University of Hull

University of Hull

Computer Science for Games Development

Games development is the fastest growing entertainment industry in the world. Our MSc gives you the highly specialised set of skills needed to stay at the forefront of this demanding and constantly evolving field.

Created with involvement from industry professionals, the course programme focuses on the technical aspects of game development and the underlying fundamentals of computer science. We cover a range of core concepts, including C++ programming, physics simulation, concurrency, advanced graphics, artificial intelligence, and game engine architecture. You will have use of our dedicated games development lab, equipped with the latest console development kits and top-spec PCs, plus access to HIVE - our multi-million pound virtual environment lab, which provides access to emerging and new technologies for computer interaction, data collection and visualisation.

The course begins in September each year and lasts twelve months. There are two trimesters of taught modules, followed by an individual dissertation project during the third trimester. There is an option to take an extra trimester immediately before the dissertation, gaining industrial experience through a module based in SEED, our software development unit working with commercial clients. This is unique to Hull.

The Department of Computer Science creates an excellent experience for students, with a supportive student community. We have an international reputation for our research activities, with a strong record of industrial and public grant funding. We are also affiliated with Microsoft's DreamSpark programme, which allows you to access the latest Microsoft operating systems and development software for home use. Once registered with the department, you can download the software free of charge.

Entry requirements

A minumum 2.2 Honours degree in computing or equivalent, or demonstrable suitable computer programming experience; International applicants - Competence in English is required for international students. For example: IELTS with 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each skill; previous study in English is accepted; candidates that do not meet the language requirements may take an English course at the University of Hull prior to entering the programme.

Course modules

Core modules -; C++ Programming and Design; Real Time Graphics; Game Development Architecture; Simulation and Concurrency; Advanced Rendering and Artificial Intelligence for Games; Development Project;

Optional modules -; Computer Science Software Development Practice extra trimester - pass/fail module based in SEED Software, working with commercial clients.; The Industrial Experience optional 60-credit single trimester module allows students to gain significant commercial experience;

Dissertation - Up to 20,000 words. There is the option of taking this module either in trimester 3 or trimester 4, depending on whether you take the Industrial Experience module

Assessment methods

This MSC is designed to support students with various levels of computing and programming practice experience. However, it is particularly suited to those with significant experience of writing code.;
The modules in the first trimester are designed to allow a smooth transition to postgraduate study, regardless of your background.;
As a route into research, the programme supports the development of postgraduate technical skills, alongside critical research, analysis and planning activities.;
In lectures you'll benefit from a range of techniques, from interpreting complex ideas through interactive discussions, to live programming or other problem-solving demonstrations.;
Teaching and learning - We place a strong emphasis on practical laboratory sessions. These will significantly develop your core computer science skills, and enhance your employability through exposure to commercial projects.;
As teamwork plays a key role in commercial software development and has great value as an employable skill, group work is used in a number of modules.;

Assessment - Practical coursework is the main form of assessment, and you will design, build and test software solutions to a variety of problems. This is complemented by written coursework. The largest assessment is the dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,200 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Hull Campus Hull HU6 7RX Yorkshire and the Humber

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Key information

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