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    1. 2017
    2. 2016

Computer Science with Games Technology

BSc (Hons) |
City's degree in BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology develops technical, games-building skills along with a general computer science education.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years, or 4 years with 1-year placement, or the Professional Pathway scheme (combining degree with IT work experience).



Full-time: £9,000 (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC)


Full-time: £13,000 (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

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Who is it for?

The BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology 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.


The BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Technology degree will give you 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.


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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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This course is accredited by TIGA, a non-profit UK trade association representing the UK’s games industry.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • ‘A’ Level
    • Grades BBB (Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics preferred) or 120 UCAS tariff points
    • Reduced offers may be available to some applicants.
  • IB
    • 32 points, including 6 in all higher subjects.
  • BTEC
    • IT/Numerate subjects only. IT(Software Development) preferred at D*DD.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE English Language at grade 4 and Mathematics at grade 5 (C in English and B in Mathematics) or equivalents.

For help with the new UCAS tariff please visit the UCAS Tariff Calculator

Other suitable qualifications

  • Access to Higher Education will be considered when combined with substantial work or other experience.
  • Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Computer Science. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, to include 6.0 in writing
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

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. Find out more about:

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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 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.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies. You can undertake one of the following 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 innovative scheme is unique to City University London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study (gaining up to three years of professional experience alongside your degree).
  • Summer internships - these can be taken every summer on completion of the academic year

Our dedicated team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment across a range of industries. The team also 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 higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

Academic facilities

The School's computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies and acquire skills and knowledge that will form basis for your future career within IT.

From Oracle’s leading commercial object-relational database server to PCs with state-of-art NVidia GPUs, used for computer graphics, students will have access to all necessary tools required for their studies across all computer science disciplines.

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Teaching and learning

You will learn through a combination of:

  • Lectures
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • 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.

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 60%


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):

Year 1

A common first year syllabus with three other City courses offers flexibility, as you can make your final choice of degree at the end of the first year.

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 2

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 and operating systems
  • Object-oriented analysis & design
  • Professional development in IT
  • Programming in C++.

Year 3

In year three, you will take one core module in Advanced games technology and may choose four 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.

Elective modules include:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer Graphics
  • Data visualisation
  • Digital Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Project management

Professional Pathways students undertake IT work experience while studying part time for Part 2 and Part 3 over three years.

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.

75% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

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