MDP in Internet and Game Studies
Creating a playful future
Programme profile and research at UTA
Duration: 2 years
Extent: 120 ECTS
When to apply: 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018
Start date: August 2018
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 12 000 € / year
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What is Finland University?
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.
The programme is founded on a long history of education in hypermedia and in Information Studies and Interactive Media at the University of Tampere. UTA has high profile research groups that are focused on Internet and game studies, and in fact in 2018-2025, the University of Tampere Game Research Lab coordinates a Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies funded by the Academy of Finland.
Why Internet and Game Studies?
This programme approaches the wide range of its subject matter 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.
What our students say
One of the programme students*, Joseph Macey, tells that the Finnish studying system is totally different compared to UK, where he got his Bachelor’s. In Finland students have much more responsibility and freedom on how they schedule and choose their studies. There are some core courses everyone in the programme need to take, but everyone’s degree can be tailored according to their own interests. [...] Internet and game studies are more about the holistic approach to understanding of games and their role in wider society. It’s more of a social sciences than technical sciences approach to games. Read more
*Since the interview, Joe has graduated and is now a PhD student at UTA.
See also some alumni stories collected on the UTA Game Research Lab pages.
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.
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.
Some IGS alumni interviews - including their careers after graduation - can be found on the UTA Game Research Lab pages.
Doctoral study opportunities
This master's degree provides the required background if you wish to pursue doctoral studies in interactive media, internet research or in game studies, for example in UTA’s Doctoral programme in Information Studies and Interactive Media.
Applying for the programme
Eligibility criteria in the Master's degree programme in Internet and Game Studies consist of two parts: the University of Tampere (UTA) general eligibility criteria, and programme specific eligibility criteria, which specify and/or add information to the general criteria. You must meet both in order to be considered eligible.
To be eligible to apply for a Master's degree programme at the University of Tampere, you must have
- a completed university level Bachelor's degree or equivalent in the field of the desired Master programme or in a closely related subject,
- fluency in English sufficiently advanced for academic studies. For the requirements, please see the section on Language requirements below.
Programme specific eligibility criteria
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 who do not meet the general eligibility and programme-specific admission criteria will not be selected. Even if all the admission criteria are met, this does not guarantee admission to the programme. The competition for a study place at the University of Tampere is high as the number of eligible applicants annually exceeds the number of students that can be accepted.
Applicants with an unfinished Bachelor's degree
Your 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, you can be accepted to the programme on the condition that you send an officially attested copy of the degree certificate to the University by 31 July 2018. If admitted, you will first receive a notification on conditional acceptance and later a letter of acceptance once the officially attested copy of the degree certificate and transcript of records have reached the University.
You must submit evidence on a good command of English for academic purposes. There are two ways of indicating English language proficiency: language tests and previous studies.
1. Language tests
We accept 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. NB: 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, you must take a new language test. Language test results are valid for two years.
We advise all 2018 applicants needing an international language test score to book for a test date 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/language-requirements.
2. Previous studies
If you fulfil one of the criteria below, you are exempt from submitting a language test score. Please note that you may fit into several of the categories that exempt from the language test requirement. Please choose in the application form the one you feel is most appropriate.
A Bachelor's or a two-year Master’s degree completed in English in a university or university of applied sciences in Finland or another EU/EEA country, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the United States, excluding online degrees.
A Bachelor’s degree completed in a Finnish university or university of applied sciences in Finnish or Swedish. The compulsory foreign language course included in the degree must be completed in the English language.
Secondary education in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States.
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 submit a copy of their yläaste/lukio certificate and provide evidence of their English language proficiency in their CV (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.
Please note that in addition to assessing your previous studies in terms of eligibility, we assess them also to determine the level of your English skills based on the grades. If you feel your grades do not give the right impression of your English skills, we strongly recommend you to take a language test to indicate your proficiency.
For information on the documents you need to submit to indicate your language skills with previous studies, please see http://www.uta.fi/admissions/application-documents.
Master's programme application period, 1.12.2017 – 17.1.2018
A maximum of 20 students
The tuition fee of the programme is 12 000 euros per academic year (non-EU/EEA students) with a scholarship-system for fee-paying students: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/fees-and-scholarships#scholarships
How to apply
Applications are submitted through an electronic application system. A link to the application form is available on the Admissions web page during the application period. If you apply to more than one UTA Master’s degree programme, you are requested on the application form to list the programmes you apply to in priority order.
All applications are pre-processed by the centralized University Admissions Finland (UAF) service. You must be able to support your application with enclosures related to your educational background, language skills, and other qualifications and merits. The deadline for submitting the application is 17 January 2018.
You must be able to prove your educational background by means of officially authenticated copies of your 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.
In addition to the standard document requirements, educational documents issued in certain countries have more specific requirements for submission. Please go through the requirements carefully and check the country-specific requirements for your degree awarding country before applying.
For more information on the required documents, and instructions for applicants, please see How to apply.
If selected, you will have to present your original educational documents upon arrival at the University of Tampere in order to be able to register at the university.
Tuition fee and scholarships
Finnish universities collect tuition fees from non-EU/EEA citizens starting their studies in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes taught in English.
You are not required to pay the tuition fee if you are:
- EU/EEA citizen or a family member (spouse/child) of an EU/EEA citizen
- equivalent to EU/EEA citizens (i.e. citizen of Switzerland)
- already residing in Finland on a permanent basis (continuous A, or permanent P/P-EU residence permit type), or have an EU Blue Card issued in Finland.
You must submit documents confirming your residence permit status with your application. For more information on the required documents, please see Application documents.
Please note that the continuous or permanent Finnish residence permit needs to be valid during the application period, and at least until 1 August 2018. If the residence permit status changes after 1 August 2018 or during the studies, according to Finnish legislation tuition fees may be charged.
The University of Tampere offers a substantial number of scholarships for the most talented fee-paying students. The scholarship scheme consists of two scholarship categories.
- The University of Tampere tuition fee scholarships cover either 100% or 50% of the tuition fees in a two-year Master’s degree programme.
- The University of Tampere global student award for academic excellence scholarships cover 100% of the tuition fees and include a 7,000 € annual scholarship to cover the student’s living expenses during the two-year Master’s degree programme.
Applicants apply for the scholarship as part of the application to the degree programme. Admitted applicants who have been granted a scholarship will be informed about this together with the admission decision.
For more information on who is required to pay the fee and on the available scholarships, please see Fees and Scholarships web page.
Students are selected to the programme from those applicants who fulfil the official admission criteria. Candidates for admission should be well qualified and capable of benefiting from the programme of study.
The relevance of prior studies and the applicant's motivation are carefully considered. Applicants are expected to explaing their reasons for applying to this programme specifically.
Student selection is made on the basis of application documents; there is no entrance exam.
You will be assessed on the following merits:
- academic quality and the success and relevance of the your overall study record in the completed Bachelor's degree and other studies, judged primarily from the degree certificate and transcript of records
- 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
- 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.
The University may arrange interviews to assess the most qualified applicants. The interviews are conducted by video, telephone or in Skype in February-March. The interviewees will be contacted using the contact details provided 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 your motivation, and your aptitude and ability to discuss the content areas of the Master programme. An effort is also made to establish your social skills and language skills in English. Please note that only a selection of applicants may be interviewed.
We recommend that applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a Finnish AMK university of applied sciences have a thesis graded no less than 3/5.
After the assessment, the programme makes a proposal to the Dean on the students to be admitted. The Dean makes the final decision on admission.
Please note that if you are admitted, complementing studies at the University of Tampere may be required depending on the content of your previous studies.
Announcement of results and rectification procedure
Admissions results will be announced by 29 March 2018. All applicants will be informed about the admissions results.
Please see the University's general instructions concerning rectification procedure: http://www.uta.fi/admissions/selection-students
Ms. Anna Tuusa
anna.tuusa (at) uta.fi