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About Interactive Media Engineering at Nottingham Trent University

Complement your existing knowledge and skills, learn about the theory and master the practical of creating and applying a wide variety of digital interactive systems.

During the Interactive Media Engineering postgraduate degree, you will learn about the underlying principles of the technology that is used to create, store and manipulate a variety of media on computers, using state-of-the-art software. You will develop the research skills to enable you to keep up to date and explore new ideas in a rapidly changing field, working with our highly regarded academics.

We attract a diverse student body - we have had artists who wanted to present their material on the Internet, engineers who wanted to create product and factory simulations, and even an archaeologist who wanted to create a virtual museum.

For full module descriptions, which include Interactive Design for Web Applications, Media Creation Technology and Computer Games Development, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.

Take the optional work placement year and you could gain an additional qualification

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place.

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How you're taught

The taught part of this course is entirely assessed by coursework and there are no formal examinations.

The Interactive Media Engineering Masters course is delivered in two phases. A series of taught modules is delivered in the first 30 weeks of the course. The final 15 weeks of the academic year allow the MSc students the opportunity to complete a major project through independent study. If you take the sandwich route, you will do your placement before you come back for the final 15 weeks.

Lectures and seminars are used to introduce and develop concepts and knowledge. However, in this subject, you need to develop the ability to apply these concepts in practical situations and there is therefore a strong emphasis on workshops where staff can demonstrate the use of technology and you can explore technology, get formative feedback on your practical work and discuss links between theory and practice.

Careers and employability

Companies are increasingly looking for flexible employees with a range of abilities, which is why our graduates often find employment thanks to a combination of their first degree and postgraduate qualification.

This is particularly true in the field of computer-aided learning (CAL), and a significant number of graduates have gone into CAL development roles in both the public and private sector. Their CAL development expertise was obtained from this course and their subject knowledge from their first degree.

On completion of the course you will be able to work in any environment where interactive systems are needed to aid communication. This may be internally in companies, externally through the internet or using other forms of delivery. A significant number of students from this course have found employment in the rapidly developing field of computer aided learning (CAL) where they often combine the subject specific knowledge from their undergraduate degree with the new knowledge and skills that they have gained on this programme.

The benefits of a work placement

Practical work experience can help you in your studies and is often paid. 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.

Placement opportunities

This course offers you the opportunity to take a one-year placement. If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £10,000 to £35,000.

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice

To qualify for the additional qualification of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice (PGDIPP) you must submit a work placement portfolio which includes a placement diary, reflective report and updated CV, as well as deliver an oral presentation on your placement experience.

Help and support

We will work closely with you to help you strengthen your CV and interview techniques. During the placement year, an academic member of staff will visit at least twice to check on your progress and offer any advice.

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.

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.

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