Why apply to IGGI
IGGI is a collaboration between the University of York and Queen Mary, University of London. Both universities are committed to equality of opportunity - in work and study - for all, and both are current holders of the Athena Swan Bronze Award.
The IGGI 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, 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, game-playing evenings, or workshops
The IGGI Programme involves you working 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 https://iggi.org.uk/partners
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 candidates belonging to groups that are currently under-represented in games research and industry; these include (but are not limited to) females, individuals from ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people from low-income backgrounds, and people with physical disabilities.
How to apply
If you are interested, please visit https://iggi.org.uk/apply for full details on the application process and a list of potential supervisors, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
We expect substantial competition and encourage interested applicants to submit applications as early as possible. Please apply before the strict closing date of 12:00 noon (GMT) on Thursday 27th January 2022.