BSc/BSc (Hons) Games Development

Undergraduate, Full-time

Games Development BSc/BSc (Hons)

Join a community of students passionate about writing code and games development


A degree course in Games Development prepares you for the technical end of this exciting entertainment industry. This course provides you with opportunities in the games industry, related research and development companies as well as traditional software engineering.

On successful completion of this programme you will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to gain graduate-level employment in games development and the software industry in general.

Your studies are designed to provide entry into the core software engineering layer of the digital entertainment industry. From here, you will be able to progress into a wide range of career paths, both technical and managerial. Based on sound software engineering principles, the course will also equip you for a software engineering career in the wider computing industry.

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4 years

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Course details

In your first year you will cover a wide area of computing related subjects.

In your second year, the emphasis is on the development of your software development skills that you will start to apply to games-related problems (real-time Computer Graphics).

The third year builds on the foundation established in the first two years to further your understanding of Games Development concepts and techniques, from Artificial Intelligence to Games Engineering.

In the final year of the degree, you will study advanced topics and complete your Honours Project.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught Concepts and techniques are presented in lectures. Practical sessions run in labs are a central part of the learning process.
  • note and pen Assessments On average 70% of the work is assessed through practical projects and 30% through exams.
  • briefcase Work placement This course includes the possibility of a yearlong industry work placement during your third year of study.
  • library Facilities We have a dedicated lab, fully refurbished in 2018 and equipped with high-end PCs and GPUs.

Popular modules

Year 1

  • Foundations of Software Design and Development
  • Computer Systems 1
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
  • Mathematics for Software Engineering
  • Programming Fundamentals

Year 2

  • Object-Oriented Software Development
  • Systems and Services
  • Database Systems
  • Software Engineering Methods
  • Algorithms and Data Structure
  • Computer Graphics

Year 3

  • Data Analytics
  • Physics-Based Animation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Games Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Parallel Systems
  • Group Project

Year 4

  • Honours Project
  • Concurrent and Parallel Systems
  • Advanced Games Engineering
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Information – Society and Security



Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

ABBB to include Maths.

National 5 grade C in English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include Maths at grade B.

National 5 grade C in English.

You may be given an adjusted offer of entry if you meet specific widening participation criteria as outlined in our contextual admissions policy. Click here for further information about our entry requirements and admissions policies.

A Level

BBC to include Maths.

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

B1, B1, B1, B3 at Higher Level to include Maths and grade C2 in Ordinary Level English.

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H2, H3 at Higher Level to include Maths and grade O4 in Ordinary Level English.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DMM (Distinction, Merit, Merit) in a related subject.

A Level grade C in Maths or equivalent.

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Award of Diploma with 28 points overall with three HL subjects at grades 6, 5, 4 to include Maths at grade 5.

Grade 4 in SL English.

European Baccalaureate

Pass at 70% or above with grade 7 in three subjects to include Maths.

Grade 6 in English.


Pass HNC with B in the graded unit in a related subject including Higher Maths at grade B or equivalent

Minimum year 2

Pass HNC in a related subject with grade A in the graded unit and Higher Maths grade B.

Pass HND in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit and Higher Maths grade B.

No direct entry to year 3.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Scotland/EU n/a £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) n/a £9,250
Overseas n/a £12,845
RUK Students starting in 2018/19 will be invoiced the 2018/19 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study. Students starting in 2019/20 will be invoiced the 2019/20 fee for 3 years of their 4 years of study.

Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


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This course prepares you for Software Development positions in the games industry, but not exclusively.

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