Taught course

Games Development

University of East Anglia · School of Computing Sciences

Entry requirements

Open to students with a good first degree (min 2.1 or equivalent) in Computing Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics. Applicants should have some experience in programming (C/C++ or JAVA) while graphics programming experience (OpenGL, DirectX, XNA) is a bonus but not essential.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed for students with a degree in Computing, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics with additional programming experience, who seek specialist knowledge of advanced Computer Graphics, Virtual Environments and Games Development. Completing this course also serves as entry for PhD Degree in Computer Graphics or related topics such as Computer Vision, Medical Imaging and Human Computer Interaction.


The MSc in Games Development will give you in-depth knowledge of both Computer Graphics foundations and more advanced techniques relating to Game Development. Course modules cover a diverse portfolio of topics including: Games Architecture and Engines, GPUs and Shader Languages, Character Animation, Motion Capture, Games Physics, Collision Detection & Response, Virtual Environments, Advanced Rendering, Movie Animation and Special Effects.


Coursework exercises and projects are incremental, leading to a number of final products, including 2D/3D games and animation videos for the student’s future portfolio. Some project work with companies could involve paid placement.


The School of Computing Science has an excellent record in both post-BSc and post-MSc placements with many graduates going on to work in the entertainment and games development industries. The School utilises its internationally recognised research commercially, and graduates of this course often use taught technical and entrepreneurial skills to fulfil influential roles within the local and international community.


Computer game companies are driving the advancement of computer graphics hardware and software forward. This MSc is an excellent platform to a career in the games and entertainment industry.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components); PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components).

Fees and funding

Faculty of Science Scholarships & Bursaries

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate course in the Faculty of Science at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities.

Faculty of Science scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to eligible students studying in the following subject areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmacy

Any eligible applicant is invited to apply for a scholarship. As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office or visit the UEA website for further information on funding.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)1603 591515