A world top 200 university

We are one of the World’s Top 200 universities (Times Higher Education 2018) and one of only 12 in the United Kingdom to also hold a Gold Award in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017.

We are one of the UK’s top rated universities for student experience and graduate employment, making Dundee one of the best places to study in the United Kingdom.

In the main UK league tables we have recorded an average rise of 20 places over the past three years and are in the top 30 for each of them – The Sunday Times Good University Guide, The Guardian University Guide and The Complete University Guide.

We are also ranked among Europe’s most innovative universities, coming out top in the UK in the Nature Innovation Index 2017 and in the top five among Reuters’ `Most Innovative Universities’ behind only Cambridge, Imperial, Oxford and Manchester.

TEF Gold Award 


On the rise

We have risen by an average of 20 places across the three main UK league tables in the past three years.


Great for graduates

Dundee has an consistently high rate of graduate employment. 95.8% of Dundee graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation.


Widening access

We have made the most progress of any university in Scotland on widening access in the last few years.


In the global spotlight

We are one of the world’s top 200 universities, according to Times Higher Education, and in their global Top 20 of young universities.

Dundee proves it is possible to be both an outstanding teaching university and one at the cutting edge in research work.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide
September 2017


Our most recent 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

International students at the University of Dundee have rated their overall satisfaction at over 93 per cent, one of the highest scores in the latest International Student Barometer (ISB).

With feedback from over 3 million students worldwide across all student types, levels and years of study, the ISB is the world's largest annual survey of international students.

The results of ISB’s Autumn 2017 survey have just been released to participating universities.

Overall satisfaction among the Dundee students rose from 90.9 per cent in 2016 to 93.7 per cent, the third highest score out of the 31 UK universities who took part and seventh among the 120 universities worldwide in the survey.

Dundee had the highest score globally for ‘satisfaction with Support’, at 96.6 per cent, and on ‘satisfaction with Living’ was highest in the UK and third globally at 92.5 per cent.

The ISB is the leading benchmarking tool used to track the international student experience. It is independently administered for universities by the International Graduate Insight Group.

We are one of the UK’s top 25 in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. Dundee has risen 22 places in the table over the past three years.

We are 8th in the table of `Best for jobs’, which measures the proportion of students in graduate level employment or further study six months after graduation. Our students are in high demand from business, industry and the professions and through their hard work are ready to make their own mark transforming lives.

Our overall performance is also boosted by our strong performance in teaching excellence and student experience.

Good University Guide 2018

The National Student Survey (NSS) surveys final-year undergraduate students each year. It asks them to rate their satisfaction with 27 different aspects of their university learning experience. Eighty per cent percent of students in their final year at the University completed the survey.

Dundee is in the UK's top 10

The University of Dundee has been ranked 9th in the UK for student experience. This is the second successive year in which we have achieved a Top 10 result. The University recorded overall satisfaction of 90 per cent, well above the sector and Scottish averages. 100 per cent satisfaction was recorded by Biology, Dentistry and Others in Education (Childhood Practice) students, meaning the University is ranked first in the UK for each.

Five more subjects ranked were in the top 10 nationally:

  • Politics (2nd)
  • Medicine (4th)
  • Others in Biological Sciences (4th)
  • Initial Teacher Education (7th)
  • Law (8th)


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 24th in the UK and 3rd in Scotland
  • Top in UK for Dentistry and Design & Crafts
  • Top 3 in Scotland for Architecture (2nd), Art (1st), Biosciences (2nd), Dentistry (1st), Design & Crafts (1st), Education (3rd), Civil Engineering (3rd), English & Creative Writing (2nd), Fashion & Textiles (1st), Forensic Science & Archaeology (1st), History (3rd), Law (1st), Mathematics (3rd), Medicine (1st), Modern languages (2nd), Politics (2nd), Social Work (1st).
  • Top 10 in the UK for Fashion & Textiles (3rd), Medicine (4th), Social Work (4th), Business, Management & Marketing (5th), Law (6th) and Forensic Sciences (7th).

View the full tables on the Guardian University Guide website

The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings list the world’s best 200 universities that are aged 50 years or under. Dundee is the only UK university ranked in the top 50 – for the second year running we are 16th in the global table.

We sit in the Top 30 in the United Kingdom in the Complete University Guide 2018. We are on the fastest risers in the UK, having gone up 20 places to 29th in the Guide’s rankings in only three years, based on a very strong performance across a number of indicators including student experience and employability.

You can view more at the Complete University Guide rankings

The University of Dundee is ranked among the top 25 most innovative universities in Europe, and first in Scotland, in the ranking produced by Reuters.

Reuters say their list of Europe's 100 most innovative universities 'identifies the educational institutions that are doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy.'

Dundee is ranked 21st in the 2017 edition of the list, and is 5th in the UK, behind only Imperial, Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester.

The survey, published by the Higher Education Statistics Authority in June 2017, shows that 95.8% of Dundee graduates were in work or further study six months after graduation.

The number in graduate level work or study (positive destinations) continues to rise, up from 81% last year to 85% this year.

This data relates to first-degree, home-domiciled full time-study graduates who completed their course in 2015/6 and were surveyed six months after the end of their course.

  • 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

  • We rank 187th in the world, 29th in the UK

We are one of the world's top 200 universities, according to Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2018

The league table uses 13 measures of performance, grouped into five pillars - teaching,research,citations,international outlook and industry income – to rank universities across the globe.

View the full tables on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings website: Times Higher Education website

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