Computer Games Technology

Press start on a world-leading Computer Games Technology degree at Europe’s top university for Games. Learn from industry experts and staff who’ve worked on blockbuster games.

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

4 years (full-time)

Award Title

BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code

G470

Why Study Abertay's BSc (Hons) in 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.

Missed the 15 January UCAS deadline or changed your mind about where you want to apply? Don't panic! Our applications close for Scottish and EU students on 24 April 2019. For English, Welsh, Northern Irish and international students, our applications close on 30 June 2019.

Start a Degree in September 2019

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
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

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.

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. 

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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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 University degree programme.

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

Key Modules (2018/19)

Programming with C++ (CMP104)

Software development through learning to design and implement applications in C++. The fundamentals of classes and objects, including key features such as class descriptions, constructors, methods and field, together with method implementation through assignment, selection and iterative control structures. Module content: Object oriented program development; Introduction to Object Orientation; Programming constructs; Aggregate types; Classes and Objects; Security; User Interface Design; Program Development and Testing; Modelling data.

Computer Hardware Architecture and Operating Systems (CMP101)

Introduction to the core ideas of computer architecture for students studying the subject of computing, building a mental model of the functioning of a typical computer system that can be used to reason about system (hardware/software) behaviour. Module content: Computer architecture; Data representation; Machine instructions; Operating systems; Networks.

Applied Mathematics 1 (MAT101)

The basic concepts of applied mathematics relevant to the degree programme. Module content: Approximation; Calculus; Geometry; Matrices and Transformations; Kinematics in a straight line.

Software Design (CMP102)

Some of the fundamental ideas of software engineering. Learn to develop and communicate designs for small and large-scale software systems. Module content: Problem-solving; OO Analysis Design and Implementation; Abstraction; Class modelling; Data design – an OO approach; Data design – a relational approach.

Games Programming (CMP105)

Introduction to the core concepts of computer programming through practical examples within game engines. Module content: Introduction; Expressions, variables and statements; Conditionals; Repetition and loops; Functions; Data structures; Classes; Modules; Files; Engines.

Data Structures and Algorithms 1 (CMP201)

Introduction to the standard data structures and algorithms that form the core of algorithmic thought in computer science that familiarises students with the idea of reasoning about the behaviour and performance of a computer programme. Module content: Reasoning about performance; Basic data structures; Sorting and searching; Trees; Graphs.

Applied Mathematics 2 (MAT201)

This module expands on the concepts of Applied Mathematics 1, on applied mathematics relevant to the degree programme. Module content: Calculus; Matrix and Quaternion Transformations; Vector Curves and Surfaces; Ray Tracing; Dynamics.

Graphics Programming (CMP203)

An introduction to the principles of 3D graphics programming, as part of which students develop real-time 3D graphics applications. Module content: The graphics pipeline; Graphical Primitives; Coordinate systems; Geometry ordering; Lighting; Applying 2D image data to 3D objects; Model processing; Data storage.

Data Structures and Algorithms 2 (CMP202)

Introduction to some of the practical performance concerns in the selection and implementation of algorithms, using a range of case studies drawn from typical real-world applications. Module content: Measuring performance; Parallel programming; Low-level programming with threads; High-level parallel programming; Instruction-level parallelism; GPU architectures, appropriate algorithms for GPUs, GPU profiling; Application case studies.

Game Programming and System Architectures (CMP208)

Game Programming and System Architectures Builds on earlier modules and introduces the necessary components to develop a 3D physics-based game application considering the hardware. Learn to integrate various components (3D graphics, physics, audio) and to develop a 3D game application that makes effective use of modern computer/console systems. Module content: Games Hardware (Introduction to Consoles); User Interfaces; Audio Engines; Physics Engines; Character Animation; Putting it all together – How – where to parallelise recognising console architecture; Multithreading.

Professional Project: Planning and Prototyping (DES301)

Work on an interactive media project as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Communicate with clients and relevant stakeholders. Take part in pitching concepts and deliver presentations. Contribute to the iterative design and development of the concept, research and test technical pipelines and create project documentation and planning materials. Module content: Market research; Concept development; Technical research and design; Visual research and design; Audio research and design; Content pipeline testing; Pitching and presentation; Concept revision; Branding; Prototyping and project planning.

Graphics Programming with Shaders (CMP301)

The computer graphics programmable pipeline and various graphics techniques. Develop and evaluate techniques used to manipulate 3D graphics in real-time. Module content: Graphics programming, Shaders; Development.

Network Systems for Game Development (CMP303)

The principles of computer networks as applied to the development of various types of networked computer games. Learn to develop and evaluate techniques used to implement networked computer games with a particular emphasis on real-time fast action games. Module content: Background to Network Computer Games; Network Protocols; Network Architectures for Games; Distribution of Functionality; Message Passing Structure; Latency Mitigation; Prediction; Testing.

Professional Project: Development and Delivery (DES302)

Work within a multidisciplinary team to develop an interactive media prototype based on the planning and initial prototyping of concepts conducted within the module Professional Project: Planning and Prototyping. The emphasis is on the development and delivery of a final digital prototype in response to an initial creative brief, that takes into account both stakeholder and user feedback. Module content: Professional development; Development processes; Product marketplace; Team Organisation; Team management; Prototype creation; Release management; User testing; Project delivery.

Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence (MAT301)

An advanced study of mathematical methods and models relevant to the degree programme. Introduction to some of the many Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques which are currently, or could in the near future, be used to enhance the development of applications in video games, or other entertainment related products. These AI techniques can enhance the immersive properties of a game by enabling ‘realistic’ and ‘believable’ game play and character actions, or used to reduce development time. Module content: Numerical Methods; Motion of a Rigid Body; An Introduction to AI for Games; ‘Traditional’ Game AI; Academic AI Techniques; The use of AI in Games; Combining AI techniques.

Procedural Methods (CMP305)

Techniques used to generate procedural content in games, tools and common media editing packages to a cutting-edge standard. In addition, learn further graphics, games and general programming techniques and practices. Module content: Background to procedural content generation; Random Procedural Techniques; Perlin Noise; Advanced Deterministic Procedural Techniques; Procedural Animation; Overview of growth systems for modelling objects such as plants and other similar procedural structures; Dungeons and Level Generation.

Honours Project Scoping and Proposal (CMP401)

Propose and plan a major, in-depth individual project in an aspect of your programme to develop and exercise research skills and to encourage self-managed learning, planning and professional competence. Module content: Investigation; Research; Selection; Evaluating; Presentation; Legal, social, ethical and professional issues.; Proposal; Project Feasibility.

Applied Game Technologies (CMP404)

Emerging technology trends used in computer games development. Learn to develop and apply techniques using existing technologies to explore these trends. Module content: Human Computer Interface; Visualisation; Platform; Innovation.

Honours Project Execution (CMP402)

Undertake the practical and development work for a major, in-depth individual project in an aspect of your programme. Module content: Proof of concept initial development work; Self-directed problem solving; Self-motivation; Initiative and insight; Originality and creativity; Recording and reporting; Software design skills; Communication skills; Employability and professional development.

Honours Project Dissertation (2) (CMP403)

Present a major, in-depth individual project in the form of a dissertation in an aspect of your programme which allows for critical and insightful review and evaluation. Module content: Introduction; Investigate; Justify; Document; Evaluate; Communicate.

Applied Mathematics 4 (MAT401)

Advanced concepts of applied mathematics relevant to the degree programme. Module content: Geometric Techniques; Rigid Body Systems; Games Programming.

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

Accreditation

Creative SKILLset Accreditation

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

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Industry accreditation from Creative Skillset - the quality mark for excellence

Programme Fees for 2019

Scottish & EU students

£1,820

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

£9,250

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

£14,800

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

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

Scholarships

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 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.

Careers

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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Unistats

Unistats collates comparable information in areas students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study. The core information it contains is called the Unistats dataset (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)).

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

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Pablo Hoyos

Pablo is Senior Character Artist at Rocksteady Studios Ltd

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Timea Tabori

Rockstar Engine Programmer, Chair of IGDA Scotland and Women in Games ambassador Timea gives her advice

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Andrew Greensmith

Andrew has worked at Rockstar, The Blast Furnace, Sumo Digital, Fierce Kaiju, Here2Peer and Red Kite Games.

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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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