Computer Games Technology | Abertay University

Computer Games Technology
BSc (Hons)

Press start on a world-leading Computer Games Technology degree. Go under the bonnet to explore the engines that make computer games whirr.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BSc (Hons)



Why Study Computer Games Technology?

Press start on a world-leading Computer Games Technology degree and go under the bonnet to study and develop the engines that make computer games whirr – skilfully delivered by experts who’ve worked on blockbuster titles including Grand Theft Auto (GTA), Angry Birds and Crackdown.

Study at Europe’s top university for computer games and learn all the skills you need to become a programmer in one of the most demanding and rewarding industries in the world.

From games programming, graphics and artificial intelligence to games hardware and procedural generation, this challenging degree equips you with the confidence and skills you need to pursue a career in the multi-billion pound games industry.

But that's not all. 

To make sure you’re learning at the cutting-edge, the programme is kept up-to-date as the games industry changes and technology advances, ensuring you’re work-ready and familiar with whatever challenges the sector throws up.

In addition, you'll be learning in Dundee, the hub of Scotland's booming games industry, which is home to one-third of the country's gaming companies.

Your Journey Starts Here

The UK computer games market is worth over £4bn ... and it's constantly evolving and growing. Fancy getting involved? This programme provides you with the skills required to gain a foothold in an exciting and cutting-edge industry. 

Entry Requirements

Please note: All applicants must have Higher Maths at B or equivalent.

Please visit our Entry from College pages for suitable College courses.

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher AABB Maths (B minimum)
A-Level BBC Maths
Irish Highers H2H2H3H3 Maths
International Baccalaureate 30 Points Maths at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma DDM Creative Media Production, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, IT accepted with AS Level Maths at B
Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Advanced Higher AAB Maths and Computing
A-Level AAB Maths and Computing
BTEC Extended Diploma D*D*D* Creative Media Production (Games Development) to include A Level Maths at B
HNC/HND - Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

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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Not sure if you're eligible for entry?

If you have the potential and motivation to study at university, regardless of your background or personal circumstances, we welcome your application.

We understand some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university, which is why we consider the background in which your academic grades have been achieved when making an offer.

If you expect to receive passes in three Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have either ...

  • been in care
  • participated in a targeted aspiration-raising programme such as LIFT OFF, LEAPS, FOCUS West, or Aspire North
  • no family background of going to university
  • attended a school or lived in an area where not many people go to university

... we encourage you to submit an application.

Key Modules (2017/18)

Programming with C++ (CMP104)

Students will develop an understanding of software development, by learning to design and implement

Computer Hardware Architecture and Operating Systems (CMP101)

This module introduces the core ideas of computer architecture for students studying the subject of

Applied Mathematics 1 (MAT101)

This module covers the basic concepts of applied mathematics relevant to the Computer Games Technolo

Software Design (CMP102)

This module complements the programming modules that students take at Level 7 by introducing ? in a

Data Structures and Algorithms 1 (CMP201)

Building on students' knowledge of programming facilities taught in Level 7 programming modules (e.g

Applied Mathematics 2 (MAT201)

This module expands on the concepts of Applied Mathematics 1, on applied mathematics relevant to the

Graphics Programming (CMP203)

This module provides an introduction to the principles of 3D graphics programming. Students will dev

Data Structures and Algorithms 2 (CMP202)

This module builds on Data Structures and Algorithms 1 by introducing students to some of the practi

Game Programming and System Architectures (CMP208)

This module builds on Graphics Programming, Data Structures and Algorithms 1 and Computer Architectu

Professional Project: Planning and Prototyping (DES301)

For this module, students will be required to work together on an interactive media project as part

Graphics Programming with Shaders (CMP301)

This module develops a critical understanding of the computer graphics programmable pipeline and var

Network Systems for Game Development (CMP303)

This module develops a critical understanding of the principles of computer networks as they are app

Professional Project: Development and Delivery (DES302)

Working within a multidisciplinary team, students will develop an interactive media prototype based

Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (MAT301)

This module builds on the ideas of MAT201 to comprise a more advanced study of mathematical methods

Procedural Methods (CMP305)

This module develops an understanding of various techniques used to generate procedural content in g

Honours Project Scoping and Proposal (CMP401)

This module provides the student with the opportunity to propose and plan a major, in-depth individu

Applied Game Technologies (CMP404)

Through a series of lectures and practical sessions, students will be exposed to emerging technology

Honours Project Execution (CMP402)

This module provides the student with the opportunity to undertake the practical and development wor

Honours Project Dissertation (2) (CMP403)

This module provides the student with the opportunity to present as a dissertation a major, in-depth

Applied Mathematics 4 (MAT401)

This module introduces advanced concepts of applied mathematics relevant to the Computer Games Techn

How the Course Works

Learning and Assessment

You’ll spend around 12-15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. Lectures are used to present key concepts, theories and techniques.

Tutorials and laboratory-based activities increase your understanding of the subject, allowing you to put the taught theory into practice, and develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work.

During the course, you’ll be required to actively participate in group work, discussions, seminars, and private study.

There’s a mixed assessment strategy used on the course. Most modules are assessed through coursework, which may include project work and student-led presentations. Some modules use a mixture of coursework and formal examination.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BSc (Honours) Computer Games Technology

About Your Modules

The module information shown here describes the modules our students are taking this year. The modules do change over time to keep our programmes up-to-date and relevant. This means the exact modules you take could be different. If you receive an offer to study with us, you will receive a Programme Information document that sets out exactly which modules you can expect to take as part of your Abertay degree programme.

Please note: As well as Key Modules outlined above, you may also be required to choose Elective Modules.


Dare Academy

Every year, we run the prestigious Dare Academy project, where teams of students are given a unique month-long summer hot-housing experience with games industry mentors to build and polish an industry-standard game.

We then showcase the games at EGX, the UK's biggest games event, and the top three teams are flown out to visit international games partners and to be profiled.

This is a unique offer for Abertay games students and it ensures you stand out from the crowd.

If you’re applying from overseas or from outside Scotland, we have scholarships available to make your studies more affordable.

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We're the number one university throughout Europe for computer games


We launched the world's first computer games degree over 20 years ago


Industry accreditation from Creative Skillset - the quality mark for excellence


Rest of UK Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

International Abertay Scholarship - £2,300 per year for four years

This scholarship is intended to support students from international countries (outside of the EU) to study at Abertay. Scholarship is paid directly into your bank account in two instalments each year to support you with living and travel costs. No application necessary.

In addition, we offer a range of corporate/philanthropic scholarships shown below, which are available to all students to support your studies with us. 

The Lothian Family

A £5,000 award for undergraduate students with financial or social difficulties which may prevent them from studying at Abertay.

The Robert Reid Bursary

Two £500 awards for students who have overcome challenges to attend university.

Ninja Kiwi

The Ninja Kiwi Scholarship is a one-year scholarship of £1,500 and is open to students who are entering Year 4 of Games courses.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 

International Students


Fees shown are payable annually and may be subject to increase each year.

Please see our Undergraduate Fees and Funding page for further details. 


Computer Games Technology graduates possess a mathematics/games-orientated programming degree, which is highly sought after by the computer games industry.

The degree was created in response to the acute shortage of game programmers within the industry, and has been designed through consultation with the sector.

We work very closely with leading game developers, such as 4J Studios, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Microsoft, and Ruffian Games, making graduates from the course highly employable within the industry.

Graduates have found employment as games, graphics and network programmers creating console games for Sony PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox, to programming the latest mobile devices.


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Industry Links

We have strong links with a wide range of companies, including:

  • Sony
  • Microsoft
  • Ubisoft
  • FuturLab
  • 4J Studios

Industry engagement is an essential part of the course. You’ll hear from industry speakers and receive mentorship from industry professionals as part of your group project work.

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Computer Games Technology Graduates

Meet Brian Beacom and Timea Tabori, who both graduated with a Computer Games Technology degree from Abertay.

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Brian Beacom

Meet Brian Beacom, a Computer Games Technology graduate from Abertay, who's gone on to work as a programmer for Dundee-based Guerilla Tea.

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Timea Tabori

Meet Timea Tabori, a Computer Games Technology graduate from Abertay, who went on to land a role as a Junior Engine Programmer at Rockstar North.

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Programme Leader - Computer Games Technology

Mr Grant Clarke

Mr Grant Clarke

School of Design and Informatics | Lecturer

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