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.
Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.
See our terms and conditions for more information
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Your course during COVID-19
Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.
We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.
Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.
Your learning experience
Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.
Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.
In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.
We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.
Terms and conditions and student complaints
The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.
Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.
Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.
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
Following a curriculum review, we are seeking British Computer Society (BCS) accreditation for our degrees so you can be assured that you will graduate with a degree that meets the standard set by the IT industry.
BCS is the Chartered Institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for a chartered IT professional, engineer or scientist.
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.
|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.
|Security and Programming Paradigms||20|
|Algorithm Design and Analysis||10|
|Software Engineering Team Project||30|
|Introducing Contemporary Topics in Computing||30|
|Operating Systems and Networks||30|
You'll spend a year on an approved work placement. You'll also complete a compulsory module.
|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.
- Research Methods, Tools and Techniques
- Major Project in Computer Science
- Graphics for Games
- Gaming Technologies and Simulations
- Building Systems for People
- Real Time and Cyber-Physical Systems
- Programming Language Design and Verification
- Understanding Concurrency
- Introduction to BioDesign and Natural Computing
- Biomedical Data Analytics
- System and Network Security
- Reliability and Fault Tolerance
- Human Computer Interaction: Interaction Design
- Human Computer Interaction: Applied Innovation
- Data Exploration
- Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning
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.
|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|
|Big Data Analytics||10|
|Security Analysis of Complex Systems||10|
Teaching and assessment
Teaching methods include:
- 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.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
Dissertation or research project
Examinations – practical or online
Skills and experience
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.
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.
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The lecturers are passionate about their specialist areas, making the whole university experience thought-provoking and interesting.
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
- 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.
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.
Employability at Newcastle
96% of Newcastle University graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating, with 85.5% in graduate-level employment or further study.
Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates. See what they have gone on to achieve and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.
Statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation (Destinations of (undergraduate and postgraduate UK domiciled) Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).
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.
Defence Technical Undergraduate Scheme
This degree is approved by DTUS, a Ministry of Defence sponsorship programme for students who wish to join the Royal Navy, British Army, RAF, or Defence Engineering and Science Group (DESG) as technical officers after graduation.
All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.
Other UK qualifications (and 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.
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.
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 2020 entry (per year)
Home Fee Students
International Fee Students
The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for UK 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.
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.
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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Open days and events
The situation with Covid-19 means that we're unable to hold Open Days on campus. However, you don’t have to visit in person to experience Newcastle.
From the comfort of your sofa you'll be able to:
• explore our beautiful campus
• find out about our vibrant city
• discover what students think about studying at Newcastle
You'll also have the opportunity to speak to academic staff and find out more about the subjects you're interested in.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS
To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle University, you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). All UK schools and colleges, and a small number of EU and international establishments, are registered with UCAS. You will need:
- 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.Apply through UCAS
Apply through an agent
International students often apply to us through an agent. Have a look at our recommended agents and get in touch with them.