Taught course

Games Software Development

Sheffield Hallam University · Computing

Entry requirements

Typically you need a degree software engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, games programming or related areas. You should have a strong motivation to develop software and a keen interest in technological developments. We will also consider you if you have 5-10 years suitable industrial experience in art, computing, programming or other relevant areas, and depending on your educational background. Knowledge or experience of the games industry is useful but not essential. You must also satisfy us that you have an appropriate level of skill to succeed on the course by demonstrating competency with the C++ programming language. You complete a short multiple-choice test consisting of a series of questions about the C++ language and its associated execution behaviour. We also require one suitable reference. You need to demonstrate appropriate English skills, which is typically shown by having either • completed a degree taught and assessed in English • an English GCSE at grade C or better • an IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English.

Months of entry


Course content

Learn the skills to become a future technology leader on this technically oriented game programming course. Study the core C++ and graphics skills essential for contemporary game development and experience the way that gaming projects are developed and managed within the industry. Gain access to the largest PlayStation teaching facilities in the world, and use the same software, tools and techniques as the mainstream games industry.

• Learn to develop real-time 3D graphics software with C++ and DirectX.
• One of only a small number of industry-accredited postgraduate game programming courses in the UK.
• Get access to the largest PlayStation® teaching facilities in the world.
• Develop and publish games through the Steel Minions game studio.

Information for international students

Please visit our website at http://www.shu.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit http://www.shu.ac.uk/international/scholarships-bursaries to find out more.

Qualification and course duration


full time
13 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
3 months


part time
12 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Faculty of ACES
0114 225 5555
0114 225 3433