Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies, M.Sc.

University of Tampere

Program Description

Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies, M.Sc.

University of Tampere

Apply between 1 December 2017 and 17 January 2018

  • Degree: Master of Science
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Start date: August 2018
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year

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This master programme provides 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.

The programme 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 you 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.

UTA 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 programme.

Study objectives

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

  • be able to identify, define and analyse interactive media in its different forms
  • understand and be capable of critically using the concepts and theories that relate to the fundamental character of games and internet
  • have in-depth understanding about the forms, contents, practices in games and internet as cultural, social, technical and commercial phenomena
  • be able to independently acquire scientific knowledge
  • be able to communicate the results from research, work in interdisciplinary teams and act as an expert in the field of interactive media.

Career opportunities

Graduates typically combine the skills and knowledge derived from this programme with previous 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.

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 game play and game design for various purposes. Working as a university educated expert in this rapidly developing field of interactive media 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 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.

General eligibility

To be eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme at UTA, an applicant must have

  1. a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject,
  2. AND
  3. fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies.

Programme specific requirements

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 with 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 or game development focused 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 officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018 (to be confirmed). A successful applicant will, in this case, first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate has reached the University.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 4, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2018
2 years
Full time
12,000 EUR
Jan. 17, 2018
Finland - Tampere
Start date: Aug. 2018
Application deadline Jan. 17, 2018
End date Request Info
Aug. 2018
Finland - Tampere
Application deadline Jan. 17, 2018
End date Request Info
Fees will be collected from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Master’s degree programmes taught in English in August 2017 or after that.

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