Guide to Academic Year

We are looking forward to welcoming both our new and returning students to campus this September. Plans for the new academic year will depend on national Covid arrangements, so please keep an eye on this page for the latest updates.

Teaching and timetabling

While we will continue to exercise caution and put your safety at the forefront of our plans, we are optimistic that campus will be open come September and we expect your University experience to include a blend of on-campus and online teaching, and opportunities for social interaction, including through clubs and societies.

Although the success of the vaccination programme is encouraging, it is likely that measures such as social distancing, face coverings and hand hygiene will continue to be part of our lives in the new academic year. We have taken all of this into account in our plans for Term 1, starting from Freshers’ Week on 13 September.

We expect to be able to issue you with your own, personal timetable in August, but in the meantime, here is an outline of what to expect:

  • Teaching will commence in the week of 20 September 2021 and will be based on ‘blended learning’. This will involve a mix of on-campus and online classes covering a range of engaging activities including lectures, tutorials, seminars, lab classes and group work.

  • The on-campus activities will offer you an opportunity to engage with your tutors and fellow students in a variety of interactive sessions in which you will work with the wider Abertay staff and student community.

  • We are planning for students to be on campus for some teaching each week (subject to Scottish Government guidance in place at the time).

Travel and accommodation

Students are currently permitted to travel within Scotland for education and we expect this will still be the case in September.

International travel to Scotland and the UK more generally will continue to depend on national rules and restrictions and all international students must check arrangements relating to travel from their home country before travelling. You can find the latest travel advice for inbound travellers on the Scottish Government website. It is also important to be aware of the current Scottish Government requirement for international passengers to quarantine in approved hotel accommodation after arriving at Scottish airports, or to self-quarantine for 10 days if you have travelled from abroad to an airport in England from a country which is not considered to be on the ‘acute list’.

We expect students to be able to begin booking accommodation in our Halls of Residence via our portal during early May and will send an update email to you when the booking system is open.

Remote study

We believe in the value of on-campus learning and the benefits of interacting with your fellow students, so we would encourage you to attend for your timetabled on-campus teaching sessions if you possibly can. However, we are aware that circumstances may prevent this in some cases and there will be support in place to allow you to study online whilst you are unable to attend the campus.

Students based overseas who are prevented from travelling to Scotland due to circumstances outside of their control will be able to begin their studies online and should contact the Support Enquiry Zone to discuss this.


All students will receive a Guide to Term 1 ahead of the start of the new academic year. In the meantime, if you have any questions please get in touch.

Current students should contact the Support Enquiry Zone.

Applicants should contact the Student Recruitment Office.