Master of Science in Digital Games (by Research)

Master of Science in Digital Games (by Research)

Course information

Course title Master of Science in Digital Games (by Research)
Course code PMSCDTGIFTT4
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Type of qualification/award Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 4 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 120
Coordinator Costantino Oliva
Delivered by Institute of Digital Games
The Research M.Sc. in Digital Games is intended if you have experience in professional game development or academic research. The course is offered on a full-time basis only and is taken over two years. During this time, you will complete a research project while taking taught units (30 ECTS) complementing your research project (90 ECTS) as advised by your supervisor.

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Applicants must be in possession of a first cycle degree obtained from this University, or from any other higher education institution approved by Senate for this purpose, and satisfy also the Special Course Requirements and any other conditions included in the Notes section, if applicable.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

A Bachelor degree from this University or from a university recognised by Senate for the purpose, in the areas of Information Technology, Engineering, Communications, the Humanities, the Social Sciences, or in any other area which the Board deems as appropriate.

All applicants shall also submit a portfolio of recent works as well as a letter of motivation in order to demonstrate their experience and/or substantial talent and motivation.

Applicants shall submit a research proposal aligned with their previous degree(s). Their admission may be made conditional on the results of an interview.

For the purpose of selection the research proposal is assessed by the Board of Studies in terms of clarity, feasibility and relevance. Recommendations for admission are determined by the Board of Studies, depending on the availability of appropriate supervisors.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2023.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 26,800
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: Eur 13,400
By the end of the study-unit you will be able to:

• Assess the outcomes required by different types of questions;
• Identify the appropriate research process answering a given specific question; and
• Execute a systematic investigation.
• Undertake a research investigation;
• Bring to fruition a project having certain objectives within an agreed timeframe using available resources.
The course is intended if you are an applicant holding a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Malta or from a foreign institution abroad in either Information Technology, Engineering, Communications, the Humanities, the Social Sciences, or in any other area which the Board deems as appropriate, and would like to enter a career in the digital games institute.
As an eventual graduate, you will be able to enter a career in the digital games industry. This course should prove to be attractive if you would like to contribute and develop original research related to the area.

Access to further studies is available at doctorate level.
Click here to access a sample Programme of Study and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 14 July 2023

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