M.Sc. Serious Games

University of Skövde

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 14,070 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: August  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Computer games are used throughout our society. People play on the bus, at home and at work and we can see how computer games concern a number of areas in the society of today. Furthermore, we see an important industry emerging. The term "serious games" refers to games that engage the user, and contribute to the achievement of a defined purpose other than pure entertainment (whether or not the user is consciously aware of it). The additional purposes can, for example, be education, training, health care or marketing.

What will you study?
The study program is about developing and analyzing serious games. There is a strong practical focus meaning that you will spend much time on developing and evaluating serious games.

Most of the courses are related to our research within serious games. InGaMe Lab is an interdisciplinary research group focusing on research about computer games and other interactable media.


The study programme has a focus on practical applications of serious games. The course content covers all aspects of serious games development, including the identification of application areas, requirements elicitation and analysis and technological aspects. One important goal of the study programme is to provide deeper knowledge of the so called serious aspects of serious games, e.g. what are the challenges in developing relevant content in a game for training and education.

The study programme comprises the following common courses:

* Project Serious Games, Advanced level, 15 ECTS
* Serious Games Research and Development, Advanced level, 7,5 ECTS
* Experimental Game Evaluation, Advanced level, 7,5 ECTS
* Master Degree (one year) Project in Informatics with a specialisation in serious games, Advanced level, 15 ECTS

The course Project Serious Games deepens knowledge in game development as it introduces the additional aspect, beyond entertainment, into the game development process. Serious Games Research and Development provides an orientation to the research frontier within serious games.

The course Experimental Game Evaluation aims to teach appropriate methods for evaluation of serious games with respect to their desired effect, e.g. learning.
The course is linked to the project course in that the prototype which has been developed will undergo an evaluation based on a scientific approach.

The Masters Thesis provides opportunity to apply theoretical and practical knowledge from courses taken during previous studies. The student should apply a scientific approach to identify, formulate, argue for and solve/answer a research problem within the subject field.

Course block business development:

(Currently only in Swedish) Entrepreneurship and Development of Business G1N, 7,5 ECTS or
Organization and Management I G1N,7,5 ECTS and Marketing, Basic level, 7,5 ECTS (Currently only in Swedish)

The course Entrepreneurship and Development of Business or Organisation och ledarskap 1 together with the following course Marketing give the students an orientation in how to start their own business and work as an entrepreneur. This is an aspect is introduced as serious games is an emerging industry and entrepreneurial skills are expected to be important. The two courses in business planning and entrepreneurship are linked to the project course so that the students can develop a business idea around their project.

Orientation towards research

This orientation gives the student an opportunity to broaden and deepen the knowledge in adjacent areas of informatics in order to better understand how that area may be applied to serious games development.

* One course in informatics, advanced level, 7,5 ECTS
* Artificial Intelligence for Industrial Applications A1N, 7,5 ECTS
* Scientific Theory in Informatics A1N, 7,5 ECTS
* Cloud Computing A1N, 7,5 ECTS
* Web Intelligence A1N, 7,5 ECTS
* Open Systems A1N, 7,5 ECTS
* Organisational Applications of Knowledge- and Datadriven Decision Support Systems A1N), 7,5 ECTS
* Decision-making and Decision Support Systems A1N, 7,5 ECTS
* Interaction Design and Information Visualization A1N 7,5 ECTS
* Academic writing in English, 7,5 ECTS
* Research Methodology and Communication in Information Technology A1F, 7,5 ECTS

International orientation
The international orientation is electable for international students, primarily within the Erasmus programme. The fall semester is identical with the orientation towards research.
The spring semester contains 30 ECTS thesis work.
Thesis project in Informatics A1E, 30 ECTS.


Applying students must have at least a 3-year Bachelor's degree (180 ECTS credits) in 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 B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90


The University of Skövde offers some scholarships to students who are attending a Master's programme at our University and are liable for tuition fees. If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about which scholarships they provide.

This page contains information about three types of scholarship grants:

* Scholarships for international master's students liable for tuition fees
* Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute
* Scholarships for exchange students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

1. Scholarships for international master's students liable for tuition fees
The University of Skövde has some scholarships to students attending a Master's programme at our university. The scholarships are tuition fee waivers of SEK 60 000 / year (50% of the tuition fee), and the amount will be deducted from the tuition fee when you receive the invoice. The scholarship granting criterion is academic merits. The scholarship can only be awarded to tuition paying students. Please note that you have to be able to finance the rest of the tuition fee yourself and to cover all the living expenses during your stay in Sweden.

How to apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde:

* First apply for studies at University Admissions prior to applying for a scholarship at the University of Skövde, you must apply for one of our masters programmes at the Swedish official online application service University Admissions. The deadline for applications for the autumn semester 2013 has passed, but at the moment we are still accepting late applications.
* Then apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde: the scholarship application deadline for the masters programmes that start in the autumn semester (August 2013) is March 10th, 2013.
* Fill in the Scholarship Application Form. You will need to provide us with the application number you will receive from the website University Admissions when you submit your scholarship application on our website.

Please read the information below with the list of countries (categories 1 and 2) before you apply for a scholarship.

Deadline: March 10th, 2013

The scholarship applications for the autumn semester 2013 may be analyzed in two batches as below:

* Scholarship applications received until March 10th
* Scholarship applications received from March 11th to April 21st

In case the University of Skövde does not grant all scholarships in the first batch of applications, our scholarship committee will work on a second batch after the deadline so that the scholarship applications received after the deadline will also be analysed for the autumn semester. Note that we will not accept scholarship applications for the autumn semester 2013 after April 21st, 2013 and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to grant scholarships in a second batch.

The first batch results will be announced in the beginning of April 2013. In case we have a second batch, its results will be announced in the beginning of May 2013.

Important information:

Please note: students from Category 1 (see list below) can only apply for the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship, while students from Category 2 (see list below) can apply to both the scholarships from the University of Skövde and the Swedish Institute Study Scholarship.

Category 1: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Category 2: Candidates with citizenship from countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients, except the ones listed on Category 1 and the other following exceptions: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine.

2. Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute
The Swedish Institute offers a range of scholarships for students coming to study in Sweden. For more information about SI's scholarships, please contact the Swedish Institute directly.

3. Scholarships for exchange students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about which scholarships they provide. The University of Skövde is part of the Erasmus programme, which means that if the University of Skövde has a bilateral Erasmus agreement with your home institution you might be able to study here with an Erasmus grant. We encourage you to pursue this option since the Erasmus scholarships are often very generous.

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