MPPOP – March – July – Application closed for 2018
MPPOP August – December – Application opening soon
About Abertay University
Abertay University is an innovative, ambitious institution, located in the heart of Dundee, on the east coast of Scotland. Since 1888 we have been educating people with a particular focus on preparing them for the world of work and having an impact on the local and global economy. We are proud to say that 92.8% of our graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation. Our alumni work for Apple, Google, BBC, Microsoft, Pixar, Rockstar Games, IBM, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Nestle, PayPal, Nissan, PwC, Sky, NCR, NHS, GSK, BP, Shell, Chevron, TOTAL, Sony, and many others.
Abertay University is reputed for innovative and pioneering degree courses. We were the first university in the world to offer a computer games-related degree, and we remain the only European university listed in the Princeton Review’s ‘World’s Top 25 Games Universities’. We work with industry to provide a vocationally-relevant curriculum, built-in work placements and business challenges set by real companies. ‘Thinking outside the textbook’ allows our students to choose their own path, giving them the opportunity to apply knowledge to real-world environments.
The School of Design and Informatics (SDI)
The School is home to the first-ever computer games course and the first ethical hacking course. It is the best school of its type in Europe and one of the top 25 in the world. Programmes focus on game design and development, sound and music, computing, and ethical hacking. The School's link to the industry is helped by the fact that Dundee is a very important city for the digital media industry. We also have links with and have graduates working for some of the biggest international companies in the industry, including Microsoft, Ubisoft, Rockstar North, Rave, Sega, Perfect World, The Chinese Room, King and Jagex. On top of this, many of our graduates have set up their own successful games companies.
School state-of-the-art facilities include:
Master of Professional Practice in Games Development Introduction (MProf)
Duration: 1.5 years
Study format: 5-month preparation course in China and 1 year in the UK
Pre-Masters Preparation Course: MProf Orientation Programme (MPPOP)
In an exclusive partnership, Perfect World work collaboratively with world-renowned computer games education institute Abertay University to offer Chinese students the Master of Professional Practice in Games Development Orientation Programme (MPPOP), which provides a pathway for entry into the Masters of Professional Practice in Games Development (MProf) programme in Dundee. The aim of MPPOP is to select and nurture students from different disciplines including design, production, arts and programming to work together in development teams, with the help from global experts.
Perfect World Holding Group is a global entertainment company, involving in business segments including digital games, movies & TV, animation, comics, literature, media, education and so on. Its business demonstrates China’s “full industrial chain model” in the creative industries. Since its inception, Perfect World Education has been focusing on digital arts education and Internet entertainment technology research, with an aim to train a large number of cultural and creative workers as well as management personnel to increase the professional level of domestic creative industries and promote the development of digital entertainment industry.
April 2017 – August 2017
Programme entry requirements
Successful completion of the MPPOP programme, including passing all necessary assessments at the required level, provides progression to the MProf Games Development programme in Dundee.
The MPPOP programme consists of three main elements:
Study skills: MP 1 – Game Development Preparation Module
English: MP 2 – Developing Intercultural Competence
MP 3 – Academic English for the MProf
Practical experience Students will have the opportunity to observe professional games development through placement and work-shadowing opportunities in Perfect World and will receive individual mentorship from discipline experts in the company.
MProf Games Development in the UK
The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at Abertay University offers a unique postgraduate experience. It is specifically designed in discussion with game industry partners, and has been described by one leading CEO as ‘the course the games industry has been waiting for!’
‘Abertay’s MProf in Games Development was a memorable and unique study experience. It was the place that let me have my first glimpse of an international games development studio’s daily work, and I was given valuable opportunities to learn and practise how to cooperate with other developers in a global team. I was also given the opportunity to undertake design-related part-time jobs, hear presentations from famous games developers and attend Dare to be Digital, Abertay’s indie games festival. A year is not a long time, but in that year I transformed from being a student to a games designer, and got myself ready for the challenges of the games industry.’ Isabella Wang, Chief Designer at FunPlus Games, Mprof Games Development Graduate 2012