Apply on 14 December 2015 - 27 January 2016
- Coordinating School: School of Information Sciences
- Duration: two academic years
- Extent: 120 credits/ECTS credits
- Programme period: autumn semester 2016 - spring semester 2018
- Specialization: Information Studies and Interactive Media
Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies aims to provide an in-depth view to the fundamental character and development of games and Internet. Games have grown into an important form of culture and human interaction, expanding from entertainment to other areas of life. Internet and social media form an increasingly vital part of communication, social life and distribution of media and services. Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies is particularly targeted at the questions of analysis, design and application of online services and digital games from user- and culturally focused perspectives. The programme directs students to develop academic skills like critical thinking, scientific writing and carrying out research projects while encouraging active and comprehensive involvement with the practical processes and phenomena related to games and Internet.
The programme is offered by the School of Information Sciences. The school has high profile research groups that are focused on Internet and game studies. There has also been a long history of education in hypermedia and in Information Studies and Interactive Media that forms the basis of this degree programme.
Graduates typically combine the skills and knowledge derived from Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies with studies and proficiencies that enable them to work as experts of games and Internet in various professional roles, in research, public sector as well as in industry. The need for knowledgeable workforce is growing in the fields related to games and interactive media, but the students should adopt an active attitude in fashioning their own specific area of expertise and professional profile. The possible jobs of graduates include researchers, developers, critics and specialists working with the interpretation, evaluation or implementation of games and social media.
The eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programme in Internet and Game Studies consist of two parts: the University of Tampere general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria which specify and add information to the general criteria. Applicants must meet both in order to be considered eligible.
Eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme is a person who
- has completed a university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject, AND
- has fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies.
Programme specific requirements are as follows:
Eligible to apply to the Master's degree programme in Internet and Game Studies is an applicant who has a completed suitable university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Information Studies and Interactive Media, New Media, Game Studies, Communication, Cultural or Art Studies, Interaction Design, Psychology, Sociology, or other relevant field for studies in interactive media. Please note that a pure programming degree (e.g. one in Engineering or Computer Science) does not alone qualify applicants for this programme, but if such studies are combined into studies and special competencies that relate to the content and use of Interactive Media, e.g. Game Studies, Information Studies, Interactive Media or Hypermedia, also applicants with a programming background can apply.
Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree
The Bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed well before the programme begins. If the degree is not completed by the end of the application period, an applicant can be accepted to the programme on the condition that s/he sends an attested copy of the degree certificate to the School office by 29 July 2016. A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later an official letter of acceptance once the attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the School office.
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Last updated October 12, 2015