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Prepare for a dynamic career in gaming and game engine development

The BSc Computer Games Technology is designed in collaboration with the UK's top computer games companies.  

The course – which has been awarded PlayStation® First status – also offers the opportunity of a year's paid sandwich placement in the UK or abroad, where you can gain invaluable experience in the computer games sector.

Many UWS graduates have secured positions as games developers or programmers with the sector’s biggest companies.

Graduates also make use of their graphics and C++ skills outside of gaming; recently in companies such as Morgan Stanley, Codeplay and IESVE.

This degree is accredited by Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Audio Visual Industries in the UK and the British Computer Society (BCS).

Placement Opportunities

You can undertake a year’s paid sandwich placement in the UK or abroad to gain work experience in the computer games sector. Placements can be taken between years 2 and 3, or years 3 and 4.

In recent years, students have undertaken placements with Morgan Stanley, IES and Codeplay.

Study abroad

Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.

COMPUTING AT UWS

Computing courses at UWS are designed in collaboration with leading companies to produce work-ready graduates with the skills that industry needs.

We work with major industry leaders to give our students work-based learning opportunities to put their knowledge into practice.

Our students graduate ready for career success in this fast-changing, dynamic industry. 

Learn more about the School of Engineering & Computing at UWS.

94%

of all UWS students in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Maths (102 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CCD including Maths (88 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL) 
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Games Developing (with passes in modules covering Java, C++, C#, Maths and Object Oriented Programming)
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM BBB

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Maths or Computing or CCD with evidence of programming (112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: BCC including Maths (104 UCAS Tariff points)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computer Games Development (with passes in modules covering Java, C++, C#, Maths and Object Oriented Programming and with A in the Graded Unit)
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Computing or Computing: Software Development (with passes in modules covering Java, C++, C#, Maths and Object Oriented Programming)

Year 3

  • Students of the Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT) in France may apply for Year 3 entry and applications will be considered on an individual basis

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0


For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0


For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The multi-billion dollar games industry requires a highly-skilled workforce and this course has been awarded PlayStation®First status, an Academic Partnership Programme run by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and World Wide Studios Europe (SIE WWS).

PlayStation®First is awarded to select partners providing best practices in PlayStation® production values, research applications and game development skills. Membership of the Sony PlayStation® developer programme also gives you access to PlayStation® professional development kit hardware and software (SDK).

Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. Mo McRoberts from the BBC, Steve Adamson from Morgan Stanley and Nicole Anderson from Smudge Digital have all recently delivered lectures.

Year 1

Study includes the hardware and software components of computer games, including programming concepts and 2D graphics programming. You will start to build your games portfolio.

Year 2

Study includes the design of computer games and the software design principles essential for game engine creation. Skills in physical modelling and how to model underlying physical processes are developed.

Year 3

Study includes advanced games programming techniques, and the use of AI (artificial intelligence) algorithms. To expand your portfolio you will collaborate with fellow students to complete a computer game running on an engine you have developed.

Year 4

Studying console development techniques and the application of visualisation techniques, you will undertake a self-chosen major individual project with the option to specialise in an area of interest.

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

Many UWS graduates secure positions as games developers/programmers with the sector's biggest companies including Sony, Rockstar North, Electronic Arts and Codemasters. Others have relocated to the gaming market hotspots of Japan, the US and Canada.

Further study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification. See list of courses available.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees 2017/2018

Scottish campuses lab-based 2017/18

Scottish & EU

£1,820 per year of study

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£13,800 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

 

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

HOW TO APPLY

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, must apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

UCAS codes for UWS

  • Institution name: UWS
  • Institution code: U40

GO TO UCAS


If you are applying from a non-EU/EEA country for entry to one of our Bachelor’s degree courses in September, and have not applied already via UCAS, or have not applied to another UK university, then you may apply via our dedicated online application system.

For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide.


An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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Course Leader

Dr Paul Keir

Engineering & Computing

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