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Master in Game Studies and Engineering

Degree awarded
Master of Science (MSc) or Master of Arts (MA)

University of Klagenfurt, Universitaetsstrasse 65-67, 9020 Klagenfurt, Austria

+43 463 2700 2528

+43 463 2700 992528

Type of course

Language of tuition

Length of course
4 Semesters (2 Years)

Date of commencement

Application deadline
15 September

Class size
10-25 students

Cost / fees
See below / opposite

Student grants / Financial assistance
Several stipend programs available

Several student homes on and near university campus

Major recruiters of graduates of our programmes
In addition to the core area of games development and publishing, related fields contain aspects that are geared towards videogames. Paradigms from the world of videogames are increasingly used, above all in the field of interactive media, for example in the WWW or apps.

As such, graduates of the degree programme may also find employment in the fields of interactive systems, advertising, film and multimedia production, gamification, edutainment, educational games, or e-learning.

Student profile
1. Ratio of National / International students - 20 % / 80%
2. Ratio of Men / Women - 80 % / 20%

Admission requirements
See below / opposite

Programme Director
Felix Schniz MA BA

University of Klagenfurt

Master in Game Studies and Engineering

The Master’s degree in Game Studies and Engineering is an interdisciplinary programme, instructing students on technical as well as analytical and ethical issues regarding video- and other games.

Students with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences or/and Humanities, an interest in the development, analysis, critical reflection of videogames and proficiency in spoken and written English, are encouraged to enrol in this programme.

The focus of the curriculum is on the multi-faceted nature and contextualisation of games with regard to an array of different but interconnected areas of investigation.

The Master’s degree provides an ideal platform to study and create games and multimedia applications. Committed and approachable teachers and bottom-up teaching methods will motivate students to focus intensively on game studies, game engineering and -production.

The practical nature of the programme is underpinned by a project semester as an integral part of the curriculum and collaborations with international partners from the fields of research, teaching and industry allow students to establish connections to relevant partners in the spheres of research, culture and games.

Cost / Fees

Tuition is waived for citizens of the European Union as long as they study within the regular duration of their degree program, which is four semesters for the master, plus an extension of two semesters. After this period, tuition is € 363.36 per semester. The same holds true for students with a residence permit that states “long-term resident of the European Community,” students subject to an international agreement (e.g., Switzerland, Convention refugees), and students from the least developed countries.

Students from other countries possessing a residence permit for students pay € 726,72 tuition per semester from the beginning of their program. However, the University of Klagenfurt supports international students who fulfill their study goals with a full or partial reimbursement of their tuition based on certain rules. These take into account the number of obtained credits, grades, and the study period of a student. All students also have to pay the student union fee of 20€ per semester.

Admission requirements

Prerequisites are:
  • A Bachelor's degree in computer sciences or humanities, social sciences or cultural studies,
    Or: A comparable academic degree comprising at least 180 ECTS credits, e.g. a teacher training degree in English, in History, … etc.

  • English language proficiency in writing and speaking

  • A strong interest in video- and computer games, analogue games and multimedia applications

University of Klagenfurt

Since its foundation in the 1970, the University of Klagenfurt has successfully established itself as a distinctive voice reinforcing the canon of Austrian universities, as a globally networked research institution, and as a hub for the acquisition, exchange, and transfer of knowledge across the entire Alps-Adriatic Region. Along with the universities of Graz, Innsbruck, Linz, Salzburg, and Vienna, it is one of the six state universities in Austria offering a broad spectrum of subjects.

The scientific achievements of AAU advance the university’s growing national and international visibility. It contributes to finding solutions for today’s vast challenges by pooling and strengthening various research fields.

The establishment of the profile-enhancing research initiatives Energy Management & Energy Technology, Sustainability, Self-organizing Systems and Visual Culture allows holistic approaches and yields excellent research results. The projects carried out at AAU serve as important impulse generators for the business location Carinthia.

More than 10,000 students attend Alpen-Adria-Universität for the purposes of study and research, including around 1,800 students from abroad. Approximately 1,500 members of staff strive to produce outstanding achievements of the highest quality in the realms of teaching, research and university administration. In total, 35 departments, spread across the university’s four faculties, serve as sites of work and research at AAU. In addition, several specialized centres contribute to shaping the university’s specific portrait.

The AAU is located in Carinthia, Austria’s southernmost province. Home to around 100,000 inhabitants, the city of Klagenfurt is considered one of the most liveable cities in Austria. The proximity to Italy and Slovenia results in an atmosphere of intercultural exchange at the intersection between Alpine and Mediterranean culture.

AAU brings this unique opportunity to bear by offering a wide range of cooperation activities, scholarships for research visits abroad, language courses, visiting professorships, summer schools, and exchange programmes.