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.
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:
Our Creative Industries theme explores Games, Creative Technologies and Digital Culture.
Our Security theme explores Cybersecurity, Forensic Psychology, Forensic Science and Law.
Our Environment theme explores Life and Environmental Systems, Sustainable Technologies, Business Governance and Policy, Food and Nutrition
Our Society theme explores Mental and Physical Health, Learning and Education, Governance and Social Responsibility.
Our four academic schools: Dundee Business School, School of Science, Engineering and Technology, School of Social and Health 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.
Our research explores Energy; Accounting; Economics and Finance.
Our research explores Human Resource Management; Enterprise & Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
Our research explores Developments in Technology & the Law; Labour Law and Directors' Duties within Corporate Law.
Our research explores Secure System Coding; Threat Detection and Securing the Internet of Things; Human-centred Security and Visual Security.
Our research explores Real-Time Animations for Use in Games, Virtual & Augmented Realities; Complex Systems & Game Technology and Games Programming.
The Division of Games and Arts' research profile is inherently interdisciplinary, encompassing subject expertise in a variety of specialist areas.
Our research explores Food Science & Technology; Sensory & Consumer Science; Nutrition & Public Health and Zymology & Alcoholic Fermentations.
Our research explores Forensics; Biomedical Science and Environmental Science & Technology.
Our research explores Environmental Technologies; Sustainable Assessment & Enhancement and Structural & Geotechnical Engineering.
Our research explores Mental Health Nursing and the Tayside Centre for Counselling.
Our research explores Vision Science; Self Processing; Language Learning; Evolutionary Behaviour; Forensic Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Our research explores Social Theory, Politics & Power; Crime, Risk & Criminalisation; Culture, Social Division & Identity; Digital, Media & Discourse.
Our research explores Biomechanics & Physiology and the Social Science of Sport.