Find out more about UCAS deadlines, entry requirements, accommodation, fees, living costs and other essential information before you apply

Applying for an Undergraduate Degree

This page details everything you need to know about applying for an undergraduate degree at Abertay University, including:

  • Information on submitting an application
  • Links to information on entry requirements
  • Relevant deadlines
  • What happens after you submit your application
  • Links to information on fees and living costs
  • Links to funding and accommodation information
  • Links to information on applying for a visa (international students)

We want your application to be a seamless process, and that's why we're always on hand to help. If you have any questions you need answered please contact the Student Recruitment Office on (0)1382 308080 or at sro@abertay.ac.uk

September 2018

If you wish to apply for entry onto an undergraduate programme starting September 2018, please visit the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) to make your application. This is the central admissions service for all universities and colleges of higher education in the UK.

The main deadline for applications is 15 January 2018. After this deadline, applications may be accepted for some courses although we recommend you contact us to check before submitting your application.

Entry Requirements

You should review our undergraduate programme pages before submitting a UCAS application online for September 2018. Entry requirements for undergraduate programmes are listed on each undergraduate programme page. For more specific information on entry requirements, please contact the Student Recruitment Office (details listed above).

Tuition fees and living costs

You can read more about paying for your undergraduate degree on the undergraduate funding page.

Scottish and EU Domiciled Students

If you're a Scottish or EU domiciled student, and providing you don't hold a first degree or are repeating a period of study, the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) will pay your undergraduate tuition fees.

If you're a student from Scotland you can also apply to SAAS for a student loan, and any available supplementary grants, to support living costs. You must make your application online through the SAAS website by the appropriate deadline.

English, Welsh and Northern Irish Students

If you're a prospective student from England, Wales or Northern Ireland you can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance Online Services to cover the cost of your undergraduate tuition fees.

As an RUK student you may also qualify for the Abertay bursary (a value of £1,750 per year), as well as Maintenance Loans (to support living costs). The Abertay bursary doesn't need to be repaid (unless you leave your course or your personal circumstances change) and eligibility is dependent on your household income.

The process to apply for a Maintenance Loan, and the value of the Maintenance Loan, varies between England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You can read more information here. The Maintenance Loan will need to be repaid when your earnings reach a certain threshold.

If you reside in Northern Ireland or Wales you may also be entitled to apply for a Welsh Government Learning Grant (Wales), a Special Support Grant (Wales and Northern Ireland) or a Maintenance Grant (Northern Ireland). Please click the link above for more information.

International Students

If you are an international student from outside the EU, then you are likely to pay overseas tuition fee rates and will not be entitled to help with tuition fees or living costs. You will also be expected to have sufficient funds available to cover your tuition fees and living costs prior to starting each academic year.

However, you may qualify for a range of scholarships for prospective international undergraduate students, including the Abertay International STEM Scholarships (£8,000 award), the Abertay International Scholarship (£6,000 award) or the Abertay Academic Global Excellence Award (£10,000 award).

As an undergraduate student we understand that you’ll want to know what tuition fee you’ll need to pay in advance. This is why we offer a fee guarantee – the published tuition fee at the time of entry is the same you will pay for each year of your undergraduate degree.

Applying for a Tier 4 Visa: International Students Only

You can find more information on applying for a visa and collecting your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) on our Tier 4 visa page. To identify whether you need to apply for a visa, please visit this page on the UKBA website.

Clearing 2018 Admissions

Clearing is the process universities use to fill any remaining places on courses starting September 2018.

All applications received after 30th June, 2018, will be entered into UCAS clearing. For more information on Clearing please visit the UCAS website.

What We Look For and What Happens Next

The University makes most offers of admission in February.

The University must consider all applications made before the 15th January UCAS deadline equally. If your application is received after this date then it will be considered at the University's discretion. You can review the status of your application through UCAS Track.

The process we employ to assess undergraduate applications is outlined below:

  1. When we receive applications from UCAS, they are individually assessed against the selection criteria set for the programme. Each programme has a minimum entry requirement, and you can find these minimum requirements on each undergraduate programme page.
  2. When making a decision on whether to make you an offer, we pay particular attention to your academic achievements, your grades in subjects that are relevant to the programme you've applied for and we carefully consider your supplied personal statement and reference.
  3. We also take contextual factors into consideration. These may include whether you attend a school where a relatively small proportion of students progress to higher education, have spent significant time in care or live in an area of deprivation.

Once we have reviewed your application there are three possible outcomes:

  1. An unconditional offer – where you are already qualified for admission to the programme
  2. A conditional offer – where 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
  3. Rejection – where we are unable to offer you a place on the course.


You can make an application for accommodation once you have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer of admission. Your application should be made via our online application portal OASIS and you can make up to five accommodation choices in order of preference.

The online application also allows you to provide information on a disability or make requests regarding sharing with friends or alcohol-free accommodation. Please visit the 'how to apply for accommodation' page for more information.

Deferred Entry

We are happy to consider applications in advance for entry in 2019.

If you’ve already been offered a place, you can choose to delay starting your studies for one year.

Transferring from Another University

If you would like to transfer your studies to us from another university, either in the UK or overseas, contact our Student Recruitment hotline on +44 (0) 1382 308080 for more information.

Consideration for advanced entry onto our courses will largely depend on the content of your current course, and how this compares to the content of our course.

Transferring to a course can also depend on how well you have performed on your current course. Where appropriate comparable study is evident, it may be possible for us to award accreditation for prior learning and possibly grant advanced entry onto our course. This is something which is assessed and decided on upon receipt of a completed application form.

All applications are considered on an individual basis.

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