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The University

Abertay is right at the heart of Dundee, combining all the advantages of a close-knit campus with the buzz of city centre life. All of our buildings are within a quarter of a mile of each other, as are shops, bars, clubs, cinemas and theatres, and we’re just a few minutes' walk from the bus and train stations.

A warm welcome

The campus itself is an eclectic mixture of everything from the Edwardian Old College to our outstanding and award-winning Bernard King Library. The heart of the University lies in Bell Street, with most teaching and learning facilities, offices, research centres and the Library all within just a few yards of each other.  Best of all, our 21st-century Student Centre is also here, and whether you’re going to lectures, meeting with staff, studying in the library, attending tutorials and seminars, or just having a coffee with friends, you’ll always feel like a part of our bustling community.

World leaders

Abertay isn’t just a great place to be a student – the University is also home to world-leading research teams, whose discoveries are hailed internationally.  We are Scotland's leading university for environmental science research, with leading-edge initiatives such as the SIMBIOS unit exploring soil bioinformatics; the Abertay Centre for the Environment promoting ‘green’ business practices, and the Urban Water Technology Centre developing innovative new drainage and pollution-control technology. 

Abertay researchers are also studying issues as varied as innovative visualisation of complex datasets, policing and security research including witness analysis, face identity and money laundering, the study of regional and national economic analysis and accountancy as related to the oil and gas industry, food and nutrition science, sports and health science, psychology, computer arts and digital media, and many other topics.  Visit the Research pages on this site for more details.

Our teaching and support staff

Apart from getting on with the business of teaching, many of the staff are either actively involved in research or work with industry.  All of our researchers are involved in teaching and developing courses – giving our students the chance to learn from world leaders every day.

Coming to University marks a major step in your life, and we’re on hand to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible.  The University can offer advice and support on everything from accommodation and managing your finances, to staying healthy and planning your workload.  We have a counselling service that can help you work through any problems, and we employ a team of students each year to act as mentors for all newcomers.  The Students’ Association also provides help and advice via the elected student executive.  No matter what your question, we have someone who can help you answer it.

Our student community

The friendly and welcoming environment at Abertay is created by our students, who represent a great diversity of backgrounds and cultures.  Over 60 nationalities are represented on campus, and our courses attract everyone from local school leavers to overseas research students.  Abertay also attracts a very high proportion of mature students.

There are endless opportunities for students and staff to socialise together, helping to develop excellent staff/student working relationships, and contributes to the feeling of community which characterises Abertay.

Facts and figures

  • Abertay offers world-leading courses in Computer Arts and Computer Games Technology
  • Abertay is ranked as the best university in Scotland for its environmental research
  • Over 60 nationalities are represented in our student community
  • Abertay has 5084 students, with 4476 based on our Dundee campus
  • Around 66% of our students are from Scotland, 5% from Northern Ireland, 3% from England and Wales, and 26% from overseas
  • We have a state-of-the-art library, fully networked for the digital age
  • Over 600 personal computers are available for student use - one of the highest proportions in the UK
  • Abertay has been educating Scotland’s workforce since 1888

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