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Abertay University

About Abertay University

Abertay University is in the city of Dundee, Scotland,and one of two public universities in Dundee.

The university has over 4.000 students , including many international students and a team of distinguished and qualified professors,. 

Abertay began the first computer game graduation in the world in 1997. And it was also the first one to offer an Ethical Hacking Degree.

Abertay University has been UK's first university to offer a degree in computer arts, and the first to offer bioinformatics and biotechnology in Scotland. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, nearly two-thirds of Abertay's research in psychology and more than half sports scientific research is classified as 'internationally excellent' or 'leading world.'

It offers students a wide range of career services. Roughly 95 percent of graduates are employed or enrolled in further studies within six months of their final degree.

In five consecutive years from 2015 to 2019 Abertay was the number one graduate videogames training in Europe with the Princeton Review.

Abertay was the first university in UK Britain to be recognized as a center for excellence in computer gaming education and has a business support program for start-ups.

  • Abertay University is located in the center of Dundee, close to each other in its building.
  • A short walk away are all important amenities, such as shopping, entertainment venues, bus and train stations.

Facilities in Campus

  • Applied games
  • Food laboratories
  • Consumer testing
  • The HIVE
  • Eye Tracker
  • CT scanner
  • Meeting rooms and conference facilities
  • Event management
  • Video conferencing

Location Specialities 

  • Abertay Campus University is situated in the historic center of the town of Dundee, Scotland's fourth-largest city.
  • Dundee, the Scotlands sunniest city is on the banks of the Tay River.
  • Dundee is considered the safest city to live in Scotland by Sunday and the only city that has been in the top ten two times..
  • The first city in UK to be awarded the design status of UNESCO 
  • City is Dundee, and one in five of the population is a student.
  • Edinburgh is only about one hour by train or coach, and London is about six hours by train. It's easy to get around Dundee with 67 square kilometers of urban space and a population of only 150,000.


The University of Abertay has five residences for self catering. The size of the apartment ranges from single beds to apartments for multiple occupancies, all of them within walking distance to or from the University. The apartments are equipped with a fully equipped self-catering kitchen. There is also 24-hour security on campus.


  • 98th in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 87th in the Guardian University Guide 2020

Teaching Quality

  • Abertay University is one of five Scottish institutions to be ranked in the important new Framework for Teaching Excellence.
  • Assessors awarded Abertay a Silver rating, stating that after enrolment, a "very high" proportion of students continue with their studies and progress to jobs or further study.

Academic Divisions

  • School of Design and Informatics
  • School of Design and Informatics
  • School of Business, Law and Social Sciences
  • Graduate School

Study Options

  • Business, 
  • Engineering, 
  • Computer science, 
  • Computer games, 
  • Law, 
  • Nursing, 
  • Pharmacy, 
  • Sports, 
  • Economics, 
  • Finance, and 
  • behavioral sciences.

Why Abertay University, Dundee

  • Dundee is a creative hub and has more games developers per head of population than anywhere in Europe.
  • Abertay has one of the largest Sony PlayStation teaching labs in UK, outside Sony itself.
  • Many students have gone on to work for the very biggest names in the games industry - including Rockstar Games, 4J Studios, Ubisoft, Rocksteady and Naughty Dog.
  • Games students are taught by people who have worked on some of the biggest and most successful games in history.
  • 95% of Abertay graduates are in work or further education six months after graduating (HESA, July 2018).
  • Abertay University offers the best value degrees in the UK in terms of tuition fees, accommodation, travel and living expenses. Topping the table in terms of affordability 
  • Moreover, Grand Theft Auto , the famous Computer game was created by an Abertay student and the game originated in Dundee.

How to Reach? Or Travel

The campus of Abertay University is located in the center of town, within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and transportation hubs (rail, bus, air) to other locations.

The university is by road or rail, just over an hour from Edinburgh and Aberdeen, and 90 minutes from Glasgow. Newcastle, York and London are all on and within easy reach of the East Coast rail line.

Dundee Airport has daily direct flights to Stansted, London.

Scholarships/ Financial Aid

  • Abertay University offers as many as 28 different scholarships. The scholarships are applicable at UG as well as PG level.
  • Similarly, plenty of scholarships are available as financial support for international students looking to study in the UK
  • UG scholarships offer a sum of 2500 GBP annually. Postgraduate Scholarships offer an award of 3000 GBP.
  • Some of them are –
    • Abertay international scholarship: This scholarship is for prospective international graduates who will begin their degree in September 2020. This award is about GBP 12,000. (GBP 3,000 per annum for four years)
    • International Postgraduate Abertay Scholarship: This scholarship is for prospective international students enrolled for a taught postgraduate course. This award is about GBP 3,000.

Famous Aluminis

  • Shehzad Afzal, Game designer
  • Vikki Bunce, Scottish hockey player
  • Victoria Drummond MBE, first female Merchant Navy engineer in Britain
  • Stewart Hosie, Scottish National Party MP
  • David Jones, DMA Design founder – now Rockstar North - creator of GTA and Lemmings franchises
  • Dr John N. Sutherland, former Professor of Virtual Reality, Gifu University, Japan.
  • Sir Brian Souter, Stagecoach founder
  • Liam Wong, graphic designer, game developer and photographer

English Language Requirements:


  • UG – 6.0 or equivalent, with no modules less than 5.5.
  • PG – 6.0or equivalent, with no modules less than 5.5.


  • UG – 78overall with a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.
  • PG – 78overall with a minimum of 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.


  • UG – 54overall with a minimum of 51 in all components.
  • PG – 54overall with a minimum of 51 in all components.

The Requirements may Defer for some Programs.

For more Details on the Requirements, Click HERE.

Abertay University Highlights

Foundation Year 1994
Type of University Public
Location Urban
Percentage of Undergraduates 89%
Graduate Prospects 94%
Acceptance Rate 29.04%
Mode of Application Online
Type of Courses Full time/Part-time

Abertay University Average Tuition Fees And Other Expenses

International applicants are always encouraged to have an estimate of the expenses required to study in a foreign land before enrolling at any institute abroad. A basic estimate of the expenses comprising cost of living in the UK is as compiled below.

Tuition fee*

Course Fee for International students (in pounds)
Undergraduate programmes 15,500 / 14,000**
Postgraduate taught degrees 16,000
PhD/ MPhil/ MbR in Food, Environment, Sport, Science, Engineering 14,750
PhD/ MPhil/ MbR in Ethical Hacking, Computing, Nursing, Computer Games, Computer Arts 13,750
PhD/ MPhil/ MbR in Economics, Accountancy, Counselling, Marketing, Management, Sociology, Psychology, Business 12,750
Pre-sessional English programme (5 weeks) 1100
Pre-sessional English programme (9 weeks) 2200

*One must note that the tuition fees are different for Scottish and EU students and students from England, North Ireland and Wales.

**Note that the tuition fee may vary for different courses.

Other expenses

Entity Estimated cost (in pounds)
Accommodation 300 – 400 per month
Electricity and gas 30 – 50 per month
Telephone bills 15 – 20 per month
Travel (student railcard) 30 per year
TV licence 147 per year

Abertay University Application Process

Basic Admission Requirements

  1. Offer letter
  2. Referees
  3. Personal statement
  4. Minimum 65% in boards or equivalent A-levels or IB
  5. Specific requirements of countries. 
  6. Visa
  7. Proof of proficiency in the English Language: The minimum score required for application with the university are as follows:
English Proficiency Test Minimum Score
Pearsons(PTE Academic) 54
International Bacc English B at S5 or H5( if pursuing English A then the result is not needed)
Cambridge B2 First Cambridge Grading Scale-169
Cambridge C1 Advanced Cambridge Grading Scale-169
Cambridge C2 Proficiency

Know more about Studying in UK

Tuition Fees in UK (1st Year Average) MS: £17276 | MBA: £17276 | BE/Btech: £16632 | BBA: £15130 | BSc: £16632 | MFin: £19000 | MA: £15560 | MIM: £18241 | MEM: £16950 | MArch: £14271 | BHM: £12662 | MIS: £15344 | MEng: £12876 | MBBS: £28865| MPharm: £15452
Average Accomodation & Food Costs in UK £850 to £1,050 a month
Entrance Exams in UK TOEFL: 88 | IELTS: 6.5 | PTE: 59 | GMAT: 590
Work and Study in UK Permitted for 20 hours/week with a valid study permit.
Post Study Work Permit in UK 2 Year after graduation depending on the course.
Cost of Student Visa in UK £348
Student Visa in UK Your nationality, duration of your stay and purpose of your stay are the three essential factors for UK visa. For Non-EU students UK visa is mandatory.
Intakes in UK There are mainly two intakes in UK: January/February & September/October.
Top Job Sectors in UK IT Engineering, Product Design, Mobile Development, Designers, Logistics, etc.
Economy in UK Growth Rate: 1.3% (2018) 1.4% (2019) 1.4% (2020e), 6th Largest Economy in the World by Nominal

Abertay University Average Tuition Fee Per Year


£ 14,361


£ 16,425

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

£ 4,860

Campus accommodation

£ 3,860

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.