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About Computer Games Systems at Nottingham Trent University

You will gain the knowledge and experience to specialise in games systems design using suitable programming languages and their development environments for the production of efficient games software solutions. On this Computer Games Systems Masters course, you will also learn how to create distributed and virtual-reality games systems using novel platforms, languages and environments.

This course will provide you with Masters level education in the principles of games computing systems and their application in the rapidly evolving games industry.

For full module descriptions, which include Computer Games Development, Mobile Interactive Systems and Applied Artificial Intelligence, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.

If you complete the one year work placement experience, you can gain an additional qualification

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How you're taught

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Research project
  • Written assignments
  • Case studies
  • Oral presentations
  • Coursework reports.

You will learn through:

  • Lectures
  • Guided reading supported by the University's virtual learning portal
  • Workshops and laboratories
  • Seminars
  • Case studies and project work

Careers and employability

The industry-focused nature of this course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. Nottingham Trent University graduates are widely respected amongst employers and our Computing and Technology students are perceived as having the competitive edge due to the hands-on approach of our teaching.

We have an enviable graduate employment record, with many graduates going on to gain employment in a related subject discipline. Some graduates choose to venture into other sectors and are equally successful because of the transferable skills gained on the course. Other graduates continue on to study for a PhD.

What are the benefits of a work placement?

Practical work experience can help you in your studies. It can enhance your commercial awareness and your ability to link theory and practice which will be an invaluable skill in your future career. Although a work placement is highly recommended, obtaining one is based on an individual's efforts and is not guaranteed.

Length of placement

One year

Placement opportunities

The School is extending its highly successful placement scheme to students of MSc Computer Games Systems. If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year, often paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. And for students hoping to take a placement, comprehensive support and advice is also available from the School's Placement team.

This is the ideal way to get your career off to a flying start. For further information please visit our placements website.


Based on Clifton campus the School of Science and Technology is a stimulating and creative environment. We provide facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research. As a student here, you will have access to specialist facilities including:

  • games console laboratories
  • networking and security laboratories
  • human-interactive technology
  • stereo-projection
  • Imaging and Displays Research Facility and;
  • our Centre for Innovation and Technology Exploitation (CITE).

You will also enjoy working with the latest software. Examples include:

  • EnCase
  • 3D StudioMax
  • XNA Xbox development suite
  • The Adobe Creative Suite (Flash, After Effects, Photoshop)
  • the Unreal and Half-life Games Engines.

Across NTU, we have a range of first-class facilities that you would expect from a university with high quality teaching and world-leading research. These include:

  • an £8m computing and informatics building
  • a British Olympic Association-approved environmental chamber.

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