Selection

for Biological and Biomedical Sciences (joint degree with National University of Singapore) BSc (Hons)

Date of entry

September 2021

If you have met or are able to meet our academic entry requirements in the upcoming academic year, we will ask that you complete additional tasks as part of our selection process.

About the selection process

Task 1 – Skills audit

This online audit will allow you to showcase your current knowledge, understanding and application across three key subjects: biology, chemistry and numeracy. It will also allow Admissions Tutors to identify how suitable you are for this course. This task is similar to assignments completed by our Level 1 students in the School of Life Sciences and will give you a sense of what it’s like to study Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Dundee.

The audit will take around one hour in total to complete, comprising of three separate 20 minute online assessments (one assessment per topic; biology, chemistry, and numeracy). It is not expected that you will complete all questions in each assessment, so start with the questions which you are most confident with. You don’t need to complete all three assessments in one go, you can complete one and then return to attempt the next at another time. However, you must complete the full audit within one week.

We will give you more detailed information about the skills audit when we issue the request to you. When you receive the request will depend on when you submit your UCAS application. We will typically email you to request the submission of your skills audit within two to three weeks of you submitting your application. This request will be sent to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email accounts.

Once submitted, your audit will be reviewed by University tutors and it will form an important part of our application selection process. If successful, you will be given a conditional offer subject to satisfactory performance at video interview, see guidance below.

If your skills audit isn’t submitted or doesn’t meet the requirement to progress to video interview, then we will automatically consider you for an alternative course within the School of Life Sciences.

Task 2 – Video interview

If your online skills audit meets the requirement to progress you will be requested to complete a video interview.
 

Registration

Photo ID

Issued by a government agency or professional institution showing your name, date of birth, and a clear image of your face.

Examples include your photocard driving licence (full or provisional), passport national ID card, or Young Scot card

Before you begin your interview, we will verify your identity against the details provided in your application. Please have your photo ID with you on the day as this will be asked for.

Interview format

Our online interviews take the form of a panel interview involving staff from the School of Life Sciences.

Your interview will assess your motivation to join the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, why you wish to join this course and what excites you about science and drives you academically.

You can prepare by reading the University of Dundee, School of Life Sciences teaching and research webpages and understanding a little about the NUS and the course.

Confidentiality

It's natural to want to share your experiences with others, however, we ask you not to discuss the specific topics or tasks at the interview with other applicants, school friends, or online.

Although there is little evidence that knowing the station details in advance makes a difference to your performance, we feel that integrity of the system is better upheld if the topics and tasks are kept confidential. We would appreciate your cooperation with this.

On the day

We use Blackboard Collaborate for our online interviews. You will be given a link to access your interview in your confirmation email. There is no need to register for an account or log in, simply click the link in your email to join the online meeting at the time stated in your confirmation and reminder email.

Dress Code

For your interview you should dress smartly, the same way you would for an in-person interview. If you are struggling for an outfit, your school uniform will be fine.

Running late

If you are running late on the day of your interview, please email applicant-interviews@dundee.ac.uk as soon as possible.  

Managing your nerves

We recognise that interviews are stressful, and we don't want this to stop you from giving your best performance. If it's obvious that you're becoming a bit flustered, our interviewers will be helpful and encouraging and will put you at ease. 

Timescales

Invite to interview

If you are invited to interview, we will email your invitation to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email account, you will not be notified of an invitation via UCAS.

Interview timings

You should expect your interview to last approximately 20 – 30 minutes.

Interview dates

We hold our interviews between January and May. It is wise not to plan holidays over this period so that you don’t miss out on an interview date. Our booking system will allow you to choose from a selection of dates and times.  We advise that you book quickly to secure a slot which is best for you.

Interview outcome

After interview, some early decisions will be communicated but the majority of applicants will be notified after interviews are completed. If your interview is unsuccessful, we will automatically consider you for an alternative course within the School of Life Sciences. This decision will be communicated via UCAS and will be emailed to both your personal and @dundee.ac.uk email account.

Any questions?

Please email us if you have any further questions.