• Entry Standards
    Entry Standards

    The average UCAS tariff score of new students entering the University. These tables use the old UCAS tariff.

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    379
  • Student Satisfaction
    Student Satisfaction

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

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    4.12 / 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 high-quality 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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    68.4 / 100.0
  • Student-Staff Ratio
    Student-Staff Ratio

    The average staffing levels at the University.

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    19.9
  • 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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    1,065
  • 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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    797
  • 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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    69.9 / 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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    77.0 / 100.0

Abertay is in a compact city centre campus university in Dundee, with everything in walking distance. Dundee is a young city, where 1 in 5 people are students. 92% of graduates are in work or further education 6 months after graduating, at organisations such as Apple, Google, BBC, Rockstar, Microsoft, Barclays Bank, and Coca Cola, as well as the NHS and government departments.

Entry Requirements

  • The university accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes, including Scottish Highers, A levels, Irish Leaving Certificate, BTEC Extended Diploma and the International Baccalaureate.
  • Exact subjects and grades vary according to the course of study, but are typically 4 Highers at B/A grade or 3 A levels at B/C grade. 
  • Offers are made on the basis of grades; UCAS tarrif points are not used.
  • The university welcomes applications from prospective students regardless of their background or personal circumstances. Offers of a place take into account an individual's educational background.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Teaching Methods

  • The university's approach to assessment and feedback places emphasis on assessment for learning as well as assessment of learning. 
  • Abertay's small size means that staff are on hand to provide informal feedback when required. In the middle of each term the university has an innovative 'feedback week' which forms an important part of the academic calendar.

Undergraduate Courses

Type of Qualification:

Mode of study:

Course Flexibility

  • Courses are designed to offer students flexibility in their studies, including opportunities to study abroad in the EU, US, or elsewhere.
  • The university offers a range of accelerated degrees, allowing students to complete a full 4-year undergraduate degree within 3 years.
  • There are flexible degree pathways through joint honours degrees and a range of interdisciplinary elective modules.
  • Entry with advanced standing (to year 2 or 3) is available for students offering relevant Certificate or Diploma qualifications.

Student Services and Facilities

  • IT facilities include 265 workstations in the library, plus a further 600+ workstations elsewhere on campus, making a total of 865 computers for a student population of 5,000 – one of the highest ratios in the UK. There is also free Wi-Fi across the campus.
  • Abertay is home to the UK's first Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education.
  • The Support Enquiry Zone provides a one-stop shop for all student support services including academic, finance and accommodation.

Disability Services

  • The university encourages prospective students to get in touch to discuss their individual needs.
  • It offers a wide range of support including advice on special exam arrangements, or on the Disabled Student Allowance which can provide money for equipment and support.
  • The Disability team liaises with academic schools to ensure that students are supported in their studies.

Students' Union

  • Abertay Student Association supports student activities and welfare, with students working for students.
  • Active engagement with the university ensures student feedback enhances teaching and learning.
  • The Eco-Abertay project saves students money (and saves the planet) with bike repair services, a squash bar for refilling drinks, an interview clothes library, plus starter packs of kitchenware that re-use items donated by graduating students.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Careers Service can help students find part-time work. There are opportunities for part-time work in a wide range of sectors.
  • Many of the university's courses offer work placements or project work with real companies, helping students to apply and develop their skills throughout their studies.
  • Abertay Students Centre and Association employs students regularly.

Careers Guidance

  • The Career Development Centre provides advice on job hunting, working abroad, volunteering, graduate work, placements and part-time work.
  • Friendly staff support students with CVs and applications forms, as well as preparing for interviews and assessment centres.
  • The Principal's Award is a short employability programme that recognises student's work-related skills and achievements, helping students demonstrate to employers that they have in-demand skills.

Student Mix

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5,000–10,000
Large
>10,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 92%
  • Postgraduate 8%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 91%
  • Part Time 9%

Where students come from

  • UK 88%
  • EU 10%
  • Other 2%

Student gender

  • Male 53%
  • Female 47%

History

  • Founded in 1888 as Dundee Technical Institute – 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. 

Notable Alumni

  • 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 – games entrepreneur.
  • Sir Brian Souter – founder and chairman Stagecoach plc.
  • Joe Fitzpatrick – MSP for Dundee City West.
  • Stewart Hosie – MP for Dundee East.
  • Andi Lothian – founder of Insights, a global people development company.
  • Andy Nicol – Scottish international rugby player and commentator.

Further Details

Address Abertay University
Bell Street
Dundee
DD1 1HG
UCAS Code A30