University of Dundee School of Life Sciences

The University of Dundee is one of the top 5 European Universities for Excellence in Research in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics.* Excellence and international recognition are at the heart of everything we do.

University of Dundee, College of Life Sciences

Excellence in teaching

The academic and support staff of the School of Learning and Teaching provide dedicated support for undergraduates and efficient management of degree programmes, introduce new topics and develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

Research staff bring their subjects to life by describing the latest discoveries and introducing students to the excitement of modern research in well-equipped laboratories. We pay constant attention to the relevance of our teaching to the world of work and our students are in great demand with 78% in employment within 6 months of graduating.

International recognition in research

With more than 1000 staff and research students and external funding currently averaging £40 million per year, the School of Life Sciences is one of the largest and most productive research institutes in Europe.

Our reputation is genuinely global and is reflected in the fact that researchers in our laboratories represent no fewer than 62 different nationalities. Yet Dundee is no ivory tower. Our research is having a major impact on the economy of Tayside by stimulating the regional biotechnology industry which currently accounts for 16% of the local economy.

We collaborate with the world’s major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the fight against diseases such as cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Our Drug Discovery Unit is actively developing drugs for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases including malaria and African sleeping sickness and translating innovative drug targets in oncology, eczema, type-2 diabetes, anti-bacterials and anti-virals.

Our Microbiology and Plant Sciences research groups are involved in major environmental issues like the assessment of the occurrence and impacts of toxic blue-green algal blooms in lochs, reservoirs and rivers throughout the world, the development of new bio-fuels and bio-energy generation.

Dundee is the city of Discovery, where the ship in which Scott sailed to the Antarctic was built. It is a heritage in which we take pride and whose spirit we strive to emulate.

Professor Doreen Cantrell
Dean of Life Sciences

*Based on the Thomson Scientific Index of citations per publication


University of Dundee School of Life Sciences
University of Dundee

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