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

And it's not just us that thinks so:

  • Top Scottish modern university - National Student Survey 2023.
  • Top 10 in UK for Student Experience - Guardian University Guide 2024. 
  • Top International School in Europe for Video Games Education - The Princeton Review 2024.
  • 'One of the great success stories of the British university sector' - Daily Mail University Guide 2024.
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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.
  • You're a name not a number. 
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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 work placements.
  • Learning first hand from local and international companies.
  • Getting the hang of your future career in our industry-standard facilities.
  • All of our undergraduate degree courses have some kind of industry experience built-in, such as work placements, real-world projects or industry mentoring.

Whatever you choose to do afterwards, you will graduate 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.

Plus, Dundee has it all:

  • The top Scottish city for graduates (and No 4 in the whole of the UK).
  • Thriving professional industries and 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 and not break the (your!) bank here.
  • Only 20 mins away from Scottish forests, glens, lochs and the beach.
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Why 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.


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About Dundee

Did you know that Dundee has made some amazing contributions to video games, medical research and comic books over the years? And it doesn't stop there.

With the V&A Design museum right beside the River Tay, loads of cafes, restaurants and bars, and our vibrant digital and creative industries going full steam ahead, no wonder it's a great place to be. GQ magazine even named us 'the UK’s coolest little city'!

So what exactly does studying in this big small city offer you?

  • Friends for life - The chance to make loads of memories with a tonne of people. 1 in 6 people here are students!
  • A great social life – From Brewdog, to the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts), to the local beach, you've got plenty of options to unwind.
  • Convenience – We're in 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 is the sunniest city in Scotland so you can stock up on the (cool) Scottish sunshine!
  • Affordability - Dundee is one of the cheapest cities for students in the whole of the UK. So you’ll get the best possible uni experience and not bust your budget.

You could be spending up to 4 years with us so it’s important you have all the facts.

Find out more about why we think living here in Dundee is so great.

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