University of Dundee
Welcome to University of Dundee
The University of Dundee is very proud of its reputation as having one of the best student unions in the country. It has taken the top spot in Scotland for the last four years and was voted 4th best student union in the whole of the UK in 2014. Academically the University is ranked number 1 UK by the Complete University Guide for its Pharmacology and Pharmacy course as well as being in the top 10 for its Dentistry and Anatomy & Physiology courses.
Students at the University of Dundee can enjoy a campus based university whilst the city centre is just a ten-minute walk away. Being a smaller city and offering everything close-at-hand means the University of Dundee will appeal to those who are looking for a University with a nice community feel to it.
As the UK’s first UNESCO city of Design, it’s a great time to live in Dundee. There is a real up and coming buzz about the city, due largely to the new V&A Museum of Design Dundee, due to open in 2017. As a place to live Dundee offers all the essentials that one would expect in a compact, easy-to-meander round city centre. And with over 60 parks in the city, miles of unspoilt sandy beaches nearby together with the stunning rivers, mountains and the Angus Glens all within easy reach, Dundee offers the best of both worlds.
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Courses and fees
There are over 200 courses offered by the University of Dundee. These are provided by 4 distinct colleges, each with their own schools and disciplines:
College of Art, Science and Engineering
- Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification
- School of Computing
- Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design
- School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
College of Arts and Social Sciences
- School of Business
- School of Education, Social Work and Community Education
- School of the Environment
- School of Humanities
- School of Law
- School of Psychology
- Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management
College of Life Sciences
- School of Research
- School of Learning and Teaching
College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing
- School of Medicine
- School of Dentistry
- School of Nursing and Midwifery
The University of Dundee’s entry requirements vary depending on the course, with the average tariff for entry points being 408.7. All courses must be applied for online via UCAS.
For some courses there may be additional steps in the application process. Dentistry, Education, Medicine, Nursing and Oral Health Sciences will all include an interview. For Social Work and Community Learning and Development courses these require a selection test to be carried out at the University. There are also a number of creative courses that require a portfolio and an interview as part of the process. The specific course entry requirements can be looked up here: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/ug/courses/a-z/.
There may occasionally be circumstances where special consideration will be made to an application. This may be applicable for students coming from a school with a low pass rate or where low numbers of students continue into higher education. Students that have spent time in care, who come from an area that has been identified as being deprived by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation or who have faced serious disruption to their education may also receive special consideration.
Most undergraduate courses at the University of Dundee are four year degrees, as is common in Scotland. However for many of the honours degree programmes students can reduce this to a three year degree with ‘advanced entry’ at level 2, provided A-Levels or Advanced Highers have already been completed. More details on level two entry requirements by course can be found here: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/ug/entry-requirements/.
All courses require a English of at least Standard Grade 3 or a GCSE Grade C. Where English is not a first language students are required to have an English qualification, equivalent to an IELTS level 6.0 overall. If a visa is required to study in the UK then students will need to meet the English level required by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
Tuition fees for students from Scotland and the EU are typically £1,820 per year at the University of Dundee, although it can vary depending on the course. Scottish and EU students can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for fees to be paid in full. An application must be made for each year of study. Students from the rest of the EU (excluding the rest of the UK) can also apply to the SAAS to have tuition fees paid in full, the same residence conditions apply.
Students from the rest of the UK (RUK) will have tuition fees of £9,000 per year for three years (including for four year courses). Tuition fee loans are available for RUK students to apply for. The loans are repaid in full in the same way that students loans are.
Those considering the University of Dundee from outside of the EU should refer to the specific fees by course here: http://search.dundee.ac.uk/s/search.html?collection=courses&query=&f.Level|L=ug
Bursaries and Scholarships
There are several scholarships and bursaries available for RUK students. A Discover Dundee bursary is available to RUK enrolled students in the first year of study, offering a £2,000 one-off payment. Students who achieve grades of ABB or above may also be eligible for the Academic Excellence scholarship which is worth £3,000 per year of study. Neither of these awards are available to students studying medicine, dentistry, nursing or education.
RUK students coming from a household with an annual income of less than £42,000 may also be eligible for the Rest of the UK bursary award. This is available to students from all degree programmes and has a value of either £1,000 or £3,000 per year.
Full details of the RUK scholarship and bursaries can be found here: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/ug/scholarships-fees/ruk-scholarships/.
For international students there is the Dean’s International Scholarship and the Vice Principal’s International Excellence Scholarship available for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students. All academic schools are eligible for the Dean’s International Scholarship (although some courses are excluded), students receive an online application link and then are required to submit a short supporting statement. If successful the scholarship reduces the cost of tuition fees by £3,000 per year. The Vice Principal’s scholarship covers the full payment of tuition fees for one academic year. There are 4 scholarships available, one for each academic college. Students are shortlisted and selected from those applying for the Dean’s scholarship.
Library and Study Facilities/IT Facilities
The Library and Learning Centre (LLC) offers over one million books and over 5,000 subscriptions to journals, databases, newspapers and publications. As well as this, most courses at the University of Dundee are supported by a virtual learning environment called My Dundee, which facilities extra support and resources such as online discussions, e-assessment, video clips and podcasts making it easier to catch up if you have to miss a lecture.
There are over 1,500 study spaces available on campus, with the library offering a variety of areas; from individual silent working areas to online bookable rooms for group study with a selection of media technology that can be booked to use. There is also a library café meaning you don’t have to go too far when you need a cup of coffee and some time out.
For students studying Art & Design, Nursing or Medicine there are three more specialised libraries available. Opening hours for the main library are 7:30am-2:30am Monday – Friday and 10:00am-2:30am Saturdays and Sundays, with 24 hour access available during exam season. Full opening times by library and date can be found here: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/library/opening_hours/.
There are 750 PCs available on campus which can be found in the main library, in each academic school and in dedicated IT suites. There is also Wi-Fi available across the campus in all learning or teaching spaces as well as in all university accommodation. IT support can be accessed via the Help4U online IT service desk, in person and by phone.
Welfare and Financial Aid
To help with the transition into university life, a mentoring scheme, Peer Connections, is in place. The program is made up of trained volunteer students who are available to show new students around and help with information and give a little extra support. During Freshers’ Week the Peer Connectors facilitate small ‘buddy groups’, designed to help new students get to know each other during relaxed informal sessions. Peer Connections also run some stress management workshops to give students some practical, stress-busting techniques, ideal for exams or times when it feels like the pressure is mounting.
There is a Student Support Team in place in halls of residence to provide students with a first point of contact for any welfare issues; which can include things like flat disputes, relationships, depression and homesickness. The Student Support Team includes Student Support Assistants who are students that have undergone dedicated welfare training and who live in at halls of residence.
A free-of-charge counselling service is available for any student at the University of Dundee. The service can be accessed directly simply by contacting the team to make an appointment. Students are encouraged to use the service if they would like someone to talk to. Typically issues may include but are not limited to stress, anxiety or depression, relationships, loneliness, bullying or personal issues such as perfectionism. There is also a confidential nightline that can be accessed by phone or email from 8pm-8am every night.
The Student Funding Unit is available to give advice to all students who are struggling financially. A Higher Education Discretionary Fund can be applied for by UK students who find themselves in financial difficulty; to be eligible a full student loan must have already been applied for. There is also a Higher Education Childcare Fund for those students with registered childcare costs. In times of need, it may be possible to receive an emergency short term loan. An application is required and students will receive a decision in 24 hours.
The University of Dundee careers service is available Monday to Friday. Students are encouraged to use the service throughout their time at the University. For initial discussions there are daily 10-15 minute drop in appointments available. Students can use these to discuss any aspect of career guidance from course related concerns to career advice or help with practical issues such as finding job opportunities. For more in-depth discussions students can book a 30 minute careers guidance session online.
There is a CV clinic held every Wednesday morning between 10am-12pm where students can drop-in for help with their CVs. The careers service also offer mock interview sessions. These can be either 30 minute sessions for general interview practice or students can book a 1 hour slot with the careers advisor from their school if they have a specific upcoming interview that they want to prepare for. There are a number of additional workshops and career related events organised throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with outside employers.
The careers service also provides a job board called, JobShop, where students can look for all types of jobs and employment. It lists both graduate and postgraduate vacancies as well work experience opportunities and part-time jobs that can be managed alongside studies. Students can also get advice from the careers service on a number of other career related subjects such as volunteering, placements and internships.
It is recommended for all students to register with a local GP when they begin studying at the University of Dundee. The University Health Service can provide information on local GPs, Dentists and Chemists as well as being a good starting point to locate other specialist health services.
Information and support is provided by the University Health Service on a number of subjects including:
- Alcohol and drug issues
- Eating disorders
- Mental health
- Sexual health
- Suicide prevention
- Travel related health issues
The University of Dundee is home to international students from over 80 countries. There is an International Admissions Office that is there to assist with all enquiries from the initial application process right through to ongoing support for international students.
The International Advice Service is on-hand as a place for all international students to go when they need advice or guidance on issues related to being an international student. The International Advice Service has specialist experience in all matters relating to immigration and visas and run workshops throughout the year to provide extra guidance for students looking to extend their visa. They can provide advice on issues relating to work, both alongside studies and post-degree with the Post Study Work Scheme.
To help University of Dundee international students settle in, the International Advice Service organises a number of social events and activities to help get familiarised with the local area and visit interesting landmarks. The IAS can also provide weekend hospitality visits to local Scottish families for those missing home life or simply wanting to get a better feel for Scottish culture.
There are 1,587 rooms available at the University of Dundee, 1,287 of which are on campus and a further 300 are at the West Park site, about a twenty minute walk from campus. Accommodation at the University of Dundee is guaranteed to all students who apply before mid-July. After this time it is still worth contacting Residences Office as they will still try to place first years in University accommodation wherever possible. There are four separate halls of residence, each of which offer furnished rooms with an en-suite shower, basin and toilet as well as having WiFi throughout. Each hall has a coin operated laundrette and lockable bike storage is also available. The facilities are relatively modern with all halls having been either built or at least refurbished in the last ten years.
The Belmont accommodation is right in the centre of campus, meaning all the facilities are close-at-hand as well as being easy to pop back between lectures. The hall is split up into Flats and the Tower. There are 60 flats in total, with 280 rooms available in the standard six-bedroom flats and a further 60 rooms in the slightly bigger five-bedroom premier flats. Students here share the communal kitchen, dining and sitting areas.
The - rather ominous sounding –Tower is home to 110 students in total. Again there is a mix of standard and premier rooms available. There are flats available which are made up of bedrooms, kitchen and dining area or for the more traditional hall experience, students can choose from Belmont Lower or Belmont Upper; two floors, each with 13 standard rooms and 2 kitchens with dining areas. It’s worth noting that tenancies at Belmont Tower only run until June and are not available over the summer months. Rooms at Belmont range from £125 to £137/week.
Heathfield is the other hall located in the middle of campus next to Belmont. It’s only two minutes from the Premier Shop making it handy for snack runs and also means it’s possible to roll out of bed 5 minutes before lectures start. The style of rooms and furnishings is very similar to those in Belmont; they are a bit newer and more modern although some can be slightly smaller than those in Belmont Tower. There are 426 rooms available here which are broken out into flats containing six standard bedrooms, a kitchen and dining area. Rooms here cost £133 per week.
Seabraes is located immediately adjacent to the campus, on the way down towards the sea. Rooms at Seabraes are broken out into seven bedroom flats, each with a spacious kitchen and dining area. There is also a common room at the Seabraes site for some extra communal living space. The flats are split into two sections 1-32 and 33-64 with the later available for post-grad and other senior year students. For those that want to have a car with them at university, Seabraes does offer car parking although there is a cost attached to this and permits are on a first come, first served basis. Rooms at Seabraes cost between £125 and £133 per week.
The West Park Centre is the only off-campus university accommodation. The site houses a total of 300 students in West Park Flats and West Park Villas as well as having the Conference Centre on site. The West Park Centre is ideal for students looking for a slightly quieter place to live as it is based in a residential area. It’s a twenty minute walk to campus but is a popular choice for Medicine students as it’s the closest hall to the Ninewells campus. West Park Flats are a mix of premier five-bedroom flats and standard six-bedroom flats, which each have kitchens with dining and sitting areas. The rooms at West Park Villas are split into flats with 10 bedrooms with the bonus that most rooms come with a double bed. There are also a number of rooms available here which are suitable for disabled students. There is parking available here, again on a first-come, first-served permit basis but there is also some on-street parking nearby. Rooms cost between £116 and £119 per week.
There are more details on the accommodation costs and different length of contracts available here: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/accommodation/newstudents/residencefees/.
The University of Dundee offers several different types of visits to give prospective students the chance to see the University for themselves. Open days are held throughout the year, there are general university open days as well as holding a specific open day for the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The open days provide students with the chance to look around the campus and halls, check out the facilities and find out more about courses from staff and existing students.
Those that apply to Dundee are also invited to attend Applicant Days. These are by invitation only and do require pre-booking but prospective students are welcome to bring parents along too. The Applicant Days run between February and April and provide an opportunity to find out much more in-depth information about the course, studying and general student life at Dundee.
For those unable to attend an Open Day or Applicant Day it is also possible to arrange an individual visit. These include a tour of the university and accommodation which is carried out by a Student Ambassador. The Individual Days do not provide any visits to Schools or Departments but the Student Ambassador and the Student Liaison Officer are both available to answer general questions about life as a student in Dundee.
Details of upcoming open days and an online booking service for Individual Visits can be found here: http://apply.dundee.ac.uk/visit/.
“The University itself is situated in a really nice part of the city, right between the city centre and the west end. Most students stay in this area and so there's a real student-y atmosphere, lots of friendly people in the same place. City centre itself is pretty nice, you have most shops you need in one place and it's literally 5 minutes’ walk away from halls.” Geography Undergraduate Student
“The main campus is really modern and had a huge makeover. The Scrymgeour is really grand looking and it has one of the best law libraries in Scotland. I love the city and wouldn't consider going anywhere else!” Undergraduate Student
“Heathfield and Belmont seem to be the most popular with my mates. The furnishing are quite nice and they are about two minutes from the union shop if you need anything.” 3rd Year Undergraduate
“I went to the open day in August and it actually seems like a really nice place to live/study, the campus is all in one place so everything is handy.” Undergraduate, 2012.
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