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Management and the Games Industry

There’s more to working in computer games than just a love of gaming. Astute business management skills are vital to making your mark in this exciting industry, worth an estimated £67.7 billion globally.

Next Start Date: September

Degree type: BA (Hons)

UCAS Code: N2G1

Duration: 4 years (full-time)


Why choose this programme?

  • Studying a unique combination of business management and games production will help you develop crucial leadership, team-working and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Study at the only European university to be ranked in the Princeton Review's list of world’s best games universities.
  • Work on project briefs set by leading games companies such as Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Microsoft and Ubisoft.
  • Solve real-life management problems for companies like BT, Royal Bank of Scotland and Scottish Rugby Union.
Management and the Games Industry

What you study

What you study
The programme aims to produce graduates with a high-level of business management and game industry knowledge. Project work, oral presentations and real-life problem solving form a large portion of the learning experience. Abertay’s international reputation for excellence in computer games stems from our unique student learning environment that simulates a real workplace. In this environment, you will work with students from across the division on project briefs set by real companies. 

Sample modules
Production and Leadership; the Future of Work; Managing Transformational Change; Developing Game Concepts; Professional Contexts and Entrepreneurship. 

Entry routes

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Maths and English: 
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

 ABBB; A Level BCC; Irish Highers H2H3H3H3; BTEC Extended Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 29 Points to include a literate subject at S5 or H4
Essential subjects: ‌literate subject
AHEAD - successful completion of the relevant stream of our AHEAD programme
SWAP - our Coming from College pages list approved SWAP courses 

Not sure if you are 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 know that some people have faced extra challenges before applying to university and that 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 3 Scottish Highers (grades A-C) and have:

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

We encourage you to submit an application.

International Applicants
You must provide certified proof of your English language level (minimum requirements are listed here).  Our British Council accredited International English Foundation Course can help you reach that level or, if you would like further develop your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your full potential.

EU applicants:  Entry requirements can be found on our Europe pages.  Overseas (non-EU) applicants:  We're currently developing your country pages, so please email us details of your entry requirements.

Alternative Entrance Requirements
Please email us if you have other qualifications/experience not 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

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

Further info

Your career
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 also ideal for those considering setting up their own games or media companies. The skills and knowledge developed in this programme are also applicable to a range management careers outside of the games industry.


Industry experience
The design and delivery of the programme is supported by a number of games and media companies including TAG Games, Denki, Channel 4, Outpaly Entertainment, 4J Studios, Sony, Microsoft, Disney and the BBC. During your studies you will attend regular lectures and masterclasses taught by professionals. You will also have access to a range of work experience opportunities.

Industry quote
“Possibly the largest skills gap in theUKcreative industries is in roles of management and leadership. Tag Games are therefore delighted that Abertay will be helping to redress this situation via the BA (Hons) Management and the Games Industry. Abertay has been at the forefront of video game skills education for decades, so it’s encouraging to once again see the University pioneering in this manner.” Paul Farley, CEO/Founder at TAG Games

Want to know more?
Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

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