MSc Games Development and Design

University of Lincoln
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2024

September 2025

September 2026

About this program

MSc Games Development and Design

MSc Games Development and Design is designed to build on students' existing computer programing skills, providing them with the knowledge and expertise to develop contemporary video games using a variety of advanced tools and platforms such as virtual reality.

Industry context is an important aspect of this programe, and students can study game design topics that are applicable to working within the sector and to independent game creation, as well as familiarise themselves with research techniques that are appropriate for further postgraduate study.

The course is informed by the work and research of academic staff who specialise in games, with a combination of industry experience and research backgrounds in relevant areas. This environment provides a rich source of inputs and perspectives, as well as many opportunities for constructive and creative multidisciplinary interactions.

Guest speakers from games companies and other related areas contribute to the Frontiers of Games Research module. This is designed to help students develop industry perspectives, and better prepare them for employment or further study.

Admission requirements

Entry Requirements

First or second class honours degree.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programe of study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Advanced programing
  • Frontiers of Games Research
  • Prototyping and Evaluation for Games
  • Research Methods (MSc Computer Science)
  • Research Project
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality for Games
  • Advanced Artificial Intelligence (Option)†
  • Advanced Machine Learning (Option)†
  • Advanced Software Engineering (Option)†
  • Cloud Development (Option)†
  • Advanced Graphics
  • Game Design Methods and Approaches

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.



Full Time

  • Home: £9000
  • International: £16300


How You Study

This course comprises a range of core modules, including Advanced Programming; Virtual and Augmented Reality for Games; Frontiers of Games Research, Prototyping and Evaluation for Games; Advanced Graphics; and Games Design Methods and Approaches. Students can also select from a number of optional modules covering a range of specialist subject areas.

The Research Methods module is designed to cover the fundamental skills and background knowledge needed to undertake research in this area. Students are then able to undertake a substantial research project focusing on an area of particular personal and professional interest, through substantive software implementation and the development of a dissertation.

Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class students are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Career paths

As one of the world’s largest entertainment industries, the games sector can provide a rewarding and stimulating career. Students on this programe have the chance to develop skills needed by the industry, and the course aims to develop versatile professionals capable of thriving in a wide range of areas and employment destinations.

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University of Lincoln

Brayford Pool
LN6 7TS Lincoln

Phone no: +44 (0)1522 835 528

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