Abertay University

Degree level: Undergraduate

Computer Game Applications Development

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Course summary

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Computer programmers are the backbone of the games industry. Whether it's creating games and interactive experiences, scripting game mechanics or programming tools, you can be confident you will graduate with an excellent grounding in the computer games industry and beyond. Learn from staff with massive experience in the games industry. Work closely with local and global game studios on innovative development projects. Work and learn in a multi-disciplinary environment, alongside artists, designers and sound engineers. Develop the skills needed to become a highly sought-after games programmer, on a world leading course.

Course details


Core modules (subject to change over time) - Computer Architecture; Programming with C++; Mathematics for Application Development 1; Software Design; Data Structures & Algorithms 1; Mathematics for Application Development 2; Graphics Programming; Data Structures & Algorithms 2; Professional Project Planning & Prototyping; Network Systems for Games Development; Professional Project Execution and Honours Project. Other modules that may be offered (subject to change over time) - Games Programming; Games Programming & System Architectures; Graphics Programming with Shaders; Gameplay Mechanics Development; Artificial Intelligence and Applied Technologies.

Assessment method

You will spend around 12-15 hours per week in lectures, tutorials and laboratories. Lectures are used to present key concepts, theories and techniques. Tutorials and laboratory-based activities increase your understanding of the subject, and allow you to develop your competence and confidence in technological and theoretical work. During the course, you will be required to actively participate in group work, discussions, seminars, and private study. There is a mixed assessment strategy used on the course. Most modules are assessed through coursework, which may include project work and student-led presentations. Some modules use a mixture of coursework and formal examination.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2020.

If you already have a 2020 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.






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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants should have National 5/GCSE Maths at grade B/5 or equivalent - National 5 Lifeskill Maths NOT accepted in lieu of Maths

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English language requirements

We look for applicants to have achieved an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no individual test lower than 5.5. Some degrees have higher requirements - refer to the 'entry routes' tab of each degree for more detail.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £1820 Year 1
Scotland £1820 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £14000 Year 1

Additional fee information

International tuition fees for the following courses are £15,500:- Computer Games Technology Computer Game Applications Development Computer Arts Ethical Hacking Game Design & Production
Computer Game Applications Development at Abertay University - UCAS