Our most recent rankings

The University of Dundee was placed 20th in the world in the inaugural Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.

These rankings recognise universities’ success in delivering the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The University was ranked 3rd in the world for SDG 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production – while high scores were also recorded for Good Health and Wellbeing (16th) and Gender Equality (joint 31st).

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. 

Dundee is in the UK's top 10

The University of Dundee has been ranked joint 8th in the UK for student experience, and joint 2nd within Scotland. This is the third successive year in which we have achieved a Top 10 result. The University recorded overall satisfaction of 88 per cent, well above the sector and Scottish averages. 

The survey asks students 27 questions across eight themes relating to their experiences of learning and teaching. Across these themes Dundee is ranked 5th in the UK for 'Teaching On My Course', 5th for Learning Resources, 9th for Academic Support and 10th for Learning Community.


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.

We are one of the UK’s top 30 in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

This year’s edition of the guide highlighted our strengths in teaching excellence, student experience and graduate prospects, with Dundee 2nd in Scotland for each of these categories.

Good University Guide 2019

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 29th in the UK and 4th in Scotland
  • We are rated 3rd in the UK for quality of teaching, 5th for graduate prospects and 10th for overall student satisfaction, all results which point to the quality of education and training we provide, and the commitment of staff and students across the University community.
  • In the subject rankings Dentistry is our top performer, taking the number one position in the UK and there are top ten performances also in Law (3rd), Biosciences (6th), Medicine (8th),Social Work (9th) and Modern Languages & Linguistics (10th)

View the full tables on the Guardian University Guide website

The Times Higher Education Golden Age University Rankings cover universities established in the two decades between 1945 and 1967, encompassing 200 institutions from 44 different countries in 2018. Dundee was ranked 1st in Scotland, 8th in the UK and 22nd in the world in the table.

We are first in Scotland and sixth in the UK for graduate prospects, with over 85% of our recent graduates going on to graduate level employment or further study. This is testimony to the quality of the education and training we provide and the talent and hard work of our students. The 2019 edition of the Guide also showed a notable rise in the entry qualifications of our students to 15th in the UK, while our overall ranking of 31st (down one place from last year) sustains our overall position after strong rises in recent years.

We are number one in the UK for forensic sciences. We also achieved top ten placings for eight other subjects – Dentistry (2nd), Education (3rd), Medical Technology (5th), Anatomy & Physiology (6th), Biological Sciences (6th), Medicine (6th), Law (8th) and Art & Design (9th).

Our subject rankings improved in three quarters of our subjects, with double-digit rises in the tables in Accounting & Finance, Business & Management, Economics, Geography & Environmental Science, History, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing and Physics & Astronomy.

You can view the University's performance in the Complete University Guide 2019 league table at https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/dundee/

The survey, published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority in June 2018, shows that 96.4%of Dundee graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation, which was a new record for the University.

The number in graduate level work or study (positive destinations) was 82%, one of our best-ever returns.

These results were derived from the last ever DLHE Survey 6 months after graduation. In future, graduates will be surveyed 15 months after graduation in the new Graduate Outcomes survey.

  • 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