University of Dundee


University of Dundee

Nobel Prize winning poet and honorary graduate Seamus Heaney has described the University of Dundee as

"having its head in the clouds and its feet firmly on the ground."

The ability to be both aspirational and down-to earth, to blend ground-breaking intellectual achievement with practical applications, has given the University its distinctive character.

There have been many changes since the University became an independent institution in 1967 following a 70 year relationship with the University of St Andrews but the fundamental aims remain.

-- Dundee became an independent University in 1967 following a 70 year relationship with the University of St Andrews

-- The University's origins date back to 1881 when University College, Dundee was founded

-- The University is made up of four Colleges:

  • Art, Science and Engineering
  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

Facts & Figures

Three key touchstones help to focus progress and provide a measure of successes in the continuing improvement and development of the University. Recent successes and achievements in each of these areas of focus are:

Achieving excellence in teaching and learning

■The University ranked 176 among the world's top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education2011-12 World University Rankings
■The School of Dentistry is ranked top in Scotland and second in the UK for teaching excellence in the Guardian's University Guide for 2011.
■The University isNo. 1 in the UK according to theTimes Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2011
■54% of the University's research is achieving 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' standards in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008)
■Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design has been rated the top art school in Scotland and in the top four in the UK in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008)

Promoting pure and applied research and scholarship at international levels of excellence

■The University of Dundee has been ranked top in the world for the impact of its research in pharmacology (Times Higher Education 2010)
■Awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize 2005 for work in drug discovery and development
■The University is the first approved Cancer Research UK Centre in Scotland. The Dundee Cancer Centre was launched on World Cancer Day, February 2010.
■The University is home to the UK's first UNESCO Centre of Excellence: the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science
■The University hosts the UK's first interface science institute, The Institute for Medical Science and Technology
■The University has spun out 20 companies in the past ten years whilst raising up to £150m in funding. These spin-out and start-up companies are collectively generating over £89m in annual turnover and creating over 700 jobs worldwide, including up to 300 in Dundee.

Enabling staff and students to develop to the full in an environment of equal opportunity

■Voted one of the world's best places for postdoctoral scientists in an international poll by The Scientist magazine (2009)
■Voted one of the top ten places to work in an international poll by The Scientist magazine (2009)
■Two of the world's most cited biochemists are based at the University of Dundee - Professor Sir Philip Cohen and Professor Dario Allessi.
■The University graduates more students into the professions including law, accountancy, architecture, dentistry, education, social work and nursing than any other Scottish university
■Ranked top in Scotland and in the top five of all UK universities for facilities - Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey (January 2010)
■Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) has been ranked top in Scotland and one of the best in the world by the International Student Barometer survey 2010.

This school offers programs in:
  • English