M.Sc. Games Development

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • EUR12500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
University of East Anglia | Norwich, United Kingdom
This course is designed for students with a degree in computing (or a good degree in engineering, mathematics or physics with additional programming experience) who wish to gain specialist knowledge in advanced Computer Graphics, Virtual Environments and Computer Games Development.

Description of Games Development


Computer games companies have dictated the advancement of computer graphics hardware and software over the last decade. The MSc in Games Development will give you an in-depth knowledge of both Computer Graphics foundations and more advanced techniques by focusing on Computer Games Development. This MSc is an excellent platform to a career in the games and entertainment industries. However, it can also serve as an entry for a PhD Degree in Computer Graphics or in related topics such as Computer Vision, Medical Imaging and Human Computer Interaction.

Course modules cover a wide range of topics including games architecture, games engines, games physics, GPUs and shader languages, character animation, motion capture, collision detection and response, specialist input/output devices (e.g. haptic/force feedback, stereoscopic displays, HMDs, motion tracking), virtual environments, advanced rendering, movie animation and special effects. Development platforms taught include Additionally, the course offers two different streams:
Stream 1 Games Programming: This stream is aimed at students mainly wishing to strengthen their programming skills to prepare them for programming jobs in the games industry.
Stream 2 Games Modeling: In the past, the games industry merely recruited either programmers or artists. However, during the last couple of years, games companies also have started to recruit employees with hybrid skills, i.e. those who have a solid grounding in computing science and some programming skills, but also have decent modeling and/or artistic skills. It is the aim of this stream to hone your skills in each of these two areas.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • EUR 12500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 5000 Year (EEA)
Start date September  2016
Credits (ECTS) 180 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

Compulsory Study (100 credits)


Option A Study (80 credits)


English Language Requirements

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Games Development

Degree Subject:Computer Science or a related subject.Degree Classification:Good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent).

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)
TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 (minimum 18 in listening, 21 speaking, 19 writing and 20 reading)
PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)
Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests such as TOEIC and the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English are also accepted by the university. Please check with the Admissions Office for further details including the scores or grades required.

Work Experience for Games Development

No work experience is required.

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University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

United Kingdom The University of East Anglia (UEA) is an internationally renowned university based in a campus that provides top quality academic, social and cultural facilities to over 15,000 students. It is ranked as one of the UK's Top 15 universities (Guardian University Guide 2015) and a top 20 (Complete University Guide 2015), with an international reputation for first-rate quality teaching and research across a wide range of subject areas.

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