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Professional Masters in Games Development

The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at the University of Abertay Dundee offers a unique postgraduate experience.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: MProf

UCAS Code: Apply directly

Duration: 12 months full-time


Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.  Visit the SAAS website for more information.

Why choose this course?

  • Develop core development skills through applied project work, supported by experienced industry practitioners
  • Enhance skills in interdisciplinary communication and collaboration through team work with students and practitioners from other areas of games development
  • Apply developing technologies and practices to your own projects, and demonstrate your work to leading industry figures
  • Nurture relationships with fellow developers, industry professionals and companies through your demonstrable skill in the creation of games, industrial mentorships and published research.

The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Computer Games Education at Abertay University offers a unique postgraduate experience, specifically designed in discussion with game industry partners, and identified by one leading CEO as,  ‘The course the Games Industry has been waiting for!’.

As postgraduate students, highly-talented individuals work 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 in academic teaching, and under the guidance and mentorship of computer games industry representatives, you will develop professional skills and knowledge relevant to identified development roles within the industry.

During the course of your studies you will 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.

Join our 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.

When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative like-minded 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.

Find out more about our Graduate School.

Making the Most of Masters

The Making the Most of Masters project provides opportunities for Masters students to undertake work based projects, allowing you to enhance your employability at the same time as studying for your Masters 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.

Making the Most of Masters Case Study - Games Development


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What you study

The goal of the MProf in Games Development is to turn graduates into professional developers by placing them into development teams, with industry-relevant project goals and deliverables. The teams enjoy a high level of independence in how they meet the game design briefs and approach the development process.

Supervision, mentorship and academic support look to emphasise the consequences of their decisions and processes, allowing the students to experience an organic and logical development and evolution of best practices. In addition, students develop their awareness in areas of potential innovation and research, and are encouraged to publish their work.

The remaining core elements of the course seek to separate the myths from the realities of working in the games industry, and expand students’ awareness of design considerations with regards to the comparative importance and impact of narrative and gameplay theories. Uniquely, students select optional modules from across the entire university, allowing further development of their core skills if required, but more specifically allowing for a more individual and tailored learning experience through the additional study of areas of personal interest such as business, marketing, psychology and perception.

Open, flexible working spaces
We have 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 is 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 our students with the buzz of a real working environment, allowing them to share real-world knowledge and experience.

How you learn and are assessed
Assessment methods throughout the core modules focus on formative (constant) assessment through regular meetings and discussion sessions, rather than exams. This is to allow students to improve in confidence, communication skills and core discipline skills as they progress, allowing them 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.

Entry routes

Applicants must have a minimum of upper Second class (2:1) Honours degree that demonstrates expertise in one the following areas: Computer Games Technology, Computer Science, Computer Games Design, Games Production, Computer Animation, 3D Modelling, Audio Production.

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language and the University's minimum requirements are listed here

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current Fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current Fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current Fees

Overseas Scholarships

Fee quoted is the total cost providing that the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started.  Fees may be subject to increase.

BAFTA Scholarships
UK applicants to this programme are eligible to apply for BAFTA scholarships which exist to assist talented individuals to study a postgraduate course in film, television or games. BAFTA Scholarships cover the cost of tuition fees up to a maximum of £24,000 (depending on the scholarship) as well as providing an industry mentor and free access to BAFTA events around the UK. There are currently three scholarships available. Please click on the links below to find out more information about each scholarship and details of how to apply:

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What our students say
"One of the most valuable experiences we have had is simply sitting and watching professional developers talk with us about our ideas. In a very informal and friendly environment, they come out with thoughts, ideas and anecdotes which no books or tutorials could ever give us."
Sandor, Hungary

"The MProf really helped me develop an understanding of working with other disciplines outside of my own, and to gain fantastic relative experience that would allow me to communicate more confidently at interviews."
Chris, UK

"If the aim of the MProf is to get us ready for working in industry, then you have most certainly succeeded."
Duncan, UK

Your future
The career that the course prepares its graduates for is that of a game developer, with the exact role being determined by their area of study (usually identified by their undergraduate degree) – such as Programmer, Artist or Producer.

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.

The team-focused multidisciplinary approach further ensures that  successful graduates will have developed and displayed a very high degree of collaborative ability, a particularly valuable graduate attribute in the challenges that future projects and employment will most certainly present.

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

More information
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