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BSc (Hons) Games Software Engineering

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  • UCAS Code:
    I610
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Sandwich (Thick) out of college.

Our newly developed BSc (Hons) Games Software Engineering course is intended for those keen to embark on a career in programming within the video games industry.

Our Games courses have been nominated by TIGA for Best Educational Institution.

Educated by professional practitioners, expert academics and interesting guest lecturers, this degree will provide you with a clear understanding of how to apply programming techniques to modern games creation, whilst developing your knowledge of artificial intelligence, physics, game engines and graphics programming.

Taught in dedicated facilities and using cutting-edge technology, you’ll discover the curriculum has a strong focus on specialist units intended to give you a broad range of software engineering skills that can be put to good use in the context of games programming.

You’ll have the opportunity to take a 30-week work placement in the industry, which you can complete at home or overseas. The experience allows you to place the specialist knowledge and skills acquired on the course in a real world working context.

Find out more about this course with Senior Lecturer Dr Charlie Hargood in the BU Webinar Undergraduate Degrees in Games.

90% of our final year students who study computer games and animation courses agree our staff are good at explaining things – join us on live chat now to find out more, or register to meet us at an Open Day.

All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years, or 4 years with a minimum 30-week placement

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104 to 120 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A-levels, or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in each of the 4 components), or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry. We have an industrial advisory panel who offer guidance on course content. They regularly host guest talks and Q&A sessions for our students.

Contact hours and assessment 

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 617kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career. That’s why we offer every student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course, providing an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience. This can also help you to better direct your learning around career goals when you return to your studies.

Your optional placement will begin after your second year of study and must last a minimum of 30 weeks. During this time, you could be based anywhere in the UK, or even overseas.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who:

  • Are competent in Computing, IT, Maths, Physics, Science and/or Technology
  • Have a strong interest in games technology with particular emphasis on games programming
  • Are looking to develop a career in the games industry
  • Are looking to use programming and technology for the creation of games and game assets.

How to apply

Entry requirements

Careers

The computer games industry is continuing to expand at a rapid rate. This course will help you develop all the skills you need to enter this fast-paced and exciting sector.

We have links with games companies locally, nationally and internationally, allowing you to make contacts before you graduate.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.  You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

Christos, Fred and Charlie are constantly in touch with the latest commercial developments to ensure the content of our games courses is up to date and reflects the needs of industry professionals. Register online to come to an Open Day and meet us.

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes