Accelerated Degrees

Accelerated Degrees

This new option from Abertay University means that on some of our courses you can now complete the equivalent of a full four-year honours degree within three years.

The fast-track option works by telescoping the last two years of a standard four-year programme into 15 months. All students will study at the same pace during their first two years, but will be offered the fast-track option at the beginning of their second year. If you choose to do so, then at the end of the second year you will move onto the accelerated programme.

Your studies will then continue during what would otherwise be the summer vacation between the second and third years. Similarly, when students on the conventional timetable are completing their third year studies, those on the accelerated programme will carry on through what would otherwise be the summer vacation between third and fourth year.

Instead of studying four years of two 15-week terms each, the accelerated programme comprises one year of two terms followed by two years of three terms each. In the first year, you’ll study for 30 weeks, and in the second and third years you’ll study for 45 weeks, so you'll still get a summer break.

Although the fast-track programme will finish 11 months before the conventional programme, students on the fast track will study exactly the same lessons, featuring the same course content and subject to the same high quality standards, as those on the conventional timetable.

Abertay is the only university in Scotland to offer this flexibility, which, if it suits your circumstances, could mean you getting to the jobs market a year earlier than otherwise and with lower overall living costs during your studies.

Degree programmes available for the Accelerated Degree route include:

BA (Hons) Business Management

BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking

BA (Hons) Computer Arts

BSc (Hons) Food and Consumer Science

BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development

BA (Hons) Game Design & Production

We have compiled a set of frequently asked questions below, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us.

Before you begin your studies

What are the benefits of doing an accelerated programme?

Choosing the accelerated route means that you could graduate a year earlier than you might otherwise have done, so you would be entering the jobs market earlier and probably with a lower student debt.

Which courses can I study via the accelerated degree route?

BA (Hons) Business Management

BSc (Hons) Ethical Hacking

BA (Hons) Computer Arts

BSc (Hons) Food and Consumer Science

BSc (Hons) Computer Game Applications Development

BA (Hons) Game Design & Production

Why are other courses not included in the accelerated programme?

We are undertaking a pilot study to consider the viability of an accelerated degree programme. If the pilot is successful, we may be able to offer more accelerated degree programmes in future.

What are the minimum entry requirements?

The entry requirements for accelerated versions of programmes are the same as for the equivalent non-accelerated route. Programme entry requirements are detailed on our website and in our prospectus.

How do I apply for accelerated programmes?

You apply through UCAS for your chosen degree and the UCAS course code is the same, regardless of whether or not the degree is accelerated. There is no separate application procedure for the accelerated version of the degree programme. You will be given the option at the beginning of your second year to indicate whether you wish to follow the accelerated or non-accelerated route for the remaining stages of your programme.

Is advanced entry still possible?

Yes, entry with advanced standing is still possible directly into Stage 2 of the accelerated programme (i.e. second year). Advanced entry to Stage 3 of the programme is only possible at the start of the summer term (in May).

Is part-time possible?

It is possible to study many of our degrees part-time however this can have funding implications. We are keen to enable students to be able to undertake a part-time route but would want to explore, on an individual basis, a preferred study pattern with the relevant Director of Academic Programmes.

Can I do this by distance learning?

No, we currently do not offer distance-learning options for these programmes.

What are the tuition fees for accelerated degrees?

Tuition fees for the 1st year are charged at the standard rate. As you are studying an extra term in years 2 and 3, tuition fees for these years will be charged at a higher rate of 1.5 times the standard rate. (For example, if the standard rate is £1,820.00, then the higher rate will be £2,730.00)

Students whose tuition fees are being paid for by SAAS or SLC should continue to apply for the standard rate during years 2 and 3 as we claim for the additional fees by means of a separate process.

Information on our standard rates can be found here

I am a Scottish/EU applicant. Will I be funded for the accelerated degrees?

You will have access to the same levels of student support that you would be able to get for a standard four-year degree. Contact Student Advisory for more information ( or 01382-308916/308679).

I’m a UK applicant living in the UK but outside Scotland. Will my funding be supported by my local authority/library board?

We would ask that you contact your local authority or library board for more details before applying for an accelerated degree. As an example, Student Finance England confirm they will provide living costs to match the number of study weeks per year.

Who do I contact if I’m interested in an accelerated degree and want to find out more?

Each degree offering an accelerated route provides specific detail about the programme, its structure and the accelerated study pattern. You can also contact our Student Recruitment Office for more practical advice or to have them arrange contact with the lecturer responsible for your accelerated degree.

During your studies

Is the programme structure in a different format?

The modules of study are exactly the same as those on the non-accelerated route, so the format of the programme is the same (it’s the way we deliver it that’s different). Essentially, we are moving the third year of your degree programme forward and using the summer terms at the end of both your second year and third years for teaching.

Am I in the same classes as the regular degree students?

In the terms which run September–April students on both the accelerated and non-accelerated degree will often share the same classes. Modules delivered in the May-August terms will only be for students following the accelerated route.

Will there be enough people in my class to do group work?

Our market research indicates there will be demand for accelerated degrees. We’re confident that students on accelerated programmes will have a similar group-work experience to those on the non-accelerated route. However at the moment we do not know how many students will be enrolling for individual modules.

Can I carry over modules?

Abertay’s Academic Regulations apply equally to the accelerated and the non-accelerated. Current regulations already restrict the volume of modules a student can study in any academic session.

When will my resits take place if I fail any modules?

Resit opportunities will be provided at an appropriate point at the end of each academic year.

What will the timetable look like?

The accelerated programme timetable will be similar to that of the non-accelerated programme - your classes will be scheduled between 09-1800hrs, Monday to Friday. However, as for non-accelerated programmes, face-to-face contact time with tutors could vary from 08-1800hrs. The total contact hours are the same for both modes of study.

Do I have a higher number of teaching hours during the week than regular degree students?

No. The contact hours for the accelerated route are the same as for the non-accelerated version of the programme.

Will I have classes in the evenings/weekends?

No. Classes will only be daytime delivery (as per the non-accelerated route).

Will all the facilities at the university still be open over the summer?

Yes. University services operate all year round (except at Christmas). There are already some undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which require access to, and support from, a range of University services during the summer term.

Will my tutors still be available during the summer term?

Yes. Academic staff are more likely to take annual leave during the summer but the lecturers teaching the accelerated degrees will plan carefully to make sure that leave will not adversely affect your studies.

Can I still do work placements as part of my course?

Yes. For many programmes, a work placement is an integral part. The accelerated and non-accelerated versions of the programmes will have the same modular requirements.

Do I get any holidays?

Holiday periods are not as extensive for students on the accelerated route as they are for those on the non-accelerated pathway. However, there are still seven weeks of holidays built into the programme: three weeks at Christmas; two weeks during Easter; one week mid-July; one week late August/early September.

Will I still be able to have a part time job?

You will study 60 credits per 15 weeks of study, the same academic workload as the non-accelerated route. The accelerated degree should not have a bigger impact on your extra-curricular commitments.

How does the accelerated degree route affect my accommodation lease?

University residences are available for 1 semester (either an academic year or a full calendar year, if required). The length of lease offered will tie in with your expected period of study for the relevant academic year. Likewise, many private landlords will offer accommodation for a full calendar year if required.

Will there be additional student support available?

There will be the same level of student support available to both study routes. The accelerated route allows students to progress their degree studies more quickly however, you will still study 60 credits per 15 weeks of study (as for the non-accelerated route).

What happens if I find I want to revert back to the four year degree?

We would ask you to speak with your programme leader who will help you to find a study pattern that allows you to transfer back to the non-accelerated route.

After your studies

When do I graduate?

You would graduate in the November three years after enrolment in Stage 1 of the programme. For example, students who enrol in first year in September 2017 will graduate from the accelerated programme in November 2020 (having completed their studies in the August of that year).

Will my degree certificate/transcript show in some way that I have completed an accelerated degree?

Your transcript will show that you have completed 480 SCQF credits in three years rather than the traditional four years.

Is it a lower standard of degree?

No. It is exactly the same degree, to exactly the same quality standards as the traditional four-year version. The only difference is that the teaching normally done in four terms, spread over the third and fourth years of the course, will be done in four terms across the third year (by using the summer terms at the end of your second year and the end of your third year for teaching).

Is it worth less than a four-year degree?

No. You will have completed 480 SCQF credits in three years rather than the traditional four years, so both programmes are worth the same academic tariff.

Can I still get an Ordinary Degree?

Yes. Students will still be able to exit their programme at the end of Stage 3, on completion of 360 SCQF credits, with the award of an Ordinary (Unclassified) degree.