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

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

Up to 12 fully-funded PhD studentships starting September 2020

Covers fees and a stipend for up to four years

IGGI is an exciting opportunity to undertake a four-year PhD in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence, working with world-leading academics, game companies, and social organisations on games research that matters. We are seeking diverse and motivated candidates to join our 70 current PhD students conducting interdisciplinary research in areas such as:

  • Using machine learning (ML) and other forms of artificial intelligence (AI) to create interesting, fun, believable game agents
  • Augmented creativity tools that support game designers and developers, e.g. procedural content generation, AI-assisted game design and testing
  • Understanding player experience, games user research, and game analytics
  • Game audio and music
  • Interaction, user experience, and learning design for games
  • Using games and gamification to support wellbeing, learning, or social change
  • Using Esports and other game data to study human behaviour and psychology;
  • Using game AI to improve real-world decision making
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI)

Why apply to IGGI

IGGI is a collaboration between the University of York and Queen Mary, University of London. The programme trains PhD researchers to become the next generation of leaders in games research, design, and development and create positive social and economic impact through games.

You will receive focused skills training in game design, games research methods, game development, game AI, responsible innovation, and engaging users and the public with your work. In addition, you will have access to optional training in a wide range of topics such as HCI, graphics, audio, psychology, or AI.

You will also have opportunities to collaborate with other students and researchers, make games, and share your work through

  • the annual IGGI Game Jam, a 48 hour game development challenge as part of the Global Game Jam, enhancing your skills in game design, development, and teamwork;
  • the annual IGGI Conference, showcasing student research alongside industry and academic speakers;
  • student-led events such as research seminars, board game evenings, or workshops.

You’ll receive focused skills training from a range of academic research leaders, covering topics including Games Development, Games Design and Research Skills as well as a range of optional topics in areas such as AI, HCI, graphics, audio and design.

IGGI will give you the opportunity to work directly with industry and social partner organisations. Placements, research exchanges, and other forms of knowledge exchange will give you the possibility to make a direct positive impact, experience the games industry first hand, and collaborate with researchers and practitioners. Current IGGI students have worked with partner organisations such as Sony Interactive Entertainment, Bossa Studios, Google, Bloomberg, Media Molecule, BT, Splash Damage, Microsoft Research, and Sue Ryder. You can find a list of more IGGI partners at

Who should apply

IGGI students are a diverse group, and admission is decided on the basis of your potential to do excellent research and contribute to IGGI’s goal of making a positive impact with games research. We especially welcome applications from female and minority ethnic candidates as well as other groups that are under-represented in games research and industry.

EU and international students are eligible to apply and receive a stipend and tuition based on the normal EPSRC rules. The UK government has guaranteed that EU students enrolling in the 2020/21 academic year will continue to receive stipends and pay tuition fees covered by the IGGI grant through the duration of their studies even after the UK’s exit from the EU.

How to apply

If you are interested, please visit for full details on the application process and a list of potential supervisors, or contact us at [email protected] with any questions.

We expect substantial competition and encourage interested applicants to submit applications as early as possible. The deadline for applications is 23:59 (GMT) on Friday 31st January 2020.

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