The Abertay University was founded as the Dundee Institute of Technology in 1988. It was granted university status in 1994 under the Further and Higher Education Act, 1992. The university is noted for its computing and creative technology courses, particularly in Computer Games Technology and it is here the makers of Grand Theft Auto started out.  


  • is situated at the heart of Dundee, Scotland
  • has all the combined advantages of a close-knit campus and the buzz
    of city centre life
  • is a few minutes’ walk from the bus and train stations
  • offers world-leading courses in Computer Arts and Computer Games Technology
  • is ranked as the best university in Scotland for its environmental science research with leading-edge initiatives such as the SIMBIOS unit exploring soil bioinformatics; the Abertay Centre for the Environment promoting ‘green’ business practices, and the Urban Water Technology Centre developing innovative new drainage and pollution-control technology
  • has over 5000 students – with more than 60 nationalities
  • has a state-of-the-art library, fully networked for the digital age
  • has over 600 personal computers available for student use – one of the highest proportions in the UK

City of Dundee

Dundee is Scotland’s fourth-largest city and it lies within the eastern central Lowlands on the north bank of the Firth of Tay, which feeds into the North Sea.

Dundee has two universities — the University of Dundee and the Abertay University with a student population of approximately 20,000. It is considered to be one of the top ten most affordable cities for students.

In 2014 Dundee was recognised by the United Nations as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design for its diverse contributions to fields including medical research, comics and video games.  

Dundee has made some amazing contributions to video games, medical research and comic books over the years. Dundee now accounts for 10% of the United Kingdom’s digital-entertainment industry.

GQ magazine even named Dundee as ‘the UK’s coolest little city’!