Entry to university is competitive. Our University is funded to admit a fixed number of students each September.

We receive roughly ten applications per place, so need to make sure that those students who get a place are the ones most likely to make best use of it. Whilst competition may be fierce, we can only consider those who apply, so once you've decided on your degree of choice, we strongly encourage you to apply. Here is what you should do:

  • Read our online prospectus and decide if Dundee is for you – we have been awarded Scottish University of the Year for two years in a row.
  • Look at the individual entry requirements for the course or degree you are interested in. If you think you are or will be close to our requirements, it's worth applying.

Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for 'supported entry'. Your circumstances are unique to you and we see you 'in context'.

We invest a lot of time and effort into speaking to potential applicants and would like you to reach out too. You can do this by attending Open Days and taking part in activities that you may be eligible for.

Care-experienced applicants

Being a looked-after person provides some applicants with a rich variety of experiences that the University of Dundee wants to support and share.  Consequently, anyone who has been in the care of their local authority is especially welcome to apply to Dundee.  

We have a special mechanism included in the acknowledgement letters we send to all applicants to Dundee to allow you to upload suitable evidence of being care-experienced and in return as part of our Contextual Admissions Policy we aim to offer such candidates a supported offer into the University whenever possible.

This typically involved free additional preparation for entry via our Dundee-based DUAL or online (OSS) summer programmes to ensure when you start in September you are fully prepared and supported for life as a student.

Care-experienced candidates who may not have told us about their circumstances are strongly encouraged to disclose their status to us even once they are a student, confident that this information will be held in strict confidence and only ever used to help you further.

Applicants who are carers

The University of Dundee recognises that being a carer for a loved one is hugely rewarding but also often very stressful. It provides some applicants with a rich variety of experiences that the University of Dundee wants to support and share. 

Consequently, anyone who is a registered carer via their local authority or the Department of Work and Pensions is especially welcome to apply to Dundee. 

We have a special mechanism included in the acknowledgement letters we send to all applicants to Dundee to allow you to upload suitable evidence of being a carer and in return as part of our Contextual Admissions Policy we aim to offer such candidates a supported offer into the University whenever possible.

This typically involved free additional preparation for entry via our Dundee-based DUAL or online (OSS) summer programmes to ensure when you start in September you are fully prepared and supported for life as a student.

Carer candidates who may not have told us about their circumstances are strongly encouraged to disclose their status to us even once they are a student, confident that this information will be held in strict confidence and only ever used to help you further.

Applicants who are registered refugees or asylum seekers

The University of Dundee is part of a much larger international learning family and our doors are open to those who have had to leave their homes. Consequently, anyone who is a registered as a refugees or asylum is especially welcome to apply to Dundee. Please declare your status when you apply.

In return as part of our Contextual Admissions Policy we aim to offer such candidates a supported offer into the University whenever possible.

This typically involved free additional preparation for entry via our Dundee-based DUAL or online (OSS) summer programmes to ensure when you start in September you are fully prepared and supported for life as a student.  You can be certain that this information will be held in strict confidence and only ever used to help you further.

Advice for parents

The University of Dundee shares the goal of all parents of wanting the best for all our children. Whilst all our normal communications are with candidates directly, we are very happy to outline to parents how our processes work and decisions reached.

University entry is highly competitive, with many qualified candidates applying for each of our degree places.  Our selection process involves looking at previous candidate performance in context to ensure that those most likely to benefit from going to university get that chance.  Unsurprisingly, the starting level of our programmes is very advanced and our online prospectus details the “minimum” grades that individual degree programmes will consider. It also indicates the higher “typical” grade level we admit candidates to each degree with to provide an indication of the performance level required to make a competitive application to Dundee.

For those who are well below our published minimum offer level or who have not studied at Scottish Higher level or beyond in the last three to five years we generally recommend embarking on a college course to enable candidates to make themselves more competitive.  Please note that it is crucial to read on our website which college qualifications we will consider and also to bear in mind that these can change from year to year.

We hope this brief insight will let you see the amount of effort we expend trying to be fair and transparent.

Reach & ACES are national SFC funded projects that support S4-S6 pupils into medicine, dentistry law & veterinary medicine (Reach) and art, design & architecture (ACES).  For further information please visit the Reach and ACES webpage.

Information for teachers

Discovering Degrees for Schools is a series of one-day taster courses, aimed at eligible S2 pupils, where they and their teachers follow a mock undergraduate timetable for a day.  Find out more on our Discovering Degrees webpage.

Reach & ACES are national SFC funded projects that support S4-S6 pupils into medicine, dentistry law & veterinary medicine (Reach) and art, design & architecture (ACES).  For further information please visit the Reach and ACES webpage.

Reach & ACES are national SFC funded projects that support S4-S6 pupils into 'high demand professions'.

  • Reach - medicine, dentistry, law & veterinary medicine
  • ACES - art, design & architecture

As you prepare your application, take lots of advice and include as much detail as possible. Small details make a big difference, such as the number of sittings (years) you took to achieve your grades.