Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Games Software Development

Students gain the skills needed to become a programmer in the games industry on this technically oriented course. As well as increasing their knowledge of programming languages such as C++ and 3D software packages like 3D Studio Max and Maya, they also learn professional skills such as project management and the stages of game development. Students create a professional portfolio to demonstrate their skills to prospective employers.

Entry requirements

Typically a degree in software engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, games programming or related areas; students should have a strong motivation to develop software and a keen interest in technological developments; applications may also be considered from those who have 5-10 years suitable industrial experience in art, computing, programming or other relevant areas, and depending on educational background; knowledge or experience of the games industry is useful but not essential; students must also satisfy the university that they have an appropriate level of skill to succeed on the course by demonstrating competency with the C++ programming language; they complete a short multiple-choice test consisting of a series of questions about the C++ language and its associated execution behaviour; a suitable reference is also required; English language competence: students need to demonstrate appropriate English skills, which is typically shown by having either: completed a degree taught and assessed in English; an English GCSE at grade C or better; an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

Course modules

Modules include: graphics and animation; architectures and technologies for entertainment software; interaction design for entertainment software; C++ boot camp; postgraduate diploma; special techniques for graphics and animation; management of entertainment and software projects; integrated development project; multi-processing and parallel technologies; research methods; research-based product development; seminar programme.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include: continuous assessment; project work; dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 3,100 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
MSc Part-time £ 5,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,200 per Academic year (home fees) 13 months
MSc Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 13 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Sheffield S1 1WB Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
0114 225 5555