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Fully-funded PhD studentships in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence

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University of York, University of Essex, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Employer University of York, University of Essex, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Category Development
Salary Stipend is of at least £13,726 over four year duration of study
Type Temporary
Location UK
Reference IGGI

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) studentships

11 fully-funded studentships available each year
Covers fees at Home/EU rate and a stipend for four years

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI) is a unique opportunity to undertake PhD research over four years in collaboration with 60 industrial games partners and world-leading academics.

A collaboration between the University of York, the University of Essex and Goldsmiths College, University of London, the Centre will train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs in digital games.


IGGI gives you the chance to work with industrial partners on your research, giving you an opportunity to contribute directly to the future of games. You’ll undertake industrial placements and spend time at international research labs, giving you first-hand experience of the gaming industry, so you gain the skills needed to succeed in a career in the games industry or games research.

Our partners include organisations such as:

  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • The Creative Assembly
  • Codemasters
  • 22Cans
  • Eutechnyx
  • Roll7
  • Rebellion
  • TIGA
  • The Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network
  • BT
  • The Mental Health Foundation
  • Age UK
  • And more… check them all out at http://www.iggi.org.uk/our-industrial-partners/

Your research with partners like these will help to increase the use of games as a tool for scientific research and societal good, as well as creating more fun and profitable games that exploit research advances.

You’ll develop through events such as:

  • the IGGI Games Jam, a 48 hour Game Development Challenge to enhance your skills in game design and development and teamwork. Part of a global Games Jam, you will be competing with teams across the world;
  • the IGGI Symposium, a student-led event showcasing student research alongside industry and academic speakers;
  • industry days, where practitioners from industry and user organisations share insights into their business and present a real-world problem for you to solve.

You’ll receive practical skills training through all three partner institutions, from academic leaders in these fields, covering:

  • Games Development
  • Games Design
  • Research Skills

You’ll also take cutting-edge advanced modules from all three institutions in topics such as:

Advanced Computer Vision; Multi-Agent Interactions and Games; Storytelling; User-Centred Design; AI for Game Developers; Graphics and Geometry for Games; Understanding Social Media; Intelligent Systems and Robotics; Machine Learning and Data Mining; Media Theory.

Apply for IGGI

We have 11 fully-funded studentships to award to outstanding students that cover fees and an annual stipend of £13,726 (£15,726 with London weighting for students studying at Goldsmiths) for four years.

Applicants who are self-funding are also encouraged to apply.

You choose a principal supervisor from the University of York, the University of Essex or Goldsmiths College. You will be based at the home institution of your supervisor, but will be part of the IGGI Centre for Doctoral Training. This means you will also receive support from academics across all the institutions, giving you access to a range of world-leading academics.

We would encourage you to contact your potential supervisor informally before you apply and discuss your area of research. This will help you to formulate your research proposal, which is an important part of your application. You can view the list of supervisors available at all institutions at http://www.iggi.org.uk/supervisors/

Applicants should have a 2:1 or higher in a discipline related to game design, development or analysis. We will consider applications from applicants with significant other relevant experience, for example working in game design.

We expect substantial competition for IGGI PhD places, and we encourage good students to submit applications as early as possible. We will be closely monitoring applications and allocating places on a continuous basis.

Date of entry: October 2014

For further information, visit www.iggi.org.uk