Taught course

Computer Games Development

Institution
Manchester Metropolitan University · Department of Computing and Mathematics
Qualifications
MSc

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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.

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.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Overview

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

Career prospects

With the practical skills and knowledge that you’ll develop with us, you’ll be ready to pursue an exciting career in the games industry. You’ll be able to apply for roles such as game developer, game programmer, game designer, game tool programmer, and project manager.

The transferable knowledge and skills which you’ll learn will also allow you to pursue more general, non-games related IT, computing and software development roles.

Careers support is available from the moment you join us, throughout your time here, and for up to three years after the completion of your course. We have a range of services available through the Department of Computing and Mathematics and the University Careers Service including dedicated careers and employability advisors.

Professional Accreditations and Endorsements

The Department of Computing and Mathematics is an educational affiliate of the British Computing Society, the Chartered Institute for IT in the UK (BCS), a member of the Oracle Academy and an Academy for the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

The Department is an academic partner of Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) who recognises our expertise in the field of information and cybersecurity.

We’re also part of the new £40m national Institute of Coding (IoC) and leading the charge to make coding accessible for all, training the North West’s future digital workforce.

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

Course contact details

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