Computer Games Technology MSc

City University London
Course summary
2 years
9,000 GBP
Full time/part time
Next available date: September 2020 - London

Course description

Computer Games Technology MSc

Computer Games Technology MSc - a City University degree programme

The main objective of this programme is to develop strong technical skills and specialist knowledge in computer graphics. Candidates will learn how to build and design game engines, get an understanding of the planning and management processes in games technology projects, including the pitch, design, and use of a game engine to build a demo.

Suitability - Who should attend?

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree, the equivalent from an international institution or an equivalent professional qualification. Prior degrees should be in a numerate subject with a substantial computing content.

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components).

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Candidates who are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and are coming to study in the UK may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study. /p>

The way to apply may vary depending on the length of the course taken; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note:Candidates requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

The programme offers Computer Games Technology MSc. Graduates are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills in a range of topics in games technology in preparation for a career in computer games development.

Professional roles include:

  • 3D Graphics Programmer
    Specialist 3D graphics programmers often work on custom graphics engines that will be used across multiple games.
  • Audio Programmer
    Audio programmers specialise in the generation, mixing and playback audio content, often having to work at a low-level with the audio hardware.
  • Physics Programmer
    Physics programmers require a strong background in maths to write the software to simulate physical forces in real-time in a game.
  • Artificial Intelligence Programmer
    Game AI is a combination of 'real' AI as studied in universities and 'clever tricks' that make a game appear intelligent.
  • Simulation and Game Engine Programmer
    Specialist programmers in simulation must develop complex systems of interacting components.
  • User Interface Programmer
    User interface programmers must implement GUI systems and input control systems that are appropriate for a game world.
  • Tools and Utility Programmer
    An important specialisation for programmers is to develop the programs that can be used by artists and designers to generate game data.
  • Scripting Languages Programmer
    Some programmers specialise in developing scripting languages for use in game engines to support the scripting of game events.
  • Networking Specialist
    The need for networking and server programming specialists is growing as the popularity of online gaming increases.
  • Porting Programmer
    Programmers who specialise in porting games to new platforms require intimate knowledge of the target platform to get the most of it.

This course will enable you to...

After successful completion of the Computer Games Technology MSc course candidates may consider a PhD degree, towards an academic/ research career.

Training Course Content

In particular, the project component of the Computer Games Technology MSc gives students an opportunity to carry out an extended piece of work under the supervision of one of our specialist academic and research staff, at the cutting edge of games technology.

At the end of the course, students are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills in a range of topics in games technology in preparation for a career in computer games development.

8 Core Module(s):

Games development process

  • Develop a game design, pitch, and prototype using a game engine
  • Use good software engineering practice in games development
  • The Computer Games Technology course is available full time (12 months; evening and daytime study) and part time (up to 28 months; evening and daytime study).


The cost of the programme is:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Part-time EU: £4,500 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £14,500
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,250 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

The School offers a range of generous scholarships and bursaries to applicants for this course:

  • UK/EU applicants - Computer Science Scholarships of £2,000
  • City University London Graduate Loyalty Discount
  • International Student Scholarships of £2,000
  • Other scholarships, bursaries and prizes.

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