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University of Dundee

Location:
City Centre, Ninewells, Kirkcaldy

Main Campus:
City Centre

Student Population:
17000

Website details:
www.dundee.ac.uk

Faculties:
Art, Science & Engineering, Arts and Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

 

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.

 

Teaching Quality

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

  • Ranked 2nd in the UK for Civil Engineering and 4th in the UK for Medicine and Pharmacology by the Guardian University Guide 2012.
  • The Guardian University Guide 2012 also ranked Dundee 1st in Scotland for Civil Engineering, Pharmacology and Town & Regional Planning. In Architecture, Education, English, Law, Mathematics, Medicine and Philosophy Dundee was ranked in the Top 3 in Scotland.
  • The Times Good University Guide 2012 ranked Dundee as 1st in Scotland for Anatomy and Physiology and Biological Sciences and 2nd in Scotland for Architecture, Philosophy, Town and Regional Planning and for Dundee's Staff : Student ratio.
  • The Complete University Guide 2011 ranked Dundee 1st in Scotland for Anatomy & Physiology and Town & Regional Planning, and in the Top 3 in Scotland for Art & Design, Biological Sciences, Civil Engineering, Medicine and Philosophy.
  • 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 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), 54% of the University’s research was deemed to be “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.
  • In the 2008 RAE Civil Engineering and Biological and Laboratory-based Clinical Sciences were ranked as the best in Scotland and were all among the top performers in the UK.
  • Dundee is ranked in the World’s Top 100 Universities for Innovation (the amount of research income against the number of academic staff), Research Influence (the number of citations) and International Mix (the diversity of the student and staff bodies) by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-12.
  • 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 University ranked 176th among the world's top 200 universities in the Times Higher Education 2011-12 World University Rankings.
  • Dundee is also ranked in the world’s top 200 universities by the QS World University Rankings 2011-12
  • International students come from 83 countries worldwide and make up 13% of the student body.
  • Staff at the University are drawn from 63 countries worldwide.
  • In addition to the Erasmus Scheme, students at Dundee can benefit from spending a year studying in North America through the Transatlantic Student Exchange (TSE), or can go to Australia, New Zealand or Hong Kong through the Australasia Student Exchange.
  • Additionally, medical and dental students can travel to any hospital worldwide to undertake a period of elective clinical study.

 

Student Satisfaction

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

  • For the all-round student experience, Dundee has been rated 1st in Scotland and 5th in the UK (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, January 2011).
  • In the 2011 National Student Survey, Dundee was rated as top in the UK for student satisfaction in the fields of history and politics with 100% of students satisfied with their respective courses.
  • Over 90% of students were satisfied with the quality of their teaching in Architecture, Computer Science, Dentistry, Economics, English, Geography, Medicine, Pharmacology, Town & Regional Planning,and Law.
  • Dundee was ranked as 2nd in Scotland and 5th in the UK for overall student satisfaction, with over 93% of its international students being satisfied with their overall experience at Dundee (International student barometer autumn 2011).

 

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.

  • 92% of graduates enter employment or further study within 6 months of graduating, with roughly 76% entering into graduate-level jobs (Sunday Times University Guide 2012).
  • Dundee graduates command the highest average starting salaries in Scotland and 6th in the UK (Sunday Times University Guide 2012).
  • In addition, Dundee encourages its students to create their own Personal Development Plans which help students to develop and fine-tune the skills that they will need to in order to succeed in the job market.
  • The ‘Dundee Graduate Skills Award’ recognises the value of extracurricular activities undertaken whilst studying and can give graduates an edge in the highly competitive job market.
  • More Dundee students go into the professional sector (fields such as law, accountancy, architecture, dentistry, education, social work and nursing) than students from any other Scottish university.

 

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 for four colleges: Art, Science and Engineering (2,846 students); Arts and Social Sciences (6,543 students); Life Sciences (1,252 students); Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing (7,144 students).

 

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 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 estimated cost of living is 15% 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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