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We would like to invite you to participate in our Gifted & Talented Programme from Monday 1 July to Friday 5 July 2019 at the University of Dundee.

Those who successfully complete the programme, will be eligible to receive an unconditional offer.  Students will be expected to complete a written assessment and group presentation.

To apply for a place, please complete the form below by 24 May 2019:


The University of Dundee, given a Gold Award in the Teaching Exercise Framework (TEF) 2017, is an internationally recognised institution, rated in the top 10 in the UK for many degree programmes including medicine, dentistry, education, mathematics and fashion/textiles.  Our professional focus is underpinned by friendly and approachable staff and world-class facilities.

With a progressive and dynamic outlook we offer a world-class education and a fantastic student experience, we have been voted top 10 in the UK in the National Student Survey 2018. 

Our graduates have gone on to work with many top companies enabling them to pursue their chosen career in Scotland, the rest of the UK or in the global marketplace. This is due to the high standard of education which employers recognise and the wide range of personal and transferable skills that the university environment enables our students to develop.

Who is the programme aimed at?

The programme which is aimed at high achieving students (those aiming for AAB at A-Level or equivalent) living in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, will consist of stimulating seminars and the opportunity to learn from prominent academics at the University.  Participants will be expected to undertake a programme tailored to their individual subject interests and will experience first-hand what studying at one of the UK’s most progressive universities is like.  Participants will be selected on the basis of past academic performance.

What does the programme involve?

A variety of evening entertainment, including an academic dinner, will also form part of the programme, allowing participants a wider exposure to research interests of staff and the opportunity to meet other students.  Accommodation, meals and travel will be provided.

What subjects are on offer?

The subjects on offer this year are:

Have you ever wondered what the human heart really looks like? How we breathe? Been curious about what is going on inside your own body? Come and join us in the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification where we will give you the opportunity to discover the fascinating world of anatomical sciences – the study of the human body!

During interactive classes and practical workshops, we will explore these topics and more. You will experience anatomy using a variety of techniques, including hands-on practical classes with the human body as well as using exciting modern technology. Not only will you learn about the actual structures of the human body, but you can put your problem solving skills to the test as we apply anatomical principles to solving clinical cases.

The programme will allow you an insight into studying Anatomical Sciences at the University of Dundee, give you a taste of the complexity of the human body and hopefully leave you even more curious about what is going on inside your own body.

This subject requires A-Level Biology

The defining skill of the architect is design, as they engage with clients, communities, and consultants to create successful buildings and places for people. Cultural, technical and environmental concerns are integrated in the design process as projects are developed to meet the needs of individuals and wider society.

We'll introduce you to life as an architect through a hands-on design project based in our extensive studio space at the University of Dundee. You'll experiment with material and form as you develop design ideas into 3D architectural space, generating solutions to design problems, and using drawings and models to communicate them to a wider audience. You'll investigate light and enclosure as you create your own individual response to the design brief, developing an understanding of the fundamental elements which define architectural space.

The Art and Design General Foundation is the first year of a four year degree programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design and is the entry route for the majority of students. This flexible and popular course offers you the opportunity to experience working within a range of art and design practice and will help you determine which aspect of specialist study is the right one for you.

Successful completion of the course allows students to progress to one of the following specialist areas for their second year: Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Textile Design, Jewellery & Metal Design, Fine Art or Art & Philosophy.

The Gifted and Talented Programme will provide you with a ‘taster’ of what the course is like. You will be based in one of our big and bright studio spaces and you will be given a project brief similar to one our current students undertake. You will be supported by Art & Design General Foundation staff and others and will have the opportunity to develop your thinking and making skills, creating individual and exciting work that builds and expands on your existing knowledge and experience.

This programme requires an A-Level Art & Design-related subject and an A-Level literate subject

Please note after you have submitted your application you will be asked to send in digital examples of artwork.

Evolution under your feet
How far can an earthworm squirm?  In a day?  In a year?  How about a thousand years?  What about a million years?  That might seem a long time for a worm, but in evolutionary time it is but a heartbeat. Over time our DNA changes. Some of those changes are beneficial and kept, others are not so helpful and are lost. Those changes will also depend on the local environment and not a small amount of luck.  Because earthworms travel very slowly, we can use geographically distant populations to explore how evolution occurs through looking at the differences in the DNA of worms from different sites.

Using state-of-the-art DNA analysis techniques we will extract and analyse DNA from the humble earthworm to discover how it varies across the UK. We will also see how these same techniques are being applied to understand human variation and disease, leading to the new future of precision medicine. And many other discoveries too that make Dundee a world leader in life sciences and medical research.

This subject requires A-Level Biology and Chemistry

Have a look around you, look out the window, check your pockets, check your bag – you are surrounded by technology. Mobile phones, smart homes, cash machines, gaming consoles, cars, even traffic lights… all of these things are powered by computing science. Have you ever wondered how it all works? Have you ever wondered what might be possible?

During interactive sessions and hands-on activities, you will be exposed to computing science in a new way. You will use your problem-solving skills to develop innovative solutions to problems, as well as seeing first-hand how we design and develop technological systems for varied environments, e.g. accessible healthcare, vision computing and augmented reality office space.

This programme requires two science subjects at A-Level (e.g. Mathematics, Computing Science, Physics, etc)

These sessions will be provided by Mechanical and Civil Engineering and will look at the optimisation of elements of offshore wind turbine energy generation.

The sessions will allow the students hands-on experience of the design and testing of both turbine blades and the crucial subsea foundation structures that must be optimised to bring down the levelised cost of electricity generated from offshore wind.

The students will get the chance to build and test their designs under wind tunnel conditions and to failure in the case of subsea structures. The sessions will allow the students to appreciate the complexities of efficient renewable energy generation and how Mechanical and Civil Engineers contribute to the major challenges facing modern society.

This subject requires A-Level Mathematics and a science or engineering subject (Physics is preferred)

Analyse a poem like a University student. Find out what we talk about when we study comics. Start learning the language of film criticism. Discover how we study drama. Have a go at creative writing.

If you wonder what the study of English at University level is like, come and find out. We'll be exploring some of these topics with you, in a series of interactive classes and workshops that showcase the strength and diversity of what we offer. Whether you're passionate about literature or film already, or whether you are simply curious about it, come along and unleash your creative and critical potential.

This subject requires A-Level English

What was it like to be accused of witchcraft in early modern Scotland, or to live through the Russian Revolution? How did the tiny Dutch Republic construct a huge global empire in the 1500s and 1600s? Why did Apartheid take hold in twentieth-century South Africa?

How was India affected by British rule? What was the impact of the Civil Rights movement on the USA? These are just some of the big, exciting questions History staff deal with at Dundee, and now it’s your turn!

So if you’re wondering what it’s like to study History at Dundee, these sessions are for you. Through a mixture of lectures and hands-on, interactive classes, we’ll find out what it means to be an historian, while ranging across the diverse array of past cultures and societies you can explore at Dundee.

We will introduce you to law and legal theory through a number of interactive seminar style classes. You will learn how to compose a legal argument and communicate your argument persuasively in writing. You will also have the opportunity to undertake advocacy in our mock court room by way of a moot (an argument on a point of law).

Here you will learn a topic which you probably have not been introduced to before: Group Theory. This area of mathematics is related to the study of symmetries, and has applications to very practical problems like the problem of tilings of surfaces, or optimal packing of three-dimensional objects in a volume.

There are also many applications to physics, such as the classification of crystal structures or gauge theory. After a short introduction to the subject you will explore one such application, examining the links between group theory and cryptography.

This subject requires A-Level Mathematics

Penrose tiling, an example of a non-periodic tiling

Picture:  Penrose tiling, an example of a non-periodic tiling

In a world where our homes, work places and social spaces are filled with new technologies and new materials, designers have to consider how this impacts the way we live. From furniture, to household appliances and mobile apps, we have a relationship with these artefacts that interact with our daily lives; and the products and services we use are interconnected as never before. Smart cities, intelligent homes and internet-enabled products have huge potential to enrich our lives. New materials and manufacturing processes make it possible to craft objects and spaces that answer individual needs while contributing to the health and wellbeing of society in general.

Designing for this technology revolution is an exciting challenge, one in which different disciplines must work together. At Dundee we have two distinct courses – Product Design and Digital Interaction Design – that focus on developing a student's understanding of the relationship between People, Design and Technology.

These courses are part of Social Digital, a name we use to identify our shared interests and concerns. In Social Digital our students learn to work across disciplines and break creative boundaries.

If you want to experience how our students might design an internet-enabled product for a smart home, or build a mobile app experience that monitors your health then come along for a few days of fun and creativity. If you are interested in designing creative solutions to societal problems then join us in Social Digital.

Please note after you have submitted your application you will be asked to send in digital examples of artwork.

For more information, please contact:
Ali Clark, UK and Europe Student Recruitment Manager
T: +44 (0)1382 383838