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Computing (Serious Games) MSc

Course Description

This specialist course allows you to develop your skills and experience in the use of new and emerging technologies. We utilise our state of the art facilities to ensure that you receive your training in the use of these technologies within a variety of settings. You will be able to pursue a particular passion during your research dissertation enabling you to tailor your programme to your own interests.

Course content

This programme is a collaboration between the Department of Computing and Immersive Technologies and the Department of Engineering at the University of Northampton. Consequently, you will have the opportunity to work with a diverse range of industrial partners. The theoretical basis of this course is reinforced by strong practical elements as well as close ties with industrial partners thus allowing you to develop the skills and experience necessary to succeed in your chosen career.

All modules are 20 credit modules except for the dissertation which is a 60 credit module. An MSc is awarded on successful completion of 180 credits (six 20 credit modules and one 60 credit dissertation module).

Course modules (16/17)

-Immersive Technologies
-Mobile Device Software Development
-Media Techniques
-Modelling for Serious Games

Methods of Learning

Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples and case studies and using our state of the art computer simulation tools and laboratory facilities as well as external visits and collaborative projects with partners. Our virtual learning environment (VLE) enables you, course tutors and external partners to communicate easily, share ideas as well as post news and employment opportunities that may be of interest.


Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and all students undertake a substantial (15,000 to 20,000 word) independent research thesis.

Facilities and Special Features

Facilities available
You will have access to approximately 150 PC and Linux workstation computers housed in six bespoke computer laboratories, all with digital projection facilities, and maintained by two technicians. These facilities were brand new, state of the art hardware and furniture for the start of the calendar year 2010 in the newly refurbished Newton building. Having NVision as part of this course also enables access to cutting edge immersive technologies providing rare opportunities for you to gain meaningful and practical experience with equipment worth millions of pounds.

Special course features
This specialist postgraduate course allows you to pursue an area of particular interest utilising our recently upgraded facilities. We enrol small cohorts of students to ensure that you receive personalised care that will enable you to develop your skills and enhance your knowledge. We have developed this course to be studied around other commitments and you may only need to attend the University for two days per week.


The increasing use of 2D and 3D graphics in a variety of sectors has led to the computing discipline growing greatly over the last few years. Consequently, graduates from this course have excellent employment options and are able to enter a huge range of sectors depending on their interests and career aspirations.

Visit the Computing (Serious Games) MSc page on the University of Northampton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. It is assumed that students will have a working knowledge of computers and networks, it is also essential that they have practical hands on experience of at least one programming language.

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