University of Dundee

With a history dating back to 1881, the University of Dundee is an established centre of learning that continually strives to build on its achievements. Ideally located in the centre of Dundee, the University is consistently ranked as one of the best higher education institutions in the world and was rated Scottish University of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Main Campus:
City Centre

Locations:
City Centre, Ninewells, Kirkcaldy

Student Population:
18,000


Faculties:
 Art and Design, Dentistry, Education and Social Work, Humanities, Life Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering and Social Sciences

Overview

Why Choose the University of Dundee?

With a history dating back to 1881, the University of Dundee is an established centre of learning that continually strives to build on its achievements. Ideally located in the centre of Dundee, the University is consistently ranked as one of the best higher education institutions in the world and was rated Scottish University of the Year in both 2016 and 2017 by The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide.

 

Teaching Quality

Dundee boasts the highest quality of teaching that is frequently recognised by various different university rankings.

  • Ranked top in the UK for Dentistry and Design and Crafts by the Guardian University Guide 2018.
  • The Guardian University Guide 2018 also ranked Dundee 1st in Scotland for Art, Dentistry Design and Crafts, Fashion and Textiles Forensic Science and Archaeology, Law, Medicine and Social Work. In Architecture, Biosciences, Education, Civil Engineering, English and Creative Writing History, Modern Languages and Politics, Dundee was ranked in the Top 3 in Scotland.
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 ranked Dundee as Scottish University of the Year for the second year running.
  • The Complete University Guide 2018 ranked Dundee in the top 30 universities in the United Kingdom.
  • The research undertaken at Dundee feeds directly into the University’s teaching.

 

Research Quality

The University of Dundee has an international reputation for its research and continues to attract world-class researchers in diverse areas ranging from medicine to space exploration.

  • Researchers at Dundee are at the forefront of pushing back boundaries and attract, on average, £85 million in research funding annually.
  • New research projects are continually being launched at Dundee, creating a challenging and exciting environment for researchers and students alike.
  • Dundee has been ranked 1st in the UK for the impact of its scientific research (The Guardian and Thomson Scientific Index), with groundbreaking medical research into diabetes, cancer and neuroscience. The Cancer Centre at the University is the first approved Cancer Research Centre in Scotland.
  • In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 76% of the University’s research was deemed to be “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.
  • Awarded a Gold Award for Citations by Times Higher Education rankings. This is awarded to only the top 10% of universities ranked in the core indicators.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Dundee was ranked best in Scotland for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) research and 3rd in the UK for Civil Engineering.
  • Dundee has been named as one of the world’s best workplaces by a poll of international scientists (The Scientist, 2010).

 

International

Dundee understands the increasing importance of the international dimension in higher education and is committed to creating an environment that embraces diversity and is welcoming to both staff and students.

  • The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings list the world’s best 200 universities that are aged 50 years or under. Dundee is ranked in 16th place.
  • Dundee is also ranked in the world’s top 100 universities by the QS World University Rankings 2017 in the following subjects: Anatomy & Physiology, Biological Sciences and Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • With 18,000 students from 145 different countries and 3,000 staff from 72 countries, Dundee is truly a global institution.
  • The International Advice Service provides helpful and friendly advice to all international students and provides specialist advice on living and studying in the UK

 

Student Satisfaction

Students at Dundee are very satisfied with their experience at the University.

  • For the all-round student experience, Dundee has been rated 2nd in Scotland and 15th in the UK (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017)
  • In the 2017 National Student Survey, Dundee was rated as top in the UK for student satisfaction in the fields of Biology, Dentistry and Others in Education (Childhood Practice) with 100% of students satisfied with their respective courses.
  • The University recorded overall satisfaction of 90% – well above the sector and Scottish averages.
  • The University of Dundee has been ranked 1st in Scotland, 3rd in the UK and 14th globally for overall average student satisfaction in the most recent International Student Barometer (ISB).

Employable Graduates

Graduates from the University of Dundee are highly regarded by employers, not only due to the high standard of education they have received, but also thanks to the wide range of personal and transferable skills that the university environment enables them to develop.

  • The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority in June 2017, shows that 95.8% of Dundee graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation.
  • The Careers Service offers intership modules and career planning modules to help students gain valuable work experience and develop practical skills.
  • The ‘Dundee Plus’ award recognises the value of extracurricular activities undertaken whilst studying and can give graduates an edge in the highly competitive job market.

Centre of Entrepreneurship is run by students and overseen by experienced university staff They run free workshops and events to help students develop entrepreneurial skills and commercial awareness.

Areas Of Study

Variety of Courses

Dundee offers a wide variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

  • Dundee provides a flexible module structure that enables students to choose their own pathway and combine subjects. It also provides many part-time and distance learning courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Dundee also offers a comprehensive academic skills programme so that students can brush up on their study skills, develop their critical thinking ability and get the most out of their courses.
  • Like most Scottish universities, Dundee offers four year undergraduate courses which allow students to study a variety of subjects in their first two years before specialising in their final two, giving students both a wide and deep education.

The University is made up of nine schools: Art and Design, Dentistry, Education and Social Work, Humanities, Life Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Science and Engineering and Social Sciences

Campus Facilities

Location

The University of Dundee is currently spread over three campuses: two in the city of Dundee and one in nearby Kirkcaldy. The main campus is the City Centre campus. A virtually traffic free area with attractive landscaping, the campus is nevertheless lively and contains first-rate facilities. Its compact nature gives it a campus university feel despite being in the heart of a city.

The Ninewells campus can be found three miles to the west of the city centre and is home to the University’s medical students. It is also the location of the Ninewells Hospital. Like the main campus, students based at Ninewells have all the benefits that come with being located within the city of Dundee.

Finally, the Kirkcaldy campus can be found in the town of Kirkcaldy, in Fife. The School of Nursing is partially based there and all students have access to the same level of facilities as students at the other two campuses. Transport links to Kirkcaldy are very good with trains running to Dundee and Edinburgh every half an hour.

Described as the largest village in Scotland, Dundee is compact and friendly. However, with a population of around 150,000, it has all the benefits of a much larger city. Situated beside the broad estuary of the River Tay and surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastline, Dundee offers plenty of opportunities for those who relish outdoor activities. With 59 parks, Dundee has more parks per person than anywhere else in the UK!

Known as the ‘City of Discovery’, Dundee provides both visitors and residents with plenty of cultural activities. The city boasts two free galleries, a theatre with a permanent company of actors and has, in the Caird Hall, one of the finest concert halls in the country (which has been used for the BBC’s ‘Proms in the Park’). Dundee has plenty to offer shopaholics and food connoisseurs alike with all tastes catered for. Despite all this, Dundee offers very good value for money- the cost of living is approximately 14% lower than the UK average, making it Scotland’s most cost- effective city.

For those seeking to travel further afield, Dundee has excellent transport links with the rest of the UK by train, coach and by plane. Both Edinburgh and Glasgow are only an hour and a half away.

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