Health services

  • The University Health Service provides a range of health-related advice and services for staff and students.
  • Students should register with a GP and Dentist upon arrival in Dundee; please refer to the university website for advice.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university has a compassionate and caring community where staff and students provide support for each other. A range of campaigns and initiatives from Student Services, Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) and the Institute of Sport and Exercise take a proactive and cohesive approach to health and well-being.
  • A counselling service operates between 9am–5pm weekdays and out of hours by appointment, offering initial assessment and up to six sessions. There are also emergency drop-in appointments each morning at 10.15am.
  • The University Health Service has a number of mental health nurses who will provide support to students with diagnosed mental health conditions. They often work with students over a longer period of time and also liaise closely with local GP practices and other NHS mental health services.

Disability support

  • Disability Services offers confidential support to all disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged when undertaking their course. Support includes needs assessments for Disabled Students' Allowance applications, arranging non-medical personal help, screening and diagnostic assessments for dyslexia, and training with assistive technology.
  • The university makes available additional support, software, equipment and training to ensure that its IT systems are accessible and easy to use.

Other services and facilities

  • The university's Academic Skills Centre provides ongoing support for students via workshops, online resources, one-to-one appointments and drop-in services to help with academic skills and writing.
  • Peer Connections is a mentoring and buddy scheme to help students settle in to university life, available on request. Peers are on hand to answer questions, listen to worries, show students around, and help them make the most of their time at university.
  • The university's Student Funding service provides financial advice and support to prospective and current students on all money matters, such as financial assistance and alternative funding.

Students' Union

  • The highly-rated Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) is right at the heart of campus. It features bars, cafés, and a nightclub that hosts bands, DJs and entertainment at night.
  • There are over 190 student societies covering varied interests; students interested in media can join DUSA's own radio and TV stations or the Magdalen, the university's student magazine.
  • DUSA has one of the strongest representation structures in Scotland. The DUSA Executive Committee and Student Representative Council (SRC) lead DUSA to ensure all activities are undertaken with the best interests of students at heart. The Enquiry Centre offers a centralised student services hub within DUSA, and the university also hosts a Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Student Law Clinic, where students can access a range of advice.

History

  • 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 celebrated 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 Hollywood actor Brian Cox; and the current rector is round-the-world cyclist and adventurer Mark Beaumont.

Fascinating Fact

  • University of Dundee scientists have confirmed that a key cellular pathway that protects the brain from damage is disrupted in Parkinson's patients, raising the possibility of new treatments for the disease.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Gary Lightbody – lead singer of the band Snow Patrol.
  • James McIntosh – food writer.
  • John Suchet – news anchor.
  • Susan Philipsz OBE – 2010 Turner Prize winner.
  • Sir James W. Black – notable pharmacologist and Nobel Laureate.
  • Margaret Fairlie – gynaecologist and first female professor at a university in Scotland.
  • Donald Findlay QC – criminal defence advocate.
  • Nhial Deng Nhial – Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of South Sudan.
  • Johanna Basford OBE – illustrator.

Address

University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN