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 NEWS22/12/2020

Ultrasound used to improve shelf-life of fresh fruit and vegetables

It's believed to be the first time the process has been used in Scotland

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ABERTAY NEWS18/12/2020

Online sports coaching “should continue after pandemic”

According to research involving Abertay University

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ABERTAY NEWS08/12/2020

Unique online lab to investigate Dundee dialect

Psychology lecturer Dr Neil Kirk has launched MINDyourlanguages.com

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ABERTAY NEWS07/12/2020

Big-hearted Food students donate grad ball money to charity

The students donated £900 to the Dudhope Multicultural Centre

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ABERTAY NEWS27/11/2020

Insect-based porridge to tackle malnutrition

Abertay is leading a £1 million project to tackle malnutrition in Zimbabwe

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ABERTAY NEWS16/11/2020

RESEARCH BLOG: Surprises from seals

PhD student Lauren Arkoosh blogs about her research

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ABERTAY NEWS10/11/2020

Innovative project to use games technology to develop perfect potato

Artificial intelligence will be used in an innovative project

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ABERTAY NEWS20/10/2020

Research project provides insight into golfer lockdown habits

Golfers found creative was to practise during the early days of the COVID pan...

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ABERTAY NEWS08/10/2020

Food giants Macphie expands Abertay scholarship offering

The company is offering a £3,000 donation to help a student with their studies

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ABERTAY NEWS18/09/2020

Study finding link between kissing and income inequality wins global prize

The research led by Dr Christopher Watkins has received an Ig Nobel award

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ABERTAY NEWS28/08/2020

Second climate-positive spirit launched with pea-based vodka

Nàdar Vodka has been launched in time for World Sustainable Spirits Day

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ABERTAY NEWS27/08/2020

Diagnosed with dyslexia aged 21

Mental Health Nursing student Katie-Rose Spence blogs about being diagnosed w...

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