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Computer Games Technology

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Degree type: MSc
UCAS Code: Apply directly to the University
Duration: Full-time: 12 months; Part-time: 24 months

 


 

Intro

 We are sorry to advise you that this course is no longer available.  Please view our postgraduate course list.

What you study

Students will study game design and development, programming games for the PC, console game development and artificial intelligence for games. Students will also critically evaluate elements of the games industry. The course emphasises the creation of a set of significant portfolio software pieces to show future employers.

How you learn and are assessed
Most of the teaching is focused around lectures followed by laboratory sessions in a dedicated lab or by tutorial sessions. The game design and development course is taught in small tutorial groups using a problem-based learning approach.  You will spend about 12 hours attending classes per week. This must be supported by at least 30 hours a week of private study.

Entry routes

Applicants should have a minimum of a lower Second class Honours degree in Computer Science or equivalent, and have a good background in mathematics.

Overseas/EU
All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

Course content

Module Code
Module Title
Core/Option
Semester
Credits
 
AG1181A
Masters Project
Core
Semester 1 or 2
60
 


Module Code
Module Title
Core/Option
Semester
Credits
 
CE1184A
Artificial Intelligence for Games
Core
Semester 1
15
AG1161A
Game Design and Development
Core
Semester 2
30
AG1102A
Game Programming for the PC and XBox
Core
Semester 2
15
CE1151A
Mathematics for Computer Games
Core
Semester 1
15
AG1107A
Network Game Development
Core
Semester 2
15
AG1101A
Programming Games
Core
Semester 1
15
AG1160A
The Games Marketplace
Core
Semester 1
15
 


Information on course structures and modules is drawn from 2013/4 data and may be subject to change without prior notification. Students who are registering with us will be provided with the up to date information on their course structure in order to allow them to register on the appropriate modules

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Your future
Job opportunities exist in the following sectors - computer games development, graphics and visualisation, virtual reality/simulation, multimedia and education.  Typical job titles include Games Programmer, Graphics Programmer, AI Specialist Programmer and Console Programmer.

Students will be prepared for employment by working in multi-disciplinary groups through project work.

Professional accreditation
The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as meeting the educational requirement for CITP Further Learning and partially meeting the educational requirement for CEng/CSci registration and Skillset accreditation has also been awarded.

Specialist facilities
All students have access to specially equipped software engineering and Computer Games Technology laboratories complete digital colour printing facilities. Some of our Computer Games Technology students work part-time for the International Centre for Computing & Virtual Entertainment (IC-CAVE). IC-CAVE ensures the quality and relevance of our degree programmes and attracts Visiting Fellows in games, audio, arts, multimedia and virtual reality from around the world. IC-CAVE also acts as the UK branch of VSMMJ - the Virtual Systems and Multimedia Society of Japan.

IC-CAVE also arranges master classes for games companies. These provide the opportunity for our final year students to meet prospective employers as well as providing cutting edge ideas for research and final year projects.

More information
MSc Computer Games Technology

Fees & Scholarships

Fee Category September 2014 Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

To be confirmed.
Eligible students can apply to the
Postgraduate Student Awards
Scheme (PSAS) for a tuition fee
loan.

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish
students

£7,000

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

To be confirmed

Overseas Scholarships

Fee quoted is the total cost providing that the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started.  Fees may be subject to increase.


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