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Department

Computing

Length

4 years full-time; September start

Scholarship information

Funding available

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.

Entry requirements

Visit the IGGI website for entry requirements.

International qualifications

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

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a 7.0 in writing to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

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.

How to apply

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.

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.

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