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BSc (Hons) Games Software Engineering

Apply programming techniques to modern games creation, whilst developing your knowledge of artificial intelligence, physics, game engines and graphics programming. 

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

Why study BSc (Hons) Games Software Engineering at BU?:

  • Strong focus on specialist units to give you a broad range of software engineering skills that can be put to good use in the context of games programming. 
  • Educated by professional practitioners, expert academics and interesting guest lecturers 
  • Taught in dedicated facilities, using the latest industry-standard software for developing games. 
  • Opportunity to put your learning into practice by taking a 4-week work placement (as part of the 3-year course) or a 30-week placement (as part of the 4-year course). 
  • We have regular contact with games developers across the UK and overseas, including Unity, Jagex, King, Sports Interactive, Creative Assembly, Climax Studios, and others.  
  • Regular guest lectures from some of the leading names in the industry. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

Course accreditations

BU is a member of The Independent Games Developers’ Association (TIGA), and our Games courses have been nominated by TIGA for Best Educational Institution. 

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

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

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

For September 2021 and September 2022 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a 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.

You can choose to do an optional 4-week placement between your second and final year or complete an optional placement year that begins 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

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