School of Design and Informatics

Rated best in Europe by Princeton Review

The award-winning courses offered by the National Centre of Excellence for Computer Games Education in the School of Design and Informatics are the best in Europe for an incredible sixth year in a row.

The prestigious Princeton Review rankings show our games degrees in both the undergraduate and postgraduate world Top 15, while the University remains the top European institution.

We aim to educate our students to be the innovators and ground-breakers of tomorrow’s computing and digital media-based industries.

We offer a wide range of industry accredited courses, from technology courses in ethical hacking and games programming to creative courses in design and digital media creation.

We have strong links with industry and major companies, the school is a founding partner of Sony’s PlayStation First education programme and courses are accredited by Screen Skills, JAMES, NCSC, Tiga and BCS. Those links mean that our courses are current and relevant.

Our staff are leaders in their fields and involved in individual and collaborative research with national research projects and industry partners.

School of Design and Informatics Accreditations

In these pages, you will find out who we are, what we teach, where our interests lie, and how we can help you develop interesting and rewarding careers in subjects which are stimulating and exciting.

Dean of School

Professor Gregor White

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School Divisions

This School has three specialist Divisions:

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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Division of Games and Arts

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

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ABERTAY NEWS19/02/2021

Abertay develops Ethical Hacking module for teachers

Training to benefit computing teachers across Scotland

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ABERTAY NEWS17/02/2021

Abertay to lead on low carbon food and drink innovation

Transform Net-Zero project is funded through the Low Carbon Challenge Fund

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Professor Ruth Falconer wearing a hololens at a farm
ABERTAY NEWS20/12/2020

Videogame technology used to enhance cow health at dairy farms

Innovative technology is being used to recognise a cow by the patterns on its...

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ABERTAY NEWS15/12/2020

Abertay University named UK Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security

Abertay is the first University in Scotland to receive the award

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ABERTAY NEWS14/12/2020

Abertay student writes song for rising Japanese music star

Daniel Pukkila wrote the track in Japanese - despite being unable to speak th...

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ABERTAY NEWS11/12/2020

Abertay campus recreated in Minecraft

Click here to find out how to access the replica, which was built by students

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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 NEWS04/11/2020

Researchers recover 75,000 'deleted' files from pre-owned USB drives

Tax returns, CVs and bank statements were among the files retrieved

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ABERTAY NEWS14/10/2020

InGAME announces two new R&D Collaborations

EvoRevo and Game Doctor will receive support from the InGAME R&D Centre

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ABERTAY NEWS13/10/2020

Ninja Kiwi expands Abertay scholarship offering

Two students will receive £1,500 in funding and work placements

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ABERTAY NEWS01/10/2020

Abertay’s Konglomerate Games wins Santander Entrepreneurship Award

Konglomerate Games wins top prize of £30,000 at the 2020 annual Santander Uni...

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Female Ethical Hacking student Cheryl Torano
ABERTAY NEWS11/09/2020

Abertay alum overcomes 'nightmare' childhood to achieve cybersecurity dream

Cheryl Torano has shared her incredible story in an inspiring new book

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