Our most recent rankings

Dundee ranked 11th among UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the 2020 National Student Survey (NSS). We recorded overall satisfaction of 87.4% for full time students on undergraduate degrees, well above the sector average and placing Dundee 4th in Scotland for overall satisfaction.

The National Student Survey (NSS) surveys final-year undergraduate students each year. It asks them to rate their satisfaction with different aspects of their university learning experience.

The Graduate Outcomes Survey was published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) in June 2020

Dundee is the 4th university in the UK for graduates entering professional occupations (this excludes specialist higher education providers).

64.5% of Dundee graduates were working in professional occupations within 15 months of graduating.

The University is also top in Scotland, and 14th in the UK, for the proportion of graduates entering high skilled employment (87.4%), while more Dundee graduates in full-time professional employment agreed with the statement “my current activity is meaningful” (92%) than those from any other Scottish university.

We rank joint 1st in the UK for Medicine in the Complete University Guide 2021 rankings.

Dundee sits alongside Glasgow at the top of the Medicine rankings, and is also number one for Medical Technology.

This caps a strong performance across our wider life and medical sciences with the University also in the UK top five for Dentistry (2nd), Forensic Science (2nd), Pharmacology & Pharmacy (2nd) and Biological Sciences (3rd).

The University also featured in the subject ranking top tens for Anatomy & Physiology (6th), Education (7th), General Engineering (7th), Social Work (8th) and Art & Design (9th). There was a dramatic rise in the tables for Nursing, which surged 22 places to sit 24th in the table.

In the overall league table, Dundee is at 31st in the UK, out of 130 universities, for the third consecutive year.

Read the full Complete University Guide rankings

We are in the top 20 universities in the UK, according to The Guardian in the 2021 edition of their University Guide.

  • We ranked 19th, up from 29th the previous year.
  • In the subject rankings, we are top for Medicine and in the top five for Dentistry (3rd), Design & Crafts (4th) and Education (4th)

View the full Guardian University Guide 2021 rankings 

We are University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020.

The award reflects our outstanding scores for teaching quality and the wider student experience. The editors of the Guide also referenced our Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework and the success of our Student Partnership agreement with our Students’ Association.

In the accompanying league table, we rose to 24th in the UK and 3rd in Scotland, behind only St Andrews and Glasgow.

The University of Dundee has recorded one of the highest satisfaction rates in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB).

The results of ISB’s Autumn 2019 survey show overall average satisfaction of 89.1% among Dundee’s EU and international students, the highest percentage of any participating Scottish universities, 4th in the UK and 14th out of the 183 institutions participating across the world.

Dundee’s Enquiry Centre had the 2nd highest satisfaction rating globally, highlighting the great work of our student support services. Factors relating to Support, Arrival, Learning and Living were also identified as being particular strengths of the experience Dundee offers its EU and international students.

With feedback from over 3 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the world's largest survey of international students. It is independently administered for participating universities by the International Graduate Insight Group.

The Times Higher Education Golden Age University Rankings cover universities established in the two decades between 1945 and 1967, encompassing 271 institutions from 49 countries in the most recent table. Dundee was ranked 1st in Scotland, 8th in the UK and 30th in the world in 2019.

We placed in the top 50 in the world in the 2020 edition of the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.

The rankings recognise that the role of universities extends beyond research and teaching to a third mission revolving around engagement, knowledge exchange and innovation for societal good. These rankings measure the global higher education sector’s success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The rankings include more than 800 universities worldwide. Dundee is ranked 44th overall and 9th in the world against the Sustainable Development Goal of Good Health & Wellbeing. We also ranked inside the top 50 against the SDGs of Climate Action, Responsible Consumption and Production, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and Partnership for the Goals.

See full THE University Impact Rankings

The University of Dundee ranked 2nd in Scotland in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.

The 2018 survey ranks 116 universities across the UK. Dundee is placed 14th overall, one place higher than 2017.

More than 20,000 undergraduate students across the UK contributed to the 2018 survey. The full results can be seen at Times Higher Education

The University of Dundee has recorded one of the highest scores in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB).

The results of ISB’s Autumn 2018 survey show overall average satisfaction of 89.6% among Dundee students, the highest score of any participating Scottish universities, 2nd in the UK and 6th globally.

Dundee had the highest score globally for ‘University Clubs and Societies’, and 2nd highest for ‘Enquiry Centre and Library Service’. Factors relating to Living, Support and Arrival were also identified as being particular strengths of the experience Dundee offers its international students.

With feedback from over 3 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the world's largest survey of international students. It is independently administered for universities by the International Graduate Insight Group.

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The TEF was introduced by the UK Government to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching.

The ranking places Dundee among an elite group of British universities licensed to use the TEF Gold Award for the next three years.

  • Ranked 123rd in the Top 200 of the rankings.

The University of Dundee has been named among the world's 'most international' universities in a new global list compiled by the leading higher education journal, Times Higher Education.

To compile the new table, THE examined the diversity of a university's student body and the extent to which its academics collaborate with international colleagues, to give a picture of how global an institution really is.

"This ranking is fantastic news and reflects the nature of Dundee as a global institution. We are continuing to expand our international activity, bringing the world to Dundee with students from all parts of the globe, and taking Dundee to the world through a formidable range of academic and business partnerships.

"We teach nurses in Eritrea and Kenya, we train orthodontists in Egypt, we partner a research institute to tackle diabetes in Kuwait, we attract life sciences doctoral students from Brazil, we work with seventeen leading Chinese universities, mainly in science and engineering, in addition to the thousands of students who come here to Dundee every year."

Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International)


"An institution's global outlook is one of the key markers of a prestigious university. The top institutions hire faculty from all over the world, attract students from a global market of top talent and collaborate with leading departments wherever they happen to be based.

It is great news for all the institutions in the list of the most international universities in the world. It is a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism."

Phil Baty, Editor at THE Rankings

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessed the quality and impact of research submitted by UK universities across all disciplines. The results published in December 2014 will be used by the funding bodies to allocate block-grant research funding to universities from 2015-16.

  • Dundee No. 1 University in UK for biological sciences
  • Excellent result in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects where the University's quality profile was the highest in Scotland
  • 76% of research rated as `world-leading’ or `internationally renowned’

Find out more on our Research website

Dundee was rated among the world's best universities in terms of the impact of its scientific research in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Rankings.

The Leiden rankings are based on research publications data and offer important insights into the scientific performance of nearly 1000 major universities worldwide.

They place Dundee at 15th in the world for the highest proportion of highly cited publications. This is based on the proportion of citations in the most cited 1% of articles across all disciplines.

The University was ranked 8th globally for 'Biomedical and Health Science' publications, which puts us 1st  in the UK.