Research Strategy and Structure

Research Strategy

Our interdisciplinary Research and Knowledge Exchange strategy, called R-LINCS (Research-Led Innovation Nodes for Contemporary Society), bridges conventional boundaries between research disciplines and devises innovative approaches to address applied research questions. In practice, this means that experts from a range of disciplines, often working with external partners, pool their talents to address the complex problems that modern society faces.

R-LINCS integrates our research into a single Abertay-wide initiative designed to capitalise on our compact, focused and collaborative character. Our size enables us to work effectively within and across school and discipline boundaries to create an innovative and sustainable environment for research, to drive the development of new research areas, and to strengthen disciplines through cross-fertilisation. Our ambitions to further build capacity, and drive interdisciplinary research and innovation is being stimulated by significant investment.

Central to that investment is the Graduate School, a unique postgraduate community in a multi-disciplinary environment. A purpose-designed forum where researchers and postgraduates come together to work, learn, collaborate and socialise, the School grants membership to all students engaged in postgraduate study at Abertay. From projects developing seaweed crisps, to computer games programmes used for anti-cancer drug design, the School supports the University’s research community as a whole. In addition to providing a workspace, Graduate School staff organise and run consultancy and training sessions for students, equipping them for further study, media contact and the world of work.

Research Themes

Strategic research activity is focused around University-wide Themes to address key local, national and international priorities, and to build on our existing areas of expertise and our industry-facing heritage. These themes are:

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Creative Industries

Our Creative Industries theme explores Games, Creative Technologies and Digital Culture.

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Our Security theme explores Cybersecurity, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science and Law.

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Our Environment theme explores Life and Environmental Systems, Sustainable Technologies, Business Governance and Policy, Food and Nutrition

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Our Society theme explores Mental and Physical Health, Learning and Education, Governance and Social Responsibility.

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School Research

Our three academic schools: School of Business, Law and Social Science, School of Applied Sciences and the School of Design and Informatics have an outstanding record of conducting world-leading and internationally excellent research. Staff collaborate across divisions and with external partners to produce research that sparks new conversations, informs government policies and impacts lives for the better. Explore each school for a more detailed overview of what we are working on.

Research in the School of Business, Law & Social Science

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Division of Accounting, Business and Management

All aspects of business learning from management to accounting, HR to marketing. We train you thoroughly for the world of business.

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Division of Sociology

Degrees in Sociology, Criminology and Social Science give you the knowledge you need to make sense of the modern world.

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Division of Law

Our Law degree is in the top ten of all UK universities. With work placements and overseas studies, our legal degrees are LLB accredited.

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Research in the School of Design and Informatics

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Division of Games and Arts

Internationally recognised research and courses in game design, computer games technology and computer arts.

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Division of Games Technology and Mathematics

The centre for degrees, research and knowledge in applied computer science, games technology and mathematics.

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Division of Cybersecurity

The world-renowned teaching centre for ethical hacking and cybersecurity .

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Research in the School of Applied Sciences

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Division of Engineering and Food Science

Inventive teaching and degree courses in civil and environmental engineering, and food, nutrition and health.

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Division of Health Sciences

Make a difference to health and well-being by combining academic and practice-based learning, with the NHS, the voluntary and private sectors.

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Division of Psychology and Forensic Sciences

Understand and analyse human behaviour in a friendly, supportive, and stimulating learning environment.

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Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences

Learn about sport and exercise coaching, development and management, the social sciences of sport, as well as sport and exercise science.

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