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Dundee University

UCAS Code: D65

Location: Dundee, east coast of Scotland Show on Map

Site: Main campus in city centre; hospital site in suburbs

A top UK research-intensive university.

Student Population

Total Students:16,585
Undergraduates:66%
Postgraduates:33%
FE Students:1%

Undergraduates

Total undergraduates:10,945
Male:35%
Female:65%
Full Time:86%
Mature on Entry:26%
UK Students:88%
State school entry:86%

Teaching Staff

715 full-time, 227 part-time, 866 honorary (mainly medicine & dentistry).

Broad study areas

Medicine, dentistry & nursing; law & accountancy; arts & social sciences; art & design; engineering & physical sciences; life sciences; architecture; town & regional planning; education & social work.

Freshers

Admission Information:UCAS tariff used, maybe with additional subject requirements; S-grades, core skills and key skills not included.
Points on Entry (Mean):371
Drop Out Rate:7%
Accommodation:All first years housed who require it (and apply by deadline).

Institution

Founded:1882; university status in 1967.
Site:Near city centre; teaching hospital in suburbs. 
How to get there:Motorway links and direct rail and bus services from other parts of UK; rail and bus stations in walking distance.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Student advisory and counselling services; health service offers routine medical examinations by local GP.
Amenities:SU building with swimming pool, shop, bars, restaurant, bookshop, coin laundry; chaplaincy centre; civic repertory theatre adjoining campus.
Sporting facilities:Large indoor sports complex; university sports grounds and tennis courts; more than 20 golf courses including St Andrews and Carnoustie within half an hour’s drive; skiing, climbing and hill walking in surrounding countryside.
Accommodation:65% of first years in university accommodation (all those that require it and apply by end July). 1750 self-catering places (all ensuite), £101–£118 per week for 39 weeks. Dundee has buoyant private sector housing at reasonable costs; rents from £55 pw. 20% of first-degree students live at home.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Main library with approx 700,000 volumes; medical, law, nursing, art, design, education and social work and departmental libraries; archives department; inter-library loan scheme. Information provision, £135 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service, open 11–24 hours/day; ratio 1:8 workstations to students. 1000 computers with access to library and internet, plus multiple access points in eg halls of residence; wireless networking zones across campus. Tours of library for new students and compulsory IT induction course.
Other learning resources:Online resources (my dundee, advance@dundee); language centre.
Study abroad:1% of students spend 6 months or more abroad. Formal exchange links with a number of universities and colleges in Western Europe and North America, open to a range of students.
Careers:Information and advice service.

Money

Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £5000−£5500 for an academic year of 37 weeks (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university; £6000−£7000 for a full calendar year.
Term-time work:University does not encourage term-time work but realises it is inevitable (20% believed to work); advisory limit of 15 hours per week. Some work available on campus in SU and residences.
Financial help:Bursary of £3000 pa for UK students from outside Scotland whose family income is up to £20k pa, or of £1000 pa where family income is £20k−£42k pa. Also some scholarships (varying value) for academic ability or potential, for computing, medicine & dentistry, sport, music. Total available £800,000 government funds, 990 students helped; some one-off donations. Special help for students with children, self-financing students and others in severe financial hardship; other funds available for those of Scots birth or extraction studying medicine, dentistry, science or engineering.
University tuition fees:Fee levels for 2012 not yet available. In 2011 Scottish and EU students paid no fees during their course; other UK students paid £1820 pa for first degrees (£2895 for clinical courses, £7800 for full-cost LLB). International students pay £9200 pa (classroom-based courses), £10,500–£13,700 (lab/studio), £16,750 (pre-clinical), £25,500 (clinical). 

Courses

Academic features:

Students able to switch between arts & social sciences and science & engineering subjects respectively before entering the second year.

Awarding body:

University of Dundee

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BAcc, BArch, BDes, BDS, BEd, BEng, BFin, BMSc, BSc, LLB, MA, MB ChB.

Length of courses:

3 or 4 years; others 5 years (architecture, dentistry, medicine, enhanced physics and engineering courses).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • American Studies
  • Anatomy
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Building Studies
  • Business Economics
  • Cell Biology
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computing
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dentistry
  • Digital Microelectronics
  • E-business
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Energy Studies
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Forensic Science
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Informatics
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • Jewellery
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Microelectronics
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Painting
  • Pharmacology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Politics
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Scottish Studies
  • Sculpture
  • Silversmithing
  • Social Work
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Town/Country Planning
  • Virtual Design
  • Zoology

Student view

Daniel McGlade, Union Vice-President of Communications and Campaigns (Law)

Living

What's it like as a place to live?

It's a vibrant city while still retaining a strong community atmosphere, the university is campus based but its links with the city and the wider Dundee community are very strong.

How's the student accommodation?

University student residences are of a high standard and reasonably priced and are a hive of student activity. Private accommodation varies in price and quality, however advice is available across campus with accredited lenders publicised

What's the student population like?

The university community is made up of a broad spectrum of students all with varying backgrounds. There are strong contingents of both Scottish and Irish students, however the international dimension to the university is continually growing.

How do students and locals get on?

Locals and students get on well, with many students choosing to stay in Dundee after their studies. As the university is campus based there is not regular contact with local community however events run throughout the year insure that there is integration with the wider community.

Studying

What's it like as a place to study?

As a reasonably young university, Dundee has new and up to date facilities, with a greater flexibility to develop the courses around the needs of the students, rather than developing the students around the courses.

What are the teaching staff like?

The ratio of staff to students is relatively strong, which ensures fewer students per academic, allowing for more one to one teaching. The university is continually striving to attract the best and the brightest academics internationally to benefit the student populace.

Socialising

What are student societies like?

With over 40 sports clubs and over 80 societies on campus there is plenty of opportunities to get involved, make new friends and experience new things.

What's a typical night out?

A night at the Students' Union is hard to pass up, with four venues, a pool hall, and quality food. As it's all self contained you can have a great and varied night, with one venue playing chart toppers, and the next playing some heavy metal.

... And how much does it cost?

Very cheap, the cheapest venue in Dundee and, ironically, the best value for money.

How can you get home safely?

DUSA runs free night buses, which can take you straight from the students union to you student residences or private accommodation to ensure that you get home safe and sound.

Money

Is it an expensive place to live?

No, it's relatively cheap compared to other universities across the UK.

Average price of a pint?

£2.

And the price of a takeaway?

£1.50.

What's the part-time work situation?

Jobs are readily available, with work in the Students' Union well paid, close to student residences and very flexible, placing student studies above all.

Summary

What's the best feature about the place?

The community atmosphere across campus and the Students' Union.

And the worst?

The cold, but on the positive it's dry.

And to sum it all up?

Awesome, it's the California of the UK.

Past Students

George Robertson (politician); Selina Scott (presenter); Fred McCauley (author, presenter).

More info?

Contact students association tel 01382 221841, email vpc@dusa.co.uk or check the website on www.dusa.co.uk.

Contact

Address:

University of Dundee
Dundee
DD1 4HN

Tel:

01382 384160

Website:

www.dundee.ac.uk

Student enquiries:

Admissions & Student Recruitment.

Application:

UCAS (except for nursing & midwifery)

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