Accredited by the BCS, 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.
USW's MComp Computer Games Development course oﬀers a skill-set that will help you gain employment as a game programmer. You could find yourself at the heart of the game development process, from writing code, testing it and fixing bugs, to producing tools for other members of the team to use. Whether you're interested in artificial intelligence, game physics or cross- platform graphics rendering, the computer games industry is a thriving sector that oﬀers many opportunities to work with publishers, independent studios or middleware producers.
This Games Development course places an emphasis on programming for computer games, but it also prepares you for a career in software development, and is your first step towards a rewarding career in the creative industries. You'll 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 develop key skills to support lifelong learning.
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On the Computer Games Development course, 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 will develop key skills to support lifelong learning that will help you keep pace with this rapidly changing field.
Our students learn C++ and Unreal® Engine from week one with coverage of Unity® following quickly. We place a strong emphasis on modern and open source games engines throughout the whole course, with much of this placed within the context of teams. With graphics programming spanning multiple years, you will be well versed in producing striking effects.
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.
You can also be part of our active Computer Games Society and enjoy company visits and guest lectures from industry professionals.
Assessment includes examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.
The MComp Computer Games Development degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), CITP Further Learning and fully meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng).
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.
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.
Information about your main teaching team and their research interests can be found on the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) website.
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
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.
Grade B and BB at A Level
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 30 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level
Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits equating to 18 Distinctions from Science units, 24 Merits and 3 Passes
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
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
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
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.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one 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.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK.
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.
As a USW Computer Games Development 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.