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School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1994
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • N/A
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • Bell Street, Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +441382308000
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of Abertay University

Abertay University is one of two public universities in the city of Dundee, Scotland. It launched the world's first computer games degree in 1997 and in 2017 held a programme of events celebrating 20 Years of Games. Today the university has four academic schools (Design and Informatics; Science, Engineering and Technology; Dundee Business School and Social and Health Sciences) with over 4,000 students. Abertay was also the first to offer a degree in Ethical Hacking, starting in 2006.

Academic Highlights

Abertay is a small university that receives the majority of its funding for teaching rather than research.

  • Unit 4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neurosciences
  • Unit 5 Biological Sciences
  • Unit 7 Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
  • Unit 15 General Engineering
  • Unit 20 Law
  • Unit 23 Sociology
  • Unit 26 Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism

Life in Abertay University

Abertay University has a wide group of sports teams competing under the university banner. It ranges from Tennis to Hockey who compete in the BUCS leagues, which competes against other universities and colleges in Scotland. The Football, Hockey and Basketball teams have their 1st teams competing in the highest league (BUCS 1A). The University has a fierce rivalry with Dundee University, competing in a yearly Varsity competition. There are numerous notable athletic alumni that have undertaken their degrees in the University with the University facilitating elite sports men and women, who have either represented their country or compete at a high level.

School Ranking

Abertay University ranked 104


The Admissions section in Registry is responsible for the oversight of all UK and EU applications to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

The team works closely with colleagues in Schools and the Student Recruitment Office to advise them of UCAS and Abertay admissions procedures. We maintain and audit the admissions section of the University’s Student Records’ System.

Notable Alumni

  • Shehzad Afzal 
  • Roger Ball
  • Vikki Bunce 
  • Victoria Drummod
  • Malcolm Duncan

Acceptance rate

According to the ranking, 88.8% of Abertay students were satisfied with their course – the best result for a modern university in Scotland - compared with 87.8% at overall first placed Cambridge and 88.4% at second-placed Oxford.

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