Now in its 18th year Discovering Degrees for Schools Programme will be running two sessions in 2017.

Tuesday 21 February and Thursday 23 February

The Day starts at 10:00 with a Welcome session and will be concluded after the Graduation ceremony by 14:40. Local high school pupils are invited to attend one of these sessions which is held on the main campus of the university.

Discovering Degrees helps increase participation in HE of groups currently under-represented in Scottish Higher Education.

The programme is a free, tailor-made programme, providing motivational insight into university life. The course promotes higher education as a realistic and beneficial goal, raises pupils' and teachers' aspirations, while emphasising the rewards of undergraduate study.

Discovering Degrees 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.

Each day involves interactive hands on workshops, meeting university students, subject tasters, campus tours, visiting DUSA and working with pupils from other schools.

An example of the format of each day will be as follows:

TimeProgramme for day
(titles to be confirmed)
09:40 - 10:00 Welcome
10:15 - 11:00 Workshop 1
11:15 - 12:00 Workshop 2
12:00 - 12:35 Lunch
12:45 - 13:30 Workshop 3
13:45 - 14:30 Concluding Session

To reserve places for your pupils on the 2017 Discovering Degrees programme please use our booking form

Contact: Mrs Jan Murphy, Access & Participation Administrator

Telephone +44(0)1382 381899




Eligibility criteria

Discovering Degrees is designed to help increase participation in HE of groups currently under-represented in Scottish Higher Education. To allow us to confirm eligibility each pupil is required to meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Little or no parental experience of education post-16
  • Limited family income
  • Unskilled, semi-skilled or unemployed parent(s)
  • Living in neighbourhood or other circumstances not conducive to study
  • Educational progress blighted by specific family events at critical times (e.g. bereavement, illness or family break-up)
  • Other exceptionally adverse circumstances or factors specified by nominator

A completed individual form for each pupil is required for each day, this will be sent to the contact teacher to complete.