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University of Dundee
University of Dundee is specifically popular for students entering the traditional professions, most notably law, medicine and dentistry as well as emerging areas such as life sciences and art, all of which are highly regarded at the university. The University has been given a Gold award, the highest possible rating, in the 2017 Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). In addition, Dundee was the 4th university in the UK for graduates entering professional occupations according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) 2020 and the 'University of the Year for Student Experience' in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.
The student-friendly city Dundee is home to two distinct universities and together they attract more than 20,000 students to the city, giving Dundee more students per head of population than any other Scottish city. Both universities are located in campuses that are in the heart of the city, adding a real buzz to the city, and students can enjoy Dundee's thriving music scene, and eclectic mix of bars and traditional pubs, cafés and restaurants.
QS World Ranking (2022)
Times Higher Education (2021)
Complete University Guide (2022)
Guardian League Table (2021)
Teaching Excellence Framework
Green Credentials (2019)
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The University's origins date back to 1881 when University College, Dundee (UCD), was founded with donations from the Baxter family. Initially UCD and St Andrews worked alongside each other in relative harmony. However, soon their relationship became strained over the issue of the Medical School. So, following a 70 year relationship with the University of St Andrews, on 1 August 1967, the royal charter was granted to the University and the University of Dundee was formally established as an independent University. The University has more than doubled in size since 1994, and now is home to more than 17,000 students and more than 3,000 staff.
The University of Dundee has three campuses. The City Campus, close to the city centre, the Ninewells Campus, for students in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, and the Kirkcaldy Campus, one of the locations for the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Dundee University’s compact but lively City campus, is situated in the centre of Dundee, close to shops and with great views over the River Tay, but yet it remains quiet and relaxed with a surprising amount of green space. The Campus Green lies at the heart of the University grounds, and plays host to various events throughout the year, from receptions during Freshers' Week and graduation garden parties in June to snowman-building competitions in the depths of winter.
University of Dundee is a green university, and is keen to reduce its carbon footprint and to act more responsibly towards the environment. One of the University’s newer buildings, the Dalhousie Building, is heated by waste energy, and the University actively promotes recycling (including the installation of reverse vending machines, which pay out cash when you deposit your bottles and cans) and green travel. You'll find charge points for electric vehicles and regular second hand bike sales as well as free bike checks and basic repairs for all students.
Dundee city itself has been described as the biggest village in Scotland due to its warm and friendly community spirit. The City campus is also close to the train station where you can get to Edinburgh and Glasgow in under an hour and a half. The other two campuses at Ninewells Teaching Hospital and Kirkcaldy, are easily accessible by bus and train routes.
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Dundee has an international reputation and attracts top-class researchers in diverse subjects such as medicine, life science, law, fine art and design and space exploration. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 76% of the University's research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, with Biological Sciences coming first in the UK. The University also ranked 1st for STEM research in Scotland, 3rd for Civil Engineering in the UK, and 1st in Maths and General Engineering in Scotland.
The University was ranked top in the UK for its research in influencing innovation by Nature in 2017. At the University of Dundee there are always new research projects launched, for example, the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification which uses state-of-the-art forensic science techniques and facial reconstruction to generate images and models from human remains.
The University of Dundee has exchange agreements with many universities across Europe, North America and Australasia through the ERASMUS+ programme, Transatlantic Student Exchange (TSE) and Australasia Student Exchange (ASE). All students at the University have the opportunity to take part in an exchange programme or work placement as an integrated part their Dundee degree with different courses having agreements with different partnered institutions.
TSE only offers exchanges to students on certain courses including Accountancy, Arts and Design, the Environment, Humanities, Psychology, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics and Science. Every year Dundee sends 30-40 undergraduates students to universities in America and Canada. Similarly the ASE programme is limited to students on certain degrees. Each School has an Academic Exchange Co-ordinator who can let you know the exchange opportunities available to you, help you through the application process and help you to choose modules that will complement your Dundee degree.
UK Students (2021/2022)
Note: Scottish and European Students should check with the Student Awards Agency For Scotland (SAAS).
Scholarships & Bursaries
The University of Dundee has established a range of undergraduate scholarships and bursaries designed to help students with a Rest of UK status entering the University.
The Discover Dundee scholarship offers you a one-off payment of £2,000 for your first year of study. The Academic Excellence Scholarship offers those who achieved AAB or above at A-level £3,000 per year of study. For both scholarships, students have to study an undergraduate degree in any of its Schools, excluding Medicine, Dentistry and Education & Social Work.
The Bursary offers students with a household income of £20,000 or less up to £2,000 per year of study.
In the University of Dundee, the staff makes advanced use of e-learning methods to enhance their teaching and most modules are supported by ‘My Dundee’ the virtual learning environment. The University has a great reputation for teaching, receiving a Gold award, the highest possible rating, in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
The Library & Learning Centre (LLC) operates four libraries across the different campuses. The LLC offers flexible learning spaces with silent study zones, general study zones ideal for group work and study break zones and has long opening hours during semester. It provides access to more than one million books and subscriptions to over 5,000 journals, newspapers and databases with a copy of every recommended book and multiple copies of many key texts. There are extensive electronic resources including e-books, e-journals, online newspapers, published research materials, and image and sound resources. There are 300 networked PCs, self-service machines, scanning facilities, a bookable research room and a learning café situated in the Main Library. Staff are there to help you get the most out of the LLC facilities including specialist subject librarians and face-to-face expert support. In addition, there is an ‘Ask the Library’ where you can have an online chat with a staff.
You’ll also be able to spend your study breaks in CreateSpace, the library’s new spot for unwinding with a twist. There are sewing machines, 3D printers, badge makers, and even Lego.
The Information and Communication Services (ICS) team provides a range of information and communication technology services to support students in their learning and research. This includes a Help4U Service Desk, over 800 generally available PCs on campus, specialist computer labs, and WiFi access throughout learning and teaching spaces and in all University accommodation.
The Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE) provides a range of high class facilities including a huge state-of-the-art gym; 2 exercise studio; 3 new glass-backed squash courts; a designated performance centre; a specialised dance/indoor cycling studio; a 25 metre swimming pool; 4 newly resurfaced, floodlit, all-weather tennis courts; and 2 large indoor sports halls. There is also 33 acres of playing fields and 2 specialised all-weather pitches at the Riverside Sports Grounds. The quality of the sports facilities is reflected in its selection as a 2012 pre-Olympic training venue.
ISE provides students with the opportunity to get involved in campus sports leagues and events, an extensive range of exercise classes, dance courses, swimming courses and classes, and benefits from a large range of support services such as physiotherapy or sports massage.
Dundee Sports Union runs a number of sports clubs for students and, with each club run entirely by students for students, there is lots of opportunity to get involved in shaping, guiding and developing your club. There is also the opportunity to set up a new sporting club if it is not already offered by the Sports Union.
University of Dundee Sport partners with ISE and Dundee Sports Union to develop and deliver sport at the University, and encompasses Team, Club and Campus Sport. University sports teams compete in a number of local, regional and national competitions with specific focus on competing successfully in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) challenges.
Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) or ‘the Union’, located right at the heart of the City campus has been rated as the best Student Union in Scotland by Whatuni Student Choice in 2018. It supports over 190 societies covering arts, cultural, academic, interests/hobbies and many more. DUSA also has its own radio station called Jam Radio, Scotland’s leading student television channel, DUSA TV, a student magazine, The Magdalen and digital media called Fibre.
DUSA provides an advice service to students, which is independent from the University of Dundee. The advice they offer includes mental health, money and budgeting, private housing, complaints about the university etc. The advice is free, independent and confidential.
The Union’s services include the Premier Shop which is a large convenience store, the i-Wall which houses computers linked to the University network, and the Pool Hall which houses 18 pool tables, video games and quiz machines. The Union’s food outlets include: Yum Yum, offering a fast food takeaway service; Air Bar, providing table service and great coffee; and Liar Bar, serving fast lunch buffets. The Union’s shops and bars were ranked top in the UK for value for money by the Student Experience Survey.
MONO is the nightclub at the heart of the Union and with a capacity of 900, stages a variety of themed events throughout the year including Halloween and St Patrick’s Day parties as well as hosting a number of bands. Floor 5, an alternative clubbing venue both the Liar Bar and Air Bar, offer a range of entertainment at night from karaoke to open mic to big screen sport.
Religion & Spirituality
There is a Chaplaincy Centre situated right at the heart of the City campus, and its facilities and resources are available to students of all faiths or none. There is a team ministry in the Chaplaincy consisting of a full-time Chaplain and a number of honorary and associate Chaplains from different denominations and faiths. The Chaplaincy host many social activities during semester-time and during the course of a normal week, ranging from religious groups, University choirs, discussion groups and debates. Facilities available in the Chaplaincy Centre include a chapel, coffee bar, quiet room and meeting room.
Health & Well-Being
All the University of Dundee students is required to register with a GP on arrival at the University. The University Health Service also provides a range of information on its website on various health-related issues, such as mental health, eating advice, vaccination, etc.
There is a Counselling Service offering students the opportunity to talk over any particular worries or difficulties with someone in confidence. The Counsellors can also offer support in a more general way, for example, helping students to settle into university life, get the most out of student life and be effective in academic work.
The University Disability Services provides a range of confidential support services for disabled students. This includes students with physical and sensory impairments, mental health difficulties and dyslexia. The services include: need assessments to support applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA); support with arranging Non-Medical Personal Help; screening and diagnostic assessments for dyslexia; training with assistive technology; and help prior to arrival to ensure the provision of support required is available.
To help students with academic issues there is an Academic Achievement Teaching Unit (AATU) at the University, which works closely with the academic schools by providing in-course tuition in a range of learning skills and personal tutorials on skills such as taking notes or academic reading.
The Careers Service at the University provides help and guidance at any stage of your degree and also when finding a job. There are trained Careers Advisors on hand to help with career choice, planning and information. The Careers Service regularly liaises with graduate employers as well as putting on four major Careers Fairs throughout the academic year.
The Careers Service has also created a CareersPortal, designed to help you manage your career journey throughout your time at University. The portal allows you: access the JobShop to find part-time work, internships, volunteering opportunities and graduate jobs; book appointments with the Careers Adviser for your subject area; submit career-related queries online; and book careers and employability events. There is an online resource, which students are encouraged to take advantage of in order to construct a well-developed CV, underpin an understanding of transferable skills, career planning and employability issues.
The Centre of Entrepreneurship gives students the chance to improve their employability through developing their business enterprise skills. This includes training sessions led by members of the local business community, Entrepreneurial Masterclasses which offer advanced insights into the career journey of successful entrepreneurs, and also knowledge of a cutting-edge area which they have become experts in, and online resources.
Self-catered (per week) (2020/2021)
Dundee guarantees accommodation to all new students at the University in its four halls of residence; Heathfield, Belmont, Seabraes and West Park. Heathfield and Belmont are located centrally on the city campus and both houses around 450 students. Seabraes, housing over 400 students, is located between the city campus and the River Tay and is just a few minutes’ walk from city campus as well as being close to the city centre. West Park, housing 300 students, is located between city campus and Ninewells Teaching Hospital, and is approximately 20 minutes’ walk from both, as well as having access to good public transport. All contracts cover the whole academic year, allowing students to leave their belongings in their rooms over the holidays and longer contracts are also available for students who also wish to stay in Dundee during the summer period. All accommodation is in self-contained flats, each with its own kitchen and dining space, and houses between five and ten residents. All accommodation is single occupancy, provides bedrooms with en-suite showers and toilets, inclusive of Utility bills and fully connected to superfast wired and WiFi internet.
For those who would prefer to stay in private accommodation Dundee has a wide range of competitively priced private accommodation close to the University campus and the Students’ Union offers free legal advice to help students with matters such as leases.
English Language Requirements
The University asks for a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a number of exceptions including:
|Undergraduate Dentistry (BDS)||IELTS 7.0 overall, with a mimumum of 6.0 in any component|
|Undergraduate MA (Education)||IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in any component|
|Undergraduate Law (LLB)||IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in any component|
|Undergraduate Medicine (MBChB)||IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in any component|
|Undergraduate Nursing||IELTS 7.0|
|Teaching Qualification (Further Education) (UG Cert)||IELTS 6.5|
The Global Excellence Scholarships are available to the Rest of UK and international students studying one of the subjects stipulated in the scholarship, and is worth £5,000 per year of study up to five years towards the tuition fees. Detailed information on the scholarship is available from the University of Dundee website.
There is an International Advice Service offering a professional and friendly welcome to all international students and providing specialist advice on a range of matters relating to life and study in the UK. The Service provides specialist immigration advice and assistance with visa extensions; gives advice on working during and after your studies; arranges several social and cultural events throughout the year; hosts an international mailing list to provide you with news of events; opportunities and immigration updates; and provides links to international hospitality schemes and community groups.