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Computer Games Programming

This course has been designed to build on the computing knowledge gained in your undergraduate studies, enabling you to move into games programming and gain an in-depth knowledge of related specialised areas. The award covers a range of topics including: 3D graphics using DirectX, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Low level PlayStation 3 and 4 programming, and software engineering for games. Practical classes are taught using new high spec computers, mobile devices, and games consoles including the Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 and 4. By studying on this award, you will be at the heart of these exciting and innovative developments, and equipped for a future and promising career in this area. There is also the opportunity to complete a placement in the games industry.

Entry requirements

Normal requirements are at least a UK second class honours degree or equivalent in a related computing discipline.
If you do not meet the above but have significant appropriate experience, your application will be considered, provided that you satisfy the University that you are capable of responding to the challenge of postgraduate work.
If your first language is not English, you will need to demonstrate that you are fluent enough to cope with the course. A minimum score of IELTS 6 or TOEFL 550 (213 computer-based) is normally required.

Course modules

Taught modules cover game engine programming and architecture, real-time graphics for games, low level techniques and optimisation, game artificial intelligence, concurrent and multiplayer game programming, professional games development, and research techniques. The main programming language is C++.

Assessment methods

Throughout your course you will create games for a variety of computer and console platforms, mobile devices, and networked systems, both individually and in teams, building up a portfolio of work to show to potential employers. You will learn research methods and write a research proposal, and will then undertake a dissertation in an area of game programming which interests you.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 12,500 (Whole course) International 18 18 Months
MSc Full-time September 2018 7,350 (Whole course) Home/EU 18 18 Months
MSc Full-time with year in industry September 2018 30 30 Months

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