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BSc (Honours) Computer Science for Games

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Computer Science for Games

Course in clearing
Full-time Computing

Create the software powering the next generation of blockbuster games.


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2022. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 or apply online.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.

 

Employability

100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating, with 92% in highly skilled employment or further study (2018/19 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? G611
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop advanced programming skills, using C++ from the start
  • Use industry-standard technologies: Microsoft's DirectX, Vulkan, PlayStation® devkits, Unity and Unreal game engines, Android SDK and Oculus and Vive VR SDK
  • Learn about 3D graphics, computer architecture, game engines, game ethics and game industry business models

Study the skills demanded by the games industry, such as programming, software engineering and optimisation, mathematics, and the use of games hardware on desktops, consoles, and mobile platforms. Build project management skills and develop your own games in a dedicated PlayStation® teaching lab.


Student View

Watch student Torrell Ewan talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Mark Featherstone talk about this course.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You learn and are assessed through

  • individual coursework
  • presentations
  • group work
  • examinations
  • final year project

Each year your main games module uses project-based learning. You learn and are assessed through undertaking a series of game development projects, both individually and in teams. Project-based learning helps you build your confidence as a game developer, and you get to experience what it's like to work in a game development team. Projects are based around a particular topic, for example, building a 3D game in DirectX, but you have the opportunity to design and develop the specific project application in a direction of your choice.

Course leaders and tutors

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Martyn Prigmore
Senior Lecturer

Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University's College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement, typically in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

In previous years, students have taken placements at

  • Sony (SIEE)
  • Sumo Digital
  • Team17
  • SN Systems
  • SI Games
  • Autodesk
  • Dumpling Design
  • Jollywise Media
  • 3Squared
  • Supermassive

Live projects

If you do well in the first two years, you will be eligible for transfer to our related MComp course, an integrated masters course that provides additional depth of study and increased industry involvement. You may also be selected to work within Steel Minions, our own commercially licensed game development studio, and take part in small-scale commercial development projects.

Networking opportunities

We work in close partnership with games companies such as Sumo Digital, SN Systems and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE). They provide equipment and input into the design, development and delivery of the course, ensuring we teach the very latest topics. We also work with Grads In Games to organise industry speakers to give talks on specialist topics and offer employability advice.

We've been awarded PlayStation®First status by Sony (SIEE), providing access to PlayStation® professional development hardware (devkits) and software (SDK) and equipping students with industry-relevant game development skills across PlayStation® and PlayStation® VR.

Competitions

There is an annual student prize for the best software development tool, sponsored by SN Systems — a part of Sony Interactive Entertainment.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • game software development
  • graphical software design and visualisation
  • applications programming
  • software engineering

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as

  • Sumo Digital
  • SN Systems
  • 3Squared
  • Servelec Group
  • Hewlett-Packard Ltd
  • IBM Ltd
  • Citrix
  • ORACLE

Accreditation

This course is accredited by TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association).

This course is also accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Student success story

Former games student Andrew talks about working in Steel Minions, Sheffield Hallam's in-house games studio.

Student success story
Muneer Fergiani

"I'm working on a VR version of our game PieceFall, which was released on the PlayStation store. This summer I went down to Sony's studio and played some unreleased and unannounced games so I could see examples of what good VR games could be."
Muneer Fergiani, BSc (Hons) Computer Science for Games


Muneer Fergiani

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you will work with

  • C++, C#, x86 assembly language
  • PlayStation® professional development hardware (devkits) and software (SDK)
  • Unity, Unreal, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
  • Microsoft® DirectX, Vulkan, Andriod, iOS
  • A PlayStation® teaching lab

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Entry requirements

All students

112 UCAS points, including 64 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BSc Hon Computer Science for Games with Foundation Year.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Fundamentals Of Computer Architecture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematics For Graphics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Programming 2D Games Credits: 80 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 3D Games Development Credits: 80 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Mathematics For Modelling And Rendering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Software-Hardware Optimisation Techniques Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Games Console Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project (Technical Computing) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Artificial Intelligence In Games Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Effective C++ Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Machine Learning Algorithms And Heuristics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mobile Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Programming "Things" Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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