Taught course

Serious Games and Virtual Reality

Glasgow School of Art · Digital Design Studio

Entry requirements

Bachelors Honours degree in a related discipline or equivalent professional practice. High calibre graduates from other disciplines may be considered if they are able to demonstrate an interest and ability in the field of visualisation.

Months of entry


Course content

Serious games and virtual reality represent a large, and actively growing, industry – the application of modern games technology in a wide range of areas around medicine, training, education, security and beyond. While educational games already represent a multi-billion dollar global industry, the recent growth in virtual reality has seen predictions that this market will grow to $150 billion dollars by 2020 (Techcrunch, April 6, 2015).

The MSc provides students with the skills to become a key part of this explosive growth, and potential to become key innovators in this exciting and rapidly developing area. The MSc offers students with prior programming/scripting experience the transferable skills to design, develop and analyse games and simulations for a range of application areas and to conduct interdisciplinary research in the serious applications of games technology, particularly in healthcare, education and training.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0 (at least 5.5 for each component) for International Heritage and Serious Games & VR pathways IELTS 6.5 (at least 5.5 for each component) for Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy pathway.

Fees and funding

Please see the fees and funding page for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
18-36 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
8 months


part time
12 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Daniel Livingstone
0141 566 1459