This page is for prospective students from Saudi Arabia.
At present there are around 157 Saudi Arabian students studying either here at the University or on one of our distance learning courses. We also have an active alumni group in Saudi Arabia.
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
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 Saudi Arabia?
Our students from Saudi Arabia 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.
Learn more about studying in the UK from the British Council Saudi Arabia
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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.
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 is a small and modern city and everybody is very friendly. There are lots of parks in the area and it is beautiful living by the coast. At one point in my life I went from living in Saudi Arabia where it was very warm, to living in Ohio in the USA where it was very cold. Coming to Dundee was good as the weather is nice and mild here! There are lots of activities to do in the city and Dundee is a good place to come if you have a young family as there are good nurseries near the campus.
Mohammad Alobaidy (Saudi Arabia), MSc Human Anatomy
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.
There is also an active Saudi Club which organizes weekly activities all year round.
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 me, there were three other important factors that influenced my decision to come to Dundee. There are a number of mosques, the University has a good prayer room and there are many Arabic grocery shops in the city. There is also a really good Saudi students club. We play football every Friday and go out for food together!
Mohammad Alobaidy (Saudi Arabia), MSc Human Anatomy
As a Muslim, I discovered Dundee to have quite a vibrant cultural scene and the Central Mosque organises a number of activities all the time. Islamic occasions like Eid and Hajj are celebrated with great fervour in Dundee which feels great while being away from home.
Tareq Al Huzaim (Saudi Arabia), LLM
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.
An Arabic applicant guide is also available.
Saudi Arabia-based entry requirements for 2017 and 2018
Students who have done a post-secondary diploma OR a foundation programme in a relevant subject area will be considered for first year entry.
If you are doing a recognised international high school qualification such as A Levels or IB, the entry requirements are available on the specific course pages.
Direct entry to 2nd year is often possible for certain courses with 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 requirements on the relevant course page.
A 4-year Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.5-4.39 from a well ranked institution is considered comparable to a UK 2.1, while a GPA of 3.10-3.74 is considered comparable to a UK 2.2.
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.
Please see our research pages on details of our areas of research and how to apply.
English language requirements
For all our programmes you will also need to satisfy the University's English language requirements.
International College Dundee
If you do not meet the entry requirements above, you may be able to apply via International College Dundee
The University of Dundee offers a range of scholarships, depending on the course you are applying for.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
What are our graduates doing?
Our graduates are working in key positions throughout Saudi Arabia and around the globe. This includes academia, private and the public sector. The ex-minister for Education in Saudi Arabia, HE Azzam Al Dakhail studied towards his PhD here at Dundee. Read more about his experiences
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
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 us in Riyadh
Our representative Jenny Cook will be visiting Riyadh from Tuesday, April 9, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019
Attending the IECHE Exhibition, and other various events. If you'd like to meet Jenny send her an email to discuss your options.
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
Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam
Jeddah, Riyadh, Al Khobar