Top 10 Computer Games Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

You can approach a Masters in Computer Games from a number of different angles. People from the industry in creative roles such as writing or animation along with those who have studied computer programming can all study Computer Games Masters. Depending on the focus of the course you can graduate with an MSc, MA or MProf.

Here are ten of the best Masters in Computer Games in the UK and Europe.*

MSc in Computer Games Technology – City, University of London

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

Cost: £9,000 (UK or EU Students) / £15,000 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

The core modules of the MSc in Computer Games Technology at City cover subjects such as games development process, computer game architectures, computer graphics and game physics and artificial intelligence. This is a highly technical course designed for those with an undergraduate degree in a mathematically based subject with a strong computing element.

MA or MSc in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Game Design and Production – Aalto University

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: Tuition fees paid by the Finnish Government (EU Students) / €15 000 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

This course at Aalto University in Finland can result in an MA or MSc, so your application route and undergraduate degree will affect the way you progress. The concentration of your studies can vary from very technical aspects of computer science to more artist parts of design.

MSc in Games – IT University of Copenhagen

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: Tuition Fees paid by the Danish Government (EU Students) / €14,780 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

Students at IT University of Copenhagen in Denmark will focus on the future of the gaming industry and study the technical, theoretical and practical aspects of computer game design. Modules include data-driven production, play design and games culture.

MSc in Game and Media Technology – Utrecht University

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: €2,006 (EU Students) / €18,201 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

This technical course at Utrecht University in the Netherlands concentrates on modelling virtual worlds, creating character animation and behaviour, generating effective scenarios and building multi-sensory interfaces.

MSc in High-Performance Graphics and Games Engineering – University of Leeds

Duration: 1 year full time

Cost: £10,000 (UK or EU Students) / £19,500 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

Students on the High-Performance Graphics and Games Engineering MSc at the University of Leeds in the UK focus on the high-end of the computer gaming industry with a strong emphasis on computer graphics and realism.

MA in Games Design – University of Central Lancashire

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

Cost: £6,300 (UK or EU Students) / £12,450 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

This MA in Games Design encourages students to challenge industry norms and it aims to develop a student's own personal exploration of the gaming industry.

MSc in Game Development (Programming) – Kingston University

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

Cost: £6,400 (UK or EU Students) / £13,300 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

Developed by Kingston University in conjunction with industry leading companies. Students on the MSc in Game Development (Programming) design and create their own games with the assessment from guests in the industry.

MA in Game Development and Research – TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences)

Duration: 2 years full time

Cost: €1,700 (UK or EU Students) / €3,500 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

This course at TH Köln in Cologne, Germany is designed for those who are already working in the industry. Modules include topics such as game design, visual aesthetics and interactive writing and storytelling.

MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment – Goldsmiths University of London

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

Cost: £9,550 (UK or EU Students) / £14,170 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

There is a strong emphasis on technical skills such as programming at the MSc in Computer Games & Entertainment, but it also focuses on other skills like entrepreneurship, business planning, teamwork and project management.

Professional Masters in Games Development – Abertay University

Duration: 1 year full time

Cost: £5,400 (Scottish or EU Students) / £7,750 (English, Welsh and NI Students) / £13,250 (International Students)

What You Will Study:

The aim of this postgrad program is to develop your skills as a programmer and develop your networks within the industry. Abertay in Scotland encourages collaboration across courses to make the most of your time as a Masters student.

Studying a Masters in Computer Games is a great way to access the gaming industry. Many courses will develop your links within the industry and pave the way to your first job. There are other great masters courses in Computer Games available, check our course search for all your options.

*SOURCE: TOP UNIVERSITIES.

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2 comments

Dr Abdul Hameed March 26, 2017, 9:08 a.m.

My son has completed his honor degree in Computer Science and game development for LYIT Republic of Ireland. He has disability but very keen to progress in his career. Please can you guide us which university will be good for him to do Msc and PhD in game design /development.

Charlotte King March 31, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Hi Dr Hameed,

Nowadays most universities offer excellent disabled access and other provisions for disabled students. The best thing would be for your son to choose a few courses that interest him and then contact the admissions staff of these universities directly to see what provisions they have for his disability. We also have a useful blog on 'Things To Check As A Disabled Postgrad' https://www.postgrad.com/blog/things-check-disabled-postgrad/

Good luck,

Charlotte

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