Management and the Games Industry
BA (Hons)

Pair your love of gaming with astute business management skills to gain a foothold in the multibillion pound games industry.

Course detail

Start Date



4 years (full-time)

Degree Classification

BA (Hons)



Why Study Management and the Games Industry?

Pair your love of gaming with astute business management skills to gain a foothold in the multibillion pound games industry. Study and learn at the only European university to be ranked in the Princeton Review's list of the world’s best games universities.

This programme has been developed to arm you with a high-level of business management and games industry knowledge, with real-life problem solving forming a large portion of your learning experience.

Our international reputation for excellence in computer games stems from our unique student learning environment that simulates a real workplace, allowing you to work with other students from across the division on project briefs set by real companies, including:

  • Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe
  • Microsoft
  • Ubisoft

You’ll study a range of modules from both games production and management, with the management aspect providing you with the opportunity to help solve real-life management problems for companies like BT, Royal Bank of Scotland and Scottish Rugby Union.

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Your Journey Starts Here

You’ll learn in our state-of-the-art facilities, studying a unique combination of business management and games production, which combine to help you develop leadership, team-working and entrepreneurial skills. 

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Entry Requirements

Please note:  All applicants must have a pass in Maths/Lifeskills Maths and English in any of the following - National 5 grade C or GCSE grade C/4.

Below are the literate subjects we accept for entry on this course:

  • Business Management
  • Classical Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • English for speakers of other languages
  • Geography
  • History
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies
  • Sociology

If there is a subject that does not appear, please contact our Admissions Office ( who will be able to confirm whether or not it would be considered for entry.

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

Qualification Type Grade Requirements Essential Subjects
Higher ABBB Literate subject
A-Level BCC Literate subject
Irish Highers H2H3H3H3 Literate subject
International Baccalaureate 29 Points Literate subject at S5 or H4
BTEC Extended Diploma DMM Business (all pathways), Enterprise & Entrepreneurship, IT (Business), Travel & Tourism
AHEAD - Successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP ABB Access to (one of the following):- University Study, Community, Education & Humanities, Arts & Social Science and Primary Teaching, Languages with Business, Languages, Arts & Social Science, Humanities & Primary Education, Arts & Humanities, Humanities, Humanities (Teaching), Degree Studies
HNC/HND Our Entry from College pages list approved HNC/HND courses

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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.

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 (2017/18)

Nature of Management (BMT101)

An introduction to the key theories, concepts and functions of management. Module content includes: organisational structure and work design; management theories; leadership theories; management in practice.

Developing Game Concepts (DES101)

An introduction to the games industry that develops skills in design and production practices, pitching and communicating game concepts, and the planning of game projects.

Managing People and Ideas (BMT103)

An introduction to the management of people and ideas and how different theories and practices can be used to enhance individual and organisational performance. Module content includes: management in context; people management; ideas management; using research in management practice.

Quality Assurance & User Experience (DES103)

Provides students with a working knowledge of the theory and practice of quality assurance to deliver projects through to completion and the user experience as it relates to the design and development of creative projects

How the Course Works


Learning and Assessment

Teaching, learning and assessment practices have been designed to reflect the high value placed on contextualised vocational skills and knowledge. Within delivery and assessment, emphasis is placed on sustained project activities, contextualised knowledge, effective communication and professional practice.

Students are challenged to demonstrate high levels of autonomy and individual enquiry-based activities while working in a multi-disciplinary collaborative studio based environment.

Over half of learner contact time is spent in active enquiry or project work, with learners identifying and exploring their own directions for enquiry. Typically, delivery for a module is split across lectures which can be used to outline the main theories and provide context for the practical work, accompanied by a practical/tutorial/laboratory session.

Teaching frequently makes use of self-directed tasks and research using skills or techniques presented through the lectures or introduced in seminars, ensuring that there is an element of active enquiry in delivery.

In the first half of the module, teaching time is typically used to develop and consolidate student core skills using problem solving and case study material before moving to project work for the second half of the module.

Students have access to and routinely use industry standard software applications and procedures within their learning environment, enhancing the opportunity to develop a professional skill set.

All modules make use of a standardised interface to the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE) “Blackboard” to manage and distribution module materials such as lecture presentations, laboratory work, etc. Blackboard is also used for electronic submission of student coursework.

Students are exposed to a range of professional practitioners through invited speakers, workshops and seminars thus allowing the development and appreciation of contemporary thinking and practice within and out-with their discipline. Industrial support through live projects and/or case studies is utilised in project activities.

For more information on the course content, please download the Programme Information - BA (Honours) Management and the Games Industry 

Examination Techniques 

Teaching, learning and assessment combine a range of traditional and innovative approaches. It's not all about exams: portfolio projects, presentations, groupwork, simulation and at work assessments are all key features of the programme.

Lectures, tutorials and practical activities increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop competencies in technological, theoretical and collaborative work.

During first and second year, your work will mostly be assessed through practical coursework, presentations and reflective essays.

In later years, taught module assessment is by a mixture of exams, critical essays and coursework. Project modules are assessed through the submission of conceptual work, design solutions, interactive media products and project reports.

The final year dissertation or practice based innovation project allow you to develop a specialist area of expertise.

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. 


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.


You could work as an associate games producer, a project manager, a quality assurance tester or any other business-focused role within game development. The production and leadership theme of the programme is ideal if you’re considering setting up your own games or media company.

The skills and knowledge developed in this programme are also applicable to a range of management careers outside of the games industry.


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Industry Links

The design and delivery of the programme is supported by a number of games and media companies, including:

  • TAG Games
  • Denki
  • Channel 4
  • Outplay Entertainment
  • 4J Studios
  • Sony
  • Microsoft
  • Disney
  • BBC

During your studies, you’ll attend regular lectures and masterclasses taught by leading industry professionals. You’ll also have access to a range of relevant work experience opportunities.

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Entrepreneurial Brains Made on Campus (EBMC)

In association with Stuttgart Media University in Germany, students are tasked with identifying a social or economic challenge and finding a solution to this which they then present back to former students and industry professionals. The top teams are invited to Germany to participate in the final.


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)).

Programme Leader - Management and the Games Industry

Dr Aleksandrs Avramenko

Dr Aleksandrs Avramenko

Dundee Business School | Lecturer

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