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Faculty of Science and Engineering

MSc in Computer Science for Games Development

Postgraduate - Taught MSc

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
MSc 1 year

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. 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. You will also have 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. 

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 University, you can download the software free of charge. 

What you'll study

Core module

  • Computer Science Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Compulsory modules

  • C++ Programming and Design

    Develop a comprehensive understanding of C++. This module explores how to create efficient, robust, real-time applications in C++ and culminates in the development of a complex graphics-oriented solution.

  • Real Time Graphics

  • Simulation and Artifical Intelligence

  • Games Architecture and Concurrency

    Develop your understanding of distributed and concurrent game architectures. You'll explore concepts ranging from from high-level component-based architecture through to low-level networking and threading.

  • Advanced Rendering and Virtual Environments

    Explore 3D technology trends and some advanced techniques relating to 3D rendering and virtual environments. This module will provide you with hands on experience in advanced graphics effects programming, targeting the latest virtual environment devices.

  • Development Project

    Study the theory and practice needed to develop software, based on realistic contexts and clients’ requirements. You'll learn through an authentic task-based approach to software development, with experience of leadership, cooperation and teamwork.

This MSC is designed to support students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience. However, it is particularly suited to those with significant experience of writing code.

The modules in the first trimester are designed to allow a smooth transition to postgraduate study, regardless of your background.

As a route into research, the programme supports the development of postgraduate technical skills, alongside critical research, analysis and planning activities.

In lectures you’ll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.

Our degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT. The BSc and MSc programmes fully meet the academic requirements for Chartered IT Professional and partial Chartered Engineer status, while our MEng programmes fully meet the academic requirements for both Chartered IT Professional and Chartered Engineer status. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Teaching and learning

We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.

As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.

Assessment

Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

Our teaching staff

Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,275

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International:  £16,600

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Links to companies like Microsoft, Sony and Electronic Arts ensure our courses stay industry standard, up to date and relevant.

Computer Science at Hull was rated joint sixth for student satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2017.

Computer science at Hull was rated in the UK's top five for research impact in the latest national assessment.

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Entry requirements

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#.

You will be required to submit a personal statement as a part of your application which sets out the extent of your programming experience, stating languages used and levels of proficiency in each. If you would like to discuss this with a member of academic staff who can help you to assess whether their degree will be sufficient preparation then we will be happy to arrange this. You can email the Postgraduate Admissions Team at pgstudy@hull.ac.uk.

On this programme, you will be required to independently develop software in C++ and will be expected to know how to do this before you arrive.  All candidates will complete a programming audit test on arrival and should they not demonstrate the level of competence required they will be strongly advised to transfer to an alternative programme that does not have this requirement, either MSc Computer Science (Software Engineering) or MSc Computer Science (Security and Distributed Computing).

International students

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 academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 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.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The MSc programme supports career development in a number of ways. These include a mix of modules focused on professional skills and a project involving group work, CV development and personal reflection. We have strong links with many of the UK's top game studios, including Electronic Arts, Sony and Microsoft, many of which recruit straight from our labs.

We also have a range of inspirational extra-curricular activities including the Three Thing Game, Imagine Cup Worldwide Software Development Challenge, Really Useful Seminars and Global Game Jam. They are designed to boost your CV and employability, and taking part costs very little.