Things are a bit different, but we are still the same warm and friendly people we always were.
The new term is a form of blended learning with large group learning such as lectures delivered online and small group activity such as tutorials delivered face-to-face on campus in line with social distancing guidance in place at the time.
We’ve worked hard behind the scenes on a range of changes to our buildings and operating systems to help keep you safe.
Top reasons to study here
At Abertay, we’re proud of our students and graduates, and we believe there’s no better place to study if you’re looking for a degree that helps you become an exceptional candidate in an increasingly competitive job market.
So what exactly does this big small city offer our students?
- Affordability – You’ll get the best possible uni experience that’s not on a shoestring budget
- Friends for life – The chance to make loads of memories with a tonne of people. 1 in 6 people here are students!
- An active social life – From Brewdog, to the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts), to the Olympia swimming pool, you’ve got plenty of options to unwind from your studies
- Convenience – we’re a compact city that’s well connected. Just a 10 minute drive will land you in the beautiful Scottish countryside or an hour on the train will take you to Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow
- Vitamin D – Weren’t expecting that one huh? Dundee’s the sunniest city in Scotland so you can stock up on the (cool) Scottish sunshine!
You could be spending up to 4 years with us so it’s important you have all the facts. Have a read through 99 Things to See and Do in Dundee and use it to help navigate the city. These recommendations are from the people who live here and love it – including us.
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Five Reasons to Choose Abertay
- 1. We’re a UK top ten university for student satisfactionNot to mention third in Scotland! That’s according to the National Student Survey 2020. The guide ranks universities based on the stuff that’s really important to students like course satisfaction, teaching, academic support and assessment and feedback. And in the Guardian Good University Guide for 2021, Abertay ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching, and 8th in the UK for overall student satisfaction. With a student population of only 4000, we’re very proud that our students get so much out of our friendly, personal approach.
- 2. Our degrees are ground breakingWe were the first university in the world to offer degrees in Computer Games Technology and Ethical Hacking. We are committed to keeping our learning innovative so you’re prepared for the 21st Century job market.
- 3. You’ll leave with a career – not just a degreeDid you know 95% of Abertay students are in work or further education within six months of graduating? We’re focused on the kind of industry-relevant learning that’s going to land you a job after you graduate, with many of our degrees offering built-in work placements.
- 4. Dundee is a pretty cool placeWith a population of less than 150,000, Dundee is a small city, but it’s a city that’s big on creativity! It’s home to Scotland’s first-ever design museum, the V&A Dundee, and in recent years, Dundee has become a hub for the creative industries with new games studios, art galleries and PechaKucha nights popping up all over the city. What does that mean for you as a student? It means you’ll get all the culture and excitement of a larger city, but with affordable accommodation and the friendliness of a smaller town!
- 5. You’re guaranteed a room in our student hallsAll new full-time students are guaranteed a room in Abertay’s student accommodation. Living in halls gives you the comfort of knowing you’re in a safe, well-maintained environment with the opportunity to meet lots of other new students! There are a range of rooms to suit your requirements and budget. Find out more about Abertay’s student accommodation.
Scotland is a very welcoming country, we’re genuinely happy to see newcomers and make them feel at home. Our supportive communities are made up of people from all over the world, meaning Scotland is now home to over 150 languages.
Why study your degree here? In a survey by the Scottish government, 94% of international students said Scotland was a good place to be, and 86% of Scottish students would recommend it to others. And at least 21% of students in Scottish universities are from outside the country, so we really know how to make you feel welcome.
About Scottish Degrees
Scottish undergraduate degrees include four years of study in order to give you a broader and more flexible education. In years 1 and 2 you will study some fairly broad modules, related t0 your subject area. In years 3 and 4 your study becomes completely focussed on the subject area. For example, if you take Ethical Hacking, in the first two years you will study computing, programming and software development. Then in the last 2 years, you will focus solely on Ethical Hacking. This means that even if you know exactly what you want to do, you add more to your education. All of this is designed to make your skills and in-depth knowledge more attractive to employers, giving you the best start to your career.
Scoftish Degrees are recognised globally
Scotland is a small country but it is mighty when it comes to education. We have invested in education for centuries, which means no matter where you choose to live, your Scottish degree will be recognised. Whatever kind of degree you study, and wherever you work afterwards, tt’s reassuring to know that your degree will be highly valued. And in the case of Abertay’s games degrees, your degree will be froma world-leading games school.
We will make you employable
Graduates from Scottish institutions enjoy an average starting salary of £22,000: the highest in the UK. AND more than 85 % of Scottish employers stated that they were very satisfied with the work readiness of graduates from our universities. Abertay degrees are vocational. Which means the skills and knowledge you learn are created in partnership with industry. So we know what they want and we know exactly how to teach it. Whatever you do afterwards, you will be work- ready and able to seize employment opportunities from the very start.
Whatever you’re studying, we can help you develop your skills in different aspects of degree-level work. Advice and guidance is available not just from your course tutors, but also from the Learning Development Advisors, Academic Librarians and IT Trainers.
- Being an independent learner
- Thinking critically
- Writing academically
- Carrying out research
- Giving academic presentations
Our research environment promotes cross- and inter-disciplinary partnership and collaboration with external organisations and communities. Our researchers are embedded in a culture of good research practice and innovation to achieve excellence, societal and economic impact.
Our research culture is ambitious, inclusive and supportive. Our focus is on the continuous enhancement of the quality, scope and capacity of our research activities, in particular, the development and evidence-based achievements of our research staff and students.
Our vision is to inspire today’s brightest researchers to make a major impact on global society, and to become the leaders of tomorrow in whatever field they pursue.
Our strategic research activity is focussed around themes to address key local, national and international priorities, and to build on our existing areas of expertise and our industry-facing heritage. Our state of the art facilities support exploration and innovation in focussed discipline areas and priority economic sectors.
Find more about Our Research
Career Guidance and Information Service
The Careers Service is here to support you with career decision making during your studies and after you graduate.
We provide a professional career guidance and information service for Abertay students and graduates to help them make informed career choices. We work closely with employers and academic schools to support you by developing your skills to maximise your employability.
The Careers Service can support your career planning in a number of ways, including:
- Developing your employability skills
- Identifying potential career options
- Helping you to find work experience
- Helping you to understand and demonstrate the skills needed to market yourself to employers
We do this through face to face individual support with our professional advisors and group workshops.
One great example of our careers support is through our annual Principal’s Award.
We offer a wide range of support services covering personal and academic matters, delivered by a combination of Student Services (SEZ), Information Services, the Student Association and academic schools.
We provide specialist services giving you high-quality, professional, non-judgemental, confidential counselling, information, advice and guidance on issues such as money, wellbeing, disability and careers. This includes
- the Career Development Centre
- Disabled Student Support
- Learner Development Service
- International Advice and Welfare
- Student Funding Advice
- Abertay Language Centre
- Faith and Belief
Access Routes & Guides
We have Access Routes and Guides to help visitors with additional access requirements plan their journey to and from campus, including our accommodation buildings. Check the AccessAble guide to Abertay University for more information.
Before you arrive
The University also provides the following:
- University Preparation Programme
- Abertay College Transition Programme
- Intensive English Language for Academic Purposes Programme
What can SEZ help you with?
You can bring any enquiry to SEZ. We aim to answer most enquiries there and then, but if we don’t know the answer, we will know someone who does! We can help with the following kinds of enquiries
1. Your course eg. module and tutorial information, timetables, dates and times of assessments, who to go to in your School for what type of course or study enquiry.
2. Your student record eg. address and name changes, transcripts, your student card, grades, HEAR etc.
3. Understanding academic regulations, including how to apply for mitigating circumstances including extensions and deferrals.
4. IT issues and queries eg. submitting your coursework online, your IT account, getting your personal device connected to wifi.
5. Borrowing AV equipment and booking study space
6. Making payments to the University (tuition fees, accommodation, graduation)
7.Obtaining letters and forms eg. Council Tax certificates, confirmation of student status letters for banks, landlords etc.
8. Use of services available in the library building eg. laptop lockers, booking group study rooms, borrowing books listed on your reading lists.
9. Residences including availability, reporting problems, pick up drop off keys etc
10. General information eg. private accommodation, local amenities, registering for doctors, dentists etc
11. Signposting to specialist services eg. Student Association, Careers, Disability, Counselling, Mental Health, Funding advice and International Student Support.
All our student rooms have a bed, desk, drawers and plenty of sockets. Some are en suite, depending on what you choose, and wifi is provided. We’re here to help you every step of the way.
Your room is a great place to start your university journey.
It is a space filled with potential to meet new people, the place to run a movie marathon, learn to cook or share a pizza with your flatmates. It’s your private space where you can study or kick back at the end of a long day. It’s more than your room – it’s your new home.
Check out our rooms
All rooms have a bed, desk, drawers and plenty of sockets. Some are en suite, some are single, some are bedsits – depending on what you choose. Bills like wifi, gas and electricity are included in the rent. Find out more here, or in our Student Accommodation FAQs.
Find more about different choices of Accomodations
The Bernard King Library
Located next to our teaching buildings in our city centre campus, the Bernard King Library offers a variety of flexible, modern spaces to accommodate all learning styles. A £4 million refurbishment in 2017 has provided four floors of open plan study space, making the library a popular place for independent learning – and you may find it becomes your ‘second home’ during your time with us.
What We Offer
As well as access to thousands of printed books, the library provides a significant bank of electronic resources, including eBooks, online journals and specialist databases. High quality wifi is available throughout the library. There’s also a good mix of open access PCs, together with areas to work if you want to bring your own device or borrow a laptop from one of our self-service lockers.
Our group study areas are equipped with the latest collaborative technologies, while we also offer silent reading zones when you really need to focus.
The Library Café is there when you need to take a break. It’s the perfect spot to meet friends and grab a coffee and something to eat. You can also bring your own food/drinks to heat up in the microwaves provided on the ground floor, or buy refreshments from our vending machines – especially handy if you’re working in the library late at night.
Information for current students and staff can be found by clicking here.
If you’d like to visit the library or use the printed collections, please see information on our range of external membership schemes by clicking here.
We recognise the importance of providing our students with the type of networked computing environment they can expect to work in after graduating. A programme of continual improvement ensures that both hardware and software are the latest industry standard, providing our students with one of the best common ICT platforms of any UK university
Although we have an impressive 800 student PCs, we also appreciate that students increasingly need access to networked information resources anytime and from anywhere. We provide students with secure access, both on and off-campus, to coursework, electronic teaching and learning materials, exam results, timetables and a variety of other information and services, much of which is personalised. Our wireless network is available throughout the campus enabling mobile access to resources from a wide range of personal devices.
University staff are continually developing innovative ways of using technology to support teaching and learning through our virtual learning environment, including e-portfolios, podcasts, streaming media and online discussion groups and quizzes. In our physical classrooms and laboratories, a number of classrooms now offer interactive technology to improve the overall learning experience for students and staff.
Janet Roaming Service (eduroam)
The JANET Roaming Service (JRS, also known as eduroam) is a free wireless Internet service that allows users from any participating institution (mostly in UK higher education) to log on at any other participating institution using their home credentials such as username and password.
Eduroam separates the network connection from authentication. You gain access through the wireless network where you are, but must be authorised by your home institution. The local network equipment passes your username and password through to your home institution which can choose to accept or reject them.
JRS guest network services will offer the following access to services:
- E-mail (IMAP, IMAPS, POP, POP3S, SMTPs)
- Web (HTTP,HTTPS)
- VPN (IPSEC, CISCO, PPTP, OpenVPN)
- Remote Desktop (RDP, VNC, CITRIX)
- Directory Services (LDAP, LDAPs)
- Secure Shell (SSH)
- File transfer (FTP)
Abertay Campus The University is conveniently located on a city centre campus, with all of its buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other. Shops, recreational facilities and the main bus and train stations are a short walk away. The main buildings- Old College, Kydd Building, Student Centre and Hannah Maclure Centre are in the Bell Street complex, grouped around the University’s award-winning library. There’s always a busy atmosphere around the Abertay campus, as students come and go to lectures, meet with staff, study for exams, and attend tutorials and seminars.
Eat, Drink, Shop
Our Campus shop and cafes are designed to give you places to recharge, eat, drink and socialise. Whether it’s the Library cafe, Aroma, or Campus Shop you can pop in between classes and find what you need.
Find more about Our Campus
Places to visit
When you’re not studying, you will have PLENTY to see and do.
- Visit Edinburgh and Glasgow, which are only 1.5-2 hours away by car or train.
- Loch Ness maybe you will see the legendary creature! There are A LOT of castles like Edinburgh, Stirling, Balmoral, Glamis, Dunnottar. Dundee has 6 to help get you started.
- Scotland is full of historical sites. For example Orkney has 5000 year old houses and tombs as well as medieval churches and renaissance palaces.
- You can also discover stone-carving Picts, warring clans, invading Vikings, enlightened philosophers, amazing poets and one Bonnie Prince.
- Not forgetting that the film ‘Braveheart’ and ‘Outlander (the TV series) were filmed on location all over Scotland.
We had a hard timne keeping the list short so check out more on Visit Scotland.
No matter if you want to play at a competitive level or look for social and fun activity to take part in after lectures, we have activities for you.
Sport and physical activity at Abertay University is as much a part of university life as attending lectures and tutorials. Although a small university, Abertay offers a wide range of clubs from the traditional sports such as rugby and football to the more diverse sports such as triathlon and dance.
University is a place where you will meet some of your best friends for life. It is also a place to take up new interests that you perhaps didn’t have access to back home.
Our sports clubs have activities throughout the year, including BUCS (British Universities and College Sports) competitions against other universities.
See our Sports Clubs page to find out more.
We have over 30 societies at Abertay. From football to dance, space agency to sci-fi fantasy, Abertay’s societies have your interests covered! They’re a great way to meet people who share the same passions as you. Membership is usually cheap (some only cost £1 to join!)
If you can’t find a society that matches your interests, why not start your own? Abertay’s Student Association will help you create it.
See Societies to learn more.
- State-of-the-art facilities hailed as Abertay ranks best in Europe for videogames education
- Did you know 95% of Abertay students are in work or further education within six months of graduating? We’re focused on the kind of industry-relevant learning that’s going to land you a job after you graduate, with many of our degrees offering built-in work placements.
- the Guardian Good University Guide for 2021, Abertay ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching, and 8th in the UK for overall student satisfaction. With a student population of only 4000, we’re very proud that our students get so much out of our friendly, personal approach.
- a UK top ten university for student satisfaction Not to mention third in Scotland! That’s according to the National Student Survey 2020. The guide ranks universities based on the stuff that’s really important to students like course satisfaction, teaching, academic support and assessment and feedback.
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