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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This course allows you to work alongside our world renowned experts from the School of Life Sciences and gain a 'real research' experience. You will have the opportunity to select a research project from a variety of thematic areas of research.

These are:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cancer
  • Drug Discovery
  • Immunotherapy and immunology;
  • Neurodegeneration
  • Microbiology
  • Stem cell biology
  • Developmental biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Structural Biology
  • Cell Signalling
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Gene expression
  • Computational biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Agritech

You will be part of our collaborative working environment and have access to outstanding shared facilities such as microscopy and proteomics. Throughout your year, you will develop an advanced level of knowledge on your topic of interest as well as the ability to perform independent research in the topic area. Alongside basic science training in experimental design, data handling and research ethics, we will help you to develop skills in critical assessment and communication. This will be supported by workshops in scientific writing, presentation skills, ethics, laboratory safety, statistics, public engagement and optional applied bioinformatics.


All our laboratories in the School of Life Sciences are open-plan, which encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary working. You will have access to state-of-the-art technologies, equipment, and expertise  to facilitate your research.

For much of the additional training aspects of the course you will be part of the wider international postgraduate community in the School of Life Sciences. We have around 180 students from over 20 countries. You will also be invited to be part of our postgraduate student-led association, who run numerous events from an annual lecture to careers seminars together with a range of regular social events.

The period of study is one year full-time or two years part-time research, which includes two months to write up the thesis. You'll join the Life Sciences five-day induction course for postgraduate research at the beginning of September.