NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY

Computer Science with Games Development

Mcomp  |  Placement Year:   No

The MComp (Hons) Computer Science with Games Development is an integrated masters course for those interested in taking their enthusiasm for computing to degree level and beyond. Our course covers a broad range of computing specialisms and will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry.

From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

This course has been developed to meet the demand for skilled individuals who understand how computers work and who have a desire to work for a games development studio after graduation. This course aims to provide you with a deep knowledge of the principles of computer science, enhanced by specialist skills in developing computer games.

Programme description

The MComp (Hons) Computer Science with Games Development is an integrated masters course for those interested in taking their enthusiasm for computing to degree level and beyond. Our course covers a broad range of computing specialisms and will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry.

From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

This course has been developed to meet the demand for skilled individuals who understand how computers work and who have a desire to work for a games development studio after graduation. This course aims to provide you with a deep knowledge of the principles of computer science, enhanced by specialist skills in developing computer games.

Key Modules

Give your career an edge:

For those with high career aspirations, this integrated Masters course can give you an extra edge in today’s competitive job market.

Here at Northumbria, we know how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a head start in your career so we enable you to gain real-world experience on a yearlong professional placement in your third year on this course.

Previous computer science students have had the opportunity to go on a placement in blue chip companies such as Hewett Packard and GlaxoSmithKline and at CERN in Geneva. CERN has doubled the number of students it will take on placement, reflecting the respect and value placed on this degree by prestigious industry professionals.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year at a partner institution, enabling you to gain global perspective on your subject and boost your future career prospects.

Your Future:

This course covers a broad range of computing specialisms and will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry.  Our existing games graduates are employed in a wide range of games companies in the UK and overseas, varying from small start-ups to triple-A studios.

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of careers in computer science. These include communication, analytical and problem solving skills, technical skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

As a computer science graduate, you could enter a career in areas such as games development, software engineering, systems analysis and design, computer networks, database development and management, software testing, artificial intelligence, and web development.

 

Module & Subject
Year 1

Year one This year you will be introduced to core computer programming concepts and languages and you will also focus on the analysis, design and building of software and begin to develop online systems.

  • KC4000 -Relational Databases (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF4006 -Procedural Programming (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF4007 -Object Oriented Programming (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF4009 -Web Technologies (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF4010 -Computing Fundamentals (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF4011 -Systems Analysis (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KV5001 -Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences(Optional, 0 Credits)

 

Year 2

Year two You will complete a variety of programming tasks, projects and assignments relating to concepts such as operating systems, computer networks and control systems, software engineering, machine learning and computer vision and developing more advanced online systems.

  • KF5002 -Web Programming (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF5008 -Program Design and Development (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF5010 -Operating Systems and Concurrency (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF5011 -Computer Networks and Control Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF5012 -Software Engineering Practice (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF5042 -Intelligent Systems (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KV5001 -Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences(Optional, 0 Credits)

 

Year 3

Year three You have the option to go out on industrial placement to put your skills into professional practice. You can also combine a placement with overseas study at another university or study abroad for a year.

  • KA5029 -International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional, 60 Credits)
  • KA5030 -International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)
  • KF5000 -Professional Placement (Engineering and Environment) (Optional, 120 Credits)
  • KF5001 -Professional Placement (One Semester) (Optional, 60 Credits)
  • KV5001 -Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences(Optional, 0 Credits)
  • KA5029 -International Academic Exchange 1 (Optional, 60 Credits)
  • KA5030 -International Academic Exchange 2 (Optional, 120 Credits)
  • KF5000 -Professional Placement (Engineering and Environment) (Optional, 120 Credits)
  • KF5001 -Professional Placement (One Semester) (Optional, 60 Credits)
  • KV5001 -Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences(Optional, 0 Credits)

 

Year 4

Year four This year includes a large-scale challenging project, where you will design, analyse, develop and evaluate a production relating to the course.

  • KF6006 -Individual Computing Project (Core, 60 Credits)
  • KF6015 -Games Design (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF6017 -Software Architecture for Games (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF6050 -Professionalism and Games Case Project (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KV5001 -Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences(Optional, 0 Credits)

 

Year 5

Year five Your final year will be your Masters-level year, when you will work in advanced areas and continue your choice of specialism, allowing you to gain the skills that set you apart from other graduates.

  • KF7004 -MComp Computing Research Project (Core, 40 Credits)
  • KF7007 -Software Development and Management (Core, 40 Credits)
  • KF7008 -Mobile Application Development (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KF7034 -3D Graphics Programming (Core, 20 Credits)
  • KV5001 -Academic Language Skills for Computer and Information Sciences(Optional, 0 Credits)

 

Entry Requirements
  • GCSE requirements:
    A good GCSE profile is expected including Maths, English Language and a Science subject at minimum grade C or equivalent.  If you have studied for a new GCSE for which you will be awarded a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a minimum grade 4.
  • UCAS Tariff Points:
    120-128 UCAS Tariff points including one or more of the following:
  • GCE and VCE Advanced Level:
    From at least 2 GCE/VCE A Levels 
  • Edexcel/BTEC National Extended Diploma:
    Distinction, Distinction, Merit 
  • Scottish Highers:
    BBBCC - BBBBC at Higher level to include, CCC - BCC at Advanced Higher 
  • Irish Highers:
    BBBBBABBBB to include
  • IB Diploma:
    120-128 UCAS Tariff points including minimum score of 4 in at least three subjects at Higher level
  • Access to HE Diploma:
    Award of full Access to HE Diploma including 18 credits at Distinction and 27 at Merit
  • Qualification combinations:
    The University welcomes applications from students studying qualifications from different qualification types - for example A level and a BTEC qualification in combination, and if you are made an offer you will be asked to achieve UCAS Tariff points from all of the qualifications you are studying at level 3.  Should the course you wish to study have a subject specific requirement then you must also meet this requirement, usually from GCE A level.
  • Applicants from the EU:
    Applicants from the EU are welcome to apply and if the qualification you are studying is not listed here then please contact the Admissions Team for advice or see our EU Applicants pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/european-union/eu-applications/
  • International applicants:
    The University is pleased to welcome international applicants from over 100 countries and considers a wide range of qualifications for entry to its programmes.  For specific information please visit our International Admissions pages here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/international/international-admissions/
  • International applicants are also required to have one of the following English language qualifications with grades as shown below
  • A British      Council International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0      (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing,      Listening and Speaking of 5.5
  • Pearson      Academic score of 54 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of      Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51
  • The University also accepts many other English language qualifications and if you have any questions about our English Language requirements please contact our International Adm
  • Entry at IELTS 5.0 or equivalent. This will usually mean one or two semesters of language study before joining undergraduate courses; two or more semesters for postgraduate courses. 

    Entry at IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. This will usually mean one semester of language study before joining undergraduate courses; one or more semesters for postgraduate courses. 

    Entry at IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. This will usually mean one semester of language study before joining postgraduate courses. 

    Plus relevant target degree admissions requirements. 
    Normal minimum age 17 if birthday falls in first year of study.

 

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 36-48 Months
Course Fee:  17000.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Newcastle City Campus, 2 Ellison Pl, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ST, UK Phone: +44 191 232 6002
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER