University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is one of the leading universities in Europe for research in Life Sciences. 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. More recent rankings widely recognized as indicators of scientific excellence place Dundee high in their rankings. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019 for Biomedical and Health Sciences Impact places Dundee is 1st in the UK and Europe, 5th in the World as judged by ‘citations-per-paper’, one of the most widely recognized metrics of scientific excellence. This year’s ‘The State of Innovation’ report by Clarivate Analytics ranks Dundee as the most influential scientific research institution in the world for pharmaceuticals for the period 2006-16. The School enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities.

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Getting a bank account

Lloyds TSB main branch (Perth Road, very near the University) will open an account for you and provide a debit card on the day, providing you have a passport and a written UK address (a utility bill is accepted, but not required). A temporary address is permitted, such as a "care of" address, as is the use of University Halls of Residence.

iGEM Summer Project


The international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is the World’s premier synthetic biology competition. Here, multi-disciplinary teams of undergraduates pit their wits, intelligence and innovative skills against each other. The competition takes place every summer and more than 200 Universities from all over the World take part.

Society and Funding Body Vacation Scholarships

Many learned societies in the UK also offer fully-funded Vacation scholarships. Your allocated project supervisor must be a member of your chosen society for you to be eligible. Certain research charities also offer similar scholarships.  The Supervisor, with your input, should write a short project outline and submit it around spring time in your penultimate year of study (deadlines vary so be sure to check early).

James Black Prize Studentships

The School of Life Sciences has a number of James Black Prize Studentships available during the summer of 2021. The studentships will enable undergraduate students with an excellent track record in a scientific discipline, who wish to pursue a future career in scientific research, an opportunity to gain valuable experience of working in a world-class research laboratory within the School of Life Sciences. Successful students will be provided with a salary payment at the National Living Wage to work in in a specific laboratory for 6-8 weeks across the summer months (June, July, August). 

Undergraduate Summer Opportunities

At the School of Life Sciences we are committed to inspiring the next generation of researchers and leaders in life sciences.

We therefore provide a number of summer research opportunities for Undergraduates, giving students the invaluable experience of working in real research laboratories during the summer vacation months. The schemes are open to University of Dundee students and those studying in other UK Universities.