You can find our published entry requirements on each course page. This includes details of any specific subjects and/or grades you need for each course.

If you are thinking about a joint Honours degree, please check the entry requirements for each subject.

Qualifications accepted

The following table shows the standard qualifications held by the majority of our applicants and the grades which we accept as passes:

Examination board Qualification Pass grades
Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Higher
Advanced Higher
Standard Grade
Intermediate 2
National 5
General Certificate of Education (GCE) A-Level
AS Level
A-C or 9-4
A-C or 9-4
A-C or 9-4
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) Higher Level
Ordinary Level
A-C or H1-H4
A-C or O1-O4
International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level
Standard Level

Other qualifications may also be considered for some programmes, for example:

  • Foundation Apprenticeship (equivalent to SQA Highers, not suitable for Medicine and Dentistry or for essential subjects)
  • SQA Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma with relevant graded units
  • Scottish Baccalaureate
  • SWAP Access Programmes
  • BTEC Extended Diploma or HND with merits and distinctions 
  • Advanced Diploma 
  • Welsh Baccalaureate
  • European Baccalaureate

EU and international applicants

If you are an EU or international applicant, you can find details of the equivalent qualifications accepted from your country on our Find Your Country page.

All courses at the University of Dundee are taught in English. If your first language is not English you must have an IELTS score of at least 6.0 overall (or equivalent) in order to be successful in your academic studies. Additionally, if you require a visa to study in the UK, then you must also meet the level of English required by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

You can find more details on our English Language requirements page.

Advanced entry

Traditionally in Scotland the majority of Honours degree courses take four years to complete, compared to three years in the rest of the UK. However, it is possible to complete a large number of our Honours degree programmes in three years by starting the course at Level 2, provided you have met the relevant entry requirements. This is known as ‘advanced entry’.

For most courses, if you have A-levels or Advanced Highers, you should consider applying for advanced entry (to Level 2) as this offers the smoothest academic transition and enables you to finish your Honours degree sooner. Many of our students start in Level 2 each year, and they are supported right from the start with specific events in Freshers' Week to help them settle into life at Dundee.

We also have a couple of Honours degree programmes which can be completed in three years without starting at Level 2. You can find out more on their course pages:

Minimum and typical grades

Each course page shows entry requirements for Level 1 Entry and, where relevant, Level 2 entry requirements are shown under the heading Advanced Entry (to Level 2).

For most subjects the entry requirements are shown as 'minimum' and 'typical'. If we receive your application by the UCAS deadline and you already meet or are predicted to meet the minimum entry requirements, we will treat your application and all others in the same way. If you have a strong personal statement and academic reference this may increase your chances of being made an offer of a place. 

We also take additional factors (known as 'contextual factors') into consideration when making admissions decisions. However, the University offers a wide range of degree programmes and some have a higher level of competition for places than others. For programmes with a higher level of demand, we will make offers around the ‘typical’ rather than the 'minimum' level.

Contextual factors

We recognise that our applicants come from a variety of different backgrounds and have not all had the same opportunities to realise their academic potential. Our admissions selection process takes account of a range of additional factors, also known as contextual data.

We will consider circumstances where an applicant:

  • attends a low progression school. This is where a relatively small number of students go on to study at university or where the number and level of examination passes is below average;
  • lives in an area which has been identified by the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) as an area of deprivation;
  • has spent significant time in registered care or is a registered carer;
  • has actively tried to enhance their academic profile by participating in a recognised access course or programmes such as REACH and ACES, or participation in a recognised summer school or similar.

We will also give particular consideration to applicants who have experienced serious disruption to education or disadvantage, such as illness or personal adversity. However, applicants have a responsibility to ensure that any such circumstances have already been taken into account by the appropriate examination board where academic results have been affected.