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Open Days

Open day Dundee students

Why come to an Open Day?

“It was an open day that made me choose Dundee. The universities all look great and glitzy on the prospectus but nothing compares to having a visit and feeling the vibe for yourself.”
          - MA Economics and Spanish student, Stuart McClelland

Open days are the best way for you to get a real feel for the University before you apply. There will be subject specific presentations, workshops, information stands, demonstrations in departments, tours of the campus and departments, student life presentations and student finance talks.

Campus visits
We recognise that it’s not always possible to come to one of our organised open days. Campus visits take place almost every month and include a tour of the campus and student accommodation led by a student ambassador. Tours take around 45 minutes and offer the opportunity to see the campus facilities, get a feel for the University, and speak to a current student about university life. uod.ac.uk/campusvisits 

Virtual tour
It’s always best to experience a place in person, but why not take a virtual tour of our campus and facilities until then?
www.uod.ac.uk/virtual-tour

How do I get to the uni?
If you’d like to know how best to travel here, how long it might take you, or to make up your own personal travel plan, just visit https://uod.ac.uk/travel

Student Life in Dundee

Students

Dundee’s compact city campus has an ideal location in the heart of Dundee, only a five-minute stroll from the city's best shops, bars, arts and leisure venues, yet it remains quiet and relaxed and provides for all aspects of student life.

Dundee is a dynamic and multicultural city, with a real buzz about it, having been recently described as Britain’s coolest little city. Situated on the east coast, Dundee is at the heart of Scotland's road and rail network, putting spectacular scenery, skiing, mountain climbing and sailing within easy reach. Students will find the major cultural centres of Dundee such as Dundee’s Science Centre, Rep Theatre, McManus Galleries and the RRS discovery.

Dundee offers a variety of cuisine as well as fantastic nightlife with lots of late night bars and clubs right on the doorstep of the city campus. Whether it’s sampling the booming live music scene, watching sport or enjoying the local Scottish craft beers, you can be sure there’s something for everyone. There are also plenty of shops to keep you stocked up, with two big shopping centres bursting with big name brands as well as an abundance of small, quirky independent retailers.

Travel information

City centre campus:
University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee Scotland, UK DD1 4HN

Ninewells campus:
School of Medicine, University of Dundee, Ninewells Hospital & Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY

Kirkcaldy campus:
School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee, Forth Avenue, Kirkcaldy KY2 5YS

Dundee's two major bus operators are Xplore Dundee and Stagecoach Strathtay. The buses come regularly every 10 to 20 minutes during the day with the last buses leaving the City Centre at about 23:15 on most routes. Dundee station is a mere 10 minute walk from campus and on the main East Coast route, giving students direct services to the likes of Newcastle, York and London in a matter of hours. Rail journeys from the other major cities in Scotland such as Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow take approximately 75 minutes.  

Facilities

Library

Our university’s city-campus has everything you’d need within a 5 minute walk – from a state-of-the-art gym and library, to support services and club venues. 

Students’ Association
The DUSA building is a centre for all enquiries about student representation, housing, societies, student media, charities, fundraising and anything else to do with your student experience. If you want to chat about it, they want to hear from you. Eight annually elected student executive members are always working to make your experience the best it can be, campaigning for improvements on your behalf such as longer library opening hours, a night bus service, and the launch of a safe zone in DUSA for secure relaxation on nights out.

Like all good Students’ Associations, there’s more to DUSA than just support. You’ll also find a great night out on DUSA’s five floors, three eateries, comfortable study escapes, and beautiful views across the River Tay. DUSA placed 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK in Student Crowd’s Student Union Awards 2018.

Sports and Exercise
The Institute of Sport and Exercise (ISE) is a high class on-campus facility, with a wide range of exercise and sporting opportunities to help you take care of your body and mind. In the ISE building you will also find the Sports Union, a group of elected students who help manage campus sporting events (such as Varsity), as well as the Sports Clubs. Our Sports Clubs include everything from Archery, Sailing, and Tennis, to Athletics, Skydiving, and Taekwondo.

Whether you are an athlete, a club level competitor, or enjoy spending time on your health and well-being, the ISE will keep you on your toes. The large, state-of-the-art gym has a personal training room; two exercise studios for all your favourite classes; three glass-backed, competition standard squash courts; a designated strength performance centre; a specialised dance studio; Wattbike training zone; a 25m swimming pool with sauna; four floodlit, all-weather tennis courts; and two large indoor sports halls, where you can take part in a huge range of sports. Our Riverside sports grounds are a short walk from campus and offer floodlit artificial football and hockey pitches alongside seven grass pitches and two rugby pitches.

Library and study facilities
Dundee’s main library gives you long opening hours (open until 2:30am in semester time and 24 hours a day during exams) and a café to keep you going through those study sessions. Recently refurbished and upgraded, it offers everything you want from a library, plus relaxation areas, group study rooms with the latest technology and flexible, creative space. You’ll have access to a large, superfast Wi-Fi installation, easy printing, cloud storage, free Microsoft Office software and support from our IT team all to make sure that you’re working smart.

Support and welfare services
We offer a wide range of services to support our students, including academic, personal, or financial support and guidance. If you ever have an issue and you’re not sure where to ask, just head to our Enquiry Centre across from the campus green. Whether it’s travel advice, or information regarding accommodation, money issues, study support or wellbeing, the Enquiry Team are there to help, or to put you in touch with the appropriate service.

DUSA also has a dedicated Vice President of Student Welfare, who is an annually elected student representative, and a friendly ear if you ever find yourself struggling with something.

The specialised support services available to our students include:

→ Academic Skills
→ Careers Service
→ Chaplaincy
→ Counselling Service
→ Disability Service
→ International Advice Service
→ Nursery
→ Peer Connections buddying and mentoring service
→ Student Funding (including Financial Assistance)
→ The Residences Student Support Advisor
→ University Health Service

(uod.ac.uk/studentservices)

Careers Service
Though most of our services are aimed towards assisting our students, the Careers Service will help you with your career even beyond graduation. Whether you are a current student seeking placement or part-time work, or you’re seeking a full-time graduate-level position, the Careers Service is there to help.

Courses and Fees

Courses

Academic Schools 
The University of Dundee has 9 Academic Schools:

→ Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
→ School of Dentistry
→ School of Education and Social Work
→ School of Humanities
→ School of Life Sciences
→ School of Medicine
→ School of Nursing and Health Sciences
→ School of Science and Engineering
→ School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements
Each of our course pages show entry requirements for Level 1 Entry, as well as for Level 2 Entry (where applicable). Level 1 Entry is the most common entry point for our applicants, though Level 2 Entry is available for those who meet the higher requirements. For most subjects, entry requirements will be shown as 'minimum' and 'typical'.

A strong personal statement and/or academic reference may increase your chances of being made an offer. We also take additional factors (known as 'contextual factors') into consideration when making admissions decisions. 

You can see our full list of Undergraduate courses here: dundee.ac.uk/study/ug/courses/a-z/ 

Tuition Fees
The tuition fee you pay will vary depending on your fee status and your course. Your fee status in generally determined by your place of residence, such as: England/Wales/Northern Ireland, Scotland, the EU, or Overseas.

For an RUK student (England/Wales/Northern Ireland), typical tuition fees will be £9,250 per year – based upon 2019/20 entry.

If you’d like more information on tuition fees or fee status, click here: https://uod.ac.uk/ug-tuition

Bursaries and Scholarships
We offer a range of scholarships – from our £2,000 ‘Discover Dundee Scholarship’ and £3,000 ‘Academic Excellence Scholarship’, to our £5,000 ‘Global Excellence Scholarship’.

See uod.ac.uk/scholarships for our current list, and to see which scholarships you may be eligible for.

Living here

Living here

Our campus

"What really makes Dundee stand out is a sense of community like nowhere else.” 
          - Katarzyna Prus BSc Computing Science graduate

Our city campus is a self-contained student community. You don’t need to worry about cars or taxis when the accommodation, library, teaching areas, students’ union and gym are all right next to each other. By living on campus you’ll be in the heart of the city. You’ll be just a short walk from cultural attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums, shops and bars. The train and bus stations are also within a short walking distance – handy for those days exploring the best that Scotland has to offer.

Our campuses at Ninewells Teaching Hospital and Kirkcaldy are easily accessible by bus and train.

Living in one of Scotland’s happiest student communities (NSS 2018) means making friends is easy. And it’s not just on campus: Lonely Planet (2018) featured Dundee as an essential European destination due to its “dynamic, creative spirit”.

Of course Dundee has all of the larger chain shops and restaurants, but the thing that makes the city really special is the love and energy that has been put into local businesses. Contemporary restaurants, independent eateries, bars and social spaces surround the University. They are easy to find but hard to leave.

There’s no shortage of ways to settle in to your new life in Dundee. Become a member of a society, a sports club, or get involved in student media or representation.

Clubs and societies
With over 200 clubs and societies, you’re sure to find your community at Dundee. We’ve got political societies, groups raising valuable funds for charities, societies for people interested in different countries or cultures, religious-affiliated societies and academic groups. There are also plenty of societies for those who just want to have a good time with like-minded people, such as the Comedy Club, the Sci-Fi Society and the BBQ, Baking and Coffee Society.

The LIP Theatre Company and OpSoc will also allow you to explore your creative side both on stage and behind the scenes. Or you could try DARE, a student-run charitable society supporting international development that will get you raising money through bungee jumps, sponsored cycle rides and other daring adventures.

Some of these groups and societies are more than just a way to have fun, they can provide help in today’s competitive job market and help you to gain real, transferable skillsls. The Centre of Entrepreneurship runs events and masterclasses to inspire and develop entrepreneurial talent. Previous workshops have featured outstanding speakers from the worlds of business, psychology, computing, health sciences and the creative arts. So get involved, there really is something for everyone here.

“All year round the campus is flourishing with activity, you’re bound to get involved in some way or another.”
          - Craig Reoch,  DUSA Vice President of Student Activities

Night life
We’re lucky to have a fantastic night-life venue right on our campus – Dundee University Student’s Association (DUSA), which placed 1st in Scotland and 3rd in the UK in Student Crowd’s Student Union Awards 2018. As a University of Dundee student, you’re an automatic Life Member of the Association (and can even sign-in guests, if you have any friends from home visiting). DUSA has five floors including clubs, bars, a games room, and even a late-night food service. Societies regularly host events (such as Pub Quizzes), and during Fresher’s Week (September) and Re-Fresher’s (January), there are a host of special guest acts. DUSA also offers many alcohol-free drink options, for those who prefer not to drink.

DUSA is just a few minutes’ walk from our main campus accommodation, but if you do live off campus, there’s even a free late-night bus service to make sure you get home safe.

As well as DUSA, there are several other club venues in the city-centre, and an array of pubs, craft beer venues, and independent cocktail bars.

Accommodation

Accommodation

All of our Student Hall rooms are en suite with communal laundry facilities. They also include superfast Wi-Fi, utility bills, and limited personal contents insurance. 

Costs
As an example, our 2018/2019 prices were around £5,664.75 for a Standard room in Belmont Flats, Heathfield or Seabraes (flats 33–64). This works out at £145.25 per week. The price of University accommodation includes all utilities and IT connection charges, as well as basic personal property insurance. All bedrooms have a bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, as well as en-suite facilities, and nearby laundrette uod.ac.uk/accommodation

Private housing
Advice on seeking private housing is provided by Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA).

Top questions

What do you look for in your students?


We look for students who make a connection with Dundee. Anybody who wants to carve out their own path, and be part of a city-centre university with a community feel. 


What's the weirdest thing to happen at the university?


In 2012 we were visited by ‘The Good Giraffe’ – a man who travels Scotland to do good deeds and perform random acts of kindness in a home-made giraffe suit, while playing a djembe drum. Quite a rare sight, as he can only travel by convertible (due to the length of his giraffe neck).


Do you have any famous or notable alumni?


Our University was originally founded as ‘University College, Dundee’ in 1881 by philanthropist Mary Ann Baxter, who believed in "promoting the education of persons of both sexes, and the study of science, literature, and the fine arts” – pretty forward-thinking for the 19th century!

Our alumni include Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), John Suchet, and Susan Phililpsz OBE. Sir James Whyte Black also studied here, and Stephen Fry is also one of our former Rectors – ‘The Liar Bar’ in the Students’ Association is even named after one of his books.


What grants/scholarships do you offer?


 We offer a range of scholarships for our students, from our £2,000 ‘Discover Dundee Scholarship’ and £3,000 ‘Academic Excellence Scholarship’, to the £5,000 ‘Global Excellence Scholarship’

see uod.ac.uk/scholarships for our current list


How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?


A lot of our courses offer the opportunity for group projects and presentations as part of the assessment criteria, alongside written assignments. Our Careers Service is also available to all students (and graduates!) who want to secure work placements, part-time, or full-time work.

As well as this, our Centre of Entrepreneurship (CoE) offers a packed programme of careers fairs, workshops, and talks from industry experts, who can help to develop your entrepreneurial skills and commercial awareness. The CoE is run by students, overseen by University staff, and supported by our experienced business patrons – all working together to provide events and masterclasses to inspire and nurture entrepreneurial talent.


What's university welfare and disability support like?


We have dedicated Student Support Advisors, a counselling service, financial assistance, and much more –all on offer through Student Services. As well as this, The Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) has a dedicated Vice-President of Student Welfare.

Our Disability Services is right at the heart of campus, and offers individual support arrangements for both students and staff.


What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?


Lots! Everybody struggles at times, and university can be a big challenge. Whether you’re struggling academically, socially, financially, or are wanting to maintain good mental health, we have dedicated advice and support services available to all of our students.

Our Enquiry Centre is a great go-to place for any issue, and is right next-door to the Students’ Association, should you prefer to drop in on your student representatives. 


Do you offer any courses/sessions to help mature students with the university experience?


We encourage all of our students, regardless of age or background, to make the most of all the social opportunities on campus. If you need a little help in making the most of your time here, or adjusting to university life, your elected student representatives are there to help.


What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?


Our Societies and Sports Clubs offer lots of trial memberships and starter events when the semester begins, so you can meet new people and try new hobbies, while the University runs its own Welcome Events throughout Freshers’ Week. DUSA offers a variety of events and club nights with special guest acts, and many Societies will organise Gaudie Nights, where first year students are paired with ‘academic parents’ from a higher year. If you stay in the society, after a while you’ll become a parent yourself.


What will my first few weeks at your uni be like?


You’ll be quite busy, mostly with all of the social opportunities that kick off with Freshers’ Week, as well as meeting your new flatmates (if you’re in University Accommodation). You likely won’t be given any big assignments until after the first few weeks have passed, in order for you to find your feet.


Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?


The University’s campus is right in the heart of Dundee. There’s shops, cafes, restaurants and even a cinema all on your doorstep. A safe and affordable small city like Dundee is the ideal place to study.


What sort of societies are there?


There are over 240 clubs and societies at Dundee, so you’re sure to find your community. Whether it’s sport, music, or politics you’re into, or just spending time with like-minded people, there’s something for you.


How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?


The city-centre campus is just a short walk from cultural attractions, cafes, shops and bars. With the train and bus stations also within walking distance, as well as a local airport, there are reliable transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond.


How far apart are different university buildings, and how far away is the accommodation?


The city-centre campus is just a short walk from cultural attractions, cafes, shops and bars. With the train and bus stations also within walking distance, as well as a local airport, there are reliable transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond.


What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?


96.4% of Dundee graduates in work or further study six months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2017)


Roughly how many students start each year?


6,000 


What’s the ratio of male/female students?


1.8:1 (female:male) or  65% female, 35% male


How much is a pint at the student union?


£2

Other Contact Details

Mailing address:

University of Dundee,
Nethergate,
Dundee,
Scotland,
UK,
DD1 4HN

Phone number:

+44 (0)1382 383 000