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Computer Games Development

Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Computing and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

This course is open to anyone with a UK honours degree in a STEM or games related subject – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent. We might also consider your application if you a have a relevant lower-level qualification, together with substantial professional experience in a related field.

Months of entry


Course content


Manchester has been identified as one of the major games industry hubs outside of London* (*source: 'A Map of the UK', Nesta, 2020). Home to organisations such as Gameopolis, the city is a driving force for the future of the games industry.

With our MSc in Computer Games Development, you’ll gain the skills required for an exciting career within this growing industry, both here in Manchester and beyond. You’ll learn the core essentials of programming for games and you’ll conduct playtesting sessions and user research to ensure that your games are fun, impactful and that they effectively reach their target audience.

You will also complete a masters project. While you’ll have plenty of support along the way, it’s a solo research project designed to develop confidence, autonomy and self-sufficiency – qualities that can take you far in the workplace.

By the time you complete your masters, you’ll not only have the technical knowledge, but you’ll also have gained key employability skills such as team working, communication, project management and negotiation skills. With the mentorship of passionate games-focused staff at Manchester Met, you will be able to build a refined and diverse portfolio, to help you work towards securing a job in the games industry.

*source: 'A Map of the UK', Nesta, 2020

Core units:

  • Games Programming
  • Games User Research
  • Games Studio
  • Rapid Game Prototyping
  • The Games Industry
  • Research Project

Features and benefits of the course

  • Excellent facilities – The Department has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories, together with the support of our dedicated technical staff.
  • Dedicated games lab – Our dedicated games lab is equipped with gaming chairs, keyboards and mice used for our eSports events. You'll also have access to an animation lab with a green-screen area and a user experience lab.
  • Excellent standards – The Department is a member of the Oracle Academy and an academic partner of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec).
  • Thriving technology sector – Being in Manchester puts one of the largest creative and digital technology sectors outside the capital on your doorstep.
  • Leading research – Our research is rated ‘internationally excellent’ with some rated ‘world-leading’ in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF, 2014).

Placement options

Strengthen your skillset by spending time in real-life situations, applying the skills you’ve learned throughout your academic studies in a practical industry environment.

This course is available with an optional placement year, which you’ll commence in your second year after you’ve completed your academic credits. The placement provides an opportunity to develop a professional career development plan. You’ll be able to apply the skills you’ve learned throughout your postgraduate studies in a practical workplace, and tailor your knowledge to suit a specific industry or skillset.

A placement fee applies.

Information for international students

International students please see mmu.ac.uk/international

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100

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