Abertay University Dundee

Abertay University Dundee


  • Founded 1888 as Dundee Technical Institute.
  • Described by the Scottish Office in 1902 as one of the nation’s ‘industrial universities’.
  • Granted the right to use the formal title of University of Abertay Dundee in 1994.
  • Now known as Abertay University.

Location and Transport

  • Based in the heart of Dundee, with all buildings on a compact city centre campus.
  • Bus and mainline train stations within ten minutes’ walk, offering services to all major cities in Scotland and beyond.
  • Airport within 10 minutes’ drive, offering direct flights to London Stansted airport.
  • Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports about one hour’s drive away.

Entry Requirements

  • Varies from course to course, usually around BBBB at Higher (CCC at A level), ABBB at Higher (BCC at A level) or AABB at Higher (BBC at A level) depending on degree subjects.
  • Admissions information and policy can be found on our website.

Student Mix

The 4,220 students enrolled in the academic year 2014/15 comprise:

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 92%
  • Postgraduate 8%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%


  • UK 89%
  • EU 9%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 54%
  • Female 46%

Course Flexibility

  • Fully modularized course structure allows multiple entry/exit points, including advanced entry for appropriate accredited prior learning.
  • An accelerated degree option enabling students to complete a full four-year undergraduate degree inside three years by telescoping the last two years into 15 months. This is offered on seven different programmes across the Abertay portfolio.

Teaching Standards

  • Numerous professional accreditations can be found listed on individual course pages on our website, including Association of International Accountants; Creative Skillset; Sony Playstation First; BCS – the Chartered Institute for IT; Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and British Psychological Society.
  • Teaching is QAA Scotland ‘UK Quality Assured’.

Research Standards

  • One of the most research-intensive modern universities in the UK, as measured by REF2014.
  • Overall research scores 18% higher in REF2014 than in the previous survey.
  • Overall research quality rated as ‘recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour’.
  • Abertay students are more likely to be taught by academics of international or world-leading quality than in most other universities.
  • Find more information on our website.

Academic Strengths

  • Abertay is divided into four academic departments: School of Arts, Media and Computer Games; School of Science, Engineering and Technology; Dundee Business School; and the School of Social and Health Sciences; plus the Abertay Graduate School.
  • Strengths include Environmental Science, Computer Games Technology, Computer Arts, Ethical Hacking and Digital Security, Psychology and Forensic Sciences, Food/Health/Nutrition, Sports Science, Business and Management, Energy/Oil and Gas Accounting, and Law.