Professional Masters in Games Development

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1 year (full-time)

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Why Study a Professional Masters in Games Development?

The Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at Abertay offers this unique, world-renowned programme. It’ll give you a skillset that encompasses far more than basic technical excellence. The result offers an unparalleled opportunity for subsequent employment in leading creative and technological industries - specifically within the fields of coding, digital art, game design and audio - as demanded by the multi-billion pound games industry.

Get set to develop core skills through applied project work, supported by experienced games industry practitioners. Enhance your skills in interdisciplinary communication and collaboration through teamwork with students and staff from other areas of games development.

You’ll apply developing technologies and practices, specific to your own discipline, across projects that demonstrate your work to leading industry figures. In addition, you'll be encouraged to nurture relationships with fellow developers, industry professionals and companies through your demonstrable skill in the creation of games, mentorships and published research.


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Entry Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of upper second class (2:1) honours degree in Art, Code, Design, Game Production or Audio. We will also consider applicants with a lower second class (2:2) in these subjects, if there is sufficient evidence of ability demonstrated in the Portfolio of Evidence supporting their application.

All applicants must submit a personal statement that includes a Portfolio of Evidence (PoE) for review as part of their application.

The purpose of the Portfolio of Evidence is to allow the Programme Team to determine whether there is satisfactory evidence of ability - or potential ability - within at least one key computer games development role. These key roles* are Programming, Game Design, Art and Animation (preferably digital), Software, Project or Team Management, Digital Audio and Sound Design.

Content provided must be digital, preferably directing the Programme Team to external websites, galleries, testimonials or other bodies of work that can be viewed remotely - rather than any physical submission.

Of particular interest are references to:

An academic or similar qualification in a game related area

Professional Industry experience

Professional Accreditation

Self-directed work in a game related discipline

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* Please note that experience in Quality Assurance (QA) or Marketing are not considered as key roles within this context, as there would be no appropriate opportunity to focus upon them in the programme.


All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English language. The University's minimum requirements are listed here

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

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How the Course Works

Produce Innovative Games Solutions

As a postgraduate student, you’ll work with other highly-talented individuals within games development teams towards the production of innovative computer games solutions.

Working closely with a team of full-time staff who are highly-experienced in both the games industry and academic teaching, and under the guidance and mentorship of computer games industry representatives, you’ll develop professional skills and knowledge relevant to key roles within the industry and beyond.

During the course of your studies, you’ll ultimately be expected to demonstrate applied excellence in your specialist area, as well as professionalism, flexibility, the ability to adapt in team working situations, and creativity and innovation towards product development.

Learning and Assessment

The goal of the MProf in Games Development is to turn you into a professional developer by placing you into a development team, with industry-relevant project goals and deliverables. Your team will enjoy a high level of independence in how it meets the game design briefs and how it approaches the development process.

Supervision, mentorship and academic support look to emphasise the consequences of your decisions and processes, allowing you to experience an organic and logical development and evolution of best practices.

In addition, you’ll develop your awareness in areas of potential innovation and research, and will be encouraged to publish your work.

The remaining core elements of the course seek to separate the myths from the realities of working in the games industry, and expand your awareness of design considerations with regards to the comparative importance and impact of narrative and gameplay theories.


The MProf Games Development is accredited by Skillset, the national sector skills council for creative media, as part of the Skillset Media Academy Network.


Your Learning Space

We’ve developed a unique concept of learning environment and creative incubator, encompassing ways of teaching that focus on building general skills alongside the subject-specific knowledge to support your career and life objectives.

It’s designed to give you the edge in the global knowledge economy when you graduate.

This White Space environment is a thriving hub of activity, mixing the talents of undergraduates, postgraduates, lecturers, business people, artists and broadcasters, surrounding you with the buzz of a real working environment, allowing you to share real-world knowledge and experience.

Assessment methods throughout the core modules focus on formative (constant) assessment through regular meetings and discussion sessions, rather than exams. This is to allow you to improve in confidence, communication skills and core discipline skills as you progress, allowing you to try new working practices and approaches as and when they may be required.

An emphasis is placed on effective participation as a team player, and in correctly identifying and prioritising a project’s key requirements and challenges.

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A postgraduate qualification can prepare you for a more senior position and a considerably higher starting salary.

Information and advice is key to making sure you make the right decision for you. Thankfully, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about stepping into the world of postgraduate study.

Download our prospectus and find out the fantastic options available to you.


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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you depends on factors such as your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. Visit the links below and scroll down to find the Postgraduate section.

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Find out about grants, bursaries, maintenance loans and living costs in our postgraduate taught fees and funding section.


 The scholarships below are open to international students and those applying from England, Wales and Northern Ireland with a 2.1 or above for a postgraduate course. 

Abertay Postgraduate Taught rUK Scholarship

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

International Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £3,000 award is open to all prospective new international (non-EU) postgraduate students at Abertay University.


This programme prepares you for a career as a creative professional, typically within the games industry but not confined to it. The exact role will be determined by your own area of study and aspirations – such as Programmer, Artist or Producer.

The team-focussed multidisciplinary approach further ensures that successful graduates will have developed and displayed a very high degree of collaborative ability, a particularly valuable attribute that future projects and employment will certainly require.

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Former graduates of the MProf course have had outstanding success both in gaining employment within the industry and in pursuing their own game development plans. Graduates from the course can now be found working at studios across the UK with companies such as Sony, Traveller’s Tales, Codemasters and Blitz, as well as further afield in mainland Europe, America, China and India. Many graduates pursue their own projects for the rapidly-developing Indie market.

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Get inspired

Meet some of our Computer Games graduates and find out what they've gone on to do.

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Claude Dareau

Since graduating Claude works on VR projects for Oscar-winning visual effects studio Framestore

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Isabella Wang

Isabella's Abertay degree gave her a significant edge in the job market in China. She's now a Chief Designer in Beijing.

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Kieran Nee

The Movies, Fable II, Fable III - Kieran worked on all three games and is now Lead Client Engineer on the upcoming game ‘Gears Pop!’

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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.


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When Joining as a Postgraduate, 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 you 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.

Find out more about Making the Most of Masters‌

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