Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies


Master’s Degree Programme in Internet and Game Studies 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 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 Faculty of Communication Sciences. The faculty 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.

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.

Further Information


Application for the 2018 intake has now closed. For further information, please see Admissions web page.

Study Planning and Guidance

Curriculum guide

Teaching schedule 2017-2018



Head of the programme
Assistant Professor Olli Sotamaa

Study coordinator Anna Tuusa