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MPhil & PhD Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence

Course overview

Develop the skills and strong relationships with leaders in the UK digital games industry that will help you pursue a successful career in games.

As part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) – a collaboration between Goldsmiths, the University of York, and the University of Essex – we are training the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs in digital games.

It's a unique opportunity for you to undertake PhD research in collaboration with our 60 industrial games partners and world-leading academics.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Jeremy Gow

Structure

The doctoral programme combines practical skills training with advanced teaching in cutting-edge research topics and the chance to contribute original research to a growing academic area. 

There are 12 weeks of taught modules in the first year, covering:

  • Game design
  • Game development
  • Research skills

You'll also undertake two industrial placements during the programme. This will give you first-hand industrial experience that will influence your research projects.

You could decide to carry out leading-edge research in emerging areas that could include:

  • Embodied interaction
  • Intelligent games/Believable characters
  • Gamification
  • AI for game design

Visist the IGGI website for more information about these broad research areas.

Department

Computing at Goldsmiths is ranked: 3rd in London* 17th in the UK for the quality of our research** and in the world's elite***

Computing

The Department of Computing offers a creative, contemporary and pioneering approach to the discipline.

From developing computers that can compose music and paint pictures, to defining and implementing new social media tools and applications, we aim to invigorate computing and the world around it. 

Learn by doing

We place a great emphasis on creativity, independence and ‘learning by doing’. Students undertake practical work in real-world situations, carrying out projects in ways that mirror industry practice. 

Interdisciplinary approach

We also promote an interdisciplinary approach to the subject: from computational arts to games and entertainment, and from data science to digital journalism. 

Industry experts

You’ll be taught by industry experts – our academics are deeply engaged in current research, with many applying their knowledge and skills to developing cutting-edge technology. And we have close links with industry, too, regularly inviting leading professionals to deliver lectures and talks. 

Find out more about the Department of Computing.

*Guardian University League Tables 2017
**Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Staff

Supervisors in the Department of Computing at Goldsmiths include:

You can find a list of all current MPhil/PhD Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence supervisors based at Goldsmiths, Essex and York universities on the IGGI website.

Skills & careers

Develop the skills and strong relationships with leaders in the UK digital games industry that will help you pursue a successful career in games.

Once you've completed your PhD, you'll have developed highly employable skills.

You'll be able to lead and define the state of the art in gaming, and will have the skills needed to shape the industry into one that is both technologically advanced and research aware. 

You'll also benefit from the relationships you developed with the UK digital games industry, which could form the basis of a network of professional contacts that is likely to be very useful in the future.

Entry requirements

Visit the IGGI website for entry requirements.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.

For this programme we require:

IELTS 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

How to apply

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

Scholarships

Studentship

This course offers a studentship covering tuition fees and an annual stipend of approximately £15,726 that will enable you to work directly with over 60 industry partners through placements and collaborative research projects.

This funding comes as part of our membership of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI), which aims to train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs in digital games. 11 studentships will be available through IGGI each year.

You apply for the studentship on the IGGI website.

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