Abertay University

2015 League Table Ranking 91
2015 Overall Score 563
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Entry Standards 325 Help
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Student-Staff Ratio 21.3 Help
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Research Assessment 1.83 Help
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Academic Services Spend 806 Help
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Student Satisfaction 3.92 Help
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Facilities Spend 607 Help
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Graduate Prospects 65.8 Help
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Degree Completion 73.2 Help
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Good Honours 64.3 Help
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Green Score 14.5 Help
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  • 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 and Jersey.
  • Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports about one hour's drive away.

Entry Standards

  • Varies from course to course, usually around BBC at Higher (CC at A-level), but up to AABB at Higher (BBC at A-level) for some subjects.

Student Mix

  • Roughly 48% female, 52% male.
  • 20% of students non-UK in origin.
  • 97% of students from state school.
  • Applications to places ratio approximately 4 or 5:1.

Course Flexibility

  • Fully modularized course structure allows multiple entry/exit points, including advanced entry for appropriate accredited prior learning.

Teaching Standards

  • Please visit the HESA (www.hesa.ac.uk) or QAA (www.qaa.ac.uk) websites for information.

Research Standards

  • Rated as Scotland's top university for environmental science, and best modern university for law and psychology.

Academic Strengths

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

Student Facilities

  • Modern library with 265 workstations.
  • A further 600+ elsewhere on campus, making a total of 865 workstations for a student population of 5,000 – one of the highest ratios in the UK.
  • New Student Centre completed in 2005, incorporating two bars, restaurant, theatre/cinema, art gallery/coffee shop, bookshop and nightclub.
  • New Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education, a UK first.

Disability Services

  • Visit the University's website to find out about disability services.

Students' Union

  • An active students' association with two sabbaticals and four staff .
  • A high voting turnout encouraged by electronic voting.
  • Around 20 clubs and societies.


  • An active sports development office, with elite athletes development programme supporting a number of successful BUCS teams and individuals.
  • Several international performers in Scottish/GB teams.

Recent/Prospective New Builds

  • New 500-bed student village opened 2010.
  • The University's estates strategy plans a new graduate school and other facilities in the next few years.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • Good, with centralized information exchange on campus to publicize opportunities.

For further information

  • www.abertay.ac.uk
  • sro@abertay.ac.uk
  • +44 (0)1382 308080
  • Abertay University
    Bell Street
    DD1 1HG
UCAS Code A30

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