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Most of our undergraduate programmes use the UCAS system for applications. All UCAS applications must be made online.

Deadlines

UCAS applications can be made between 1st September and normally 15th January preceding the September when you wish to commence your studies (or the better part of two years in advance if applying for deferred entry to have a 'year out').

There is an earlier closing date of 15th October for applications to Medicine or Dentistry.

To ensure our selection is transparent, consistent and fair you may not receive a decision from us until after the 1st February. This is to ensure we consider all applications equally that apply by the UCAS deadline.

Exceptions

The main exceptions to UCAS are:

Information about UCAS

The UCAS website gives full information about completing your application. UCAStv has a range of "how to" video guides, including How to Apply (below).

We have picked out a few helpful videos for you:

How we process your application

It is important for us to understand your motivation for the course you wish to study and for selecting the University of Dundee.

We use to help us:

Evidence of work experience is needed for some courses to demonstrate that you have taken steps to find out about the profession they hope to enter.

Additional information about applying to specific courses can be found on individual course webpages.

The individual course webpages and the printed prospectus state the typical minimum academic entry requirements, required at first examination sitting, for consideration of your application. You may receive a higher offer if you have not met these requirements in one sitting or if we receive a higher than expected number of applications for a particular course.

The following table shows the most popular qualifications taken by our applicants, and the grades we accept as passes:

Examination Board Qualification Pass Grades
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Advanced Higher (AH) A-C
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Higher (H) A-C
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Intermediate 2 (Int2) A-C
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Standard Grade (SG) 1-3
General Certificate of Education (GCE) A Level (A-L) A-E
General Certificate of Education (GCE) AS Level (AS) A-E
General Certificate of Education (GCE) GCSE A-C
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) Higher Level (H) A-C
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) Ordinary Level (Ord) A-C
International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) 4-7
International Baccalaureate (IB) Standard Level (SL) 4-7

Throughout the selection process, all decisions will involve a minimum of two staff members. This includes invites to interview and offer decisions.

The majority of courses do not interview but give successful applicants (those receiving an offer of admission) the opportunity to find out more on a Post-Application Visit.

Contextual Data

The University recognises that applicants come from a variety of different backgrounds and have not all had the same opportunities to realise their academic potential. The selection process will therefore take account of a range of additional factors or contextual data. The University will therefore consider circumstances where an applicant:

The University will also take into account where such applicants have actively sought to enhance their academic profile by participating in a recognised access programme, such as Lift Off (Tayside) or alternative regional initiatives. This will include access to the professions, such as REACH and ACES or participation in a recognised summer school or similar.

Furthermore, the University will give particular consideration to applicants who have experienced serious disruption to education or disadvantage, such as illness or personal adversity. Notwithstanding this, applicants have a responsibility to ensure that any such circumstances have already been taken into account by the appropriate examination board where academic results have been affected.

Interviews, Portfolios & Selection Tests

The undergraduate courses which require an interview at the University of Dundee are:

The undergraduate courses which require a selection test at the University of Dundee are:

The undergraduate courses which require a portfolio at the University of Dundee are:

Information on how to prepare your portfolio can be found on Portfolio Guidelines.

The above courses require this additional round of selection to help determine your suitability. Each course runs an individual interview or selection programme, so there are no set dates or times for interviews or tests, but generally they take place between January and April. If there are dates when you are unavailable for interview (e.g. due to examinations) you can mark these in the appropriate space on your UCAS application.

If you are applying to a course that requires an interview, portfolio or selection test we will provide guidance of what is expected of you once we have made our initial assessment after the UCAS deadline.

Our Decision

UCAS allows our admissions tutors to make three types of offers of admission:

If you decide to accept our offer, then you may find our Pre-Arrival webpages useful.

If you apply for Level 2 or Level 3 entry to a course but you do not meet the conditions of the offer, you will not be automatically considered for entry to a lower Level of entry as there may no longer be vacancies.

Examination Board Appeals

Candidates who do not do as well as expected in examinations and therefore do not meet the specifics of the UCAS offer that the University sets, may consider submitting an appeal to their exam board. The University will reconsider the decision of any applicant successful in their appeal who then have the qualifications required to meet the offer set. 

The final date for submitted details of the appeal to the University is 31 August 2014.  If vacancies are still available on the programme we will accept the applicant onto the course.  If no vacancies are available for 2014 entry, we will offer the candidate an Unconditional offer for a deferred place commencing in September 2015.

Transferring from another University

Applicants wishing to transfer from another University must apply through UCAS.

University of Dundee Admissions Process for Applicants Declaring a Disability

The University of Dundee welcomes applications from disabled students, and applicants for any of our programmes are encouraged to contact our Disability Services department at the earliest opportunity for confidential advice and information on our provision for disabled students. Further details of this provision is available on Disability Services’ website

Our aim is to ensure that all students have an equal opportunity to attain their full potential in a learning environment which is as inclusive as possible. To help us to achieve this, it is important that we identify any specific adjustments the University needs to make to meet your individual disability-related needs in addition to those we have already made in anticipation of disabled students’ needs generally.

If you have made a formal application to the University and declared a disability, further details on the services we can provide will be sent to you in your application acknowledgement email. Your application will be processed for selection according to our academic and non-academic entry criteria in the same way as all other applications. Should we require you to undertake an interview or other additional selection process, as required of all applicants for some of the programmes we offer, you will be able to inform us of any additional support you may need for this. If you are applying for a programme with specific Professional Fitness to Practice or skills requirements that may be affected by your disability, we may contact you to discuss your individual disability-related needs and to arrange a needs assessment with Disability Services. A disability panel, including representatives from Disability Services, the senior academic admissions tutor and departmental disability support officer, will then consider your individual needs and identify any adjustments that may be required to enable you to participate in the programme. If reasonable adjustments cannot be made, we will discuss this with you and any impact this may have on your application and the University’s offer. Appeals can be made through the University’s Appeals process

If you have already received an offer of a place, and you have not informed us of your disability and/or any additional support you may require, we encourage you to contact Disability Services as soon as possible so we can identify any specific adjustments you may need to meet your individual disability-related needs before your course starts. You do not have to disclose your disability to the University but we ask you to carefully consider the advantages of doing so. When you disclose a disability, the University will do all that it can to identify and arrange appropriate support to meet your individual needs. A delay in you raising your disability with us to help us identify your needs may mean we may not be able to put support in place as quickly as we would like to. If you are applying for a programme with specific Professional Fitness to Practice or skills requirements that may be affected by your disability, we may contact you to discuss your support needs and, where appropriate, to arrange a needs assessment. A disability panel, including representatives from Disability Services, the senior academic admissions tutor and departmental disability support officer will then consider your individual needs and identify any adjustments that may be required to enable you to participate in the programme . If reasonable adjustments cannot be made, we will discuss this with you and any impact this may have on your application and the University’s offer. Appeals can be made through the University’s Appeals process

If you would like to visit the University to discuss our services and facilities for disabled students in more detail, we would be delighted to arrange this. Please contact us on (01382) 385402 or email us on disability@dundee.ac.uk