Listing 25 programmes in autumn 2020
The Bioscience – Molecular Biodesign program consists of a three-years study. It will provide the students with a general knowledge in bioscience as well as in depth knowledge in biotechnology that can be applied in molecular biodesign projects in the field of bioscience. Included in the program are also courses in bioinformatics, statistics, entrepreneurship and project management, which will provide the student with additional tools for a future career. Fulfilling the program entitles the student to Filosofie kandidatexamen i Biovetenskap (official translation: Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc) with a major in Bioscience).
At the beginning of the programme, you will have good opportunities to establish contact with an external client. This client could take the form of a game company, a research project or a public body (e.g. a local, regional or national organisation working with cultural heritage). All courses in the study programme can later be incorporated in a project, which will be conducted in collaboration with the same external party. If you should already have embarked on a game project together with other students, you are welcome to incorporate this into the study programme.The focus of your studiesThe programme begins with a creative project, which is ideally conducted in collaboration with an external client, and the course “Academic Perspectives on Digital Narration and Transmedia”. In parallel with this project, you will study the course “Narratives in New Media as an Area of Research”, where you will learn more about the relevant theories of this research area.The final course of the autumn semester is “Academic Problem Identification in Production in New Media”, where you will take your work to the next level. Working within your area of specialisation, you will perform a needs analysis and produce a prototype in accordance with the client’s wishes. The client is either an actual or a fictitious client, depending on the kind of project you have chosen to work with.In the degree project of the spring semester, you will continue to gain deeper knowledge of theory and methodology – ideally within the project and specialisation you began during the autumn semester.Is this programme suitable for me?Digital Narration: Game and Cultural Heritage is suitable for students with an educational or occupational background in the fields of computer game development, game design, game science and media, or similar. The most important consideration is that you are curious about how games can promote cultural heritage and communicate it to new audiences and generations. It is also helpful if you have an autonomous approach and are open to the discussion of new ideas.Upon completion of your studiesUpon the successful completion of your studies, you will be able to work with narration in various forms within the game industry or within other new forms of digital media. An advanced-level academic qualification gives you the skills to enter a growing market and to contribute to innovations within new digital technology and new business opportunities.This programme gives you a Master’s degree in the subject of Media, Aesthetics and Narration, and can be combined with other advanced studies in the field of computer game development at the University of Skövde. There is also the opportunity to continue your studies for an additional year in order to gain a Master’s degree in Information Technology.Research within this fieldResearch within this field is being conducted at the University of Skövde. For more information, please refer to the Information Technology research centre’s website for Media, Technology and Culture.
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 studiesDeveloping 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 studiesThe 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.
Bioinformatics has become integral in many biological fields, and especially in experimental molecular biology and biomedicine. Today there is the possibility of measuring thousands of variables from a single biological sample (eg blood, saliva or tissue), which has created fantastic opportunities to develop, for example, individual-based medication.The objectives of the molecular bioinformatics programme is to provide you with a broad knowledge in bioinformatics with applications in molecular biology, genetic engineering, and biomedicine. Studies in these core subjects can also be combined with courses in innovation and entrepreneurship.The Focus of Your StudiesThe first year of the curriculum contains introductory courses in bioinformatics, chemistry, cell biology and genetics. The focus of the first year is on applied bioinformatics and basic knowledge in the biosciences. The second year focuses on knowledge and skills in handling and analysing biological data. You will also gain additional knowledge in genetics, programming and statistics. In the third year you have the opportunity to specialize in software development in bioinformatics, but you can additionally also study project management and entrepreneurship. The study program ends with a dissertation project comprising 30 ECTS credits.During your studies, lectures will be mixed with biological experiments and computer laboratory work. You will learn how to use various computerized tools for compiling and analyzing data from research projects and biological experiments, for example, sequence analysis and gene expression analysis. The language of tuition is English.Upon Completion of Your StudiesThere is currently a lack of graduated bioinformaticians, and you have a broad range of opportunities in the job market. There is a growing need for bioinformaticians who can analyze large scale biological data and develop new tools and methods for such analyzes.Bioinformaticians will in the future form an essential part of the staff in clinical laboratories.Further studiesAfter completed studies on undergraduate level you may also continue studying on our one- or two-year masters programmes on advanced/graduate level. These study programmes focus on applied areas such as bioinformatics, infection biology, biotechnology or biomarkers. You are also eligible for further studies at other universities.ResearchOur research in bioinformatics focuses on development and usage of methods and algorithms for analysis of biological datasets. We have close collaborations with researchers at our industry partners and we also collaborate with other research groups, both within and outside the university.