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Posted Aug. 22, 2022

3 reasons why you don’t need a Computer Science degree to study Virtual Reality

Swansea University Virtual RealityPostgraduate course searchAre you fascinated by the world of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality but feel it’s out of your depth because of your degree background

Here are three reasons why Virtual Reality isn’t just for Computer Science graduates or people who can code.

1. Virtual Reality at Swansea University is open to graduates in any discipline.

When VR and AR is mentioned, you probably think of video games, but it’s much more than that. Our MSc course is designed to encapsulate the knowledge you have acquired from any degree background into a VR environment that can be deployed in an interactive and immersive way for commercial, medical, research, educational and entertainment purposes.

Imagine if a medic could create interactive hospital simulations for people training to be surgeons. Historians could create hyper-realistic simulations of fallen empires to send users back in time. Psychologists could use the immersive technology to put you in somebody else’s shoes to teach empathy. The possibilities are endless.

2. A multidisciplinary approach means better problem solving.

When you bring together people with knowledge, experience and strengths different to your own, it can take collaborative working to a whole new level. You will learn the importance of individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to take a holistic approach to understand how modern technology can be applied to generate ideas and solve problems.

For example, an engineer wanting to use VR technology to attract young people to study STEM subjects may have all the academic knowledge but would also benefit from the insights of a marketer. A manufacturing company may want to use VR applications to replace traditional health and safety training videos to give staff an immersive and effective learning experience. In this case, seeking the talents of an expert in interactive game design would be a great advantage.

This way of learning not only broadens your narrower base of undergraduate knowledge into a multidisciplinary skill set, but it will also teach you how to engage with organisations effectively and develop a fundamental understanding of project management.

3. There is a real shortage of VR specialists with additional subject expertise.

It’s hard to think of an area of human activity or interest which would not benefit from VR in some way. Numerous industries have already adopted VR practices and as a result are all future employers in this industry, which is why it’s a great time to study an MSc in Virtual Reality now, no matter what your degree background is.

Industries that have adopted VR practices and as a result are future employers of VR specialists include:

  • Healthcare/NHS
  • Game design
  • Arts heritage
  • Psychology
  • Journalism
  • Retail
  • Real estate
  • Architecture
  • Recruitment
  • Education
  • Art and design
  • Military
  • Space agencies
  • Law enforcement
  • Sports

Swansea UniversitySwansea University’s aim is to satisfy this shortage by producing experts who are already qualified to degree level in one discipline but who also possess the highly desirable skill of creating their own original VR applications.

We understand that when it comes to developing VR applications, having the correct equipment is crucial. Our program provides an all-inclusive package which is yours to keep after the course is finished at no extra charge so you can continue developing your VR skills in your future career. The kit includes your own VR development laptop, VR headset and controllers, a home set-up of extra monitor with external keyboard, mouse and USB hub.

Interested? Apply to us today!

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