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The Abertay Learning Experience

Our distinctive curriculum

As outlined in our strategic plan, at Abertay we like to follow our own path and do things differently if we can serve our students, staff and the local community better. We offer a broad, flexible, responsive and relevant curriculum to prepare students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in the world beyond Abertay and in September 2016 we will be launching our new undergraduate degree programmes, following a whole-university curriculum reform in 2014-15.

Our new programmes offer greater student choice and flexible degree pathways and also more breadth as well as depth. All stage one and stage two students take one interdisciplinary elective per year which cover a range of contemporary issues facing society today such as: Defence Against the Dark Arts (computer security), Games for Change, Live Well and Prosper and Debating the 21st Century. You can find out more about our curriculum reform in this video:

If you would like to learn more about what an Abertay education offers, watch these videos:

Enhancing your employability 

Enhancing our graduates’ employability is a major priority at Abertay.  All of our programmes include work-related learning opportunities and have employers involved in the delivery of the curriculum. We also recognise that students’ achievements extend beyond the formal curriculum and as of July 2015, all of our undergraduates are provided with a Higher Education Achievement report (HEAR) upon graduation, which contains details of a graduate’s University-verified achievements, both academic and extra-curricular, for example, if a student successfully completes our Principal’s Award it will appear on their HEAR. 

Abertay Attributes       

An Abertay education provides you with a wealth of opportunities for personal development: intellectuallyprofessionallyindividually. Combined, these make a positive difference to society as an active citizen. The knowledge, skills and attitudes which you have the opportunity to develop while at Abertay are summarised in our new Abertay Attributes: 



You can find out more about our Graduate Attributes here: Abertay-Attributes-Summary 

Assessment and feedback

At Abertay, we place emphasis on assessment for learning as well as assessment of learning. Our staff are readily on hand to provide informal feedback and in the middle of each term we have an innovative “feedback week” which forms an important part of our academic calendar. You can find out more about Feedback Week in this video: