University of Abertay, Dundee

Study at Abertay Dundee:

Welcome to the University of Abertay Dundee, a confident, student-focused university that will prepare you for an exciting, rewarding career. Whatever your interests and aspirations, we have great courses for you – covering everything from accountancy and business management to creative sound production, ethical hacking, forensic science, sports psychology and much, much more.

Abertay was the first British university to offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses in computer games technology, an area we are internationally renowned for. Alongside our fantastic White Space facility – where students, lecturers and industry professionals work side-by-side in an open-plan learning environment – we run Dare to be Digital, an annual computer game development competition that attracts competitors from universities across the world. Abertay’s Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games truly is a centre of excellence.

The School of Computing and Engineering Systems pioneered the study of ethical hacking, and also offers expertise in computing, networking and web design. Dundee Business School is closely linked to powerful industries, including oil and gas and new media, ensuring you learn real business skills to thrive in your future career. Our School of Contemporary Scienceswill teach you all about environmental, forensic, food or health sciences, while the School of Social and Health Sciences covers psychology, sociology and sports studies. Whatever your area of interest – and whatever you want to achieve – Abertay has a course for you.

Browse through our varied undergraduate and postgraduate courses, or use our course search if you’re interested in a particular subject or area. Information on individual modules is also available here. But most importantly, if you have any questions get in touch – we’re here to help you find your perfect course, and look forward to welcoming you to Abertay!

Abertay is right at the heart of Dundee, combining all the advantages of a close-knit campus with the buzz of city centre life. All of our buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other, as are shops, bars, clubs, cinemas and theatres, and we’re just a few minutes’ walk from the bus and train stations.

The campus itself is an eclectic mixture of everything from 16th-century castles to our outstanding award-winning library. The heart of the University lies in Bell Street, with most teaching departments, offices, research centres and the library all within just a few yards of each other. Best of all, our brand new Student Centre is also here, and whether you’re going to lectures, meeting with staff, studying in the library, or attending tutorials and seminars, you’ll always feel like a part of our bustling community.
Abertay isn’t just a great place to be a student – the University is also home to world-leading research teams, whose discoveries are hailed internationally. We are the top-rated university in Scotland for environmental science research, with leading-edge initiatives such as the Abertay Centre for the Environment promoting ‘green’ business practices; the Urban Water Technology Centre developing innovative new drainage and pollution-control technology; and the SIMBIOS unit exploring bioinformatics. Abertay researchers are also studying issues as varied as the Scottish economy, advanced pain management, food and nutrition science, psychology, computer arts and digital media, and many other topics.
All of our researchers are involved in teaching and developing courses – giving our students the chance to learn from world leaders every day.
Apart from getting on with the business of teaching, many of the staff are either actively involved in research or work with schools and employers as a collaborative process.

The School of Social and Health Sciences has a number of strong links with local secondary schools with regard to the Performance Laboratory and its facilities, providing pupils with additional support for their PE studies.

The Tayside Institute for Health Studies is committed to promoting interdisciplinary and inter-professional ways of working, and to the development of pathways for facilitating lifelong learning in healthcare practitioners. The core staff of the institute represent a range of health professions: nursing, mental health, psychology and counselling.

In 2006 the Psychology subject area and programmes were reviewed. The panel identified the establishment and development of the physical space associated with the Psychology provision and the use of that space for both teaching and research as exemplary.
Coming to University marks a major step in your life, and we’re on hand to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible. The University can offer advice and support on everything from accommodation and managing your finances, to staying healthy and planning your workload. We have a counselling service that can help you work through any problems, and we employ a team of students each year to act as mentors for all newcomers. The Students’ Association also provides help and advice via the elected student executive. No matter what your question, we have someone who can help you answer it.
The friendly and welcoming environment at Abertay is created by our students, who represent a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures. Over 60 nationalities are represented on campus, and our courses attract everyone from local school leavers to overseas research students. Abertay also attracts a very high proportion of mature students.
There are endless opportunities for students and staff to socialise together, helping to develop excellent staff/student working relationships, and contributes to the feeling of community which characterises Abertay.

  • Abertay offers world-leading courses in Computer Arts and Computer Games Technology
  • Abertay is ranked as the best university in Scotland for its environmental research
  • Abertay is one of only four universities in Scotland, and the only modern university, rated as excellent for its teaching of Economics
  • Over 60 nationalities are represented in our student community
  • Abertay has 5084 students, with 4476 based on our Dundee campus
  • Around 66% of our students are from Scotland, 5% from Northern Ireland, 3% from England and Wales, and 26% from overseas
  • We have a state-of-the-art library, fully networked for the digital age
  • Over 1200 personal computers are available for student use – one of the highest proportions in the UK
  • We have an average of one lecturer for every 17 students
  • Abertay has been educating Scotland’s workforce since 1888

Our academic structure is based on an institute, four schools, and a range of specialist centres.
The Institute of Arts, Media and Computer Games (AMG) provides a range of Computer Games and Digital Media undergraduate and postgraduate courses and incorporates the Scottish University Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education.

The School of Computing and Engineering Systems (CES) offers a range of courses, research and consultancy services at the forefront of the information technology revolution.

The School of Contemporary Sciences (SCS) provides full time and part time undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and carries out research across a wide range of science, engineering and technology.

The Dundee Business School (DBS) is Tayside’s leading provider of business and management education.

The School of Social & Health Sciences (SHS) courses have a strong vocational theme and are designed to provide the specific and general skills needed for employment.
About Abertay:
As a university we are immensely proud of our academic achievements but there is a great deal more to us. We are a modern new university, one with a long history and have quickly become one of Scotland’s leading universities, highly ranked for our academic performance and with a talented group of students and academics who make us the success we are.

We place teaching and student support at the heart of the University, and provide a network of Support services to help you with all aspects of your life whilst you’re at Abertay. In fact there are many good reasons to choose Abertay.
The University has some of the most innovative and well-designed buildings in the UK and our library and Student Centre have set the standard for universities across the UK. The facilities available across our campus are excellent and we pride ourselves that we are ranked very highly in the UK for our investment in IT. But it’s not all work and no play: Dundee has some outstanding student entertainment and sport plays an important part in university life, as our sporting achievements demonstrate.
Being a student at Abertay is a rewarding experience. Our halls of residence are of the highest quality and a place in university accommodationis given to all first year students who register by the deadline. We have some fantastic new accommodation that has been purpose built and is just five minutes’ walk from the University. With a variety of flat sizes and bedroom styles, this residence will be a popular option for all students.
We welcome students coming from college. Many of our students join us through this route and go on to achieve great success in their studies and careers. You can expect to see many international students in the city too. Over 17% of our students are from countries outside of Europe, including India, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Pakistan.
Dundee is an outstanding place to live and study and offers an affordable lifestyle. Not only are we in a beautiful part of the world, but we are also Scotland’s sunniest city. We hope that you will join us at a university which, founded on a long history, is committed to providing an education for the future.

How can we help you?!

As your International Educational Advisors we want to provide the best service and support possible for our international students. We want to support you in any way that we can and make your transition and stay in UK as smooth and seamless as possible.

We can help with academic questions about: Course and program planning, registration, policies and more. As well as non-academic support: Study permit, Work permit, Temporary Resident Visas and more.

You’re welcome to come see us for an appointment, a drop-in, email or call us!