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We are an established university with a progressive and dynamic outlook. Never complacent, we constantly strive to build on our achievements: investing in excellent facilities, pushing the boundaries of research, and developing new ways of e-learning.

We are home to nearly 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, with approximately 20% coming from countries in the EU and overseas.

The roots of the University go back to 1881 when University College, Dundee, was founded. In 2007, the University celebrated 40 years since it became independent after a 70 year relationship with the University of St. Andrews. The University is made up of 4 academic Colleges - Art, Science and Engineering; Arts and Social Sciences; Life Sciences; and Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.

Campus in the City

The University of Dundee enjoys an unrivalled position in the centre of Dundee, close to the shops, theatre and transport links, and with outstanding views over the River Tay.

The past decade has been a particularly exciting time of progress and change - since 1994 the University has more than doubled in size and in 2008 we completed a £200m campus redevelopment. This included

  • the construction of brand new energy efficient teaching buildings with the most advanced teaching technologies
  • fantastic new en suite student accommodation in the heart of the campus
  • extension of the Institute of Sport and Exercise (ise) and the Main Library, and the creation of the Campus Green, providing a beautiful space for students and staff to relax and enjoy campus life

Our compact City Campus is a mix of very modern and very traditional buildings, all equipped with the latest technology used in teaching. It is easy to get around with teaching and social areas (accommodation, sports facilities and students' union) all within a short walk of each other.

We also have campuses for our School of Medicine at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, and our School of Nursing and Midwifery also has a campus in Kirkcaldy, Fife.


Campus Resources

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With the recent investment we have developed a 21st century campus to provide our students with the resources and support required for the best student experience possible.

This includes providing over 600 generally available PCs on campus, specialist computer labs in subject areas, wireless access to the internet, IT access in most University accommodation and IT teaching to support your degree.

Our seven library sites offer students flexible learning spaces, access to specialist subject librarians, access to the wireless network and laptop charging points, extensive electronic resources including e-books and e-journals, and of course, access to more than 1 million books and subscriptions to over 4000 periodicals and journals.

We also offer a range of academic and personal support services to all students who require it.


World Leading Research

The University of Dundee has an international reputation and continues to attract top-class researchers from across the world in subjects as diverse as medicine, life sciences, dentistry, law, microelectronics, fine art and design, digital media, and space exploration. We attract an average of £55 million of research funding annually, and our research quality has recently been assessed as world leading across a broad range of disciplines (including arts, humanities, sciences and law).

Top Quality Teaching

  • In 2008 the University was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education University of the Year Award for the 2nd time.
  • The University graduates more students into the professions including law, accountancy, architecture, dentistry, education, social work, and nursing than any other Scottish university.
  • The Guardian University Guide 2010 recently ranked the University of Dundee 4th in Scotland and 19th overall in the UK. The subjects of Civil Engineering, Dentistry, Education, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacology and Physics were all ranked in the UK's Top 10, with Mechanical Engineering and Medicine in the UK's Top 5.
  • We were also ranked in the Top 10 in the UK by the Complete University Guide 2010 for Anatomy & Physiology, Civil Engineering, Education, Medicine and Social Work.
  • But our reputation does not just extend to the UK; we were recognised as 76th in the Times Higher Education QS World University Rankings 2007 for Life Sciences and Biomedicine and in the Top 100 European Universities in 2008.

Postgraduate Programmes

We offer an impressive portfolio of over 200 taught postgraduate (Masters) programmes across 16 Schools, including full-time, part-time, online distance learning and continuing professional development (CPD) options. Most of these have September start dates, with many also offering a January start date. Applicants are advised to make their applications electronically using UKPASS.


Employment and Careers


The University of Dundee is proud of its graduate employment record and offers many opportunities throughout their course for students to plan for their career after graduation.

The University Careers Service offers a variety of services including careers guidance, job-seeking strategies, guidance for applications and interviews, careers information and the opportunity to participate in a programme of events and presentations.

The Enterprise Gym at the University of Dundee is Scotland's leading business skills and enterprise course. It provides students with options to learn and master the vital skills for running a business. The course is free for students and runs throughout the year, providing online enterprise courses, training by local entrepreneurs, super coach sessions with UK industry leaders, and informal sessions with inspiring speakers.

When they leave, more than four in five go into graduate level jobs, a rate bettered by just 13 institutions nationally.

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