Game Design

Would you like to see your code come to life? Do you want to understand the impact games have on players and society as a whole? Then you should study game development, which is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic professional fields.

A degree in game design gives you the tools to work with the game medium on a professional level and equips you to develop new expressions within the field. Former graduates have started their own studios and work at some of the world’s best-known game companies, such as Kind, DICE, Toadman Interactive, Eat Create Sleep to name a few.

You will study at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, located in Visby on the island of Gotland.

Students gathered to watch a presentation of a game

Our Master's programmes

Master's programmes

The Department of Game Design

Games have become one of the most influential media of the 21st century. This department looks at game design, gameplay, players and contexts of play in regards to a wide range of socially relevant issues from education to health, personal development, civics and social behavior.

The Department of Game Design is a member of the Higher Education Video Game Alliance, a gathering of mainly North American higher game development educators where both education, research and industry issues are on the agenda.

Our students also have access to The Games & Society Lab­ – a research hub at the at Uppsala University Campus Gotland. Our researchers investigate how games impact the lives of designers, players, communities, and the broader society at large. Our work focuses on three categories of research: psychology of play, cultures of play, and transformative play.

Read more about the research on the Department of Game Design's website.

Why Uppsala University?

Uppsala University is recognised around the world as a leading, first-class university dedicated to advancing science, higher education and international student mobility.

As one of Sweden’s most internationally prominent institutions of academic education, research and scholarship, Uppsala University’s foremost aim is to safeguard and pursue the open and unbounded quest for knowledge.

If you have what it takes, and you want to be part of our mission, Uppsala should be one of your top choices in Europe.

See why Uppsala University is an excellent choice for you.

Current rankings

#82 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023 (the Shanghai ranking)

#105 - QS World University Ranking 2023

#140 - Times Higher Education 2023

#12 - QS World University Ranking: Sustainability 2024