This page is for prospective students from Canada.

We have been welcoming students from across Canada for many years, and the University is a popular destination for Canadians on full degree, Masters and study abroad programmes. We currently have 270 students from Canada studying with us.

Study for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree at a Top 25 UK University (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).   We are one of the World's Top 200 Universities (Times Higher Education 2018) and consistently rated among the best in the United Kingdom for student experience. 

We offer an exceptional standard of education, built on a foundation of outstanding research.  Our teaching is ranked highly in the top university league tables, and our small class sizes provide you with a highly personalised education. The 2018 Guardian University Rankings have seen us rise to 24th in the UK, and we came top in Dentistry and Design & Crafts. We also came top in Scotland (6th in the UK) for Law. 

Career prospects for our graduates are amongst the best in the UK.

An undergraduate degree is a first degree for those who do not already hold one. You can choose from more than 220 undergraduate degree courses.

Four Year Honours

As with most Scottish universities, the majority of our undergraduate degrees traditionally take four years study to complete. This is different from those in the rest of the UK, and the additional year is designed to give you a broader education in the early years with a greater degree of flexibility, and in many cases, the opportunity to try out new subjects.

In the final two years you will narrow your choice of subject and specialise in the key areas of interest to you. It is also possible to study for a joint degree.

Three Year Honours 

If you are suitably qualified, you may be able to start your course at Level 2 (second year). This is known as advanced entry.  

We also offer several discrete three year degree courses, including:

Five Year Degrees

For some degrees, you will need to study for a little longer. Courses which take five years include:

Academic Years

Our academic years run from September to May, with two teaching semesters. Exams for most undergraduate courses are in December and April/May.

In the UK, the term 'postgraduate' refers to Masters and PhD level courses. You may know these as 'graduate' level.

Masters Degrees

Our postgraduate Masters degrees are 12 months in duration. The advantage to the 12 month courses is that you will save both time and money, and begin your career sooner.

You will leave with a specialisation that can give you an edge in a particular field. Courses start in September, some also have January start dates.


A PhD or Doctorate usually takes three years to complete, if studied full time. The British PhD does not have a substantial taught element, rather it relies on original research.

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Your Dundee, Your Scotland

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Dundee is a dynamic and multicultural city which has recently been named as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. It is a friendly place you can settle into quickly, but has all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect from a much larger city. Theatres, art-house cinema, restaurants, galleries, bars, boutiques and craft shops are all within five minutes' walk from the University.  Most students choose to live on or near the campus, so you won't need a car. The city also has a vibrant nightlife, with a mix of mainstream and alternative clubs and live music venues. 

Scotland is a popular destination for Canadian students.  This is hardly surprising given the number of Scots who emigrated to Nova Scotia and across Canada in the 1700s and 1800s.  The two countries share strong links and heritage, and many Canadians enjoy exploring these links when they come to live in Dundee.

While at Dundee you can immerse yourself in Scottish culture (there's more to it than just tartan and shortbread!) and explore the scenic beauty of Scotland. Mountains, lochs and glens are all within easy reach, with the rest of the UK well served by public transport. If that's not enough, you'll only be a short flight away from mainland Europe too.

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My opportunity to attend the University came at the hands of the professional hockey team in town, which is called the Dundee Stars.  The hockey team uses thirteen import spots on mostly Canadian and American hockey players. The team offered me a job to play on their team and study at the University at the same time.

Since I have arrived, the school has done nothing but surprise me. The campus is one of the best I have seen in comparison to universities in Canada. The array of international students truly made it a unique experience, and one in which I know will have built friendships that can be counted on in business or throughout my travels.

Attending the University of Dundee was the truly the best decision I have made in my life and I would recommend the school to anyone looking to expand their horizons.

Lou Dickenson
current MSc Management & Marketing student and professional hockey player

Student societies

Dundee University Students' Association (DUSA) has many student societies and sports clubs for you to choose from. Our International Student Society organises trips, tours and arranges social events such as Hogmanay (New Year), Burns Night, and St Andrew's Day. They work alongside our International Support Service to help make your time in Dundee memorable.

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For entry to all our programmes you will need to demonstrate that your qualifications meet the University of Dundee entrance requirements. These are general guidelines only, and exact requirements will vary on an individual basis, and from course to course. The information below is based on you taking your exams under your country's national education system. If this is not the case, please refer to the entry requirements for the relevant country.

For undergraduate courses: if you have taken international school leaving qualifications such as A Levels or the International Baccalaureate (IB), the entry requirements are detailed on the individual undergraduate course pages.

For some of our postgraduate programmes there may be additional non-academic entrance requirements such as relevant work experience. These are detailed on the individual postgraduate course pages.

Canada-based entry requirements for 2020

We accept high school leaving qualifications from every province and territory. Typically the minimum requirement is 5 or 6 subjects from grade 12 or CEGEP at B or better, or 80% average (dependent on grading system), including pre-requisite subjects in some instances. Certain courses require a higher standard, for example the 3 year Law LLB requires an average of 85%.

If you wish to study Medicine or Dentistry at Dundee an average of 90% is needed in six year-12 subjects, to include at least 90% in Chemistry and another Science. Other non-academic pre-requisites are also required – please see the relevant course pages for more details.

We welcome applications from Canadian graduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in a related discipline. Entry for some programmes may be higher so please get in touch for individually tailored assessment.

Students applying to postgraduate Education Programmes must have 85% or above in Grade 12 English and Mathematics in addition to a Bachelors degree.

University graduates applying for Medicine must offer a graduate degree with a CGPA of 3.75 out of 4.

English Language

Canadian applicants do not need to have additional English Language qualifications.

International College Dundee

If you do not meet the entry requirements above, you may be able to apply via International College Dundee


The fee you will pay depends on your course and fee category. Please visit our undergraduate or postgraduate course pages to find out more.


The University of Dundee offers a range of scholarships, depending on the course you are applying for.

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Living costs

  • Dundee has private rents 45% lower than Edinburgh and 20% lower than the national average (Citylets Rental Report Q4, 2018) so you get a high value of education and your cost of living is affordable.
  • As a student in Scotland, you are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week with your student visa. Please read our factsheets for more information.
  • We offer a variety of accommodation, both on and off campus.

Healthcare costs

We have an excellent employment record. 95.8% of our graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, June 2017)

Benefits of a British degree

A British degree is highly respected and valued by employers across the globe. Standards of teaching, research and facilities in the UK are among the best in the world. Academic standards are regularly assessed by independent bodies.

Studying and living abroad will help you to stand out from other candidates in an increasingly crowded job market. Employers value skills in adaptability, self-confidence and problem solving. You will be able to demonstrate these from your time in the UK.

Our independent approach to learning will help develop critical thinking, self-discipline and analytical skills.

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Contact us

Got any questions about the admissions process, studying or living in Dundee?  Please contact the international officer(s) for your region:

Joanne Bradley
Senior International Officer

T: +44 (0) 1382 38 38 38

Ellen Brooks
International Officer

T: +44 (0) 1382 38 38 38

Meet us in your country

Our international team regularly travels to countries around the world, attending conventions and fairs and visiting schools and colleges. Forthcoming trips are listed below. If there are no trips scheduled to take place, please visit the international team webpage to contact us.

Meet alumni

We are sometimes able to connect you to alumni who live or work in your part of the world. If you are interested, please email to find out more.

Agents in your country

Barclay Educational


Future Project

Burnaby, Mississauga, Prince George

KOM Consultants


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