About the course
Games development is a large and thriving industry in the UK. We want to help you gain the skills to become a great programmer so you can get a rewarding job in this exciting sector. You could be a games developer, or you could choose to take your skills and work in any programming job.
We want to make sure you have the talents that employers are looking for. Our close links with local and national development companies help us make sure that the course content matches the skills needed for careers in the games development industry.
Your course will cover general computing and software engineering knowledge and techniques that apply across the computing industry. At the same time you’ll have the chance to explore the latest issues in computer games. We’ll look at the technical aspects of games development, and support you to develop a strong knowledge base. From computer games programming to games systems and development techniques, we’ll cover some vital topics.
We’ll also cover game engine architecture, computational mathematics and artificial intelligence. And to help develop your abilities and your team working, we’ll get you operating with other students to complete a computer games project.
After your second year you can choose to take a year-long placement in the industry. Thanks to our links with a range of leading employers in the UK and internationally, you could end up working for a big name in your chosen career. Previous students have taken placements with Sega Europe Ltd, Rebellion Studios, Rockstar Leeds and Red Kite. Or you could have the chance to take a placement at the University’s Canalside Studios, working as part of a team researching and developing games for a range of platforms.
If you’d like to try your hand at setting up your own business, our Enterprise Placement Year (EPY) gives students from the UK or the EU the chance to start your own independent studio. You could set up your own company in The Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Centre, which is located in our flagship 3M Buckley Innovation Centre. You can work on your own, or set up a company as part of a group. Business advisors and a games industry mentor will support you as you get things off the ground.
You might like to hear what Joseph has to say about studying Software Engineering BSc(Hons) at the University of Huddersfield.
Computing at Huddersfield brings together cutting-edge research, industry standard technology, facilities and passionate and supportive staff. But that’s not all, this course is built around flexibility! Designed to give you the chance through projects to tailor your study to your own strengths, goals and aspirations. By blending a core computing program, with specific focus on games programming techniques and not forgetting the opportunity to undertake a placement year with a games company, or in our in house commercial games studio, or start your own indie games company we support you in getting ready for graduate employment.
Dr Duke Gledhill, Senior Lecturer
Computing Science and Mathematics
In this module we introduce you to basic computing science and mathematical concepts related to software development. Topics covered include set theory, graphs and trees, finite state machines, grammars and languages, propositional logic and searching and sorting algorithms. You’ll put the theory into practice using a programming language, such as Java, and software that lets you directly implement finite state machines.
Working as part of a team, this module aims to provide you with an understanding of hardware, software and industry best practices used by businesses. In your teams you’ll be supported in planning, designing and developing a prototype product. This experience has been designed to introduce you to the product development cycle, technology limitations and possible future developments.
Hardware and Networks
This module explores how computers and networks function by introducing you to their components and structures, from the basic building blocks to fully functioning systems. The module covers how computers execute programs, how data is stored, recognised and manipulated, and which hardware and software components are used to achieve this. You’ll also get the opportunity to study how networks are constructed and what techniques (eg cryptography, routing and error detection and correction) are used to ensure that data is transmitted correctly and securely through them.
Software Design and Development
This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the design, development, and testing of large scale software systems. The material covered includes introductory programming (in a language such as Java), program testing (using JUnit testing techniques), systems modelling (using unified modelling language- UML), graphical user interface (GUI) development, and rapid prototyping techniques.
This module is studio based and takes a very practical approach to the work covered. You’ll be offered the opportunity to produce a prototype related to your chosen study path. Through this project based approach you’ll be introduced to the concepts and principles of programming/scripting using an object-based language. You'll be required to plan, design, implement, test and deploy solutions in response to a requirement specification. Ultimately you’re expected to produce a useful software product, whether it is a game, entertainment feature or business or media product. Throughout this module you’ll be supported in acquiring sound development and problem solving skills and be expected to assemble a portfolio of work.
Computational Mathematics 1
This module covers the mathematical foundations required for scientific computing. You’ll be introduced to fundamental concepts in algebra and be supported in developing an understanding of both analytical and numerical methods for solving equations in one variable. You'll also be introduced to error analysis and proof.
Algorithms Processes and Data
In this module you’ll be supported in expanding your programming skills to cover a range of standard data structures (eg shared variables, semaphores, monitors and lists, trees and graphs) and algorithms (eg Dekker's algorithm, bounded buffer algorithms and searching, sorting and traversals) for both sequential and concurrent systems. You’ll also study how to analyse systems in order to determine their correctness and safety, and to calculate their efficiency.
Computer Games Studio 2
This module introduces the concepts and practices of modern computer games development through analysing and utilising various common computer graphics application programming interfaces (APIs in an industrial standard C++ programming environment). Our aim is to equip you with knowledge and skills in designing and developing a professional computer game for any targeted platforms through a rigid quality control process. The main focus is on the graphics engine, and this is supported by a careful study of the theory and practice of game mathematics and computer graphics.
Game Engine Architecture
This module aims to familiarise you with the major non-graphics components of modern game engines including the collision system and physics engine. It also covers the game object model and the various tools used to build a game, such as level editors. The module covers both the theory and implementation of these typical components, as well as the overarching architecture of the game engine. You'll be supported in using a games industry standard programming language (eg C++) to explore approaches to game engine development. You'll also study middleware used by industry (eg Havok, PhysX, Open Dynamics Engine, Autodesk® Gameware Navigation, Morpheme with Euphoria) to help you gain an understanding of the challenges facing professional game engine programmers.
Team Project (Games)
This module gives you the opportunity to work as a team to design and develop a prototype computer game. You’ll be supported in exploring theories and principles of team working and project management through the development of your chosen game. Weekly tutorial sessions will be held to allow your team to get regular feedback and guidance on the progress of your project. Alongside this you’ll also explore important legal and professional issues relevant to people working in the IT industry.
This course offers an optional one-year work placement after Year 2.
Can machines (in particular computers) be intelligent? And what does that mean precisely? These are the main questions that we try to answer in this module. We will explore how machines can achieve intelligent tasks in a variety of settings. In term one we consider settings with full observability and determinism, these are like laboratory conditions or puzzle games. In this setting, we will look at knowledge representation, problem solving, and planning. In term two the settings are relaxed, and we will study how to deal with the uncertainties that arise from this. In particular, we will see how to deal with opponents, with incomplete and/or uncertain information, and how intelligent agents can learn.
This module is driven by you. You are asked to select a problem to solve which is relevant to your degree, and of appropriate scope and depth to be tackled within a timeframe of 30 weeks. Carrying out the project enables you to develop and demonstrate your ability to undertake research, manage time, use your initiative, learn independently, discuss and write convincingly on a subject requiring independent learning. A supervisor will support you throughout your project. You’ll use your existing knowledge and be encouraged to acquire additional skills as you carry out your project. The aim of the project is to suggest a solution to an identified problem. Your final report should describe the aims, scope and motivation of the project, the research you have undertaken, and the technical solution provided, including justification for design and development decisions.
Advanced Computer Games Development
This module aims to develop your advanced specialist skills in computer games development. It covers advanced games programming technologies and techniques, particularly relating to gaming interface systems such as Kinect, Emotiv, Novint Falcon, Oculus Rift or HD WebCam. The module will explore the advancements in, and potential of, novel human computer interface (HCI) technologies for future developments in games and new game genres. It also introduces technologies and tools for defining and measuring software quality through adopting software metrics, software quality models and process maturity model.
Team Project (Games)
In this module you'll work in a group to simulate a company environment. You’ll be supported in working as a team to design, code and implement a small computer game. The module covers software development, team working, team management, company structures, professional issues and ethics. This aims to help you develop business and entrepreneurial skills and provide you with experience of software development in a group environment working alongside other game industry professions.
You have the opportunity to develop a strong knowledge base in computer games programming, games systems engineering and software development techniques. As the course progresses you will specialise in subjects that are core to the success of the games industry such as graphics, artificial intelligence (AI) and physics simulations.
You‘ll study programming languages including Java and you ‘ll be supported in progressing to C++ later (as it‘s the industry standard). You‘ll also explore game specific technologies, shaders, computer vision, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR). As the ability to work in a team is a vital skill in the games industry, we support you in developing your team working skills through group project work.
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions; in subjects such as software development and modelling, applied in practical games studio sessions. 19.67% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions etc. Assessment is through a combination of coursework (both written and practical) and exams.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
BBBat A Level
120 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications
DMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.
In addition you must have GCSE English at grade 4 or above and Maths at grade 5 or above, or grade C and B respectively if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
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