About This Course
This pathway through Computer Science combines a strong foundation in computer science with the creative aspects that are crucial for games development at every level. The course is designed to give you the skills to join existing studios or strike out on your own as an independent developer. There is a strong focus on instilling professional skills and values, including communication, teamwork, self-management, discipline and independence, alongside an awareness of relevant ethical, legal, and social issues. Our aim is simple – we want to help you become a game professional with relevant skills and ability to keep yourself up to date with the rapid pace of developments in the field.
During this course you will learn the fundamentals of computer science and advanced programming skills, and benefit from specific skills in relation to game design. The course also relates to the research interest of the academic staff, including real-time computer graphics, artificial intelligence, animation, virtual reality and augmented reality.
For the game design element of the degree, practical work - with game engines or physical game materials -are integrated with opportunities to engage critically with theories of gaming culture, mechanics, narratives and aesthetics. Together these provide you with the insight needed to produce games that are both immersive and engaging.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- We are a lively community with well-equipped laboratories, networked computers using industry-standard software and its own library.
- Our research and other interactions with industry ensure that our course reflects recent developments. Staff are practicing professionals, who work on joint projects and are consultants to industry.
- Sponsorship and scholarship opportunities are available.
- Final year projects are often carried out in collaboration with a local company - providing you with advantages when seeking employment.
- We have recently installed a large networking laboratory - designed to provide the opportunity to design and administer networks and to support the delivery of computer architecture modules.
What will you study on this course?
Please click on the link below to see the modules current students on this course are studying.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Computer Science with Game Design Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry and 2022/23 entry).
- The fee for all placement, international and sandwich years is £1,350 (2021/22 and 2022/23).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 80 - 120 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.
- A Levels (including 1 in a Science/Maths/Computing/IT, excluding General Studies)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in relevant subject (as above): MMP - DDM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical / Extended Diploma: case by case
- International Baccalaureate Diploma is accepted
- Access to HE in a relevant subject as listed above**
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
- Key Skills are not accepted
**Other subject areas may be considered on a case by case basis.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements), details here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For full details go to our website and for a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
After graduation you should be able to obtain a great job in the computing and gaming industry anywhere in the world; or you could take up study for a higher degree such as a Masters Degree or PhD (both offered at Bangor).
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.