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Abertay University

2016 League Table Ranking 95
2016 Overall Score 535
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Entry Standards 334 Help
Entry Standards
The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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Student-Staff Ratio 21.4 Help
Student-Staff Ratio
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Research Quality 2.16 Help
Research Quality
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Academic Services Spend 885 Help
Academic Services Spend
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Student Satisfaction 3.95 Help
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Facilities Spend 620 Help
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Graduate Prospects 60.5 Help
Graduate Prospects
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Degree Completion 75.6 Help
Degree Completion
The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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Good Honours 70.4 Help
Good Honours
The percentage of graduates achieving a first or upper second class honours degree – the class of degree achieved can impact a graduate’s employment prospects.

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Green Score 31.9 Help
Green Score
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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 Stansted airport.
  • Edinburgh and Aberdeen airports about one hour's drive away.

Entry Standards

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

A-Level and GCSE Requirements

  • The admissions information and policy can be found on our website, at

Student Mix

The 4,755 students enrolled in the academic year 2013/14 comprise:

Level of study
Mode of study
Full Time
Part Time
Student gender

Course Flexibility

  • Fully modularized course structure allows multiple entry/exit points, including advanced entry for appropriate accredited prior learning.
  • New for 2015 entrants: 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. More details at

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; British Computer Society Educational Affiliate; 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 at

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; 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 & Gas Accounting, and Law.

Student Facilities

  • Modern library with 265 workstations and free Wi-Fi throughout the campus.
  • 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.
  • Large Student Centre incorporating two bars, function space, theatre/cinema, art gallery, campus shop, bistro and games room.
  • Home to the UK's first Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education.
  • New Support Enquiry Zone opened in 2014 – a one-stop shop for all student support services including academic, finance, accommodation.

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.
  • New premises for Abertay Graduate School opened in 2014, with plans for further new-build featuring laboratories and teaching space in the next few years.

Availability of Part-Time Work

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

Careers Guidance

  • A comprehensive service featuring Career Development Centre, job-shop and CV/application help, graduate vacancies database and many other services. You can find out more on our website at

Notable Alumni

  • Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan, musicians, members of the Average White Band.
  • Gavin Byers and Vicki Bunce, hockey players, Scottish internationals.
  • Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Scottish Government minister.
  • Stewart Hosie MP, deputy leader of the Scottish National Party.
  • David Jones, computer games developer, inventor of Grand Theft Auto.
  • Iain McNicol, General Secretary of the Labour Party.
  • Andy Nicol, Scottish international rugby player and commentator.
  • Sir Brian Souter, founder and chairman of Stagecoach plc.

For further information

  • +44 (0)1382 308080
  • Abertay University
    Bell Street
    DD1 1HG
UCAS Code A30

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