This page is for prospective students from Pakistan.
We have been welcoming students from Pakistan to Dundee for many years, and currently have around 70 Pakistani nationals studying at the University.
Study for your undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the Scottish University of the Year 2016 and 2017 (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide). We have been voted number one for student experience in Scotland for six years running and are amongst the top 1% of universities in the world.
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.
Career prospects for our graduates are amongst the best in the UK.
Study for a degree in Scotland
The Scottish education system dates back as far as 1413. The USA and France also use our educational degree model.
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:
- LLB (Hons) English/NI Law
- LLB (Hons) Law (English/NI) with Oil and Gas Law
- BSc (Hons) Applied Computing: Human Computer Interaction
- BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences
Five Year Degrees
For some degrees, you will need to study for a little longer. Courses which take five years include:
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.
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.
Which courses are popular with students from Pakistan?
Our students from Pakistan apply across the full range of our disciplines with the following courses being the most popular:
Moving overseas to live and study in a country where you need to speak and write in a different language can be daunting. We offer a free 10 week English support course to increase your English skills and knowledge once you've started here. It's also a great way to make new friends.
Depending on the level of your English, you may be required to take one of our pre-sessional courses so that you can improve your English skills before beginning your degree.
British Council Pakistan offers guidance, information and pre-departure sessions for students from Pakistan who are coming to study in the UK. You can discover further information on the British Council Pakistan website.
Why Scotland? Why Dundee?Download our guide to learn more
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.
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.
Dundee has beautiful scenery - the river is amazing for sunset and sunrise walks. You can see the gold rays of the sun reflecting on the beautiful crystal clear water. At the same time, the city is the best part. It is large enough to meet new people yet small enough for a sense of community.
Junaid Malik (Pakistan), LLB English and Scots Law
The University of Dundee campus is all in one package, right in the heart of Dundee city. It is an upcoming city full of opportunities and I simply fell in love with the city and all the experiences it has granted me.
Gulraiz Saeed (Pakistan), BSc Financial Economics
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.
At start of every semester, the Pakistani Association collaborates with the Indian Society and hosts a welcome dinner, which helps students to get to know each other from the very start of the year. These dinners usually follow a Pakistani and Indian theme, especially the food. There are often raffles too, with traditional Pakistani prizes.
During the past year, the Pakistani Association hosted a Campus Mela (carnival) which turned the Campus Green into a colourful playground with inflatable slides, bouncy castles, sumo suits, classic fairground games, popcorn, candy-floss, food stalls, a gol gappa challenge and endless fun. This was to raise funds for orphans and needy children across the globe.
The society has also held bake sales, organised trips to the Highlands, barbecues on campus, and cricket matches and cultural evenings (as part of Pakistani Week on campus).
My friends and I took the opportunity in my first year (2013) to restart the Dundee University Pakistani Association (DUPA). Ever since, we have organised events to promote a positive picture of Pakistan. All of the events organised have always focused on the cultural and traditional aspect of Pakistan. We have continuously collaborated with like-minded societies, including International, Indian, Islamic, BBQ society and many more. Opportunities to work with these societies have given us (the ambassadors of Pakistan) the opportunity to reach out to students even if they do not hold any Pakistani background.
Gulraiz Saeed, President of Dundee University Pakistani Association, 2015-16
Dudhope Multicultural Centre, Bharatiya Ashram
The Bharatiya Ashram in the city provides adult education classes in life drawing and still life, sewing and cookery classes, and dance classes such as Bellydance, Bollywood and Indian Classical. The Centre promotes Asian arts and culture and offers classes in Sitar, Tabla, Indian vocal performance and Dance. It's a great place to pick up some new skills, have fun, and make friends.
Life in Dundee for Islamic Students
Dundee is a safe multicultural city with a significant Muslim population. There are a wide variety of shops, restaurants and cafes within walking distance of the University, and so you'll be able to find halal restaurants, butchers and foodstores.
Single gender accommodation is available at the University. Please apply early to guarantee availability.
The University has Islamic prayer rooms (both on the City campus and the Ninewells campus), and the Central Dundee Mosque is only a 10 minute walk from the City campus. There are also a further three mosques in the city which organize regular prayers and other events all year round.
We also have a thriving Islamic Society, in addition to the Muslim Message Society. You'll find plenty of people across the campus, staff as well as students, who will be observing Ramadan and celebrating Eid.
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.
Successful completion of Higher Secondary Certificate/Intermediate with 75% overall in Science, Engineering or Pre-Medicine Groups and 80% from other groups OR 1st year of a Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University in Pakistan.
Students with international school leaving qualifications can find detailed entry requirements on the individual course page.
Direct entry to 2nd year is often possible for certain courses, based on A-Level or IB grades. Or if the student meets the Level 1 requirements and has undertaken further studies towards a relevant University level qualification at a recognised institution. Check the specific requirements on the course page.
A Bachelor’s (honours) degree with GPA of 2.6 or above out of 4 depending on the course applied for. Requirements may vary according to recognition of University and scoring system used.
A Masters level qualification from a good university will normally be required. Evidence of some research experience (for example through a Masters Degree project) is expected. Transcripts of all previous degree-level studies must accompany the application.
English language requirements
For all our programmes you will also need to satisfy the University's English language requirements.
The University of Dundee offers a range of scholarships, depending on the course you are applying for.
- Dundee is ranked as one of the most affordable places for students to live in the UK, 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.
- You pay only £150 per year of study for access to the National Health Service, so there is no need for expensive health insurance while studying at Dundee.
We have an excellent employment record. 96% of our graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation.
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.
What are our graduates from Pakistan doing?
Sabrina Memon graduated in 2011 with an MSc in Accounting and Finance. She is now working for HSBC as a Market Data Administrator.
Muhammad Mudasar Ghafoor graduated in 2014 with a Doctor of Philosophy in Business and is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Commerce at the University of the Punjab, Gujranwala Campus.
Got any questions about the admissions process, studying or living in Dundee? Please contact the international officer(s) for your region:
Senior International Officer
T: +44 (0)1382 38 38 38
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.
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 email@example.com to find out more.
Agents in your country
Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad
Islambad, Faisalabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi
Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi
Islamabad, Abbottabad & Peshawar