• Entry Standards Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University.

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  • Student Satisfaction Student Satisfaction

    A guide to how satisfied students are with the quality of teaching they receive.

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    4.04 / 5.00
  • Research Quality Research Quality

    A measure of the quality of the research undertaken in the University.

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    2.16 / 4.00
  • Research Intensity Research Intensity

    A measure of the proportion of staff involved in research in the University.

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    0.36 / 1.00
  • Graduate Prospects Graduate Prospects

    A guide to the employability of graduates on completion of their courses at the University.

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    65.6 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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  • Academic Services Spend Academic Services Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting services such as libraries and IT.

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  • Facilities Spend Facilities Spend

    A guide to how much the University spends on supporting facilities such as the careers service, health and counselling services and sport facilities.

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  • Good Honours 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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    70.9 / 100.0
  • Degree Completion Degree Completion

    The proportion of students expected to successfully complete their studies and gain a degree from the University.

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    77.2 / 100.0


  • 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.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

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.

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.

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.
  • Major £3.5m campus upgrade planned for summer 2016 involving new teaching, laboratories and research facilities.

Notable Alumni

  • Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan, musicians, members of the Average White Band.
  • Gavin Byers, Katie Robertson 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.
  • Amanda Boyle, innovator and management consultant.
  • Jude Ower, entrepreneur and founder/CEO of PlayMob.

Further Details

Address Abertay University
Bell Street
UCAS Code A30