MSc in Artificial Intelligence for Games


Program Description

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.

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What you'll learn

On Artificial Intelligence for Games you’ll not only gain 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 to a major project in study block three.

Study block one: Modules

  • Development Synergies
  • Computational Intelligence

Study block two: Modules

  • Machine Learning
  • Game Development Project

Study block three: Modules

  • Major Project

The modules above are those being studied by our students or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the course leader.

How you'll learn

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. You'll learn through:

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

How you'll be assessed

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


Our academic staff includes world-leading researchers in cutting-edge AI as well as expert game developers and programmers. You'll be taught and supported by experienced tutors who have worked for the likes of Lionhead Studios and on game franchises such as Fable and Black & White.


  • 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 the 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.

Tuition fees 2020-21

  • £8,500 - full-time UK/EU (£250 acceptance fee payable. This is deducted from tuition fees.)
  • £16,000 - full-time international (acceptance fee up to £1,000 payable, dependent on nationality. This is deducted from tuition fees.)

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may, therefore, raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

Last updated May 2020

About the School

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of ... Read More

Established in 1902 as Falmouth School of Art, it has grown over a century to become a digital innovation hub. Today, its portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, the fastest growing sector in the UK economy. Now, as we face the fourth industrial revolution; as technology provides great opportunities as well as challenges, it’s clear that Falmouth’s specialisms of creative innovation; creative thinking, problem-solving, communication and storytelling, will be key to future economic and cultural success both at a local and global level. Read less
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