Why Abertay?

Why Abertay?

At Abertay, we're proud of our students and graduates, and we believe there's no better place to study if you're looking for a degree that helps you become an exceptional candidate in an increasingly competitive job market.

Here are a few more reasons why Abertay is a great place to study ...

Teaching is everything to us

But don't just take it from us:

  • Sunday Times 2020 UK University of the Year for Teaching Quality.
  • Guardian University Guide 2020 Top 10 in UK for Student Satisfaction with Teaching, Course and Feedback.
  • National Student Survey 2020 Top 10 UK Universities for Student Satisfaction.
  • Princeton Review 2021 best in Europe for Video Games Education for the 7th year in a row.

Abertay is small and friendly

Abertay is much more than your average university:

  • We are small and we like it that way! It gives us room to get to know you as a student, and provide you with the kind of personal and academic support you won’t find in a larger University.
  • Small class sizes so you’re on first name terms with your lecturers
  • Bumping into friends in between classes
  • Getting a high five from the painter in the corridor (it has been done before!)
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Abertay gets you work-ready

Abertay degrees are vocational, which means the skills and knowledge you learn are created in partnership with industry. So we know what they want and we know exactly how to teach it.

  • Getting your CV in shape whilst studying through a series of work placements
  • Learning first hand from local and international companies
  • Getting the hang of your future job in our industry-standard facilities

Whatever you choose to do afterwards, you will be work-ready and able to seize employment opportunities from the very start.

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Abertay is university life in a big small city

Don’t just take our word for it. Our students, staff, alumni and industry placement partners all have pretty complimentary things to say about us. They agree that when it comes to your future, you should say no to same-old, same-old, and do it differently at Abertay.

  • Thriving professional industries with a student-filled social scene.
  • Big enough for all-night bakeries, small enough to get around on foot.
  • You can live student life to its fullest while not breaking the bank.


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Say No to Same

Say yes to different. Say yes to Abertay.

There's nothing average about Abertay. We are a specialist university with internationally recognised tech-driven degrees such as Ethical Hacking and Computer Games, as well as top Business and Social Science degrees.

Our degrees are applied, ideal for students who want to specialise immediately in their chosen subject, as the focus is on the main degree subject from Year 1. 

Whatever kind of degree you study, and whatever you choose to do afterwards, it's reassuring to know that your degree will be recognised and valued.


About Dundee

Did you know that Dundee has made some amazing contributions to video games, medical research and comic books over the years? It's why Dundee is the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. And it doesn't stop there.

With the £1billon regeneration project including the V & A museum right beside the River Tay, loads of new restaurants and bars opening up, and our vibrant digital, life science and creative industries full steam ahead, it’s no wonder we're feeling pretty smug. GQ magazine even named us 'the UK’s coolest little city'!

So what exactly does this big small city offer our students?

  • Affordability - You’ll get the best possible uni experience that’s not on a shoestring budget
  • Friends for life - The chance to make loads of memories with a tonne of people. 1 in 6 people here are students!
  • An active social life – From Brewdog, to the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts), to the Olympia swimming pool, you’ve got plenty of options to unwind from your studies
  • Convenience – we’re a compact city that’s well connected. Just a 10 minute drive will land you in the beautiful Scottish countryside or an hour on the train will take you to Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Vitamin D - Weren’t expecting that one huh? Dundee’s the sunniest city in Scotland so you can stock up on the (cool) Scottish sunshine!

You could be spending up to 4 years with us so it’s important you have all the facts. Have a read through 99 Things to See and Do in Dundee and use it to help navigate the city. These recommendations are from the people who live here and love it – including us.

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