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 fifth year in a row.

The prestigious Princeton Review rankings show our games degrees in both the undergraduate and postgraduate world Top 25, while the University remains the best placed 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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Games Showcase

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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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Sam Gainty from Konglomerate Games playing Archipelayo
ABERTAY NEWS11/03/2020

Innovative game for cystic fibrosis patients tested at Great Ormond Street

Archipelayo has been developed by Abertay students

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Ally Low carrying the case for Flea
ABERTAY NEWS07/03/2020

Abertay graduate to release game on 37-year-old NES

Ally Low is releasing Flea on the iconic Nintendo console

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Ethical Hacking Laboratory - room full of Desktop computers
ABERTAY NEWS05/03/2020

Launch of Ethical Hacking degree voted Abertay's top change-maker

Around 600 people took part in the public poll

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person wearing virtual reality head gear
ABERTAY NEWS03/03/2020

Abertay ranked best in Europe for videogames degrees

Princeton Review ranks Abertay number one in Europe for sixth year in a row

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Students Robyn McMillan and Jamie Haddow turn a store mannequin into a games controller
ABERTAY NEWS02/03/2020

Unique ‘alt controller’ games to be showcased

Students have built games with unique custom controllers

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An image of Tokyo set up to look like Midgar from Final Fantasy VII
ABERTAY NEWS24/02/2020

Abertay graduate turns to Final Fantasy VII for inspiration in new photo book

TO:KY:OO by Liam Wong is already a best-seller

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Daniel Goldie-Furlong sitting in front of a computer, with the screen showing the Scottish and Japanese flags
ABERTAY NEWS20/02/2020

Game on for Japan-bound Abertay games design student

Daniel Goldie-Furlong has won a prestigious scholarship

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Armed Forces veterans at Abertay University
ABERTAY NEWS18/02/2020

Military veterans reskilled to fill growing cybersecurity workforce gap

The project will allow former forces personnel to learn ethical hacking skills

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ABERTAY NEWS12/02/2020

InGAME partnership project to support development of narrative-led videogames

The Immersive Game Lab & Commission is now open for applications

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Game Jammers work on games
ABERTAY NEWS05/02/2020

More than 200 people take part in Global Game Jam at Abertay

The worldwide theme this year was 'repair'

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ABERTAY NEWS24/01/2020

First projects revealed for InGAME voucher scheme

Dundee R&D centre to drive innovation through games and media

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A screen-cap of Matt Stark's game
ABERTAY NEWS23/01/2020

Student's unique game video goes viral with 4 million views

Matt Stark has been invited to speak at a major videogames conference

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