Abertay University Scotland

Abertay University Scotland

The University

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.

Abertay University, operating name for the University of Abertay Dundee since 2014, is one of two public universities in the city of Dundee, Scotland. The other is the University of Dundee. In 1872, Sir David Baxter, 1st Baronet of Kilmaron, left a bequest for the establishment of a mechanics’ institute in Dundee. As early as 1902 it was recognised by the Scottish Education Department as an educational hub, and was one of the first to be designated a central institution, akin to an ‘industrial university’. It continues to have a vocational focus and is associated with Dundee’s rise as a centre for computer games.

Abertay was the first University in the world to offer a computer games degree, and the first in the UK to be recognized as a Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education. In 1999 it developed and continues to host ‘Dare to be Digital’ the international competition for computer games students. Abertay was also the first to offer a degree in Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures, starting in 2006. According to the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014) published on 18 December 2014, Abertay was the highest ranked modern university in Scotland for ‘research intensity’. According to the Princeton Review 2015, Abertay ranked 12th place in the top 25 schools in the world to study video game design.

 Facts and figures

  • 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
  • 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 600 personal computers are available for student use – one of the highest proportions in the UK
  • Abertay has been educating Scotland’s workforce since 1888