What will I learn?

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.

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 innovates 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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Communication Sciences

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€12,000.00 (US$ 13,465) per year
Start date

August 2019


University of Tampere

Kalevantie 4,



33100, Finland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If you have completed or are completing your degree in the USA, an official transcript of records must be submitted to University Admissions Finland by the awarding institution. The envelope must be sealed by the awarding institution’s official stamp across the back flap. The transcript of records must come to University Admissions Finland directly from the awarding institution and cannot be sent by the applicant. It is acceptable if the envelope contains other official documents awarded by the institution (e.g. degree certificate and diploma supplement). However, no other enclosures can be submitted with the transcript of records. University Admissions Finland also accepts electronic transcripts submitted through a few recognized sources, such as Parchment Exchange. For information on which electronic transcript sending services are accepted by University Admissions Finland, please see Electronic Transcripts. If your institution uses one of the acceptable services, you can request for your official transcript of records to be electronically sent to University Admissions Finland. Please note that when using a service like Parchment Exchange, University Admissions Finland only needs to receive the transcript once, contrary to normal document requirements. You are not required to submit a copy of your degree certificate if your transcript of records includes the following information: name of the institution that awarded the degree, the date of issue, the name of the person to whom the degree was awarded and what title/degree it was. University Admissions Finland uses a verification service for degrees completed in the USA. Other English language requirements: TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language: 575/paper-based; PTE (Academic), Pearson’s Test of Academic English: 62.

For international students

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.

TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language; 90/Internet-based, 575/paper-based.

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

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