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MSc Games Engineering

Full-time Master's

MSc Games Engineering

Our MSc in Games Engineering will provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise to work in senior technical roles within the cutting-edge world of computer games development and visual computing.

Start date:
30 September 2024

Duration:
12 months, full time


Award:
Master of Science (MSc)

Application deadline:
2 August 2024

Highlights and benefits

  • Be part of one of the most performance-driven elements of computer science and launch your career as an expert developer in the multi-billion pound global computer games industry.
  • Applied, industry-focused learning at one of the UK's leading Russell Group Universities, provides you with the opportunity to gain real-world insight alongside academically challenging studies.
  • Developed in collaboration with Warwick's Visualisation Research Group, this course draws on research expertise as well as industry engagement.

Overview

As a Master’s student of Games Engineering, you will be engaged in one of the most performance-driven elements of computer science, and will be well prepared to launch your career as an expert developer in the multi-billion pound computer games industry.

Video game development is a particularly complex software engineering processes, requiring expertise in a number of wide ranging areas including high-performance graphics, programming, data structures, physics, acoustics, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, networking, modelling and rendering.

Throughout the course, you will be trained in the complex game development process, learning the fundamental and theoretical aspects of how to create game engines from the ground up, as well as working with established game engines (i.e. Unreal, Unity) to understand the intricacies of their capabilities and limitations. Fundamental to becoming an expert developer is a having deep understanding of algorithmic concepts and high-level programming languages, so through this degree, you will not only master languages like C++ and python, but will form a conceptual understanding of computing principles with programming as a vehicle to grasp these concepts.

Visual computing, specifically the domain of computer graphics, is a fundamental discipline for the development and implementation of video games. Not only is it key within games engineering, but is ubiquitous across modern commercial, industrial and education landscapes.

Reasons to study Games Engineering at Warwick
  • Skills development: Gain advanced expertise in high-performance graphics, programming, data structures, physics, acoustics, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, networking, modelling and rendering.
  • Research informed: Developed in collaboration with Warwick’s Visualisation Research Group, this Master’s degree draws on particular expertise in Visual Computing, including computer graphics, vision, imaging, distributed and parallel systems, Human Computer Interaction, and Artificial Intelligence.
  • Expertise: Learn from a team of highly experienced engineers and scientists actively researching at the forefront of their field. Course content is informed by the latest academic research and industry insight.
  • Industry relevance: Understand the bigger picture or how game studios operate, the roles within a studio, and how all the complicated software components are connected in the games development pipeline.
  • Academic excellence: Study within the interdisciplinary WMG department, the largest academic department at the University of Warwick where technology and engineering meet business and management.
  • Facilities: Benefit from industry-standard hardware, provided to you for your personal use for the duration of the programme.
  • Scale and reputation: Be part of the WMG department with 1400 full-time MSc students across a portfolio of courses, and 34 research groups driving over 40% of all research conducted at the University of Warwick.
  • Career development: Develop an industry standard portfolio throughout the course and enjoy networking and placement opportunities with leaders in the games industry.
  • Location and reputation: The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading universities for teaching, industry engagement and research. We are located next to Leamington Spa, nicknamed 'Silicon Spa' – which is home to the largest group of games development companies in the UK, outside of London. Local gaming companies include: Sega, Ubisoft, Playground, and Codemasters. The University of Warwick also has a strong reputation for esports, and was recently rated as the best university for gamers in the UK by Uswitch. This is thanks to Warwick's Esports Society; our state-of-the-art campus facilities, including dedicated gaming rooms, high-performance gaming PCs and gaming consoles; and overall student gaming experience.

Meet the Course Director: Dr Thomas Bashford-Rodgers

"My research focuses on realistic and accurate Computer Graphics, and I'm especially interested in how to efficiently simulate light transport in realistic and detailed virtual environments. I also work in other areas such as AI and Deep Learning, HDR imaging, quantum, exploiting human perception for computational gains, and cross-disciplinary research with other domains."

Scholarships and Bursaries

WMG will be awarding over £1million in scholarships and bursaries to students commencing study on any of our full-time MSc programmes beginning in September 2024.

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