Regularly voted one of the UK’s best student experiences

The University of Dundee was Scottish University of the Year in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.

The International Student Barometer has ranked The University of Dundee in the world top 20, and Number 1 in Scotland.

The 2015 National Student Survey ranked the University of Dundee top in Scotland

What our students say

LauraUlsig.jpg appealed to me because of the combination of the campus feel and the city

Laura  Ulsig

Tim Hunter

Dundee gave me transferrable skills to go into the professional world. Even before I had officially graduated I had secured a career position with a global logistics company based in southern England

Tim Hunter

Why study this course at Dundee?

Our programmes integrate learning from across the subject, helping you to understand the interactions between people, places and environments at different spatial scales.  From flooding to the human migration, recent events point to a pressing need to maintain and enhance this understanding, in order to live with global change and to work towards sustainable futures.

Results from the National Student Survey and other evaluations testify to the high quality of our teaching and the learning experience.  We use a range of learning and assessment methods, and regularly review each module every time it runs, incorporating feedback from students.

Our core staff are experienced and have won both student-led and university teaching awards.  We also have dedicated and friendly office and technical support staff.  Our programmes are ‘medium sized’ in the UK context, meaning we are able to maintain close connections to students while supporting an excellent range of modules.

Most teaching staff are also active researchers, several among the leading researchers nationally and internationally in their respective areas.  Much of our research has a strong applied focus on addressing real-world issues and changes, from glacier retreat to the challenges of police reform.  We use these strengths to help students set up their own research projects in their final year.

Our location gives us great options for fieldtrips and fieldwork both in and beyond Dundee.  We use these to support a variety of learning, for instance on the challenges of urban transformation to dynamic coastline processes.  We have links with a number of local organisations, such as the city council and the James Hutton Institute.  However, residential fieldtrips away from Dundee, both in Scotland and in Europe, are also in integral part of our programmes. 


 You can spend a semester to a year abroad (usually in third year), and with our support final-year Honours students have go on to do final Honours projects in locations right across the globe.

 The specialist and transferrable knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout your degree can be used in multiple ways.  They are increasingly used at work and sought by a range of employers.

You have a large degree of flexibility to build your degree to suit your particular interests.  For example, at Honours-level Geography, you could choose to specialise in Human or Physical Geography, or alternatively could take modules across both areas.  Meanwhile, our Environmental Science programme is an interdisciplinary degree with both science and policy components.

The university has made substantial cross-campus investment in student IT resources.  We complement this with a range of subject-specific resources, e.g. Geographic Information System (GIS), Global Position Systems (GPS_, iPads and specialist software for remote sensing and data analysis.

We have our own teaching and student spaces, plus a full Environmental Diagnostics Lab which students doing physical or environmental projects are encouraged to use under supervision.   You can also borrow from our Field Equipment Store when doing fieldwork (and we will give you training on how to use what you borrow).

Our university library ensures that we are kept well-stocked with paper and digital resources, so that you can keep up with latest developments in your programme.  The fantastic library staff will show you how to find these resources, and we give you guidance on how to use them.


Make new friends quickly with GESS

The Geography and Environmental Science Society is the place to go for all things geographical and more! Students are able to become a GESS member at any time throughout the year. The society is a great place to make new friends and get involved more through the numerous events organised throughout the year, both social and academic. These include pub quizzes, the legendary beach party, pub orienteering, guest speakers and the annual ball. There is also a Facebook group (Geography and Environmental Science Society - University of Dundee) where you can connect with other society members and keep up to date about events throughout the semester.

Find a course that suits your needs

Town & Regional Planning at the University of Dundee delivers a range of undergraduate and post graduate programmes that allow students to acquire the necessary tools and skills to pursue a successful career.

Geography Environmental Science