About the course
Games development is the fastest growing entertainment industry in the world. Our MSc gives you the highly specialised set of skills needed to stay at the forefront of this demanding and constantly evolving field. This course is accredited by Creative Skillset who is the industry skills body for the Creative Industries including games, and it works with and for the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent, supporting productivity and employability.
Created with involvement from industry professionals, the course programme focuses on the technical aspects of game development and the underlying fundamentals of computer science. We cover a range of core concepts, including C++ programming, physics simulation, concurrency, advanced graphics, artificial intelligence, and game engine architecture. You will have use of our dedicated games development lab, equipped with the latest console development kits and top-spec PCs, plus access to HIVE — our multi-million pound virtual environment lab, which provides access to emerging and new technologies for computer interaction, data collection and visualisation.
The course begins in September each year and lasts twelve months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester – immediately before the dissertation, adding an extra three months of study but letting you gain insights into industry through a module based on commercial practice, typically working with commercial clients and software.
Studying Computer Science at Hull, you'll benefit from an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft’s DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.
British Citizens applying for this course may be eligible for the BAFTA Scholarship programme which includes £12,000 towards annual course fees, mentoring support from a BAFTA member, and free access to BAFTA events around the UK.
A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,280 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.
More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.
All applicants: TBC
A minimum 2:2 Bachelor Honours (or equivalent) in “Computer Science” or “Software Engineering” with at least 40 credits (or equivalent) of a high-level objected oriented programming language such as Java, C or C#. In addition, your personal statement needs to highlight the extent of your programming experience (especially object-oriented), stating languages used and levels of proficiency in each.
You must be able to independently develop software in Java, C or C# before you start this programme. As this is an essential prerequisite, all candidates will complete a programming audit test on arrival. Should you not demonstrate the skills required, we will seek to transfer you to the closest related computer MSc programme that does not have this requirement.
If you would like to discuss any of the above requirements and see whether your degree and / or professional experience is a sufficient preparation for this programme, you can contact the Academic Manager for Computer Science, Peter Robinson, at P.A.Robinson@hull.ac.uk.
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.
This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.
For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.
If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.