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Abertay University

Abertay University is located in Dundee, this is one of two public universities within the City. Abertay University was initially establishied as the Dundee Institute of technology back in 1888, however it gained university status in 1994, and in 2014 changed its name from the University of Abertay Dundee, to Abertay University. As a smaller university, Abertay has less than 5,000 students.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Abertay University.

  • Rankings

    At institutional level, Abertay University ranked inside the top 25 of the 121 universities listed, on the two key measures of satisfaction with teaching and course satisfaction.

  • Employability

    The Principal's Award is a short employability programme for our undergraduate and postgraduate students that recognises, supports and rewards work-related skills and achievements. This programme helps our students gain the skills they need to stand out in the jobs market.

  • Fees

    For Scottish and EU undergraduates, the fees for the 2023/24 academic year are £1,820. For those in Wales, Northern Ireland and England the fees are £9250, while for international students the fees range from £15,000 to £15,500.

  • Bursaries

    There is a wide range of scholarships and bursaries to support students from all different kinds of backgrounds. They are available here.


Abertay University guarantees a room to all first year students, while they take preferences into account, it cannot be guaranteed that the room offered will be your first choice. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis, and students are encouraged to apply as soon as they can. After first year, many students choose to move to private accommodation and use accommodation for students to start their search.

Students' Union

The Abertay Students' Association is at the heart of student life, the student’s Association building can be found across from the university’s main lecture theatre and is home to the many societies that the university offers. Find out more here.

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Famous for

Abertay University was the world’s first university to offer a degree in computer gaming in 1997, and has since been the first university to offer a degree in ethical hacking in 2006.  Each year the ethical hacking society at the university, hosts the biggest student-run security conference within Europe, the secure-Tay conference.


Abertay University has awarded an honorary degree to Scottish social commentator and hip-hop artist Darren McGarvey at its winter graduation ceremony held at the end of November. Darren McGarvey, also known by his stage name “Loki”, joined over 400 graduands for the ceremony at Caird Hall in Dundee on Friday 24 November 2023.

AFS says

"Dundee, the capital of Tayside Region is one of the four major cities of Scotland. It was first granted city status 800 years ago. With a population of 150,000. Dundee is large enough to support all of the activities of a major city but small enough not to be overwhelming or impersonal for those coming to live or study here."

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