University of Dundee

The University of Dundee's origins date back to 1881, when it was founded as University College, Dundee. Today, we are one of the UK’s top 30 universities in the Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and The Guardian University Guide 2019. We offer over 220 undergraduate degrees, and 200 postgraduate and research degrees in a variety of subjects, with funding options available.

Top reasons to study here

  • We have been given a Gold award - "the highest possible rating" - in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • 96.4% of Dundee graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, July 2018).
  • We're ranked Top 20 in the UK for student satisfaction (Times Higher Education Student Satisfaction Survey 2018).

Bachelor's programmes

Social Sciences (33)
Business & Management (29)
Humanities (24)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (19)
Engineering & Technology (9)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (6)
Arts, Design & Architecture (5)
Medicine & Health (5)
Applied Sciences & Professions (3)
Computer Science & IT (3)
Law (3)



The University of Dundee was founded in 1881 and became a college of St Andrews University in 1897. In 1967, we became independent once again and celebrated 50 years as an independent university in 2017.


We pride ourselves on offering a wide range of degree subjects at Dundee. In fact, you can choose from more than 220 undergraduate degree programmes. We are also one of the few places to offer the highly-respected Scottish Master of Arts (MA) degree which allows you to ‘pick and mix’ your modules across varied subject areas.

According to the Guardian University Guide 2019, we are top in the UK for Dentistry. They also rank us in the top 10 in the UK for Law, Medicine, Biosciences, Modern Languages and Linguistics, Civil Engineering, and Social Work. As you can see, we are highly rated across the board and you can find out more about specific course pages on our website.


Research at Dundee has been ranked among the very best in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014). 76% of our research was rated as `world-leading’ or `internationally renowned’. Over 30% of our funding comes from research and this helps us to produce world-changing solutions for health, the environment and the economy. 


We consistently have some of the best levels of graduate employment. In fact, 95.8% of our latest graduates were employed or in further study when surveyed six months after graduation. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2017) Our Careers Service offers you opportunities to enhance your employability through internships, work experience placements and CV writing clinics. Furthermore, our Centre of Entrepreneurship is run by students, overseen by staff and gives you the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills. Learning a language and studying abroad are also great ways of boosting your employability. You can combine one or two languages from French, German or Spanish with many of our degrees, or take evening classes in 15 different languages.

University Ranking

World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
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Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
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Student services

Our Enquiry Centre is right in the heart of campus and can help to recommend one of our numerous support services such as:

  • The Careers Service for employability and career questions
  • The Counselling Services to talk over any worries in confidence
  • The Student Funding Team for advice on money matters
  • Disability Services and the University Health Service
  • The Peer Connections team for welcoming and buddying
  • The Chaplaincy Centre
  • The Nursery who provides places for students who need childcare
  • The Student Support Advisor provides support for students in residences.
What’s more, our students’ union DUSA has a service called The Hive, a hub for enquiries about student representation, housing and much more.

Housing services

Staying in university accommodation gives you the perfect start to your time at university and you’ll meet new people and make friends for life. Our accommodation is made up of around 250 self-contained flats. All the bedrooms are single-occupancy and are complete with en-suite high-spec shower room. The majority of our accommodation is on campus or just across the road. In our accommodation, our WiFi and super fast wired broadband will supercharge your study sessions and let you stay connected with friends. Each flat has a well-equipped kitchen and there’s a laundry on site. There are no hidden costs as all electricity costs, maintenance and personal property insurance are included in the price.

Library services

Our fantastic library facilities are open until 2:30am in semester time and 24 hours a day during exams. Our helpful library staff can also help you find the exact book that you want. There are libraries on several sites: the main library, the art library at DJCAD and Medical and Nursing Libraries at Ninewells Hospital, Fife Campus and Perth Royal Infirmary.

ICT services

We have one of the largest WiFi installations outside of the US which allows you to stream films, TV and games at the same time and connect up to 15 devices to the network. Super fast WiFi is available throughout campus. Furthermore, Help4U, our Service Desk, provides IT support and advice by phone, in person and online from 10am to 10pm every day.

Medical services

In the UK, you are covered by the National Health Service and the University Health Service provides a range of health related advice and services for staff and students. NHS treatment and prescription drugs are free. However you need to pay for dental and optical treatment (unless you are under 19 years old).

Student Life

Campus life

Our accommodation, library, teaching areas, students’ union and gym are all right next to each other. The city campus is in Dundee's West End, and you’ll find quirky bars, contemporary restaurants, cool cafés and independent shops nearby as well as the major cultural centres of Dundee Contemporary Arts and the Dundee Rep Theatre.

You’ll be a short walk from our two big shopping centres and a casual stroll away from both the train and bus stations. You’ll also find that your money will go a lot further around here. Our students pay well below the national average for rent, and weekly expenditure on going out is also lower than average.

Sports facilities

Our sporting facilities are highly rated and were picked as a pre-Olympic training venue. On campus there is a huge state-of-the-art-gym with personal training room; two exercise studios; three glass-backed, competition standard squash courts; a designated strength performance centre; a specialised dance/indoor cycling studio; a 25m swimming pool with sauna; four floodlit, all-weather tennis courts; and two large indoor sports halls. Our sports grounds are nearby and offer football, rugby and hockey pitches. Dundee University Sports Union has over 40 clubs and works to ensure all your sporting wants and needs are met. If there isn’t already a club for your sport, speak to them and they’ll help you set one up.

Student clubs

Our students association, DUSA, is award winning and right in the heart of campus. DUSA has three eating places and a nightclub with well over 1000 capacity. They host weekly favourites such as Skint, the club night that gives you chart hits and student anthems every Tuesday night. You can also become a member of one of DUSA’s many societies started by students for students. Why not take part and become a member of a sports club or get involved in student media or representation? There’s over 100 societies and they cover an exhaustive list of activities and interests.


Please see individual course-pages on the University of Dundee website for accreditation information for specific subjects.

Student Reviews

An enriching Masters experience
Rabia Mahmood Khan rated 4 out of 5 stars
The course content is exceptional. Very relevant and although extensive to study at times yet very comprehensive. The assignment feedback from supervisors is very helpful, insightful and has contributed extensively in bettering my skills of medical education. I wish at times the course material would not be so lengthy because for a working mother of 3 I any way get very little time to study so...
Study abroad boosts confidence
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars
It was good to get away from home and be out of my comfort zone.
You should Study abroad!!
Joyce Dennis rated 5 out of 5 stars
Very different from Ghana. I got to experience a lot of cultures and learned a lot. It gave me the opportunity to explore Europe.

Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom