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Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Game Engineering) BSc Honours

  • UCAS code: G451
  • Full time
  • 4 years

This degree in game engineering includes an industrial placement, equipping you with practical work experience and boosting your CV.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year: 2024

Next start date:

  • September 2024

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £26400

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: AAB
  • IB: 34 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

You will learn about the design, development and implementation of software that drives computer games.

Explore different aspects of computing science – such as games design, bioinformatics, and security – in your first two years.

You'll spend a year on an accredited, paid industrial placement between Stages 2 and 3.

Study specialist modules in Stage 3 – such as gaming simulations and computer games development – to develop skills and knowledge for your chosen career.

About Game Engineering

Our degrees in Game Engineering focus on the design, development and implementation of software that drives computer games (rather than the artistic element of game development).

They enable you to design, develop and implement computer graphics software and applications on a variety of architectures including game consoles, graphic workstations and advanced 3D reality environments.

They also allow you to exploit such software and hardware in entertainment, engineering, design and scientific visualisation.

The North East of England is a hub for games development, making it an exciting place to kick-start your career in the industry.


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Additional information

Flexible degree structure

At Newcastle, all Computer Science students study the same modules for the first two years, before specialising in the later years. This gives you time to explore the subject and decide which area you want to specialise in. It means you can also transfer between our degrees up to the end of Stage 2.

Quality and ranking

Professional accreditation and recognition

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning


The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

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.

You'll learn the fundamentals of computer science, with an emphasis on developing your skills in program design and implementation. You'll gain experience in Java programming and develop a broad view of hardware and software architectures.

You'll develop an appreciation of what it is to be a professional working in the IT industry and develop your problem-solving skills.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Fundamentals of Computing 20
Computer Systems Design and Architectures 20
Foundations of Data Science 20
Programming Portfolio 1 30
Programming Portfolio 2 30

You'll study modules in software engineering, algorithm design and the fundamental principles that govern the operation of the internet.

We'll introduce you to requirements analysis and databases, and the formal specification of software systems.

You'll also work in a team to engineer a substantial software product, developing practical teamworking skills.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Security Programming 20
Algorithm Design and Analysis 10
Software Engineering Team Project 30
Introducing Contemporary Topics in Computing 30
Software Systems Design and Implementation 30

You'll spend a year on an approved work placement. You'll also complete a compulsory module.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Intercalating Module for Computing Science Programmes 120

You'll study specialist topics such as computer games programming, graphical representation, and the latest artificial intelligence techniques involved in making the gaming experience as realistic as possible, for example, making sure cars corner as they would in real life.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Major Project and Dissertation in Computer Science 60
Graphics for Games 10
Gaming Technologies and Simulations 20
Optional Modules Credits
Distributed Systems 10
Introduction to BioDesign and Natural Computing 20
Biomedical Data Analytics and AI 20
Cryptography 10
System and Network Security 20
Fault Tolerant and Cyber-Physical Systems 20
Human Computer Interaction: Interaction Design 20
Computer Vision & AI 20
Data Visualization and Visual Analytics 10
Career Development for final year students 20

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include:

  • lectures – including guest lectures by visiting IT professionals
  • tutorials – from our expert staff
  • supervised practical work – which accounts for a significant amount of your time
  • project work – to help you develop real-world business skills such as teamworking and project management

Project work includes a team project in Stage 2 to develop a substantial software product and a major individual project in Stage 3.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Coursework

  • Dissertation or research project

  • Examinations – practical or online

  • Practical sessions

  • Presentations

  • Projects

Skills and experience

Business skills

In addition to your academic work, employers look for evidence of skills and experience. Our degrees have been created with industry need in mind. In Stage 2, you will gain a realistic preview into industry life, being taught in a team environment with real-life industry briefs. You will pick a project and develop a project to solve the problem. The projects are marked by industry representatives, lecturers and the project sponsor.

Chat to a student

The lecturers are passionate about their specialist areas, making the whole university experience thought-provoking and interesting.

Alex, Computer Science student


Industrial placement year

Your paid placement year takes place in Stage 3 and provides you with the experience of seeking and securing a job. You'll also gain practical experience, key business skills and industry contacts that will benefit your academic study and longer-term career.

We assess your placement by a short report and presentation, though the assessment will not count towards your final mark.

Facilities and environment


You'll be part of the School of Computing, based in the Urban Sciences Building on our Newcastle Helix campus.

This brand new £58m building offers great facilities for our students, including:

  • cyber-physical systems laboratory
  • decision theatre for data visualisation
  • flat floor teaching facilities
  • 315 PCs with a Raspberry Pi3 on every desk

The building and the surrounding area is becoming a living laboratory, underpinning research to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations.

The Newcastle Helix is an innovation district in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Research across the Newcastle Helix focuses on:

  • cyber-physical systems
  • infrastructure
  • smart grids
  • future of our city
  • big data


To help you with academic and personal issues during your course, you'll have the support of an academic staff member. They'll be your personal tutor throughout your studies.

Our peer mentors will help you adjust to life at university during your first year. Our peer mentors are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you might have.

Your future

Preparing you for career success

In the present job market, computing science graduates are better placed than many others to obtain employment in a challenging and fulfilling career, and the employability of Newcastle graduates is particularly high.

An increasing number of employers require digital skills, meaning our graduates are highly sought after. They move into bespoke software development roles in software houses and computer manufacturers and also into corporate organisations that use computers on a larger scale, such as banking, insurance and manufacturing companies and public sector institutions.

Benefit from strong industry links

As a hub for games development, the North East of England is an exciting place to kick-start your career and you'll benefit from strong links with companies such as:

  • Epic (Fortnite)
  • Activision (Call of Duty)
  • Ubisoft (Assassins Creed)
  • Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto)
  • TT Games (Lego Star Wars)
  • Creative Assembly (Total War)
  • NVidia (Graphics cards)
  • Sony (Horizon)
  • Microsoft Playground Games (Forza)
  • Microsoft Ninja Theory (Devil May Cry)
  • Rebellion (Judge Dredd)

Local businesses often approach the School to advertise small, part-time or voluntary work opportunities, giving you the chance to gain valuable work experience.

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Careers support

We want all our students to succeed in their careers. That’s why we’ve designed our courses to give you the skills employers are looking for. You can also go to guest lectures from industry professionals, mock interviews, and professional skills workshops.

Every year, the school hosts a week of career events. In the past, these have included:

  • hackathon workshops
  • placement discussions
  • coding and enterprise challenges
  • employer talks
  • networking events

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2024 entry.

International Baccalaureate

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

Contextual Offers

Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

Entrance courses (INTO)

International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

Find out more about International Pathway Courses

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

Qualification: BSc Honours

Home students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


International students

full time 4 years

Tuition fees (per year)


Year abroad and additional costs

For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.


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