School of Applied Sciences

We work where industry and research meet to solve the big challenges that society faces.

Welcome to a community of like-minded individuals

Applied Science mixes scientific knowledge with practical applications.  We will prepare you for employment through a practical, skills-based learning experience.  The School is a dynamic, exciting place to study.  Our staff are passionate and dedicated, and many have internationally recognised expertise.  

The four Divisions offer 19 undergraduate and four taught post-graduate courses with a clear vocational theme. Many of our subjects led REF2014 rankings for research intensity for modern Scottish universities.  Our accredited degrees are co-designed with industry, making them relevant to employers.

We reflect the University’s tenet of being ’rooted in the community’. This means close links with industry, the professions and local schools and colleges. Our staff influence policies on health, policing, education, and environmental practices nationally, and impact on developments in other areas. 

We have a vibrant body of research students engaged in industry-based projects. Because the excellent research resources are all based on one site, we have several groups working together on inter-disciplinary projects.

Our strong reputation for innovative teaching reflects today's employment needs.  We aim to give you a valuable qualification - combined with transferable skills - so you fulfil your ambitions.

Dean of School

Andrea Cameron

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School Divisions

There are four specialised divisions in this School:

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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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Toxic chemical study shows seal pups at risk despite ban

Levels of toxic chemicals found in their blubber has shown little or no chang...

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Research finds brain treats dialect as language

The study looked at the distinctive Dundee dialect

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Fife Flyers star to study at Abertay as partnership continues

Adam Morrison will study BSc (Hons) Psychology

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Legendary Juventus defender says Masters degree made him a better footballer

It follows research from Abertay University

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Study finds two minutes of exercise may reduce dementia risk

The research saw participants take part in two training sessions per week for...

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Rebecca to take on Women in STEMM Antarctic voyage

Dr Rebecca Wade among 80 female academics selected for the prestigious Homewa...

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Abertay graduate signs Westminster gin supply deal

Andrew Mackenzie's Verdant Gin wins sole supplier contract for House of Commons

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BLOG: The perils and perks of 'Life as a Lefty'

Dr Lynn Wright lifts the lid on left-handedness for International Left-Hander...

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New technique can show link between prey and microplastics

The new research offers an insight into the exposure of animals to microplastics

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Make-up study reveals leadership perceptions

Research into how make-up can alter how others view you

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Professor David Lavallee

The world's first Professor of Duty of Care in Sport

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ABERTAY NEWS22/07/2019

Academic appointed to UK counselling research role

Dr Mhairi Thurston is the new Chair of the BACP research committee

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