The course provides you with the core skills and confidence required to apply and produce knowledge and understanding of issues surrounding games programming and visual computing. You will also gain strong practical experience in the latest technologies and programming languages underpinning this field of study. This will enable you to explore, adapt, create and utilise appropriate models, methods, practices, theories and computational techniques in the context of changing and evolving technology. There is the additional opportunity to develop and evaluate new or advanced bespoke solutions appropriate for games programming and visual computing in the modern era. Whether you are a recent graduate or already working in the IT industry and looking to change career paths, this Masters degree provides a great opportunity to enhance your knowledge in this dynamic subject area.
You will learn practical skills in programming using the current techniques that deliver games and other visually demanding media.
The programme enables you to become involved in emerging technologies derived from industry, while also exploring advanced 3D graphics, virtual and augmented realities, multi-service network technologies and advanced programming skills.
The course is delivered through lectures, seminars and tutorials with a mixture of daytime and evening classes. These sessions are highly interactive with a focus on the practical application of concepts and the use of cases drawn from real life. An emphasis on small groups ensures that you will have plenty of opportunities for individual discussions with your tutors.
Your vocational capability, academic critical thinking and intellectual development will be assessed throughout the course. This is achieved through a combination of coursework, case studies, problem-solving exercises and examinations. You may be assessed individually or in a group.
You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academics who research and regularly engage within the wider business and academic environment. Staff specialise in a variety of subjects so you will benefit from a wide range of knowledge and experience. The course team is occasionally supplemented by external IT professionals who are invited to teach particular sessions relevant to their area of expertise.
This MSc equips you with the skills and knowledge required to develop your interests and career in a wide variety of roles. These include, for example, working as a programmer, software engineer or games designer. You may also wish to consider an IT career in the entertainment industry.
You will develop an in-depth knowledge of programming which while related closely to the gaming industry also provided you with skills easily transferred to many other career opportunities.
You will study at EPCC, the UK’s leading supercomputing centre. EPCC is the major provider of high performance computing (HPC) training in Europe with an international reputation for excellence in HPC education and research.
Our staff have a wealth of expertise across all areas of HPC, parallel programming technologies and data science.
This MSc programme has a strong practical focus and provide access to leading- edge HPC systems such as ARCHER, which is the UK’s largest, fastest and most powerful supercomputer, with more than 100,000 CPU cores.
HPC is the use of powerful processors, networks and parallel supercomputers to tackle problems that are very computationally or data-intensive. You will learn leading-edge HPC technologies and skills to exploit the full potential of the world’s largest supercomputers and multicore processors. This is a well-established programme that has been successful in training generations of specialists in parallel programming.
The MSc programme takes the form of two semesters of taught courses followed by a dissertation project.
Your studies will have a strong practical focus and you will have access to a wide range of HPC platforms and technologies. You will take seven compulsory courses, which provide a broad-based coverage of the fundamentals of HPC, parallel computing and data science. The option courses focus on specialist areas relevant to computational science. Assessment is by a combination of coursework and examination.
After completing the taught courses, students work on a three-month individual project leading to a dissertation.
Dissertation projects may be either research-based or industry-based with an external organisation, with opportunities for placements in local companies.
Industry-based dissertation projects
Through our strong links with industry, we offer our students the opportunity to undertake their dissertation project with one of a wide range of local companies.
An industry-based dissertation project can give you the opportunity to enhance your skills and employability by tackling a real-world project, gaining workplace experience, exploring potential career paths and building relationships with local companies.
Our graduates are employed across a range of commercial areas, for example software development, petroleum engineering, finance and HPC support. Others have gone on to PhD research in fields that use HPC technologies, including astrophysics, biology, chemistry, geosciences, informatics and materials science.