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Faculties of Natural and Communication SciencesUniversity of TampereFaculties of Natural and Communication Sciences
Information Studies and Interactive Media

Master Degree Programme in Information Studies and Interactive media, Specialization in Internet and Game Studies (120 ECTS)

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Degree Programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media aims to provide an overview of contemporary information and media environments, with a focus on the fundamental character and application opportunities of information and interactive media systems, and the consequences from their adoptionn at individual and societal level. The Specialization in Internet and Game Studies is targeted at the questions of analysis, design and application of online services and digital games from user- and culturally focused perspectives.

We have plans to start a new Master's Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies in September 2013. However, as many programme course units are offered in English already from September 2012, it is possible to admit some international students in 2012. The total student intake in 2012 is 12.

Structure of studies in 2012 (120 ECTS)

The programme requires approximately two years of full-time studies. The degree awarded is the Master of Science degree in Information Studies and Interactive Media. The degree is recognised both in Europe and the rest of the world, and gives eligibility to Doctoral studies in the field (available at UTA).

Please find below preliminary information on the structure of studies.

Advanced Studies Specialization in Internet and Game Studies 80 ECTS

Studies Required for Master's Thesis 50 ECTS
  • Master's Thesis Seminar 10 ECTS
  • Master's Thesis 40 ECTS
Compulsory advanced courses 30 ECTS
  • Theories and Approaches of Interactive Media 5 ECTS
  • Interactive Media Use and Users 5 ECTS
  • Design Research for Interactive Media 5 ECTS
  • Theories and Approaches of Game Research 5 ECTS
  • Book Exam in Interactive Media I 5 ECTS
  • Book Exam in Interactive Media II 5 ECTS

Other Studies in M.Sc. Programme 40 ECTS

Other studies typically include language and communication studies and possibly complementing studies. With the long tradition of academic freedom at the University of Tampere, students are free to include in their master studies some course units also in other fields than their major, thus enabling a multidisciplinary degree.


Studies consist of lectures and seminars on theoretical and methodological questions, and supervised individual research for a Master´s thesis. Studies require active attendance and participation in classes. Some of the course units are organised only once during the programme period. Complementing studies may be required depending on the student's previous studies. Such studies may be required on top of the 120 ECTS of programme studies.

Tuition fees and financing of studies

In 2012, Internet and Game Studies Master studies do not charge any tuition fees. All Master students are required to pay the Student Union membership fee of c. 95 euros per academic year.  

We do not have any scholarship or teaching assistant system for international students at Master level.

Please notice that after the new students have been selected, the Finnish Immigration Service expects all new students from non-EU/EEA countries to apply for a residence permit. The new students must be able to show to the Finnish Immigration Service that they have a scholarship or 6000 euros for the first year of studies (the same sum must be shown again when renewing the permit a year later) to support themselves during the studies. A health insurance, too, is required.

How to apply?

Application period: 1-29 February 2012

In 2012 the application system operates in Finnish. All application instructions are not available in English, which is why we recommend contacting the following contact person if you are interested in applying.

Please see information about general eligibility criteria. In addition there are programme specific criteria.

If you have taken your school education in Finnish, please see the Finnish valintaopas 2012 for complete application information.

If you are interested in applying in 2013, please check the UTA Admissions page later in spring 2012.

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