Guide

Coronavirus (Covid-19) - information for enquirers and applicants

This page is intended to help answer questions related to coronavirus and its impact on your study plans. We will keep this information up to date as the situation develops.

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Please also see the following announcements:

4 May - Student and staff safety in the next academic year

30 April - Revised start date for 2020/21 academic year

At the University of Dundee, we know that many of our applicants and partners are currently experiencing many challenges as a result of coronavirus and would like to extend our support to you and your families. You are all in our thoughts at this moment.

We also understand that many students’ study plans will be affected by coronavirus, therefore we are putting in place a series of measures relating to our admissions processes, pre-sessional English courses, and deadlines, to offset these difficulties.

Where we can, we have given answers to questions that some of you have raised with us:

My examinations have been cancelled/postponed. What does this mean for my offer?

Scotland

On Thursday 19 March the Scottish Government announced that the 2020 SQA examination diet would be cancelled. The SQA has developed an alternative certification model, which aims to ensure that learners receive their results on 4 August as planned. Further details are available on SQA website . Please also check the Scottish Government Student Information website and UCAS Track and the UCAS coronavirus page for updates. The University of Dundee will accept these grades as having equal validity to grades awarded in other years.

We understand that these are challenging times for all our applicants, and that your grades may be impacted as a result. Please be assured that we are taking this into consideration when assessing applications and offering additional flexibility in light of the disruption caused by coronavirus, both this year and for our intakes in 2021/22 and 2022/23.

England and Wales

On Wednesday 18 March the Secretary of State for Education announced that examinations in England and Wales would no longer take place in May and June, however candidates will still receive grades. See Ofqual’s announcement on how grades will be calculated. More information is available on the Department for Education’s website. Please also check UCAS Track and the UCAS coronavirus page for updates. The University of Dundee will accept these calculated grades as having equal validity to grades awarded in other years.

We understand that these are challenging times for all our applicants, and that your grades may be impacted as a result. Please be assured that we are taking this into consideration when assessing applications and offering additional flexibility in light of the disruption caused by coronavirus, both this year and for our intakes in 2021/22 and 2022/23.

Northern Ireland

Summer examinations have been cancelled in Northern Ireland. More information about how grades will be awarded is available on the CCEA website . Please also check UCAS Track and the UCAS coronavirus page for updates. The University of Dundee will accept these calculated grades as having equal validity to grades awarded in other years.

We understand that these are challenging times for all our applicants, and that your grades may be impacted as a result. Please be assured that we are taking this into consideration when assessing applications and offering additional flexibility in light of the disruption caused by coronavirus, both this year and for our intakes in 2021/22 and 2022/23.

International Applicants

We are aware of different measures in place in different countries and are continually adapting our admissions policy in line with these changes. Please also check UCAS Track and the UCAS coronavirus page for updates

If your examinations have been cancelled and you will instead be awarded calculated grades from a recognised examination board, then we will accept these as having equal validity to grades awarded in other years.

If your examinations have been cancelled and you will not be awarded calculated grades, please email contactus@dundee.ac.uk and one of our Admissions Officers will assess your application.

If your examinations are delayed, we will offer additional flexibility with the start date of our courses where possible.

We understand that these are challenging times for all our applicants, and that your grades may be impacted as a result. Please be assured that we are taking this into consideration when assessing applications and offering additional flexibility in light of the disruption caused by coronavirus, both this year and for our intakes in 2021/22 and 2022/23.

International Baccalaureate

IBO has cancelled the May 2020 examination diet. Details on how grades will be calculated area available on the IBO website. Please also check UCAS Track and the UCAS coronavirus page for updates. The University of Dundee will accept these calculated grades as having equal validity to grades awarded in other years.

We understand that these are challenging times for all our applicants, and that your grades may be impacted as a result. Please be assured that we are taking this into consideration when assessing applications and offering additional flexibility in light of the disruption caused by coronavirus, both this year and for our intakes in 2021/22 and 2022/23.

My university/school has been closed for several weeks. What if this impacts my final grades?

We understand that multiple factors can influence your grades, many of which are not within your control. The University’s Contextual Admissions Policy ensures that we note circumstances that may have impacted your ability to meet your potential. When assessing applications, our Admissions Officers look for evidence that your path has been made more difficult by circumstances outside of your control. This can include disruption to education through school or university closures or for personal reasons such as ill health.

My university/school is closed and I am unable to obtain a copy of my transcripts, what should I do?

If you are unable to obtain a copy of the transcript, we can accept a screenshot or photograph of the transcript, along with a letter from your University confirming that you have completed your degree.

The transcript and letter should both include:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Name of award
  • Date of award
  • Grade/GPA/Classification
  • Name of institution/awarding body

In addition, the accompanying letter should be on the institution’s headed paper. 

I have made an application and I have not heard back yet. Should I be concerned?

We are still accepting applications for our 2020/21 intakes. If you are still waiting for a decision from us, please don't worry. Our Admissions team is working hard to continue processing application decisions as quickly as possible. However the Team is working remotely which is leading to some delays. Once we have made a decision we will notify you in the usual way, so please continue to check UCAS Track or MyApplications on eVision.

Could I start my course late?

In order to lessen the continuing impact of Covid-19 and to ensure the best learning experience, we have decided that given the current circumstances, teaching in semester 1 of 2020/21 will now begin later than originally planned:

  • Semester 1 teaching will now begin on Monday 5 October 2020.
  • Welcome (Freshers’) Week will take place in the week beginning Monday 28 September 2020.
  • Students entering courses where professional practice requirements are in place, for example Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary and Secondary) courses, may start before 5 October. The academic School will provide further details to affected applicants.
  • Semester 1 teaching will end on Friday 18 December 2020.
  • No other change is currently expected to the academic calendar. Teaching in semester 2 will begin on Monday 18 January 2021 as already published, and the remainder of the academic session will continue as already published.

This later start date allows the University the time necessary to deliver our learning and teaching provision safely and sustainably at a time of global uncertainty and in a way which protects students and staff. We also recognise that many of our international students may benefit from a little extra time in order to join us here on campus. Current applicants received an email to inform them of this change during the week beginning 27 April 2020.

We hope that you will be able to join us for the later start date of your course. However we understand that you may still face delays and will offer flexibility where possible.

Can I defer to a later start date?

Undergraduate and postgraduate taught applicants

Should you need to defer because of a delay related to coronavirus, we will allow you to defer to the next date at which you are in a position to start. If you have already deferred once we will allow you to defer again. If you have been awarded a scholarship from us for your studies, this can also be deferred. A number of our courses have both September and January start dates.

Postgraduate research applicants

A number of you will have originally planned to join us sometime over the next few months. Given the uncertainty around when we will be able to welcome students and staff back to our campus, we have now decided to coordinate the enrolment of our most of our new research students into a cohort. Initially we planned that most PhD applicants who have an expected start date from now until 31 August 2020 would start their research programme on 14 September 2020 (subject to factors outside our control and supervisor availability). Affected applicants received an email explaining these changes on 27 March 2020. However, on 24 April the University decided to revise the start date of semester 1 to Monday 5 October 2020. This means that most PhD applicants who were hoping to start between now and 30 September will now start their research programme on 5 October 2020. Affected applicants will receive an email on 29 April 2020. There may be a few exceptions to this, and in those cases supervisors will contact affected applicants directly.

I have been invited to an interview, will it still take place?

All interviews will now take place online. Further details have been sent to applicants who have been affected by this change. If you have not been contacted about a change to your interview, please email applicant-interviews@dundee.ac.uk

I had booked to come to an Applicant Visit Day, are there any alternatives?

We have moved our Applicant Visit Days online. Further details have been sent to applicants who have been affected by this change. These online sessions will include presentations and Q&As with academics, student services and give you the chance to meet some of our current students. You'll receive a link to our Applicant Sessions via email. 

We also are offering online campus tours every Thursday.

Can I delay paying my deposit?

Certain courses may ask applicants to pay a deposit. The University of Dundee does not have a deposit payment deadline, but if you are an international student who requires a Tier 4 (Student) visa, the deposit does need to be paid before we can issue your Admissions Letter and Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement. After you arrive in Dundee we will also reimburse you £200 for use of the priority visa reimbursement service.

Will you refund my deposit if I cannot attend?

Yes. We will also work hard to defer your place, should you choose to take this option.

What if I cannot meet my English language conditions?

We accept a wide range of English language qualifications. View our full list of accepted qualifications.

You can submit evidence of meeting your conditions up to two weeks prior to your course start date.

We also are offering Online Pre-Sessional English courses which you can apply to online.

Does your pre-sessional course accept non-UKVI IELTS (Academic) or other language tests?

Yes, as these courses are being delivered fully online this year we are able to accept a wide range of English language qualifications. View our full list of accepted qualifications

Can I combine the scores from more than one IELTS test?

This will be considered on a case by case basis.

I have an offer for Pre-Sessional English, will the course still run as planned?

Like many other universities across the world, the University of Dundee has suspended teaching on-campus during this coronavirus pandemic. We are pleased to inform you that we will now be teaching our Pre-Sessional English courses online. To ensure that students are given enough teaching time and language support to achieve the grades you need, any students previously offered the 11 week on-campus Pre-Sessional English course will now be given an offer for the 14 weeks Pre-Sessional English course online.

We will also offer all our online students intensive English language support, if you wish/require it, when you do arrive on campus, with options including transferring to our on-campus Pre-Sessional courses, classes during Welcome Week and in-sessional English support during your studies.

Can I study Pre-Sessional English online?

All of our Pre-Sessional English courses are now available to study online.

We will also offer all our online students intensive English language support, if you wish/require it, when you do arrive on campus, with options including transferring to our on-campus Pre-Sessional course, classes during Welcome Week and in-sessional English support during your studies.

Can I book accommodation?

We will soon be opening the application system for our accommodation. If you have firmly accepted our offer we will contact you once applications open. It is likely that applications will open towards the end of May but could be subject to further unexpected delay. This email will be sent to your UoD account and the address you gave when you applied (remember to check junk/spam folders). Residences contract dates will align with the revised start date for the 2020/21 academic year. More details can be found on our Accommodation webpages.

Will I be taught face-to-face or online in 2020/21?

It is our intention to re-start face-to-face teaching of programmes in Dundee for the new 2020/21 academic year and we are committed to doing everything we can to make that possible for our students.

However, it remains a very real possibility that some of you will not be able to come to Dundee in October if lockdown or global travel restrictions by governments are not lifted in sufficient time.

Therefore, we are also planning in case we need to continue to teach some elements of courses online from the start of the academic year. Depending on circumstances some teaching may have to be a blend of face-to-face and online. We are working hard to ensure that we maintain our outstanding student experience.

We will give our applicants further updates by email once our teaching plans are confirmed and as the situation around Covid-19 develops.

Questions?  Need help?

If your circumstances are not covered here and you have further questions, please contact:

Applicant Enquiry Team – please use our online enquiry form

University of Dundee China Office - ChinaEnquiry@dundee.ac.uk

Last updated

6 May 2020

From

University Executive Office