I personally wouldn’t really look at it as making a game and more like how you would make a game. For my Final year project my lecturers focused on the research I did more than anything else. I had originally set out at the start to make a game myself but i found that it was kind of tough to get a full game going alone so i changed it to be more based around how you would structure code when developing games. If i was doing it this year what I would probably do is a comparative study on game engines
by designing very small simple game mechanics and seeing how the implementation of these mechanics differs between engines.