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Computer Science with Games Technology

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

Grades ABB (preferably to include Computer Science or Mathematics)

We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an ‘A’ Level offer reduced by one grade.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C) PLUS GCSE Mathematics at grade 6 (B)

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

IB with 32 points to include 6 in all Higher Level subjects

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*DD

IT/Numerate subjects (e.g. IT(Software Development) preferred

UCAS Tariff

128

Grades ABB (preferably to include Computer Science or Mathematics)

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Computer games

Computer science

This integrated master’s degree will prepare you for a career in the dynamic computer game sector. You’ll learn how computer games are built and work, and discover how to solve programming problems related to game development. It is your most direct route to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

This degree is suitable for those who want to apply their imagination to complex programming problems, while working in a creative, dynamic and successful area of British industry and are looking for a successful career in technical computing, with interests in the various roles directly and indirectly connected gaming and graphics. The course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and TIGA, a non-profit UK trade association representing the UK’s games industry.

City’s Computer Science with Games Technology MSci (Hons) course focuses on developing your expertise in software and programming before giving you the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of game engine architectures, computer graphics and game design, including the specialist skills needed for building computer game software.

- You will study at master’s level in your fourth year, learning alongside our internationally renowned researchers at the cutting edge of the subject.

- Gain the skills for a career in the thriving computer games sector, applying your computing expertise in a creative, dynamic and desirable industry

- Boost your professional credibility, employability and earning potential with a degree that satisfies the academic requirements for CEng status

- Become proficient in a broad range of programming languages and cutting-edge games programming techniques

- Boost your employability with an optional one-year work placement: past students have worked for Sony, PlayStation, Disney, Microsoft and Goldhawk Interactive

- Study in City’s computing labs, which include the latest hardware and software, such as state-of-art NVidia GPUs

- Gain three years of professional experience with our innovative Professional Pathway Scheme, combining paid employment and study.

The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as IBM, PlayStation, Disney, Microsoft and Goldman Sachs.

City's unique location provides excellent work experience opportunities at nearby Tech City. Careers include working as a key technical specialist in the computer games industry or as a business analyst, web developer, technical architect, user experience designer or helpdesk engineer. A broad knowledge of computer science and sophisticated programming skills also make graduates attractive to employers in other industries.

Modules

Year 1
Study our common first year for all our computer science students, learning six core topics including operating systems, web development and Java.

- Introduction to Algorithms (15 credits)
- Mathematics for Computing (15 credits)
- Systems Architecture (15 credits)
- Programming in Java (30 credits)
- Databases and Web Development (30 credits)
- Operating Systems (15 credits)

Year 2
Deepen your knowledge of computer science with core modules such as games technology and object-orientated analysis. Boost your professional skills with a team project.

- Data Structures and Algorithms (15 credits)
- Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (15 credits)
- Professional Development in IT (15 credits)
- Team Project (30 credits)
- Games Technology (15 credits)
- Programming in C++ (15 credits)
- Computer Networks (15 credits)

Year 3
Study advanced games technology, computer graphics and other core modules that are fundamental to games technology. Choose elective modules in areas that interest you.

- Computer Graphics (15 credits)
- Advanced Games Technology (15 credits)
- Digital Signal Processing and Audio Programming (15 credits)
- Functional Programming (15 credits)
- Language Processors (15 credits)
- Advanced Databases (15 credits)
- Theory of Computation (15 credits)
- Professional Placement and Career Development (30 credits)
- Data Visualization (15 credits)
- Advanced Programming: Concurrency (15 credits)
- Cloud Computing (15 credits)
- Information Security Fundamentals (15 credits)
- Computer Vision (15 credits)
- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
- Programming and Mathematics for AI (15 credits)
- Agents and Multi Agents Systems (15 credits)
- User Centred Systems (15 credits)

Year 4
Develop in-depth professional expertise to prepare you for your career in game technology. Study core game development modules and undertake an individual project to showcase your skills.

- The Games Development Process (15 credits)
- Computer Games Architectures (15 credits)
- Individual Project (45 credits)
- Software Systems Design (15 credits)
- Advanced Databases (15 credits)
- Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures (15 credits)
- Computer Vision (15 credits)
- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
- Programming and Mathematics for Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
- Computational Cognitive Systems (15 credits)
- Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (15 credits)
- Advanced Games Technology (15 credits)

Assessment methods

"Assessment is by examination and coursework although some components, such as the team project, are assessed by coursework alone.

Written examinations contain theoretical questions, including mathematical aspects, as well as writing and analysing small amounts of code and short essays on the applications of computational techniques.

Coursework takes many forms, including programming, modelling, theoretical work and essays. In the Individual Project you will carry out an independent investigation of a significant computing problem, applying knowledge and skills that you have learnt through the programme.

Feedback will be provided in line with our Assessment and Feedback Policy. In particular, you will normally be provided with feedback within three weeks of the submission deadline or assessment date.

For end-of-module examinations or an equivalent significant task (e.g. an end-of-module project), feedback will normally be provided within four weeks. The timescale for feedback on final-year projects may be longer.

In your first year you must also complete an online risk and safety assessment to progress to stage two of the programme.

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:

Year 1
Written examination: 41%
Coursework: 59%

Year 2
Written examination: 35%
Coursework: 65%

Year 3
Written examination: 26%
Coursework: 74%

Year 4
Written examination: 48%
Practical: 2%
Coursework: 50%

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£18,210
per year
International
£18,210
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

Computer Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

69%
low
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
93%
Male students
7%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
C

Computer science

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
11%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£26,000
med
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

49%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
16%
Information technology technicians
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

This is a relatively new subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Gaming is a growing industry, and if it continues to grow we should see the rather high unemployment rate coming down over the next few years. Much the most common jobs for graduates who do get work after six months are in programming roles - but as things stand, be aware that jobs in the field are very competitive and personal contacts - either through family, friends or via specialist employment agencies - are a crucial way into the industry so be prepared to talk as well as code!

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£27,300
med
Average annual salary
75%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

62%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
12%
Information technology technicians
8%
Engineering professionals

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£32k

£32k

£38k

£38k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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