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Year of Entry 2020/21
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Computer Science for Games

Full-time Computing

Create the software powering the next generation of blockbuster games.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year) ††
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4 / 5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 128 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? G612
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop advanced programming skills, using C++ as the core language throughout the course.
  • Use industry-standard APIs such as Microsoft's DirectX, Unity, Unreal, Corona, OpenGL, Android SDK and iOS.
  • Learn about game design, ethics, game industry business models, 3D graphics and modelling packages.
  • Study on a course with industry accreditation from Creative Skillset, TIGA and the British Computer Society.

Study the skills and techniques demanded by the games industry, such as programming, software engineering and optimisation, mathematics and the use of games hardware on desktop, consoles and mobile platforms. Develop project management techniques and tools used within the games industry and design your own games in the world's largest PlayStation® teaching lab.

In 2018 we were named 'Best Educational Institution' by TIGA, the independent games association. The award recognises our games courses for being world leading, having strong links with industry, and leading its students into graduate roles.


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

You learn and are assessed through

  • individual coursework
  • presentations
  • group work
  • examinations
  • projects

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement 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 (SCEE)
  • Team17
  • SN Systems
  • SI Games
  • Autodesk
  • Dumpling Design
  • Jollywise Media
  • 3Squared
  • Next
  • Sumo Digital

Networking opportunities

We work in close partnership with games companies such as Sumo Digital, SN Systems and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). They provide equipment and input into the design, development and delivery, ensuring we teach the very latest topics. For example, industry speakers give talks on specialist topics and offer employability advice.

We've been awarded PlayStation®First status by Sony (SCEE), providing unique access to PlayStation® professional development hardware (dev-kits) and software (SDK) and equipping students with industry relevant game development skills across PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation®VR.

Live projects

You may be selected to work within Steel Minions, our own commercially licensed game development studio, and take part in small-scale commercial development projects. Unlike the undergraduate degree version of this course, the extra year of study allows you to consolidate your skills and develop commercial quality, industry ready software to enhance your portfolio and improve your employability.

This course is accredited by Creative Skillset (the Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council) and TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association) and the BCS (British Computer Society).

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

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

Accreditation

This course is accredited by ScreenSkills (The Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council) and 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, fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and fully 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.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • C++, C#, x86 assembly language
  • PlayStation® professional development hardware (dev kits) and software (SDK)
  • Unity, Unreal, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality
  • Microsoft® DirectX, OpenGL, Android, iOS
  • the world's largest PlayStation® teaching lab

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 128

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • ABB at A Level including relevant subjects.
  • DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • A combination of relevent qualifications.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • Maths at grade B or 5
  • English Language at grade C or 4

• Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 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 can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Fundamentals Of Computer Architecture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Fundamentals Of Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Game Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mathematics For Graphics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional Experience And Project Development  Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Systems Modelling For Games Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Mathematics For Modelling And Rendering Credits: 20
Module: Object-Oriented Programming For Games Credits: 20
Module: Professional Development Project Credits: 20
Module: Programming For Games Credits: 20
Module: Software-Hardware Optimisation Techniques Credits: 20
Module: Web Application Development Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: 3D Games Prototyping Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Artificial Intelligence In Games Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Game Software Project Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Real-Time 3D Techniques For Games Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Methods And Professionalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
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
Exam
Module: Mobile Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming "Things" Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Game Development Practice Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Individual Project (Computing) Credits: 45 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multiprocessing And Parallel Systems Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Software Studio Planning Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Special Techniques For Graphics And Animation Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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 students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

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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.

Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF)

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