Computer Science with Games Development BSc (Hons)

UCAS code G405 BSc/CSGD

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About this course 2018/19

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Development will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry.

From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

This course has been developed to meet the demand for skilled individuals who understand how computers work and who have a desire to work for a games development studio after graduation. This course aims to provide you with a deep knowledge of the principles of computer science, enhanced by specialist skills in developing computer games.

Northumbria is ranked 5th in the sector nationally and 1st in the North East for the sustained employment of Computer Science graduates one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Learn from the best

You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the computer science industry. Coupled with wider technical knowledge, whereby the staff have published work in prestigious authored journals, you will be taught the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills. You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches which could be directly relatable to the demands of future career. 

Accredited by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT), this highly-regarded course ensures you experience teaching and learning environment which provides you with the support, direction and practical knowledge to help you get the most out of your time at Northumbria.

caption: Learn from the best

Teaching and Assessment

In your first two years you will follow a core programme of study, allowing you to gain knowledge and skills in different aspects of computer science.

You will be taught advanced skills in games design and development, including the architecture of games software, programming a games console and games design. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with specialist games content developed in collaboration with local games companies, all with the aim of extending your programming and software engineering skills further.

Your assessments are designed to help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of a computer science graduate. You will be assessed through a variety of different methods including exams, reports, presentations, individual, group and project work.

After an optional placement or study abroad year, you will spend a year gaining advanced skills in games design and software architecture.

Learning Environment

You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities in a challenging, stimulating and dynamic quality learning environment.

Computer Science with Games Development students will have the opportunity to access state of the art facilities and equipment which will encourage your individual intellectual freedom and allow your creative vision to become a reality.

You will have access to dedicated Games and Video studios and open access computing areas which students can use during free periods and into the evenings and weekends.

When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, how to create games or protect data integrity, our range of specialist facilities will support you.

caption: University Library   caption: Our Facilities

Research-rich Learning

We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted by computer sciences and digital technologies, from cyber security and computational intelligence to games and visual effects. You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with new and exciting insights into the discipline by our rapidly expanding Computer Science research groups.

You will be taught by staff with a strong academic background in areas such as, Computational Linguistics, Web Programming and Informational Visualisation. With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills. 

caption: University Research  caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Here at Northumbria, we know how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a head start in your career so we enable you to gain real-world experience on a yearlong professional placement in your third year on this course.

Previous computer science students have had the opportunity to go on a placement in blue chip companies such as Hewett Packard and GlaxoSmithKline and at CERN in Geneva. CERN has doubled the number of students it will take on placement, reflecting the respect and value placed on this degree by prestigious industry professionals.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year at a partner institution, enabling you to gain global perspective on your subject and boost your future career prospects.

caption: Plan your career

Your Future

This course covers a broad range of computing specialisms and will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry.  Our existing games graduates are employed in a wide range of games companies in the UK and overseas, varying from small start-ups to triple-A studios.

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of careers in computer science. These include communication, analytical and problem solving skills, technical skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

As a computer science graduate, you could enter a career in areas such as , games development, software engineering, systems analysis and design, computer networks, consultancy, database development and management, software testing, artificial intelligence embedded systems, IT management, and web development.

About this course 2019/20

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Games Development will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry.

From day one, you will be immersed in an exciting, innovative environment where you will develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and skills which will be directly relatable to your future career.

This course has been developed to meet the demand for skilled individuals who understand how computers work and who have a desire to work for a games development studio after graduation. This course aims to provide you with a deep knowledge of the principles of computer science, enhanced by specialist skills in developing computer games.

Northumbria is ranked 5th in the sector nationally and 1st in the North East for the sustained employment of Computer Science graduates one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) 2017)

Learn from the best

You will be taught by a range of academic staff who bring a wealth of professional experience from the computer science industry. Coupled with wider technical knowledge, whereby the staff have published work in prestigious authored journals, you will be taught the essential skills you need to succeed in your future career.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills. You will develop an understanding of important research methods and approaches which could be directly relatable to the demands of future career. 

Accredited by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT), this highly-regarded course ensures you experience teaching and learning environment which provides you with the support, direction and practical knowledge to help you get the most out of your time at Northumbria.

caption: Learn from the best

Teaching and Assessment

In your first two years you will follow a core programme of study, allowing you to gain knowledge and skills in different aspects of computer science.

You will be taught advanced skills in games design and development, including the architecture of games software, programming a games console and games design. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with specialist games content developed in collaboration with local games companies, all with the aim of extending your programming and software engineering skills further.

Your assessments are designed to help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of a computer science graduate. You will be assessed through a variety of different methods including exams, reports, presentations, individual, group and project work.

After an optional placement or study abroad year, you will spend a year gaining advanced skills in games design and software architecture.

Learning Environment

You will be provided with a wide range of learning opportunities in a challenging, stimulating and dynamic quality learning environment.

Computer Science with Games Development students will have the opportunity to access state of the art facilities and equipment which will encourage your individual intellectual freedom and allow your creative vision to become a reality.

You will have access to dedicated Games and Video studios and open access computing areas which students can use during free periods and into the evenings and weekends.

When you want to get hands-on with technology and really understand how everything connects, how to create games or protect data integrity, our range of specialist facilities will support you.

caption: University Library   caption: Our Facilities

Research-rich Learning

We are living in a digital age where all of our lives are impacted by computer sciences and digital technologies, from cyber security and computational intelligence to games and visual effects. You will be immersed in a research-rich environment with new and exciting insights into the discipline by our rapidly expanding Computer Science research groups.

You will be taught by staff with a strong academic background in areas such as, Computational Linguistics, Web Programming and Informational Visualisation. With access to diverse research work carried out by our expert academic staff, we seek to promote innovative and excellent learning and teaching practice, which will improve your student experience here at Northumbria.

In a dynamic learning environment with an expert team of staff, you will be taught theoretical and practical research skills such as information literacy, as well as problem solving skills around project management, self-directed learning and communication skills. 

caption: University Research  caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Here at Northumbria, we know how valuable work experience can be in terms of giving you a head start in your career so we enable you to gain real-world experience on a yearlong professional placement in your third year on this course.

Previous computer science students have had the opportunity to go on a placement in blue chip companies such as Hewett Packard and GlaxoSmithKline and at CERN in Geneva. CERN has doubled the number of students it will take on placement, reflecting the respect and value placed on this degree by prestigious industry professionals.

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in your third year at a partner institution, enabling you to gain global perspective on your subject and boost your future career prospects.

caption: Plan your career

Your Future

This course covers a broad range of computing specialisms and will open the door to a vast range of careers within this industry.  Our existing games graduates are employed in a wide range of games companies in the UK and overseas, varying from small start-ups to triple-A studios.

We place a real emphasis on developing the transferable skills that will open doors to a range of careers in computer science. These include communication, analytical and problem solving skills, technical skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

As a computer science graduate, you could enter a career in areas such as , games development, software engineering, systems analysis and design, computer networks, consultancy, database development and management, software testing, artificial intelligence embedded systems, IT management, and web development.

Course info

UCAS Code G405 BSc/CSGD

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Computer and Information Sciences

Location Pandon Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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