Master's Degree Programme in Game Studies

Tampere Universities

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Game Studies

Tampere Universities

Creating a playful future

Master's Degree Programme in Game Studies provides an in-depth view of the fundamental character and development of games and play.

Expanding from entertainment to other areas of life, games have grown into a form of culture and human interaction that is a crucial part of our social life and the current media landscape.

The programme is particularly targeted at the questions of analysis, design and application of games from the interconnected perspectives of games, game players, game developers and game cultures. It will give you the academic skills needed to analyse, observe and understand the developments in this field of study while also encouraging a more pragmatic involvement and hands-on attitude with games and playful design.

Graduates typically combine the skills and knowledge derived from this programme with previous studies and proficiencies that enable them to work in various professional roles, in research, public sector as well as in industry. The possible jobs of graduates include researchers, developers, critics and specialists working with the interpretation, evaluation and implementation of games and related fields, such as social media.

The programme is founded on the long history of education and research conducted at the University of Tampere’s Game Research Lab. At Tampere University, this internationally acclaimed research group coordinates the Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies funded by the Academy of Finland in 2018-2025.


Study objectives

After completing the Master's degree you are expected to:

  • be familiar with scientific thinking and capable of applying scientific working methods in your own area of specialization.
  • be motivated for lifelong learning.
  • be capable of undertaking scientific postgraduate studies.
  • be capable of applying the knowledge acquired and of functioning in internationalizing working life.

After completing the Master’s Degree Programme in Game Studies you will:

  • be able to identify, define and analyse games and play in their various forms.
  • understand and be capable of critically using the concepts and theories that relate to the fundamental character of games and the phenomena around them.
  • have an in-depth understanding of the forms, practices and contexts of games as cultural, social, technical and commercial phenomena.
  • be able to independently acquire scientific knowledge.
  • be able to communicate the results from research to different audiences.
  • be able to work in interdisciplinary teams as an expert in games and related phenomena (including e.g. online cultures, game production, gamification).


Study contents

This master programme provides an in-depth view of the fundamental character and development of games and play. Expanding from entertainment to other areas of life, games have grown into a form of culture and human interaction that is a crucial part of our social life and the current media landscape.

The programme is particularly targeted at the questions of analysis, design and application of games from the interconnected perspectives of games, game players, game developers and game cultures. It will give you the academic skills needed to analyze, observe and understand the developments in this field of study while also encouraging a more pragmatic involvement and hands-on attitude with games and playful design.

The programme is founded on a long history of education and research conducted at the University of Tampere Game Research Lab. In 2018-2025, this internationally acclaimed research group coordinates a Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies funded by the Academy of Finland.


Career opportunities

Graduates typically combine the skills and knowledge derived from this programme with previous studies and proficiencies that enable them to work various professional roles, in research, public sector as well as in industry. The need for the 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.

As a graduate, you can take up multiple work roles that relate to the research and development of games as well as to the application of gameplay and game design for various purposes. Working as a university educated expert in this rapidly developing field requires solid research and communication skills combined with an active and independent mindset, and willingness to explore and innovate new approaches to understanding and applying interactive media into practice.

The possible jobs of graduates include researchers, developers, critics and specialists working with the interpretation, evaluation and implementation of games and related fields like social media and gamification.


Research focus

The research initiatives of GS teaching faculty are organized under TRIM, Tampere Research Center for Information and Media. TRIM is a multidisciplinary research institution for basic and strategic research on the internet and interactive media, with key research themes ranging from game research and information and media practices to information retrieval. The Tampere University Game Research Lab carries out innovative research in games and play and builds bridges from research to action in its various collaborations. In 2018-2025, Game Research Lab coordinates a Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies funded by Academy of Finland.


Postgraduate study opportunities

This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in game studies and related fields, for example in Tuni’s Doctoral programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media.


Tuition fees and scholarships

The tuition fee for the programme is 12,000 euros per academic year for non-EU/EEA students with a scholarship system for fee-paying students.

You will not be required to pay the fee if you are:

  • an EU/EEA citizen
  • equivalent to EU/EEA citizen (i.e. a citizen of Switzerland)
  • already reside in Finland (a continuous A or a permanent P/P-EU residence permit), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland. The exempting residence permit must be valid when you are applying for studies and at least until 1 August i.e. when the study right commences. Please note that a residence permit in another EU/EEA country does not exempt you from the tuition fee.


Scholarships

Tampere University Scholarships Programme is intended for students who are required to pay tuition fees in Master’s degree programmes offered in English. A substantial number of scholarships will be available. With the help of the scholarship programme, Tampere University provides excellent international students with high-quality, yet affordable, education.

When filling in your application form for a Master’s degree programme, you have the possibility to indicate your wish to apply for a scholarship. The decision on the granted scholarship will be communicated to you together with information on admission.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 3, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Aug. 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
12,000 EUR
per academic year for non-EU/EEA students.
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Finland - Tampere
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