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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)

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

Up to 4 fully-funded PhD studentships at the University of York

Covers fees at Home/EU rate and a stipend for four years

IGGI is an exciting opportunity for you to undertake a four-year PhD in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence, working with top games companies, world-leading academics, and 59 other students in games research. For this round of studentships, we particularly invite candidates interested in:

  • Game artificial intelligence for fun, believable agents; procedural content generation, and AI-assisted design and testing;
  • Game analytics, data science and player behaviour;
  • Game audio;
  • Game design;
  • Applied games for citizen science and understanding human behaviour;
  • E-sports.

We have up to 4 studentships available at the University of York for 2018/19 entry, which will fund full fees (at a Home/ EU rate) plus a tax-free living stipend, for a 4-year PhD programme. Could you join our large and growing group in the world’s largest PhD games research programme?

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


A collaboration between the University of York, the University of London (Goldsmiths and Queen Mary) and the University of Essex, IGGI offers a 4-year training and research programme for the next generation of leaders in research, design, development and entrepreneurship in digital games.

You’ll receive focused skills training from 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 also gives you the opportunity to directly work with industry through industrial placements, giving you a chance to contribute personally to the future of games. Our students have completed, or are currently on, placements with partner companies such as Sony Interactive Entertainment, Bossa Studios, Google, Bloomberg,, Media Molecule, BT, Splash Damage, or MindArk. Other partners include organisations such as Electronic Arts, Creative Assembly, Rebellion, Revolution, AI Factory and over 50 games companies and organisations which use games in creative ways

Your research with partners like these will advance the creation of more fun and valuable games that exploit research advances, and help to increase the use of games as tools for societal benefit.

You’ll also learn through teamwork and inspiring events such as:

  • The 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 IGGI Conference, showcasing student research alongside industry and academic speakers;
  • Student-led events such as the IGGI Game Creator’s Club, research seminars, games evenings.
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI)

Apply for IGGI

We have up to 4 fully-funded studentships to award at York to outstanding students which cover fees and an annual tax-free stipend of £14,777 for four years. Please note, due to funding regulations, we are only able to offer these studentships to applicants who qualify for Home fee status.

An IGGI application should consist of a CV, a covering letter explaining your motivation and suitability for the IGGI programme, your academic transcripts and a statement of your planned research and proposed supervisor(s). You will also be asked for evidence of your programming skills during the application process, either through your qualifications, previous employment or examples of games you have developed.

You can contact potential supervisors directly or contact us at the email address below and we can help you to choose a principal supervisor from York based on your interests and background.

We expect substantial competition for IGGI studentships and we encourage good students to submit applications as early as possible.

Please email your CV, covering letter, transcripts, intended supervisor information and statement of planned research to [email protected]. Enquiries should be sent to the same email address.

IGGI students are a diverse group, and admission judgements are made exclusively on the basis of experience and potential to do excellent research and contribute to IGGI’s goals. We especially welcome applications from female and minority ethnic candidates as well as other groups that are under-represented in areas related to IGGI.

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

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