How to Apply

Applying to university is a big deal. We want to make the process easier for you.

Below you’ll find information on deadlines, entry requirements and advice to help you submit a successful application. Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!


All applications for full-time undergraduate study at Abertay should be made online through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is the central admissions service for all universities in the UK. Register now for a UCAS Apply account at

Entry requirements for UK students

Before applying, make sure you read the specific entry requirements for the course you wish to study. These can be found on our Undergraduate Course pages.

Advanced entry for college students

Our agreements with colleges mean you can start many Abertay degrees at Year 2 with a relevant HNC or Year 3 with a relevant HND. Visit our Entry from College page for more information.

International students

We love welcoming students from around the world! International students make up 18% of Abertay’s student community with 64 nationalities represented. Find information below on applying to Abertay as an international student.

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Entry Requirements by Country

Discover whether you're eligible for entry and learn more about the country-specific qualifications you need to study at Abertay.

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English Language Requirements

Explore English language requirements for entry to Abertay University.

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Visa Information

Learn more about visa requirements for studying at Abertay University.

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The application process

Full-time applications

All full-time undergraduate applications should be made online via UCAS.

View step-by-step instructions on how to fill in your UCAS application 

Part-time applications

If you are applying for part-time study, you can apply directly to Abertay. Find out more about applying for part-time study.

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How we make our decision

See below some of the things we take into account when deciding whether to offer you a place at Abertay.

Course entry requirements

Once we receive your application from UCAS, it will be assessed against the minimum entry requirements for the course you’ve applied for. You can find these on our undergraduate course pages.

Academic and extracurricular achievements

We pay particular attention to your grades and achievements in subjects that are relevant to the course you've applied for. We’re also keen to learn about your extracurricular achievements like taking part in sports, clubs and competitions, as well as any work experience.

Personal statement

This is your chance to stand out from the crowd!

Tell us about your passions, skills and personal experience – and how these things make you well suited to the course you’ve applied for.

But remember, you only submit one personal statement – it’s the same for every university you apply to, so don’t mention Abertay or any other university by name.

If you’re applying for courses in different subject areas, you’ll need to focus on general themes e.g. your communication skills or creativity. Visit UCAS for more detailed advice on writing your personal statement.

Your reference

A reference is a written recommendation from a teacher, adviser or another professional who knows your academic skills. A glowing reference will really impress us!

Your personal circumstances

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades were achieved. Factors we consider when deciding whether to make you an offer include whether you have been in care or attended a school where not many students go on to university.

What happens after you’ve applied?

We makes most offers of admission in February. You will be able to log in to UCAS Track to see whether you’ve been successful.

There are three possible outcomes:

An unconditional offer – this means we’ve decided you’re already qualified for admission to the programme and have offered you a unconditional place. Congratulations!

A conditional offer – we will admit you to the course, provided you achieve the grades (and any other conditions) set out in the offer letter before the course start date.

Rejection – We are unable to offer you a place on the course.

Contact us

If you have any questions about applying to Abertay, email our friendly student recruitment team or phone us on +44 (0)1382 308080.

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