Founded in 1881 by the noted Dundee philanthropist Miss Mary Ann Baxter, the University of Dundee was originally created to facilitate “the education of persons of both sexes and the study of Science, Literature and the Fine Arts.” In its early years, the institution was a constituent member of the ancient University of St. Andrews, situated just twenty miles away. It retains close links with St. Andrews today. Since gaining independence in 1967, the University of Dundee has gone from strength to strength, now topping the league tables in a range of subjects, including life sciences, medicine and fine arts.
Flexible course options
The University of Dundee enables students to immerse themselves in a unique liberal arts experience in the heart of Scotland. The School of Humanities offers single honours degrees in English, History, Politics, and Philosophy. The joint honours degree program allows students to pursue two of these four subjects, in any combination. Alternatively, students may choose one of the aforementioned subjects, combined with European Studies, International Relations, Modern Languages or a different subject within the institution’s wider MA program. In addition to these options, the University offers joint honours degree programs in English and Creative Writing, English and Film Studies, and Philosophy and Film.
Current Dundee University Student Association (DUSA) President Iain MacKinnon is a Politics alumnus, and has this to say about his undergraduate education:
“I loved my time at the University of Dundee! There is a reason why it has the best student experience in the country. The teaching and support staff are fantastic. Now that I have graduated, I am still in contact with some of them. Having the opportunity to study a wide range of Humanities modules over four years made my experience incredibly varied and enjoyable. Small group tutorials gave everyone a chance to make their views heard and to learn an awful lot.”
Intensive individual tuition
At Dundee’s School of Humanities, teaching practice comprises a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. The School of Humanities prides itself on research-led teaching in small seminar or tutorial groups with up to twelve students. Students are taught by academic staff from across the globe, the majority of whom are prestigious figures in their research disciplines and hold PhD degrees from major universities such as Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge.
Limited class sizes allow academic staff to build personal relationships with students and guide their academic and personal development throughout their time at the institution. The School boasts a number of entirely student-led societies such as the History and English Literary Societies. There are many other student societies and sports club on campus, all funded through the Dundee University Student Association.
Ideally situated close to the River Tay, Dundee is within easy reach of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cairngorms National Park. Queen Elizabeth II and her family spend their summer vacations Balmoral Castle nearby. Dundee also enjoys a direct train connection with London, which is just six hours away. The University’s main campus is located in the heart of the city of Dundee, internationally renowned for its computer games industry, biotech companies, and creative industries. In 2014, Dundee was named as a UNESCO City of Design. The main campus is right around the corner of the city’s cultural district, which includes the Dundee Rep Theatre and Dundee Contemporary Arts.
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Meet University of Dundee staff at events in Brazil & Colombia in February & March 2015. Click here to find out more.