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Manchester Metropolitan University

Computer Games Technology

UCAS Code: GG46

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,C

To include minimum grade C at A2 in IT, Computing, Maths or Science* *Applicants who do not meet the subject-specific knowledge requirement may be offered the opportunity to complete an admissions test.

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject (ICT/Computing/Science) with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

To include IT at Higher Level grade 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D-D*D*

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in IT or Computing accepted with a merit grade achieved in specified key units* BTEC Business (IT) and BTEC Creative Media Production not accepted. *Applicants who do not meet the subject-specific knowledge requirement may be offered the opportunity to complete an admissions test.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in IT or Computing accepted with a merit grade achieved in specified key units* BTEC Business (IT) and BTEC Creative Media Production not accepted. *Applicants who do not meet the subject-specific knowledge requirement may be offered the opportunity to complete an admissions test.

UCAS Tariff

104-112
76%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Computer games programming

Our Computer Games Technology degree is designed to turn you into a games programmer and designer – from the word go you’ll be hands-on, designing and programming games as you prepare for an exciting career at the cutting edge of interactive digital content.

In our state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll develop traditional computer science skills, as well as specialist games programming and design techniques. You’ll also study all types of games software, from low-level programming of game engine components to high-level development tools such as Unity and Unreal Engine, while learning about game logic and architecture and the use of 3D graphics libraries to produce game objects and environments.

We’ve designed the course to ensure direct relevance to the computer games industry and to provide you with opportunities to showcase your work to potential employers.

With hackathons, gaming events and lots of opportunities for work experience to hone your skills, by the time you leave us you’ll be well on your way to becoming a player in the action-packed world of computer games.

**FEATURES AND BENEFITS:**
- Gain computer science skills through the innovative vehicle of game programming and design.

- Develop your project management, digital media production, web and games development skills, increasing your appeal to employers.

- Take the four-year sandwich route and you’ll spend your third year on industrial placement, boosting your employment prospects.

- Experience what it’s like to work as part of a professional team, finding solutions to complex problems through group projects.

- Our excellent facilities include teaching laboratories equipped with high-specification PCs and Apple Macs with specialist, industry-standard software and advanced graphics workstations.

- We have a games lab equipped with gaming chairs, keyboards and mice used for our eSports events, an animation lab with a green-screen area and a user experience lab with an eye-tracking system.

- Our dedicated drop-in lab provides an informal social working space with daily support sessions from our programme support tutors.

The Uni


Course location:

Manchester Metropolitan University

Department:

Department of Computing and Mathematics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
Computer games programming

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games and animation

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

95%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
90%
Male students
10%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
23%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer games and animation

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
84%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

39%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Elementary storage occupations
4%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a relatively new subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. Gaming is a growing industry, and if it continues to grow we should see the rather high unemployment rate coming down over the next few years. Much the most common jobs for graduates who do get work after six months are in programming roles - but as things stand, be aware that jobs in the field are very competitive and personal contacts - either through family, friends or via specialist employment agencies - are a crucial way into the industry so be prepared to talk as well as code!

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer games programming

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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