University of Dundee


The University of Dundee (abbreviated as Dund. for post-nominals) is a public research university based in the city and Royal burgh of Dundee on the east coast of the central Lowlands of Scotland. It is consistently ranked within the Top 250 universities in the world and inside the Top 100 for certain disciplines.

Founded in 1881 the institution was, for most of its early existence, a constituent college of the University of St Andrews alongside United College and St Mary’s College located in the town of St Andrews itself. Following significant expansion, the University of Dundee became an independent body in 1967 whilst retaining much of its ancient heritage and governance structure. Since its independence, the university has grown to become an internationally recognised centre for research.


As of 1 August 2015, the University of Dundee is organised into nine schools containing multiple disciplines. Each individual school is formally headed by a Dean. The following is a full list of the school:

  • Schol of Art and Design
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education and Social Work
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Life Sciences
  • School of Science and Engineering
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Full details of entry requirements for each course can be found on their website.

They may need to attend an interview for some courses, e.g. medicine, dentistry, education and nursing.

The students have tocheck the website for further information.


Dundee offers a wide mix of subjects, and is particularly strong on professional and accredited degrees, such as medicine, engineering, law, dentistry, architecture, education, accountancy and nursing.

There are further strengths in life sciences, computing, humanities, and social and environmental sciences.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, part of the University of Dundee, is one of UK’s top art schools.

The University is one of only a few in the UK to have been awarded three Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.

Dundee has one of the highest graduate starting salaries in Scotland, with an average first job salary of £21,569.

The university is a founding partner of the V&A Museum of Design, Dundee.


In the National Student Survey 2015, 90% of their students were satisfied with the quality of their course. Moreover, 100% were satisfied in: American studies, Forensic science, Spanish, Marketing, Media studies, Creative art & design, Physics, Astronomy, Social work.

The Complete University Guide 2016 ranked Dundee:

2nd in UK and Top in Scotland for anatomy & physiology.

3rd in the UK and Top in Scotland for general engineering.

Top 10 in the UK and Top 3 in Scotland for civil engineering, dentistry, education, mathematics, medical technology and sports science.

Top 3 in Scotland medicine.

Students benefit from small classes and from the interdisciplinary approach at Dundee to both teaching and research, which helps to develop a wide range of transferable skills, attractive to employers.

The success of this approach can be seen by high graduate employability.

A large number of their degrees are accredited by the relevant professional bodies which enhances graduate employability.


Trained Careers Advisers are available to support students at every stage of their degree.

The Careers Service organises five major career and recruitment events throughout the year plus many general and subject specific events on a broad range of career areas.

Students have the opportunity to use the JobShop and Placement Base to source part-time vacancies and internships.

The Careers Service also offers two modules – career planning and internship – which can be taken as part of your degree credits in Level 2.

Dundee graduates can continue to access the Careers Service for up to five years after graduating.

Endorsed by local and national employers and professional bodies including the CBI, the Dundee Graduate Skills Award recognises the value of extracurricular activities that students undertake whilst studying.

The Enterprise Gym gives students the chance to improve their self-reliance and employability through business enterprise skills development from training sessions led by members of the local business community. The Enterprise Gym also provides support and guidance to students who are interesting in starting their own business.

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