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

Game-playing on tablets and mobile devices is the fastest growing sector of the computer games industry. Combining creative games design with practical development skills, this programme equips you with industry-relevant skills to build a career as a games developer.

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  • SQA Highers: BBBC
  • GCE A-Levels: CCC
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL). 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Technology; Computing; Computing: Software Development, or a relevant discipline
  • SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Games Development
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Computing; Computing: Software Development; Computer Games Development

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, games development and professional issues, also undertaking modelling and animation for games and study design for interaction.

Year 2

You will deepen your understanding of game creation including game design, creating game assets, game programming and games development for mobile phones. By the end of this year you should be producing games for your portfolio.

Sandwich Placement (Optional)

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

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 and public play. This is an important portfolio piece, employing game engines such as Unity or UDK.

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.