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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ABERTAY NEWS06/04/2020

BLOG: A 7-minute workout to keep you fit during lockdown

Dr John Babraj has put together an equipment-free HIIT workout that anyone ca...

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ABERTAY NEWS30/03/2020

BLOG: Your mental health matters more than ever

Jude Kelly, programme lead for BSc Mental Health Nursing, shares her lockdown...

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ABERTAY NEWS28/02/2020

Research project to tackle poor nutrition through videogames

Food Gaming For Active aGeing aims to improve the nutrition of people over 55

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ABERTAY NEWS19/02/2020

World’s first ‘climate positive’ gin produced from peas

The product is the culmination of five years of research

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ABERTAY NEWS28/01/2020

One minute of weekly exercise enough to provide health benefits to older people

Participants in Dr John Babraj's study were aged between 65 and 75

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ABERTAY NEWS27/01/2020

SPOTLIGHT ON: Study reveals link between income inequality and French kissing fr

The study involved more than 2300 participants

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ABERTAY NEWS14/01/2020

Abertay academic's sport well-being tool utilised by Irish FA Foundation

Professor David Lavallee developed The Sport Census

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ABERTAY NEWS10/01/2020

Abertay Food graduate turns author to publish memoirs

Helen Welsh has written her memoirs, basing them around food

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ABERTAY NEWS09/01/2020

Abertay senior lecturer awarded prestigious fellowship

Dr Rebecca Wade has been made a fellow of the RSA

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ABERTAY NEWS06/01/2020

SPOTLIGHT ON: Bioethics expert calls for research into genetically-modified babi

Dr Kevin Smith said the creation of GM babies was not only ethically justifia...

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ABERTAY NEWS19/11/2019

Bioethics expert calls for research into genetically-modified babies

Dr Kevin Smith says the creation of GM babies is not only ethically justifiab...

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ABERTAY NEWS07/11/2019

Scottish courts staff take part in forensics day

Around 100 court workers were at Abertay for an information day

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