In collaboration with a number of high profile industry leaders and computer game innovators, we have created an advanced master's in game development. This master's produces graduates with the potential to become future leaders in the global computer games industry.
The game engineering course is for honours graduates in computing science or a discipline with significant computing and/or mathematical content, such as:
- information systems
- systems engineering
We'll equip you with the skills and knowledge required to develop computer game software. We'll also provide an international perspective on advancements in computer game development.
You'll benefit from:
- an industrial advisory board made up from high profile UK games companies
- industry-sponsored prizes each year in categories such as Best Team, Best Project and Best Student
- a technical focus on game engineering
We'll encourage you to play a full part in the life of the School. You'll participate in seminars delivered by distinguished external speakers. The experienced and helpful staff at Newcastle will be happy to offer support with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career beyond.
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What you'll learn
There are three phases in the course. Phase one (60 credits) will introduce core knowledge and skills through modules in:
- game technologies
You'll also undertake a substantial amount of supervised and unsupervised practical work.
During phase two (30 credits), we emphasise the practice of computer game development through modules in:
- research methods for gaming innovations
- entrepreneurial skills for the game industry
- the development and assessment of an actual computer game (team exercise)
Phase three (90 credits) is the individual system development or research project.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
To find out more please see our terms and conditions.
How you'll learn
Depending on your modules, you'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Professional skills assessments
- Practical lab report
The course culminates in a Project and Dissertation in Computer Game Engineering. This five month project gives you a real opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills. You'll also gain work experience in a research or development team. You can carry out your project in:
- one of the research groups at Newcastle University
- an industry laboratory
- your place of work
You'll have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of staff. You'll also be supported by supervision from industry partners as required. For your project you may collaborate with developers in the game industry who make up the course's industrial advisory board.
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Newcastle has a first class record of research related to the development of computer game technologies. 97% of our graduates are in employment following graduation. Our graduates have gone on to work as programmers for a wide range of companies including:
- Ubisoft Reflections
- Fluid Pixel
- Nosebleed Interactive
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Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.
EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.
If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.
We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our searchable postgraduate funding page for more information.
What you're paying for
Tuition fees include the costs of:
- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.
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- additional costs
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- tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.
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