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. We are home to about 900 academics and scientists from more than 60 countries who explore the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying human health and disease. The School enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities and a collegiate culture of working together. Life Sciences in Dundee is also developing an international reputation for the quality of its training and teaching.

Research Excellence

In the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality in UK higher education institutions – REF2014 –Dundee was ranked the top University in Biological 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. We actively encourage interdisciplinary and translational research, and our researchers work with others across the University and with institutions throughout the world.

The School is equipped with world-class research technologies and expertise led through our Centre for Advanced Scientific Technologies which are available to all our staff and students.

Teaching and Training

The School of Life Sciences is committed to training and supporting students and scientists at every stage of their careers through our undergraduate and PhD programmes, equality and diversity initiatives and the career development of researchers. Our undergraduate degrees in Life Sciences provide innovative approaches to teaching and learning 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. Our students routinely report high levels of satisfaction, scoring highly in surveys such as the National Student Survey.

Impact and Commercialisation

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. An important way we achieve this is via our strong links with commercial organisations. Approximately one third of our research income comes from industry-funded sources to tackle a wide range of diseases. Our Drug Discovery Unit is world-leading and bridges the gap between academic scientific research and commercial drug discovery. We also house the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy, founded in 1998, which is the world’s longest running collaboration between academic research laboratories and the pharmaceutical industry.

Public Engagement

The School promotes a wide range of public engagement and outreach activities. Our staff and students contribute to local festivals, events held within the School and at venues across the city. We also have a very strong outreach programme for schools, offering our students a unique work-experience opportunity.

Senior Management Team 

From left: Dr Nick Brewer, Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching; Professor Claire Halpin, Associate Dean, Research;  Professor Jenny Woof, Associate Dean, Quality & Academic Standards. 

From left: Professor Inke Nathke, Associate Dean, Professional Culture; Dr Kim Dale, Associate Dean, International; Maggie Ogston, School Manager. 

From left: Professor Carol MacKintosh, Head of Postgraduate Studies; Professor Mike Ferguson, Academic Lead for Research Strategy; Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall, Academic Lead for Public Engagement.