School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Computer Science (Games Development)

BSc (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

This course investigates the technologies behind games development including hardware (consoles, input devices) and software games engines. 

This course investigates the technologies behind games development including hardware (consoles, input devices) and software games engines. 

BSc (Hons)
Start date(s)
25 September 2023
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (3 years),Part-time (6 years)
Campus location
Wolverhampton City Campus
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Why choose this course?

This course investigates the technologies behind games development including hardware (consoles, input devices) and software games engines. It also covers the mathematics and physics required to create believable agents, non-player characters (NPCs) and virtual worlds inside a computer game.

 This equips you to play a valuable role as part of a games development team in the games industry, and enables you to develop your own ideas into a marketable product.

The course has the same foundations and principles of our main Computer Science Award, integrating computer language tools, techniques and methodologies. Additionally we will prepare you with the key skills needed to keep abreast of future developments.


What happens on the course?

Our course combines the core subjects of computer science with the opportunity to develop additional skills in the area of games development.  

Programming is an essential requirement for all computer scientists and games developers, and you will be developing your skills in this area throughout your course. You will begin with the fundamentals of programming and problem solving, and build on this through subjects such as object oriented analysis, design and programming, software development and systems programming. In addition to your games development studies, you will also learn about computer graphics and artificial intelligence. In your final year, your studies will culminate in the development of a computer games related project.

You will also engage in studies focused on developing your academic and employability skills and you will be offered the opportunity to undertake a placement year where you gain invaluable experience in the workplace before returning to complete your final year. Many students have found this to be a real asset when it comes to finding a job after graduation.

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

In 2009, a team of our students won a Britsh Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award after winning a national competition Dare to be Digital, a video games development contest organised with Channel 4.

We have a dedicated computer games laboratory for use exclusively for games development specialists, as part of our iconic IT complex, together with an emerging Technologies Lab.

The department organises the leading international conference on Computer Games Development CGAMES and is publisher of the International Journal of Intelligent Games & Simulation.

This course will enable you to master the essential facts, concepts, principles, theories and practices of computer science.

You will develop expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of software systems accross a variety of platforms, tasks and environments.

You will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure of a computer game, specifically regarding the software development process and relevant computational aspects.

Your studies will enable you to combine technical understanding with relevant methodologies to build and test a computer game. 

At the end of this course, you will be able to gather, analyse and interpret information from a range of sources and to devise solutions to problems based on evidence, which you will be able to implement and evaluate. You will develop the skills you need to effectively communicate your findings and to work both independently and as part of a team.

Our course will prepare you to apply the personal, organisational and professional skills, necessary for self-learning, that are essential for continuing professional development within the worldwide Computing Industry.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

  • 96 UCAS points
  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (96 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at merit)
  • Successful completion of the Science and Engineering with International Foundation Year

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Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.

If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.

International entry requirements and application guidance can be found at

English language requirements also apply

"Many of the technical and non-technically skills taught by the course have been essential in my daily job. Knowledge and use of software languages and design patterns are easy to see the benefits of, but less tangible skills like communication and effective group work are constantly needed in a software developers' job. Many of the languages I learned on the course are useful in my day to day work, and despite not being in the games industry, there have been surprising cases where my 3D graphics programming knowledge has come in useful such as in visualisation and training tools!"

Peter Ting, Software developer. Studied BSc Computer Science (Games Development)

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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