(Full time) 2023 start
High-Performance Graphics and Games Engineering MSc
By studying this Masters degree, you’ll be well placed to join one of the most performance-driven applications of computer science – the multi-billion pound global games industry. As a graduate, you'll work at the top-end of the games industry and will develop computer graphics on high-performance platforms or write engines for the next generation of games.
Developed in collaboration with a prestigious steering group, this course will build on your computer science knowledge to specialise in computer graphics, where programmers must push computing resources to the limit, using deep understanding of architecture and high-performance programming to generate new levels of graphical realism and visual effects on cutting-edge hardware platforms.
You’ll gain proficiency in low-level programming, a thorough understanding of multi-core and many-core programming techniques, game engine and tool development techniques, and fundamental insight into graphics and the practical techniques used in games.
Why study at Leeds:
- Learn the latest innovations in areas such as artificial intelligence, computational science and engineering, computational medicine and distributed systems from our world-leading research conducted right here on campus that feeds directly into the course.
- Benefit from studying at a university that is a partner of the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
- Advance your knowledge in high-performance graphics and games engineering, building an extensive technical skill set recognised and sought after in the gaming industry.
- Build industry experience and conduct your own individual project which focuses on a real-world topic of your choice, giving you the chance to develop professional skills in research and critical thinking.
- Access a wide range of industry-standard specialist facilities including hardware like virtual reality headsets and workstations with high-end GPUs to act as DirectX12 and Vulkan games development platforms.
- Experience expert theoretical and practical teaching delivered by a programme team made up of academics and researchers who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and part of the Visualization and Computer Graphics research group.
- Benefit from close links with the games industry, including input from our industrial steering group and the opportunity to participate in the annual Game Republic student showcase.
- Enhance your career prospects and join our successful alumni who have secured jobs in many excellent organisations worldwide.
- Study in the Sir William Henry Bragg building, a brand-new development providing excellent facilities and teaching spaces for an outstanding student experience.
- Make the most of your time at Leeds by joining CompSoc, where you can meet like-minded undergraduate and postgraduate students in the School of Computing through fortnightly events covering a range of activities including socials, sports and Hackathons!
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Our course gives you the opportunity to study graphics in depth.
During the first half of the year, you'll study a range of modules which will develop your knowledge and skills in high-performance graphics and games engineering. By the end of this course, your technical skills – as demanded by the industry – will be second to none in the following areas:
- low-level programming (C++, Graphic and Compute shaders)
- multi-core and many core programming techniques
- computer graphics, from core principles to the practical techniques used in games, including geometric models; animation and simulation; advanced methods for visual realism
- game engine and tool development techniques
During the second half of the year, over the summer months, you’ll also work on your research project. This gives you the chance to work as an integral part of one of our active research groups, focusing on a specialist topic in computer science and selecting the appropriate research methods
To find out more about projects past students have completed, visit our Visualization and Computer Graphics group page.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read High-Performance Graphics and Games Engineering MSc in the course catalogue
- MSc Project 60 credits
- Group Project 30 credits
- Foundations of Modelling and Rendering 15 credits
- Geometric Processing 15 credits
- High-Performance Graphics 15 credits
- Animation and Simulation 15 credits
- Scientific Computation 15 credits
Learning and teaching
We have an active research environment which feeds directly into our teaching. You’ll have regular contact with staff through lectures, seminars, tutorials, small group work and project meetings. Independent study is also important to the programme, as you develop your problem-solving and research skills as well as your subject knowledge.
Our close links with industry also mean that you have direct contact with industry and potential employers from an early stage in your course. Members of our steering group will contribute to the delivery of the course ensuring that you learn the latest industry developments. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage directly with the games industry through industry lectures, visits to games development companies and attending UK games events.
You'll use workstations with high-end GPUs to act as DirectX12 and Vulkan games development platforms and have access to other specialist hardware including the latest Virtual Reality headsets for experimenting on. For learning games engine design and exploring new rendering techniques, students will build their own game engine from scratch.
You'll study in the Sir William Henry Bragg building, a brand-new development providing excellent facilities and teaching spaces for an outstanding student experience.
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
You'll be taught by a team of academics and researchers who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research and part of the Visualization and Computer Graphics research group.
Programme leader, Dr He Wang, is the Director of High-Performance Graphics and Game Engineering and Academic Lead of Centre for Immersive Technology. His research interests are mainly in computer graphics, vision and machine learning and applications.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
You’ll be assessed using a range of techniques including case studies, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, assignments and exams.
Applying, fees and funding
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in computer science. Other Computing based degrees may be considered on a case by case basis.
We require all applicants to have studied a breadth of relevant modules including significant programming (including C++), systems development, data structures and algorithms, with strong marks across all these modules. Prior exposure to the mathematics relevant to computer graphics, in particular linear algebra, is strongly recommended.
Relevant work experience will also be considered.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Engineering (6 weeks) and Language for Science: Engineering (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
30 July 2023 - International applicants
10 September 2023 - UK applicants
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
- UK: £12,750 (total)
- International: £28,000 (total)
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
There is a shortage of highly skilled graduates in this field, so once you’ve completed this course it’s likely that you'll be in demand.
You’ll be well placed to join the multi-billion pound global games industry, in positions such as a software developer, technology leader for graphics and rendering, a games development leader or a technical director. You’ll be expected to progress rapidly into leadership roles, becoming the ‘go to’ person for expertise in graphics technologies.
Outside the games industry, the programming skills you develop during this course would allow you to secure a position in other performance-driven industries, for example embedded systems. Your computer graphics expertise could lead to opportunities in the animation and visual production industries.
Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top 10 most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2023 report.
At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.
- Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
- MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
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