Games User Experience - Master's programme, 60 credits

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) within the fields of Informatics, Data Science or Digital Media Studies (or similar). A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated using an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent.

Degree of Master

Sweden is a leading nation in the global game industry, and Skövde is the leading Swedish city in which to study game development. Here you will find: four master's programmes in games, eight bachelor's programmes covering all disciplines of game development, extensive game research, a successful game incubator, and last but not least, a large number of game companies. All these activities are located in the middle of Skövde and united under the umbrella of Sweden Game Arena. As a master's student in games user experience, you will be become part of this ecosystem and benefit from a competitive advantage in a career within the international game industry.

The Games User Experience master's programme is aimed at applicants with a bachelor's degree in any of the many areas involved in game development. You will gain not only a theoretical and practical understanding of the experiences and emotions games elicit in their players, but, more importantly, how to examine and evaluate them. Students who graduate from the programme can move on to work with game design and game user experience studies in game companies, or apply to PhD programmes in most countries. However it is also possible to stay in Skövde and pursue a career in games.

The focus of your studies

Developing games is about creating engaging experiences for players. The growing ubiquity of games in society and culture means that new and diverse user groups are playing games. This has led not only to new opportunities, but also many new challenges for game developers. One of these is to better understand how players interact with games and in what ways these interactions can be studied, understood and improved. Working with games user experience will involve working with interaction design, research methodology, human-computer interaction, and game development in order to fully be able to unpack peoples' experiences of playing games.

To put it briefly: the Games User Experience programme provides you with knowledge about how to analyse and understand what happens when people play games. What feelings are invoked? How can we better understand players´ reactions? How can we make games more accessible and engaging for new audiences? In this rapidly growing field of expertise, researchers and developers are continuously trying to figure out how best to answer the big question: "why is this fun?"

Upon completion of your studies

The specialisation in Games User Experience gives you the opportunity to develop excellence in this specific and rapidly growing field of game development. This provides a good foundation for an international career in the game industry, as many studios are increasingly starting to see the value in being able to evaluate their own development choices. Another possible career path is represented by companies outside of the traditional game industry that work with user experience design and evaluation. And since this is an academically oriented programme with a heavy emphasis on applied research methods, there are also of course many opportunities for pursuing a career in academia by proceeding on to PhD studies or other types of research positions.

Admission Requirments

A Bachelor degree of at least 180 higher education credits (equivalent
to 180 ECTS) within the fields of Informatics, Computer Science or Computer Game Studies or similar. A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent.

Some applicants are exempted from providing test scores, e.g. if
their degree is from a university that has English as the only
language of instruction. Please read more at
www.universityadmissions.se.

How to apply

You are welcome to apply directly to our study programmes at
universityadmissions, the national Swedish application
service, where you can find all the necessary information regarding
programmes, applications and processes. Applications are
submitted directly on the web. At universityadmissions
you can also keep track of your application, see that all credentials
have been uploaded, etc.

Practical information

You can also have a look at www.studyinsweden.se for information about studying in Sweden.

 

 

A Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish kandidatexamen) within the fields of Informatics, Data Science or Digital Media Studies (or similar). A further requirement is proof of skills in English equivalent of studies at upper secondary level in Sweden, known as English course 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated using an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent.

Degree of Master

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