MComp Computer Games Development

The MComp Computer Games Development degree will prepare you for a career in software development, with a particular emphasis on programming for computer games development. We’ve worked closely with industry and professional bodies to ensure you graduate with the knowledge and skills highly valued by employers. You will learn by doing, making use of high-performance computers and working individually and in teams to produce games to tight deadlines. You’ll work on real problems that will prepare you for employment, and that will help you to keep pace with this rapidly changing field.

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, this four-year Master of Computing in Computer Games Development is the highest award for undergraduate study in computing and is designed for more able students. Combining our BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development degree with Master's level material, it allows you to further distinguish yourself with an advanced set of professional and technical skills. The course also removes the need to source further funding to study a Master's level qualification. On completion, you will be better placed to compete in the graduate jobs market and enter more demanding and rewarding roles.

 

 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
TH4W Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
TH4W Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Year One

  • C++ Programming for Game Developers
  • Computer Systems Concepts
  • Game Development Fundamentals, Practice, Professionalism and Employability
  • Information Management, Assurance and Security
  • Mathematical Tools for Computation

Year Two

  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Object Oriented Programming
  • Professional Practice and Employability, Team Based Game Development Workshop
  • Operating Systems Concepts
  • Computer Graphics
  • Tool Development for Computer Games
  • Supervised Work Experience (Computing) (optional)
  • Study Overseas (Computing) (optional)
  • Computational Mathematics

Year Three

  • Individual Project
  • Real-time Rendering Techniques
  • Game Engine Design
  • Parallel and Concurrent Programming
  • Artificial Intelligence for Game Developers

Year Four

  • Major Team Project
  • Distributed Computing
  • Advanced Real-time Rendering Techniques
  • Game Engine Optimisation
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Object Oriented Programming

 

Teaching

You will spend 16 hours each week in lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. You will also spend four hours per week, per module, on coursework, general reading and other preparation. We strongly recommend you spend up to a year working in industry at one of a variety of organisations in the UK or abroad. Not only will this improve your CV and your employability, but it can also often lead to career opportunities with your placement employer.

You can also be part of our active Computer Games Society and enjoy company visits and guest lectures from industry professionals. 

Assessment

Assessment includes examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.

Accreditations

Accredited as meeting the requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), CITP Further Learning and fully meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Facilities

There are dedicated computing facilities which include a state-of-the-art Computer Games Lab, featuring games consoles, surround sound, 40-inch LCD TVs and cutting-edge gaming PCs, allowing you to develop computer games in a realistic testing environment. A wireless network exists throughout our campuses, so you can use your own laptop or mobile device too.

There is also a full range of high-specification computer labs and an ongoing investment programme to ensure that our facilities stay at the forefront of computing developments.

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

BBC

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BB at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

29 points to include 16 points at Higher Level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions from Science units, 24 Merits and 3 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

From systems engineers and software developers to game programmers, our Computer Games Development graduates have attained positions within a variety of local, national and international organisations.

Recent graduates can be found working in many branches of industry including companies such as Apple, Gamesys, Neonplay, Chaos Trend, IPL, Focus Business Solutions, Athena Security Solutions, Selex ES, UTC Aerospace Systems, Software Radio Technology Marine, Track Record Global, Cambridge Micro Applications, Wales Interactive, FingerPunch Games, Accelero Digital and Speed Welshpool.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.