The faculty of the MSc in Game Design & Development Program look forward to welcoming you to our program. 

Program Director

  • Brenda Romero

Brenda Romero is an award-winning game designer, artist and Fulbright scholar who entered the video game industry in 1981. As a designer, she has contributed to many seminal titles, including the Wizardry and Jagged Alliance series and titles in the Ghost Recon and Dungeons & Dragons franchises. Away from the machine, her analog series of six games, The Mechanic is the Message, has drawn national and international acclaim, particularly Train and Síochán Leat (The Irish Game) which is presently housed in the National Museum of Play. In 2015, she won the coveted Ambassador’s Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards. In 2014, she received a Fulbright award to study Ireland’s game industry, academic and government policies. In 2013, she was named one of the top 10 game developers by and Develop magazine listed her among the 25 people who changed games in 2013. Romero co-owns Romero Games based in Galway and is Course Director at the upcoming MSc in Game Design & Development at the University of Limerick.

  • Dr. Chris Exton

Dr. Chris Exton is currently a lecturer in the department of Computer Science and Information Systems at University of Limerick. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Monash University, Melbourne. He has worked extensively in the commercial software development field in a variety of different industries and countries included Software Engineering positions in Australia, Ireland and the UK, where he has worked in a number of diverse companies from electronic manufacturing to banking.  In addition his academic positions includes a number of Schools and Departments including Monash University Australia, University College Dublin and Uppsala University, Sweden. He has worked on a number of research projects in the area of programmer psychology and software tools and more recently in the area of medical decision support systems. He has researched and published in these areas for over 15 years, as well as taking an active role as a reviewer for the International Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution and The Software Quality Journal.


Department Head

  • Professor Tiziana Margaria 


  • Dr. Mikael Fernstrom

Mikael Fernström has several backgrounds - in electronics, telecoms, computer science, music and interaction design. After technical college in Sweden (1975), he worked in industry as inventor, electronics engineer, industrial designer, manager, composer and company director. He moved to Ireland in 1991. He joined UL in 1996 and founded the Interaction Design Centre together with Prof. Liam Bannon. He has collaborated on the development of several postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. He has been Principal Investigator on several research projects ranging from the EU IST Future and Emerging Technology Sounding Object (2001-2), to Enterprise Ireland sponsored MetaMusic (2006-8), to HEA PRTLI sponsored FutureComm (2007-11). On the artistic side of life, he has collaborated with Sean Taylor (Limerick School of Art and Design) under the name Softday since 1999, on a range of projects from Bliain Le Baisteach [A Year of Rain] (2000), to Amhran na Beacha [Song of the Bees] (2014). He is currently the Director of the Interaction Design Centre at UL.

  • Dr. Nora O'Murchú
  • Dr. Cristiano Stormi
  • Dr. Nicholas Ward
  • Mr. Guiseppe Torre
  • Dr. Gabriela Avram
  • Dr. Atif Azad
  • Dr. Jim Buckley
  • Dr. Val Casey
  • J.J. Collins
  • Michael Coughlan
  • John Dawson
  • Tabea DeWille
  • Dr. Malachy Eaton
  • Dr. Michael English
  • Professor Brian Fitzgerald
  • Dr. Kerry Hagan
  • Dr. Patrick Healy
  • Professor Mike Hinchey
  • Michael Lane
  • Dr. Leon McCarthy
  • Annette McElligott
  • Professor Ita Richardson
  • Malachi Ronan
  • Dr. Conor Ryan
  • Dr. Dermot Shinners-Kennedy
  • Jurgen Simpson
  • Dr. Klaas-Jan Stol