Why Abertay?

Why Abertay?

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 stand out as an exceptional candidate in an increasingly competitive job market.

Here are a few more reasons why Abertay is a great place to study ...

Abertay is small and friendly

  • Small class sizes so you’re on first name terms with your lecturers
  • Grabbing a coffee with them to chat through feedback
  • Bumping into friends in between classes
  • Getting a high five from the painter in the corridor (it has been done before!)
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Abertay gets you work-ready for the modern world

  • Getting your CV in shape whilst studying through a series of work placements
  • Learning first hand from local and international companies
  • Getting the hang of your future job in our industry standard facilities
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Abertay is university life in a big small city

  • Thriving professional industries with a student-filled social scene
  • Big enough for all-night bakeries, small enough to get around on foot
  • Living student life to its fullest whilst not breaking the bank

Don’t just take our word for it. Our students, staff, alumni and industry placement partners all have pretty complimentary things to say about us. They agree that when it comes to your future, you should say no to same and do different at Abertay.

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Say No to Same

Abertay isn't your average university. Home to some of Scotland's leading degree courses in a range of subjects from Ethical Hacking to Computer Arts via Sport Science and Forensics. 


Did you know that Dundee has made some amazing contributions to video games, medical research and comic books over the years? It’s why we’ve been given the title of the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. A big deal right? We think so, but it doesn’t stop there. With a £1bn waterfront regeneration project taking place on the River Tay, loads of new restaurants and bars opening up, and our vibrant digital, life science and creative industries full steam ahead, it’s no wonder we’re feeling pretty smug. GQ magazine even named us ‘the UK’s coolest little city’!

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.