The University of Dundee aims to transform lives, locally and globally, beginning with its students.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


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

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


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 69%
  • Postgraduate 31%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 72%
  • Part Time 28%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 6%
  • Other 9%

Student gender

  • Male 33%
  • Female 67%

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


  • 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.
  • The library was recently refurbished and upgraded and includes relaxation areas, group study rooms with the latest technology, bookable creative spaces, and a café to keep students going through their study sessions.

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 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 advice

  • Trained 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 through business enterprise skills development training sessions 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 services

  • A free, confidential counselling service is available to all staff and students.
  • An emergency counselling drop-in service is available at 10.15am (Monday–Friday)
  • The team at the Enquiry Centre can help with general well-being and support, and there is also a dedicated student support team.

Disability support

  • Disability Services offers confidential support to all disabled students to ensure they are not disadvantaged when undertaking their course
  • The university makes available additional support, software, equipment and training to ensure that its IT systems are accessible and easy to use.

Students' Union

  • Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) is at the heart of campus and features bars, cafés and a nightclub which hosts bands and DJ and varied entertainment at night.
  • There are over 180 student societies covering varied interests, and 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, with 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. 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.


  • 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

  • Dundee University researchers came close to inventing a real sonic screwdriver in 2012, using ultrasound waves to try and steer objects within a cylinder of liquid.

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 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.


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