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Computer Science (Game Development) (with a Placement Year) BSc (Hons)

Start date

September

UCAS code

G409

Duration

4 years

UCAS points

128 - 112

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Lead the tech landscape with our immersive game development course.

Develop in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with our game development course. You will build a strong foundation in computer science and cover advanced topics like:

  • modern game development technologies
  • mobile application development
  • game development
  • advanced game development.

As a result, you will become a leader in the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

A focus on employability

Our game development degree is hands-on. You will engage with:

  • lectures from industry guest speakers
  • hackathons
  • e-sports events like tournaments
  • field trips to leading tech organisations and industry partners
  • industry conferences
  • tech meetups.

Therefore, you will:

  • develop a thorough understanding of the industry
  • apply skills to real-world scenarios, enhancing skills crucial for success within the field
  • grow your network
  • become a sought-after graduate.

Cutting-edge facilities

You’ll learn in a dynamic environment and access:

  • computing labs
  • a dedicated game development and e-sports lab
  • industry software and platforms
  • a rich resource library.

One-to-one support

Our lecturers are dedicated to your personal and professional growth. During your game development degree, you will access their one-to-one support.

We are also:

  • 1st in London for ‘Academic Support’ (National Student Survey (NSS), 2023).
  • 2nd in London for ‘Teaching on My Course’ (NSS, 2023).

Work placements: build practical experience

You can complete optional industrial placements and internships within game development, e-sports, and related events. As a result, you will stand out after graduation.

Other pathways to choose

We also offer:

About the Placement Year

A placement year enables you to undertake a year of experience in an organisation between your second and final year.

It will enable you to:

  • apply the knowledge and skills you gain from your course in a work setting
  • build your commercial awareness and insights into organisations and industries you might want to work in
  • develop your professional skills through company training, networking skills and confidence in the workplace
  • get some great experience for future job applications or even land a graduate job.

Support from St Mary’s every step of the way

Securing a placement can really help you develop your job search skills and the Employability Service placement and Careers Teams can support you to find and apply for available opportunities.

Please note: in the event that you cannot secure a placement you will be able to transfer onto the three year version of your degree programme.

Prins Butt

Subject Lead - Computer Science BSc

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Course content

Modules

The modules listed below are the modules that were available to students in the 2023/24 academic year and are illustrative of what may be offered for 2024/25. 

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Computer systems and networks

Mathematics for computer science

Programming principles and techniques

Database systems

Object-oriented programming

Web design and development

Entry requirements

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

128 - 112

GCSE

Grade 4/C or above in Maths and English Language or their equivalent.

We offer GCSE equivalency tests for those who need to improve their GCSE grades.

UCAS Personal statement support

Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email apply@stmarys.ac.uk.

Fees & funding

1200 during placement year)

*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage

Scholarships

Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 70%

Independent study - 30%

*Contact time includes 50% of guided learning

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

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Assessment methods

You will complete diverse assessments, including:

  • individual game development projects
  • game demonstrations
  • collaborative group game development projects
  • assessed workshops.

You are also actively engaged in showcasing your proficiency in game development concepts.

Feedback

We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

Our game development course will help you build transferrable skills like critical thinking and communication. As a graduate, you can explore careers within the gaming industry and sectors, such as:

  • entertainment
  • technology
  • emerging fields like virtual and augmented reality.

Contact our Career Services at careers@stmarys.ac.uk for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of undefined include:

Software engineerGame developerGame designerMobile app developerGame testerGame artist

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