Sometimes, when I come across this type of advert, I can’t help but exhale a deep and dramtic sigh to an invisible and uncaring audience in the room, thinking, ‘where were YOU when I was thinking about what subjects to take at Uni?’. Millennials get to have all the fun. Not fair. Anyway, interesting to know this kind of stuff is out there.

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Open until 13th January 2017:
http://www.uta.fi/admissions/mdp-internet-and-game-studies:

University of Tampere
MDP in Internet and Game Studies

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.

UTA 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 programme.

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.

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.

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.

More information about eligibility criteria, and links to admission
forms and procedures at:
http://www.uta.fi/admissions/mdp-internet-and-game-studies