Abertay is a small, modern university based in the centre of Dundee. It is an ambitious, forward-thinking institution which offers degree programmes to prepare students for jobs of the modern world. Graduates go on to work for organisations including Apple, Google, BBC, Rockstar, Microsoft, Barclays Bank, and Coca Cola, as well as the NHS and government departments.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


In or close to the centre of a town


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

UCAS Code: A30

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 90%
  • Postgraduate 10%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 89%
  • Part Time 11%

Where students come from

  • UK 86%
  • EU 12%
  • Other 3%

Student gender

  • Male 54%
  • Female 46%

Student Services and Facilities


  • Abertay's recently refurbished, multi award-winning Bernard King library provides a mix of learning environments to meet a range of student needs.
  • It is stocked with over 126,000 books, provides access to over 32,000 e-journals and upwards of 175,000 e-books, which can be accessed online from anywhere. 
  • The library is also home to several computer laboratories, quiet study areas and meeting rooms.

Student jobs

  • Abertay's Careers Service can help students find part-time work. Additionally, many courses offer work placements and/or real-world projects, allowing students to apply and develop the skills picked up throughout their studies. It is not uncommon for work placements to be paid, or lead to paid work.
  • On campus, the Abertay Student Centre regularly employ students for roles in the shop, café and bars. The Students' Association also encourage students to apply for roles within its organisation.

Careers advice

  • Abertay's Careers Service provides advice on job hunting, working abroad, volunteering, graduate work, placements and part-time work. It offers a range of workshops, including CV writing and interview preparation.
  • The Principal's Award is a short employability programme that recognises and rewards work-related skills and achievements.

Counselling services

Abertay offers a free counselling service to all students. It provides an opportunity to discuss and explore issues concerning students during their time here.

The Counselling team also has a Mental Health Advisor, whose main aims are to:

  • Identify support needs and discuss strategies for managing student life and mental health difficulties.
  • Offer short-term and ongoing support depending upon need.
  • Provide information on other local health services.

Disability support

  • The Disabled Student Support service can advise and make provision for students with disabilities – before and during their time at Abertay.

Other services and facilities

  • Abertay's Learner Development Service helps students develop their academic skills, enabling them to produce their best work. This service can be accessed before students begin their studies. Pre-sessional courses include the University Preparation Programme, run for two weeks before the start of term and designed to build confidence; and the Abertay College Transition Programme, which helps students transferring from college get up to speed on university life.
  • Abertay is home to a range of fantastic facilities. Two bespoke crime scene areas – a mock bank branch and a family home – allow Forensic Sciences students to put their skills into practice. HIVE is a multipurpose laboratory for research into multimedia and virtual reality. A new Food Innovation Centre has a cutting edge food processing laboratory and specialist sensory suite. Technology-rich digital classrooms use Kramer VIA Connect software and Top Sec Synergy furniture to create a flexible, active learning environment.
  • The university is proudly multifaith and its chaplaincy serves the Abertay community in a spirit of openness, friendship and mutual respect.
  • Abertay supports the LGBTQ+ community. Regular social events and weekly support groups run throughout the year for students, friends and family.

Students' Union

  • Abertay Students' Association supports student activities and welfare, with students working for students.
  • Active engagement with the university ensures student feedback enhances teaching and learning.
  • Abertay Students' Association promotes environmental sustainability and behavioural change. Facilities including Abertay Bike Stop are always looking for innovative ways to make the campus greener.


  • Founded in 1888 as Dundee Technical Institute, it was known as an 'industrial university'.
  • It was granted the full university title in 1994, becoming the University of Abertay Dundee.
  • Now known as Abertay University, it was the first university in the world to offer degrees in computer games and ethical hacking. 

Fascinating Fact

  • Abertay was first university in the world to offer degrees in computer games: two of the most popular game ever released, Grand Theft Auto and Lemmings, were created by an Abertay student.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dave Jones – computer games developer and creator of Grand Theft Auto.
  • Liam Wong – Art Director at Ubisoft, named in 2017 as one of Forbes '30 under 30' to watch in games design.
  • Jude Ower MBE – owner and founder of Playmob.
  • Sir Brian Souter – founder and chairman Stagecoach plc.
  • Joe Fitzpatrick – MSP for Dundee City West.
  • Stewart Hosie – MP for Dundee East.
  • Andy Nicol – former Scottish international rugby player and commentator.


Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, DD1 1HG