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Computer Games Technology
MSc/PGDip

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Degree Classification

MSc/PGDip

UCAS Code

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Why Study Computer Games Technology?

Studying this leading computer games master’s is a major step towards a rewarding career in one of the most exciting creative industries. Abertay graduates have gone on to work for leading computer games companies including Realtime Worlds, Sony, EA and Rockstar North.

It’s an ideal route if you wish to expand and focus your existing programming skills for the development of computer games. Designed and maintained in close association with games companies, it’ll provide you with access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities.

During your studies, you’ll benefit from being part of a community of likeminded individuals within our School of Design and Informatics.

With strong industry links and the opportunity to work on real team projects, you’ll benefit from developing the skills and expertise essential to computer games companies, as well as building your own network of contacts in this exciting industry.

And, of course, you’ll be located in the city of Dundee – identified as a key hub of games-making activity in the UK.

Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (minimum of 2:2) or equivalent in computing.

Overseas Applicants

A minimum proficiency level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is required.

Other certificates and evidence of English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 can be accepted, details of acceptable qualifications can be found here.

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our Intensive English for Academic Purposes programme.

How to Apply

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Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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English Language Requirements

Explore English language requirements for entry to Abertay University.

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English Language Courses

Discover the range of English language courses on offer at Abertay University.

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Visa Information

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How the Course Works

The programme is designed around five themes:

Games Production and Design: Uses the games development template as the basis for games design, development and production. This theme is strongly grounded in the market reality of games publishing.

Games Programming: Develops the core programming competence of students using DirectX and console hardware programming.

Professional Knowledge: Provides the underpinning mathematical and games industry knowledge required to be a professional in the computer games field.

Programming Specialism: Provides an opportunity to develop and evaluate the techniques used to implement network computer games and the AI techniques used in games.

Research: Provides an opportunity to explore a personal research topic related to computer games technology.

You’ll leave us with the confidence and skills to work in one of the most demanding industries in the world, and at a distinct advantage over other computing graduates intending a career in the games industry.

Scholarships

The scholarship below is open to all international students and those applying from England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a 2.1 or above for a postgraduate course. It's paid in two installments, in December and March. 

Rest of UK Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £2,000 award is open to all prospective new postgraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£5,500

Fees stated are for the entire course.

Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information visit the SAAS website 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£7,500

Fees stated are for the entire course.

*There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 120 credits.

International Students

£14,250

Fees stated are for the entire course.

*There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 120 credits.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of sectors including computer games development, graphics and visualisation, multimedia and education.

Typical job titles include games programmer, graphics programmer, and AI programmer. Opportunities also exist for graduates to become self-employed, freelance contractors or to start their own games development business.

Graduate School

Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay – from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.

Learn more about our Graduate School.

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When Joining as a Postgraduate Student, You Will

When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative likeminded scholars and will automatically be provided with access to our dedicated study and social spaces – a forum in which you can meet, work and learn with other researchers and postgraduates from across the University.

You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities, as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

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Making the Most of Masters

The Making the Most of Masters project provides opportunities for master’s students to undertake work based projects, allowing you to enhance your employability at the same time as studying for your master’s degree.

Working with external organisations and employers, the projects are an integral part of your academic programme, and address real needs within an organisation meaning you’ll have the opportunity to add valuable experience to your CV.

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Explore our Dundee Campus

Abertay is conveniently located on a city centre campus, with all of its buildings within a quarter of a mile of each other. Shops, recreational facilities and the main bus and train stations are a short walk away.

Our Campus

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Why 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.

Why Abertay

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Living in Dundee

Dundee is a city of contrasts. It's vibrant and cosmopolitan, but also friendly, compact and affordable. The first UK city to be awarded UNESCO City of Design status, Dundee has a rich history of innovation and creativity, and, in recent years, has become a hub for the digital industries.

Living in Dundee & Scotland

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