BSc (Hons) Game Programming (Top-Up)

From advanced games development to applied maths, this BSc (Hons) top-up degree powers up your knowledge for the games industry and programming-based environments. It enables you to specialise within the field of game programming , learning advanced techniques and skills using industry-standard software, techniques and workflows. You will also utilise language principles, such as C# and C++, to enrich and add depth to a range of games.

The games market in 2021 generated a total of $180.3 billion, with $93.2 billion belonging to the Mobile Games market (Newzoo 2021). It was estimated that these revenues were driven by 3 billion players. According to UKIE, 19% of job roles in the gaming industry are related to programming with 78% of employees having a Bachelor's degree; 55% of these degrees fall into the Games/STEM field.


You will develop and programme interactive mechanics that explore the advanced practices used in the gaming industry. You will pursue a problem related to your own interest, using your problem-solving abilities to produce a working solution. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a group project, building team working and professional skills. Alongside your games art and games development peers, you will develop and build a game through all of its core production stages.

Topics covered on this top-up degree include:

  • Computational mathematics 
  • Advanced artificial intelligence
  • Advanced programming techniques
  • Coding for emerging technologies
  • Group-based development projects
  • Advanced C++ and C#
  • Research techniques 

To reflect industry practice we promote the use of agile workflows and events such as game jams and societies. We focus on employability, so work is tailored to match and meet industry standards and workflows. We emphasise personal development, encouraging you to work with industry-standard software, tools and artwork.

This course is validated by The Open University 

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£7,950 full-time (per academic year) - For home students commencing study in 2023

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Start Date

18th September 2023

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1 year, full-time

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Course Code

UCAS Course Code: I621
Institution code: L21

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