Artificial Intelligence for Games MSc

Artificial Intelligence for Games MSc
Penryn Campus
1 year full-time
Direct line
01326 213730
Subject to validation during this academic year

Are you interested in Artificial Intelligence? Do you want to explore the applications of AI in games? At Falmouth, you'll work with Artists and Designers in a studio environment to test and experiment with cutting-edge techniques alongside game-makers and world-leading researchers.

Join the people breaking boundaries in the world of gaming. This stimulating, practice-focused course will give you a deep understanding of how to leverage AI for compelling and immersive gaming. You'll learn the context of this new global industry and make your own ideas happen. And with mentoring from internationally renowned researchers, you'll graduate fully equipped for your career in the revolutionary field of AI.

What you'll learn

On Artificial Intelligence for Games you'll not only gain a full knowledge of AI, but skills in the broader games industry context too. We'll cover AI from genetic programming and fuzzy-logic systems, to deep learning and monte-carlo tree search. You'll get straight to work in the second study block, making a bespoke AI component for a co-created project. This all leads up to a major project in study block three.

Study block one
  • Development Synergies
  • Computational Intelligence
Study block two
  • Machine Learning
  • Game Development Project
Study block three
  • Major Project

How you'll learn

Assessment is 100% coursework, with real-life learning preparing you to get straight to work in the industry.

You’ll become an expert through:

  • Demonstrations
  • Studio practice
  • Project supervision
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Crit sessions
  • Tutorials
  • Guest speakers
  • Mentoring

With weekly support sessions from our dedicated team and extra support throughout, you’ll be able to produce coursework to a high standard, learning to work independently as well as collaborate effectively.


Our state-of-the-art game development studios are equipped with the latest technology and professional facilities, meaning you get a real-life experience and understanding.

You’ll have full use of:

  • Modern i7 machines.
  • Specialised computing hardware for deep learning projects.
  • Standard software used in the games industry, including Adobe and Autodesk suites.
  • Access to free software via Microsoft Imagine.
  • AR/VR - Hololens, Vive Pro, Oculus Rift.

Our facilities are open late during term time.

How to apply

Entry requirements

We welcome applicants with varied qualifications, but typically you'll need an undergraduate degree in computing, software engineering, game programming or related fields. You'll also need experience of computer programming (i.e. presence on GitHub and/or StackExchange, source code excerpts, technical reports, etc). Our typical applicants hold an undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, or equivalent experience.

We'll also welcome your application if you have formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and learning from work experience or self-study. This is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), and should have been gained within the last five years, and be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

APL applicants using experience to apply should note there is a £200 application fee for entry with advanced standing or with exemption from specific modules or credit.

Language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

International applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK must take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) to fulfil government visa requirements, or have a recognised language test approved and vouched for by the University. Our Applicant Services team can help with any questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests.

Next steps

  1. Apply online
  2. We’ll invite you for a visit to our studios and interview you to discuss your passions, previous programming experience and hopes for the future. If Artificial Intelligence for Games isn’t the right fit, we might be able to suggest another path within the growing Games Academy.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees 2018-19

£8,000 - 2018-19 full-time UK/EU (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

£15,000 - 2018-19 full-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

We offer a 25% discount to our Falmouth alumni who have chosen to return for their MA.

Typical course costs

To complete your coursework, you'll require a laptop at an expense of around £1,300.

If you need to bring other equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.

The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs


Postgraduate funding
Postgraduate tuition fees

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