BSc/BSc (Hons) Games Development

Undergraduate, Full-Time

Study the intricacies of software engineering to prepare for a career in one of the world’s largest as fastest growing entertainment industries.

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  • Duration:

    4 years

  • Award:

    BSc/BSc (Hons)

  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

BSc 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. Our accredited course equips you with the skills and techniques needed for a career in games programming.

gaming, game development

The BSc Games Development degree provides you with the overall general skills of a good software engineer, with a specialism in games-related technologies. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of game technologies, incorporating practical skills in programming, rendering, artificial intelligence, mathematics, hardware and software engineering. You will have the opportunity to undertake various projects that will allow you to explore advanced game technology concepts with suitable supervisor support. There will also be the opportunity to work with our Digital Media students for group based projects.

The course has been designed to offer advanced entry to year 2 for students with an HNC in a related subject area, such as Games Development or Computing.

This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge of games development and cultivate your professional skills within a broader area. You will be able to understand concepts of playfulness and the structure of games, as well as how to produce digital content. You will gain transferable skills in problem solving, planning, team work, and project management.

The Games Development Degree at Edinburgh Napier University is one of a select number of courses to be accredited by Creative Skillset, the government body which monitors such courses, meeting the stringent technical and industrial requirements (mathematics, software engineering, industry engagement, facilities).

Professional accreditation:

BCS Accredited DegreeNVidia CUDA Teaching CenterPlayStation.FirstUnreal EngineCreative Skill Set

We have been awarded PlayStation®First status by Sony (SCEE), providing unique access to Sony’s PlayStation® development hardware (dev-kits) and software (SDK), so we can equip students with industry relevant game technology skills across PlayStation®3, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®Vita and PlayStation®Portable development kits.

Edinburgh Napier University is one of a select number of Universities worldwide to be honoured as a CUDA Teaching Center. This award supports the Game Developments efforts in parallel computing education and research. GPU computing and CUDA tools are integrated into numerous modules and within the university, such as, the concurrent and parallel systems and computer graphics modules. Students at Edinburgh Napier University can expect to learn the latest in cross-platform parallel programming.

Key people directing & teaching include:

For more information, see the game group website.

Noé Pagés Puertas
2015 Graduate

"At the end of the day, coming to Edinburgh Napier University was one of the best decisions I've made in my life and I would recommend other aspiring game developers to do the same. If I've learned anything from the game development course at Edinburgh Napier University, it would be the value of hard work, determination, and the importance of having a strong desire for doing something you love."

What you study: Games Development Programme Flowchart

Games Development Programme Flowchart

Work placement

This course includes the possibility of a yearlong industry work placement during your third year of study.


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.

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.

Minimum year 1

SQA Higher

Typical Entry Requirement

BBBB to include Maths.

National 5 grade C in English.

Adjusted Offer Entry Requirement

BBCC to include Maths.

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

BCC to include Maths.

GCSE grade C/4 in English.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Pre-2017 Grading System:

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

New Grading System:

H2, H2, H3, 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.

Minimum year 2


Pass in a related subject with grade B in the graded unit.

Higher Maths grade B or equivalent.

SQA Advanced Higher


BBC to include Maths.

A Level

BBB to include Maths.

BTEC (QCF) Extended Diploma Level 3

Minimum grades DDD (Distinction, Distinction, Distinction) in a related subject. 

A Level Maths grade C or equivalent.

Minimum year 3


Pass in a related subject with grades BB at SCQF Level 8 in the graded unit(s).

Higher Maths grade B or equivalent.

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.

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.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your 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 being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Scotland/EU £1,820 £1,820
England Wales and Northern Ireland £9,000 £9,250
Overseas £11,950 £12,350

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Coming to Edinburgh Napier was one of my best decisions and I recommend other aspiring game developers do the same. I've learned the value of hard work and the importance of doing something you love.

Noé Pagés Puertas

BSc Games Development graduate 2015


"Fantastic, hard work and worthwhile". All computing students can do a paid year-long work placement during their third year.

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