University of Dundee


Professor Julian Blow, Dean of School welcomes you to the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

The University of Dundee is one of the leading universities in Europe for research in Life Sciences. The 2016 QS World University Rankings in Biological Sciences place Dundee 5th in the UK and 40th in the world as judged by ‘citations-per-paper’, one of the most widely recognized metrics of scientific excellence. The School enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities. 


Interdisciplinary and translational research is actively encouraged within the School with our researchers working with others across the University along with external institutions with the aim to produce excellence with impact.

We are committed to training and supporting scientists at every stage of their careers through our PhD programmes, equality and diversity initiatives and the recruitment and career development of researchers. Much of this work is supported by schemes available through our Institutional Strategic Support Fund from Wellcome.

The School is equipped with world-class technologies and expertise led through our Centre for Advanced Scientific Technologies


At Dundee we are proud to offer undergraduate degrees in Life Sciences that are directly informed by the excellence of our research. All our 22 degree titles have received Royal Society of Biology Accreditation, which is more than any other University in the UK. Last year we saw a 12% increase in overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

The academic and support staff of the School of Learning and Teaching work hand in hand with research staff to provide support for undergraduates and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. 


We have extensive interactions with industry with approximately a third of our research income from industry-funded sources which helps in the fight against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and tropical diseases. This includes our Drug Discovery Unit which is one of the world’s leading University-based centres for drug discovery, bridging the gap between academic scientific research and commercial drug discovery and development. Our collaborations are supported by our University Research and Innovation Services.

Enterprise is a strong theme at the University and we strive to translate research into useful societal outcomes and the creation of start-ups and spin-outs in the Biomedical and Biotech sectors.

Public Engagement

The School fosters a culture of communication and engagement with the public of which all our staff are committed to a wide range of public engagement and outreach activities. The School regularly contributes to local festivals, events held within the School and at venues across the city, alongside bespoke projects such as the highly acclaimed Magnificent Microbes. We also have a very strong outreach programme for schools including school visits and offering students the opportunity of work-experience.

“Public outreach is not a chore, but rather an opportunity to craft a truly meaningful interaction with those who have the most to gain from our work,” Lesley-Anne Pearson and David Foley, researchers in the School. 


We are committed to ensuring that our research has a real and significant impact on the quality of people’s lives – their health, the economy and the environment.

Senior Management Team 

From left: Dr Nick Brewer, Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching; Professor David Coates, Director of LABSe; Dr Kim Dale, Associate Dean, International. 

From left: Professor Mike Ferguson, Academic Lead for Research Strategy; Professor Claire Halpin, Acting Associate Dean, Research; Professor Carol MacKintosh, Head of Postgraduate Studies. 

From left: Professor Inke Nathke, Associate Dean, Professional Culture; Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall, Academic Lead for Public Engagement; Professor Jenny Woof, Associate Dean, Quality & Academic Standards. 

Maggie Ogston, School Manager.