Serious Games, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13260
    Tuition (Year)
    Free
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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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 Serious Games programme is delivered by University of Skvde.

About

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. The Serious Games programme is delivered by University of Skövde.

The focus of your studies

The study programme 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.

Programme Structure

Programme Content

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 Serious Games Research and Development
  • Advanced level
Game Design

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 in game design deals with central concepts such as mechanics and balancing, which are central to the area of serious games in relation to the problem of balancing between engagement and utility.

Eligible courses
  • Experimental Game Evaluation, Advanced level
  • Master Degree Project in Informatics, Advanced level

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test
  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

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 6 / English course B. This is normally demonstrated by means of an internationally recognized test, e g IELTS, TOEFL or the equivalent

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 13260 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • 130,000 SEK (per academic year 60 ECTS)

Funding

Scholarships

The University of Skövde offers a small number of scholarships to students who are attending a Master's programme at the University and who are liable for tuition fees. If you are an exchange student, please contact your home university for information about thescholarships they provide.
1. UHR Scholarships
The University of Skövde administrates some scholarships funded by the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) to students liable to pay tuition fees attending a master's programme at the University. The scholarships are tuition fee waivers of 31,250 SEK per semester (50% of the tuition fee), and the amount is automatically deducted from the tuition fee when you receive your invoice. The scholarships are granted for one academic semester.
2. HS Scholarships
The University of Skövde offers a small number of scholarships to students attending a master's programme at the University who are liable for tuition fees. The scholarships consist of tuition fee waivers of 25,000 SEK per semester, and the amount is automatically deducted from the tuition fee. The scholarships are granted for one academic semester.
Conditions: Both UHR and HS Scholarships can be extended to a subsequent academic semester provided that the students study results are satisfactory. The scholarship granting criterion is academic merit. The scholarships can only be awarded to tuition-paying students. Please note that you have to be able to finance the remainder 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 one of studies at the University via University Admissions. You must apply for one of our masters programmes at the Swedish official online application service University Admissions.
  • Then apply for a scholarship at the University of Skövde by filling in the online scholarship application form available on this webpage. Please note that you will need to provide us with the application number you received from the University Admissions website.
3. Other types of scholarships for international students
  • Scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute
  • Scholarships for exchange students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
  • Ciência sem Fronteiras - Science without Borders
  • Erasmus Mundus Lamenitec Network

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.