1. Register with UCAS
Applications for all our full-time undergraduate courses should be made though the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Your school or college will be able to guide you through what you need to do to register and start your application. You can also check out the UCAS website for more details. UCAS also has a useful Introduction to Apply video which takes you through each step.
If you wish to transfer to Dundee from another University you must also apply through UCAS.
If you are applying to a part-time, distance learning or study abroad course then you will apply to the University of Dundee, and not through UCAS. You can find further details on each course page.
Key UCAS application dates
You can apply through UCAS from the start of September the year before you want to start university.
Application deadlines are listed on the UCAS website.
We will consider late applications at our discretion.
If you plan to take a year out before you start university we would advise you to apply before you go on your gap year. You can then defer entry to your course to the following year.
2. Your application
UCAS will send your online application to our Admissions team where two members of staff will assess it. You will receive an acknowledgement from us by email so that you know we have received your application. You can keep up to date with the progress of your application and reply to your offers using UCAS Track.
We consider all aspects of your application before we decide whether to offer you a place or invite you to interview. For some courses you need to provide evidence of work experience in your personal statement to show that you have taken steps to find out about the profession.
3. Interviews, portfolios & selection tests
Some of our courses require an additional selection round to help determine your suitability. Read our individual course webpages to find out if your chosen course requires an interview, portfolio or selection test.
There are no set dates or times for interviews or tests, but they usually take place between January and April. If there are dates when you are unavailable for interview (e.g. due to examinations) you can mark these in the appropriate space on your UCAS application.
After the UCAS deadline, we make our initial assessment. We will then get in touch to provide guidance about the interviews.
4. Our decision
We will make our decision after the middle of February. This is to ensure we consider all applications we receive by the UCAS deadline in the same way.
UCAS allows us to make three types of offers of admission:
- Unconditional - if you have already obtained the necessary entry qualifications
- Conditional - if you still need to obtain the passes/grades specified in the offer. If you obtain these passes, your offer will change to unconditional, meaning you definitely have a place. To secure a place you must meet all conditions of an offer by 31 August 2017. This date also refers to applicants who have deferred their entry to the following year.
- Rejection - if you are not suitably qualified.
UCAS have a few useful videos on offers and replies which are worth watching.
If you apply for entry to Level 2 or Level 3 but you do not meet the conditions of the offer, you will not be automatically considered for entry to a lower level of entry as there may no longer be vacancies.
5. Received an offer?
Congratulations! Successful applicants will be invited to one of our Applicant Visit Days which take place during February, March and April.
If you have used all five choices and are not holding any offers, you may be able to use UCAS Extra to add another choice.
UCAS Extra is open between 25th February 2017 and 5th July 2017 and you can see which of our courses have vacancies here. UCAS will tell you if you are eligible for Extra.
Clearing gives you a chance to see which courses have places remaining during the summer. You can use Clearing if:
- you applied after 30th June
- you didn't receive any offers (or none you wanted to accept)
- your exam results weren't as expected, and you didn't meet the conditions of your offers.
If you are in this position and still want to go to University the same year, you can add a clearing choice to your UCAS application. UCAS' Clearing guide explains what you need to do.
Our Clearing Helpline operates from 1 July until the end of September. During this time we will publish a list of courses with vacancies.