Physics at the University of Dundee
is truly distinctive. We currently focus in the areas of:
- Computational and theoretical biophysics
- Complex photonics, lasers, and biophotonics
- Experimental biophysics
- Materials physics, energy and functional materials, and transport in disordered materials
- Spectroscopy (positron physics and magnetic resonance) and imaging of materials
- Renewable energy
We have close links with the world leading School of Life Sciences and the School of Medicine (based at the nearby Ninewells Hospital) and interdisciplinary research work is strongly supported. This link has led to the development of the Physics and Life Sciences Laboratory (PaLS Lab) which is a well-equipped research interaction space with super resolution microscopy, optical manipulation, Raman spectroscopy and other microscopy capabilities. We have a cleanroom facility supported by electron microscopy. A close collaboration between CERN and Dundee has recently developed spanning applications of applied physics research to engineering next generation particle accelerators.
There are currently six undergraduate Physics degrees, and one MSc degree. We are fortunate to host a vibrant, award-winning Physics Society, which organises an international visit each year as well as a full social programme. Physics undergraduate numbers have been increasing in recent years, we have also moved to new well-equipped teaching laboratories.
School of Science and Engineering
The School of Science and Engineering comprises the disciplines of: Biomedical, Civil, Electronic, and Mechanical Engineering; Computing; Mathematics; Physics; and the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). We host the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, which has been designed to disrupt positively the forensic-science ecosystem.
The School benefits from superb research infrastructure, substantial opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, and the University's established excellence in delivering undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses. Excellence in teaching and research consistently leads to impressive National Student Survey scores and a Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) profile marking Civil Engineering, General Engineering (encompassing Physics) and Mathematics all 1st in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK. Computing and CAHID also deliver world-leading research with impact.
The School is committed to the appointment of outstanding academics to form a cohesive expansion in the development of interdisciplinary research and innovative, research-led teaching. All appointees are expected to contribute to enhancing the student experience through the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching relevant to their discipline, supporting cross-disciplinary learning and teaching initiatives, as well as knowledge-transfer, outreach and public-engagement activities.
University of Dundee
The University of Dundee aims to transform lives locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. We reflect this aim by: excelling in teaching and research; contributing to social, economic and cultural development; and shaping the future by solving important, real-world problems.
We aim to become Scotland's leading University in all we choose to do, and to be recognised internationally for the quality of our graduates and the impact of our research. These research and teaching strengths have led to Dundee being ranked 4th in the UK (2nd in Scotland) for student satisfaction in 2019, 20th in the World (4th in the UK) in the 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings, 14th in the World for the highest proportion of highly cited publications in the 2019 CWTS Leiden Rankings, and 84th in the World for research quality in the Nature Index 2019.
The University is structured as ten academic schools and emphasises work that takes place across school and subject boundaries, bringing different expertise and viewpoints to approach issues in new, challenging and productive ways.
The University is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family-friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT+ and BME, and prayer room facilities. The University and the School of Science and Engineering hold Athena SWAN Bronze Awards, which recognise the promotion of gender equality, and have made further commitments to advancing an inclusive culture that supports and encourages all under-represented groups.
City of Dundee
Dundee is a post-industrial city that has worked hard to reinvent itself. With a population of 150,000, it is small enough to walk round but has all the cultural and leisure activities you would expect in a much larger city. Excellent shopping sits side-by-side with a vibrant cultural quarter, home to Scotland’s award-winning Dundee Rep Theatre and the highly acclaimed Dundee Contemporary Arts, which has become a lively social hub and film house as well as a champion of leading-edge arts.
Dundee is the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design and, with the opening of the new V&A Museum of Design – an iconic building designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, it has a growing reputation as a creative centre. Dundee was placed by the Wall Street Journal among their top ten places to visit in 2018, and 1st in Scotland in the Sunday Times 2019 Best Place to Live Guide.
Salaries in Dundee currently go further on the property ladder than almost any other city in the UK. The range of properties within commuting distance of the University covers the widest spectrum – from country houses and seaside cottages to handsome town villas and sleek city-quay apartments.