Game Development* (MSc)

Developed by industry veterans, this master’s degree in game development provides you with the skills you need to gain an edge in the competitive world of videogame development.

Your mentors have a combined experience of over 30 years in the games industry, having worked on AAA franchises including Crysis, Star Wars: Battlefront, Prey, Sniper Elite, Aliens vs. Predator and Bioshock.

Building on your existing skills in art, programming or games design this course offers you the flexibility to choose from a variety of topics that interest you and will help you specialise within a particular field.

Topics include:

  • Technical art
  • Environmental design
  • Animation
  • Game theory
  • Network programming
  • Procedural generation algorithms
  • Machine learning and data analytics
  • Serious game development
  • Tool programming

In addition to these topics you will also be given the opportunity to work with other programmers, designers and artists on our year-long Collaborative Project module to create an industry-standard combined portfolio piece to help propel you into the industry.

Finally, in the third semester, you have the option of embarking on a summer industry placement, to put the skills you have learned over the previous two semesters into action inside a professional game development company.

Get Game Development course updates and hear more about studying with us.

Study style

Building on your established knowledge in a computer science or game-related subject, this course explores specialist topics through lectures and tutorial sessions. All modules are assessed via coursework to give you an additional portfolio piece to further increase your employability.

Entry requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above in a games or computer science related discipline with a substantial software development component.

Applicants failing to meet this requirement may still be eligible for entry if they can demonstrate a strong personal portfolio of related works in an interview with a member of the course staff.

In order to complete your programme successfully, it is important to have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, if you are a non-UK applicant you will usually be required to provide certificated proof of English language competence before commencing your studies.


Fees - 2020/21 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £7500
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £14700

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study; see also the details of potential extra costs. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


  • Game Designer
  • Technical Artist
  • Gameplay Programmer
  • 3D Modeller
  • Network Programmer
  • 3D Animator

*This course is 'subject to validation' which means it is going through the final stages of approval. Courses do normally get approved, but if for any reason this course does not then you would be informed by the university and we would help you find a suitable alternative.

Industry links

With our close ties to a number of developers, all of our modules are approved by current industry specialists. Our on-campus conference where we invite industry speakers to talk to students on a wide variety of topics and engage in portfolio workshops to give professional feedback on their work is one example of the kind of careers events we offer to futher your employability and your skills.


Taught by industry veterans

All of your mentors are either industry veterans with experience working on AAA and indie titles or a strong background in cutting edge research such as Machine Learning and Serious Games. There is expertise and focus on keeping up-to-date with current industry standards, helping to give you the skills required within industry.

Games development student

Work as part of a multidisciplinary team

Working in the games industry you will be required to work as part of a multidisciplinary team. This master's degree offers you a variety of opportunities to work together with other disciplines (designers, programmers and artists) to build industry-standard projects and enhance your portfolio and increase your skills.

Games development student

Network with professional developers

This master's course offers you a variety of career opportunities to enhance your employability and perfect your portfolio. From our industry conference with guest speakers from AAA game studios to our trips to the Brain’s Eden Games Jam, Brighton Develop Conference and many more we give you the opportunity to network with professional developers and get their feedback on your work.

Keep me updated

Fill in the form below and we'll be in touch with Game Development updates, upcoming events and everything you need to know about university life.