University of Dundee


The College of Life Sciences is internationally recognised as one of the fastest growing and most productive research institutes in Europe. Our academic and support staff and research-student numbers have increased by an average of 5% each year since 2001. 


With the highest number of citations-per-paper for biological sciences in Europe (2013 and 2014 QS World University Rankings), over £100 million of research income in 2013 and nearly 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide, the College enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities. 

'Lateral' and 'vertical' interactions within and between research groups are actively encouraged and 13% of publications in the past 5 years have been collaborations between two or more groups.

Some of the world-class technologies and distinguishing features of CLS include:

• Advanced Quantitative Proteomics
• Advanced Light Microscopy
• Early Stage Drug Discovery
• Enterprise-level High-Performance Computing
• Extensive interactions with industry
• Active and independent (but financially and administratively supported) Post-Graduate and Post-Doctoral Associations


At Dundee we are proud to offer undergraduate degrees in Life Sciences that are directly informed by the excellence of our research. 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. 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. 

As with our research commitments, we aim to combine life sciences education with exploration into real-world issues. We collaborate with the world’s major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the fight against diseases such as cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and tropical diseases. Our Drug Discovery Unit is actively developing drugs for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases including malaria, leishmaniasis, Chagas' disease, African sleeping sickness and tuberculosis 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 development of new bio-fuels and bio-energy generation.

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.

Economic and Social Impact 

Enterprise is a strong theme at the University and we strive to translate research into useful societal outcomes and the creation, incubation and support of SMEs in the Biomedical and Biotech sectors. This has played a key role in developing local Biotech, and Life Sciences represents 16% of the Tayside economy. Further, our reputation for research excellence has enabled us to forge important strategic partnerships with major industrial collaborators.

The College is proud to have nurtured a culture of communication and engagement with the public; our staff, principal investigators, post-docs, PhD students and support staff, are committed to a wide range of public engagement and outreach activities. The College regularly contributes to the Dundee Science Festival, the Dundee Women in Science Festival, Dundee Science Centre, hosts its own Open Doors Days, develops bespoke projects such as the highly acclaimed Magnificent Microbes, and postdoc pathways – a staff development project conceived and developed by postdoctoral scientists on lives and careers for women (and men) in science. We also have a very strong outreach programme for schools including school visits, school science days and science clubs as well as running master-classes and offering students the opportunity of work-experience.