Computer Games Development

UCAS codes

  • G610 -

Course contact

Dr John Nixon
+44 (0)141 849 4101


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 Years
  • BSc Hons - 4 Years
  • BSc (Sandwich) - 4 Years
  • BSc (Hons Sandwich) - 5 Years

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Computer Games Development at UWS will equip you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer. 

BSc Computer Games Development - University of the West of Scotland

SQA Highers: BBBC
GCE A-Levels: CC
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: H3 H3 H3 H4
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Technology; Computing; Computing: Software Development, or relevant discipline
SQA Advanced Highers: CCD including Computing or evidence of programming
GCE A-Levels: BCC including Computing or evidence of programming
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Games Development
SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Computing, Computing: Software Development, Computer Games Development

Computer games now form a significant part of the entertainment industry and a large amount of gaming now takes place on smartphones, tablets, internet sites and social networking spaces. Combining creative games design with practical development skills, this programme equips you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer.

Games developers for the mobile and web games markets must be technically proficient, creative and entrepreneurial. Your skills will be developed in game programming and game engine scripting for multiple platforms and supported by dedicated games studios and interaction with animation artists. This is a practitioner’s degree that encourages you to publish games and demonstrate your work to employers at our end of year Digital Futures event. 

Year 1

You will study the games industry and games development alongside modelling and animation for games.  Core skills in programming for games complement use of game engines to develop games.

Year 2

You will deepen your understanding of game programming and development using game engines such as Unity 3D and Unreal as well as producing games for the web.  You will also learn about game design and creating and using game assets.  By the end of this year you should be producing games for your portfolio.

Year 3

The emphasis is on more advanced techniques in game programming and developing your skills for the games industry. You will undertake a year-long team design and development project, creating a working 3D game for release.  You will also explore development of  mobile games.

Sandwich Placement (Optional)

You may undertake a placement on a full-time basis over a minimum 36 weeks duration, leading to a sandwich award. This can be taken between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will undertake an individual project, creating a major portfolio piece to showcase your skills. You will extend your knowledge of level design, the use of games in learning and of advanced web games.
Major games studios only employ the most talented and business-aware graduates, which is why we emphasise the need to work on real-world tasks and to create a strong e-portfolio and show-reel. Our multi-skilled graduates work in various industries including games, animation and social networking. You may undertake a 36-week placement between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

The Honours degree is accredited by the British Computer Society*, fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional registration. Honours students must complete a year of postgraduate study if they wish to complete Chartered IT Professional registration. Part-time students must gain their award within six years if they wish accreditation.

*Subject to re-accreditation approval

Useful Information

  • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants who meet or exceed our entry criteria are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply.