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I612 - Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Game Engineering)

Computer Science with Industrial Placement (Game Engineering)

MComp Honours

  • UCAS code: I612
  • Full time
  • 5 years
  • Next start date: September 2022

This degree in game engineering includes an industrial placement to give you practical work experience and boost your CV, as well as a year of study at master's level.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £25200

Entry requirements

  • A Level: AAA-AAB
  • IB: 34-35 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21
Work placement opportunity Professional accreditation

Course overview

You will develop the skills and knowledge required to develop computer game software and you will gain an international perspective on advancements in computer game development.

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.

Take modules from our MSc degree in Computer Game Engineering in Stage 4 to develop a deep understanding of game engineering.

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 games development).

They enable you to design, develop and implement computer graphics software and applications on a variety of architectures including games 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.

BSc or MComp?

Some of our degrees are offered at two levels:

  • three-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) 
  • four-year Master of Computing (MComp)

You can transfer between our degrees up to the end of Stage 2 (although transfer from a BSc to an MComp is dependent on your academic performance). 
Our MComp degrees involve an additional year of advanced study during which you follow master's-level modules from one of our MSc programmes. This provides you with a deeper level of knowledge that some employers will look for when recruiting. 
If you are unsure whether to apply for a BSc or an MComp, please contact us for more information.


Your course during COVID-19
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to guidelines that may be in place from time to time.

View our COVID-19 Study page, which gives information about your Newcastle University study experience for the academic year 2021-22.

See our terms and conditions and student complaints information

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

  • top 20 in the UK (Computer Science Category) - Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
  • 9th overall in the UK for research – Research Excellence Framework 2014

Professional accreditation

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.

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.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

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
Information Storage and Retrieval 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 and Programming Paradigms 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
Research and Project Skills 20
Major Project in Computer Science 40
Graphics for Games 10
Gaming Technologies and Simulations 20
Optional Modules Credits
Distributed Systems 10
Building systems for people 20
Software Verification Technologies 10
Understanding Concurrency 10
Introduction to BioDesign and Natural Computing 20
Cryptography 10
System and Network Security 20
Fault Tolerant and Cyber-Physical Systems 20
Human Computer Interaction: Interaction Design 20
Predictive Analytics, Computer Vision & Machine Learning 20
Data Visualization and Visual Analytics 10
Career Development for final year students 20

You'll study topics from our Computer Game Engineering MSc. A challenging project also accounts for a quarter of your time, giving you the chance to develop your individual research skills under the guidance of our leading researchers.


Compulsory Modules Credits
Project and Dissertation for MCOMP 30
Advanced Programming for Games 20
Advanced Graphics for Games 20
Advanced Game Technologies 20
Engineering Gaming Solutions within a Team 20
Optional Modules Credits
Big Data Analytics 10
Security Analysis of Complex Systems 10

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 problem – identified by industry – and develop a project to find a solution. The projects are marked by industry representatives, lecturers and the project sponsor.

Research skills

In your final year, you'll complete a challenging project. This will give you the opportunity to develop your research skills under the guidance of our leading researchers.

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 will be part of the School of Computing, based in the Urban Sciences Building on our Newcastle Helix area of campus.

Our 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 its surrounding area is becoming a living laboratory, underpinning research to make urban centres more sustainable for future generations. Research at Newcastle Helix focusses on:

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


You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

Your future

Employability at Newcastle

97% of our Computer Science graduates are in graduate-level jobs or in further study within fifteen months of graduation*.

*Guardian University league tables 2021

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

Our degree programmes have been developed to ensure that you are gaining the transferable skills that employers like to see alongside your academic study. You will benefit from guest lectures from industry professionals, mock interviews and professional skills workshops.

The school annually hosts a week of intensive employability events. 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.

Read our detailed explanation

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

A Level


International Baccalaureate

34-35 points

Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

(This includes PARTNERS)

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements


Through our PARTNERS programme, you could receive an offer up to three grades lower than the typical requirements, and get support throughout the application process. To apply through PARTNERS, you must be based in the UK and meet our eligibility criteria. 

Find out more about PARTNERS

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

Admissions policy

This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University, including Newcastle University London. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

Tuition fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

Home Fee Students


International Fee Students


The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

Read more about fees and funding

You will be charged tuition fees for each year of your degree programme (unless you are on a shorter exchange programme). 

The tuition fee amount you will pay may increase slightly year on year as a result of inflation.

For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.

If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.

Read more about fees and funding

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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  • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
  • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
  • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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