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Computer Science with Games Technology  BSc (Hons)

This degree develops technical, games-building skills along with a more general computer science education and helps students embark on a career in an exciting and dynamic industry.

Overview

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Through City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology course, you will gain advanced knowledge of game engine architectures, computer graphics and game design, including the specialist skills needed for building computer game software.

You will acquire leading-edge computer games programming expertise, becoming proficient in a broad range of programming languages and software design techniques. You will also develop commercially valuable skills in computing laboratories and work with research groups.

This degree is suitable for those who want to apply their imagination to complex programming problems, while working in a creative, dynamic and successful area of British industry.

Watch 2013's students at Coding Bootcamp - your introduction to coding at City:

Developed by Games Industry Experts

Getting hands-on industry experience is key to your career development. Lectures are developed and delivered by industry experts. We also have strong links with games companies, helping you to find internships and placements as part of your courses. We source opportunities, help you with applications and support you during your internship/placement.

Companies that have offered these opportunities to City students in the past include Sony, EA , Criterion, Jagex, Playfish, Eutechynyx, Beefjack, Ideaworks and Playpen.

Student work

James Barlow-Bignell (2011 games BSc Advanced Games Coursework) OpenGL game written in C++


This course shares a common first year with the following City courses, giving you the flexibility to change course after a year's study if required (subject to approval):

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City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), exempting students from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to Chartered status.


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Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points or BBB at 'A' Level
  • IB: 32 points, 6 in all higher subjects
  • BTEC: DDD.
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year
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Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:

G490

Entry Requirements

For 2015 entry

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points or BBB at 'A' Level
  • IB: 32 points, 6 in all higher subjects
  • BTEC: DDD.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: English Language grade C and Mathematics grade C (or equivalents).

Other Suitable Qualifications

Foundation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, to include 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components.
  • GCSE: English Language grade C.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
Duration:
3 years or 4 years with a 1 year placement, or the Professional Pathway Scheme (combining the degree with 3 years of IT work experience)

Course Content

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology degree will help you develop your career in an exciting and dynamic industry.

You will gain:

  • advanced knowledge of games theory, graphics and games design
  • leading-edge computer programming expertise
  • specialist skills for building computer games software.

While at City, you will:

  • become proficient in a broad range of programming languages
  • become proficient in software design techniques
  • develop commercially, valuable skills and create a portfolio of technical demonstrations and games
  • develop expertise in computer games programming, software and technologies.

Course Structure

Year one

In year one, you will study six core modules:

  • Computation and reasoning
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Software engineering
  • Systems architecture
  • Programming in Java
  • Business systems.

Year two

In year two, you will take a further six core modules and can choose to undertake a project. Professional Pathway students take the core modules over a period of two years.

Core modules include:

  • Data structure & algorithms
  • Games technology
  • Networks & operating systems
  • Object-oriented analysis & design
  • Professional development in IT
  • Team project
  • Programming in C++.

Year three

In year three, you will take one core module in Advanced games technology and may choose five elective modules from a list of over 20. You will also undertake an individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest. Professional Pathway students take these core and elective modules over a period of two years.

Elective modules include:

  • Advanced databases
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Business engineering with ERP solutions
  • Cognition and technologies
  • Data visualisation
  • IT security
  • Project management
  • Management of IT strategy.

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars and laboratory sessions. Project and group work aim to develop creativity and problem-solving and play a major part in the course. Learning is also supported by City's online e-learning system.

Assessment is by examination and coursework, although some components, such as the team project, are assessed by coursework alone. Your final degree classification is calculated from the second and final years, with weightings of 40 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.

Recommended Reading

You may wish to undertake some preparatory reading.

"Objects First with Java, Fourth edition" D. Barnes and M. Klling. Pearson, 2009. ISBN 13: 978-0-13-700562-8

"Software Engineering" Ian Sommerville. Addison-Wesley, 8th edition, 2006
ISBN 0321313798

Discrete Mathematics by Lipschutz and Lipson (3rd edition)  'Inside the Machine' by Jon Stokes

Games Coding Complete, Fourth edition, Mike McShaffry, David Graham

Module leaders may choose to use different or additional texts to the ones listed above.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

As part of City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology you may gain paid work experience as part of your degree through one of our placement schemes:

  • One-year placement - these are taken after you have successfully completed your second year of studies; students work between nine and fifteen months on placement before returning to City to complete their final year;
  • Professional Pathway Scheme - this scheme is unique to City University London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to:

  • Achieve a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

Careers include working as a key technical specialist in the computer games industry. A broad knowledge of computer science and sophisticated programming skills also make graduates attractive to employers in a wide range of other industries.

Professional accreditation

City's BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), exempting you from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to chartered status.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Computer Science with Games Technology, including:

Computer Science with Games Technology

UCAS code: G490


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When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

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