Sheffield Hallam University

Computer Science for Games Sheffield Hallam University Degree level: Undergraduate


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• Develop advanced programming skills, using C++ as the core language throughout the course.
• Use industry-standard APIs such as Microsoft's DirectX, Unity, Unreal, Corona, OpenGL, Android SDK and iOS.
• Learn about game design, ethics, game industry business models, 3D graphics and modelling packages.
• Study on a course with industry accreditation from Creative Skillset, TIGA and the British Computer Society.

Study the skills and techniques demanded by the games industry, such as programming, software engineering and optimisation, mathematics and the use of games hardware on desktop, consoles and mobile platforms. Develop project management techniques and tools used within the games industry and design your own games in the world's largest PlayStation® teaching lab.

In 2018 we were named 'Best Educational Institution' by TIGA, the independent games association. The award recognises our games courses for being world leading, having strong links with industry, and leading its students into graduate roles.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.
Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

You learn and are assessed through
• individual coursework
• presentations
• group work
• examinations
• projects

Applied learning
Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. In previous years, students have taken placements at
• Sony (SCEE)
• Team17
• SN Systems
• SI Games
• Autodesk
• Dumpling Design
• Jollywise Media
• 3Squared
• Next
• Sumo Digital

Networking opportunities
We work in close partnership with games companies such as Sumo Digital, SN Systems and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). They provide equipment and input into the design, development and delivery, ensuring we teach the very latest topics. For example, industry speakers give talks on specialist topics and offer employability advice.

We've been awarded PlayStation®First status by Sony (SCEE), providing unique access to PlayStation® professional development hardware (dev-kits) and software (SDK) and equipping students with industry relevant game development skills across PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation®VR.

Live projects
You may be selected to work within Steel Minions, our own commercially licensed game development studio, and take part in small-scale commercial development projects. Unlike the undergraduate degree version of this course, the extra year of study allows you to consolidate your skills and develop commercial quality, industry ready software to enhance your portfolio and improve your employability.
This course is accredited by Creative Skillset (the Creative Industries' Sector Skills Council) and TIGA (The Independent Game Developers Association) and the BCS (British Computer Society).

Course details


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
Fundamentals Of Computer Architecture 20.00 credits
Fundamentals Of Programming 20.00 credits
Introduction To Game Development 20.00 credits
Mathematics For Graphics 20.00 credits
Professionalism And Project Development 20.00 credits
Systems Modelling 20.00 credits

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Mathematics For Modelling And Rendering 20.00 credits
Object-Oriented Programming 20.00 credits
Professional Development Project 20.00 credits
Programming For Games 20.00 credits
Software-Hardware Optimisation Techniques 20.00 credits
Web Application Development 20.00 credits

Year 4
Compulsory modules
3D Games Prototyping 20.00 credits
Artificial Intelligence In Games 20.00 credits
Game Software Project Management 20.00 credits
Real-Time 3D Techniques For Games 20.00 credits
Research Methods And Professionalism 20.00 credits

Elective modules
Effective C++ Programming 20.00 credits
Foreign Language 20.00 credits
Machine Learning Algorithms And Heuristics 20.00 credits
Mobile Applications 20.00 credits
Programming "Things" 20.00 credits
Final year
Compulsory modules
Game Development Practice 30.00 credits
Individual Project (Computing) 45.00 credits
Multiprocessing And Parallel Systems 15.00 credits
Software Studio Planning 15.00 credits
Special Techniques For Graphics And Animation 15.00 credits

Assessment method

  • Coursework
  • Exams

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • ScreenSkills
  • International Game Developers Association
  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 128 points This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

ABB at A Level including relevant subjects.
DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
A combination of relevent qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma M: 18 credits
P: 27 credits
Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Maths at grade B or 5
English Language at grade C or 4

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced C Listening: minimum score 162 Speaking: minimum score 162 Reading: minimum score 162 Writing: minimum score 162
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.
PTE Academic 52.0 Listening: minimum level 51 Speaking: minimum level 51 Reading: minimum level 51 Writing: minimum level 51
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 Listening: minimum level 17 Speaking: minimum level 20 Reading: minimum level 18 Writing: minimum level 17

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,650 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Provider information

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Sheffield Hallam University
City Campus
Howard Street
S1 1WB

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