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Official Guide for Master's Degree Programme Applicants

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Tuominen Kirsi
Coordinator of International Education
School of Information Sciences, SIS

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kirsi-marja.tuominen (at) uta.fi

Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies

The application period for the autumn 2016 intake has ended.
  • 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
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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.

Admission criteria for admission in 2016

Number of study places

A maximum of 20 students

Commencement of studies

22.8.2016

Duration of studies

2 years

Application period

Master's programme application period, 14.12.2015-27.1.2016

Language of tuition

English

Application procedure

Applications are to be submitted through the Studyinfo.fi service, where the electronic application form is available during the application period. All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. Applicants must be able to support their application with enclosures related to their educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The required enclosures must reach UAF by post by 27.1.2016.

Applicants to Finnish higher education institutions who are applying based on a qualification completed outside the EU/EEA –area or Switzerland will be required to pay an application fee of 100 €. The collection of the application fee is independent of the home country and nationality of the applicant. The fee will be collected as a part of the application process. The application fee is valid for one application period, and it covers all the applications that you make for study programmes that begin in the same semester.

Applicants must be able to prove their educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of their documents. If the documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, both the authenticated copies of the documents in their original language and an officially confirmed complete and precise translation into one of the languages mentioned above are required.

For more information on how to apply and the required documents please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/applying.html.

In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Applicants must go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for the degree awarding country before applying.

Eligibility

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:

Eligible to apply to a Master's degree programme is a person who

  1. 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
  2. has fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For the requirements, please see the section on Language requirements below.

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.

Language requirements

Applicants must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: previous studies and language tests.

1. Previous studies

The following previous studies are accepted as proof of a good command of English:

  • A Bachelor's degree in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States, excluding online degrees, with the applicant having stayed in the respective country when studying for the Bachelor's degree.
  • Secondary education in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
  • A right to study towards a degree at the University of Tampere AND the foreign language course required in all Bachelor’s degrees in Finnish universities completed in the English language. The grade needs to be 4 or higher.
  • A right to study towards a degree in one of the international Master’s degree programmes offered by the University of Tampere
  • Applicants who have taken their pre-university education (yläaste, lukio) in the Finnish language are not required to submit an international language test score but they must provide other sufficient evidence of their English language proficiency (for example information on studies conducted in English or work experience with English as the working language). It is possible to take some exams and complete the Master's thesis in Finnish. NB: International applicants should notice that a degree taken in Finland in English does not exempt from submitting a language test score.

 2. Language tests

The programme accepts the following tests as proof of a good command of English:

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based. Please note that scores from TOEFL ITP/institutional testing programme are not accepted.
  • IELTS (Academic), International English Language Testing System; 6.5 with no individual score below 5.5
  • PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English; 62

Please note that the language test score must be valid throughout the application period. This means that if the language test expires even one day before the application deadline, the applicant must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.

We advise all 2016 applicants needing an international language test score to book for one well in advance, as test dates are filling up fast in the autumn and it may take several weeks for the test result to reach University Admissions Finland.

For information on how to submit a language test result, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/applying/language_requirements.html.

Admission criteria by admission group

All applicants should note that complementing studies may be required depending on the student's previous studies.

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a Finnish AMK university of applied sciences must have a thesis graded no less than 3/5.

Relevance of prior studies and the applicant's motivation are carefully considered. Applicants are expected to explain their reasons for applying to this programme specifically.

Applicants who have not yet completed a Master's degree or equivalent will be given priority in student selection. Applicants with a Master’s degree will be admitted to the Master programmes only for well-founded reasons.

Admission procedure

Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria.

Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam. Applicants are assessed on the following merits:

  • the applicant’s academic quality and the success and relevance of the applicant's overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
  • the applicant’s motivation to study in this programme specifically, and justification of the application in relation to prior studies and future career plans, judged from the letter of motivation and the CV
  • the applicant’s English language skills for academic purposes, judged from the documentation provided

In addition, work experience relevant to the programme and other relevant merits and qualifications may be taken into account.

If two or more applicants are rated at a par, their order shall be determined on the basis of the relevance and the level of the applicant's overall study record in the Bachelor's degree.

The School may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by video, telephone or in Skype in March-April. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided by the applicant on the application form. Prior to the interview, instructions will be sent to the interviewees by email. The purpose of the individual interview in English is to establish the applicant's motivation and her/his aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the Master programme. An effort is also made to establish the applicant's social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.

Announcement of results and rectification procedure

Admissions results will be announced by 29 April 2016. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.

Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/degreeprog/applying/selection.html

 
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