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 15, 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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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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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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ABERTAY NEWS08/09/2020

Plans could see 4,000 seat arena and esports academy at Dundee Waterfront

Abertay University is involved in the transformative project

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ABERTAY NEWS31/08/2020

Abertay helps organise conference celebrating women working in videogames

The Women in Games Global Conference takes place from 7th-13th Sept

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Female lecturer with five ethical hacking students at Abertay University
ABERTAY NEWS19/08/2020

National Cyber Security Centre certification for Ethical Hacking degree

Dr Natalie Coull says need for skilled cyber graduates has 'never been greater'

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ABERTAY NEWS10/08/2020

Playscape for V&A Dundee as designers respond to pandemic

Abertay lecturers created socially-distanced chalk playground ahead of exhibi...

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Joe Cassidy and Seylan Baster in Left Behind
ABERTAY NEWS05/08/2020

Student film project enjoys international awards success

Left Behind made its debut at the Abertay Digital Graduate Show

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ABERTAY NEWS18/06/2020

Abertay receives share of £100,000 grant from StoryFutures Academy

The money will be used to develop a project from the university’s world-renow...

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ABERTAY NEWS17/06/2020

InGAME announces new videogames research and development projects

Partnership projects will focus on health, e-learning, dyslexia and oil & gas

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A photo of Jamie Bankhead and fellow Konglomerate Games Director Connie Reid
ABERTAY NEWS10/06/2020

Unique videogame aims to improve speech therapy for elderly

Jamie Bankhead conducted extensive research to ensure the game is accurate

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A picture of Alasdair Marnoch working on FHear
ABERTAY NEWS02/06/2020

Abertay student develops videogame playable by people with sight loss

FHear is an unique, audio-only experience

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“Nightmare in the Marshlands: An adaptation from World War Z” is a 2020 Digital Graduate Show project by Craig Brown, a student at Abertay University.
ABERTAY NEWS15/05/2020

Games industry figures praise Abertay Digital Graduate Show ahead of launch

#ADGS2020 opens tonight (Friday May 15)

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Carla Begg with a video camera
ABERTAY NEWS12/05/2020

Abertay Student directs movie to shed light on Scotland's drug problem

Carla Begg's film Left Behind premieres at ADGS 2020

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