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IGGI Centre for Doctoral Training

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The IGGI 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.

Graduates will have the skills needed to succeed in a career in games, having also developed strong relationships with the leaders in the UK digital games industry.

Academic training

During your course you will take three core modules, one taught at each of the IGGI universities:

  • Game Development (Goldsmiths)
  • Game Design (Essex)
  • Research Skills (York)

You can also choose to study specialist advanced modules across the three IGGI institutions. More information about these core and optional modules is available on the IGGI website.

Industry experience

You will undertake two industrial placements during the programme, gaining first-hand industrial experience that will influence your research project.

You will also be able to attend industry days, when practitioners from industry and user organisations will share insights into their business and present a real-world problem for you to solve.

Networking events

One of IGGI's aims is to enhance collaboration within and between institutions. You will have opportunities to network with researchers and other IGGI PhD students from our IGGI partners, the University of York and Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • The IGGI Symposium is an annual three-day event which brings together all of the IGGI students at the start of each academic year. It showcases your research as well as featuring top industry and academic speakers.
  • IGGI Games Jam is a 48 hour game development challenge that will enhance your technical and teamwork skills under pressure. It is part of a global Game Jam so you will be competing with teams from around the world.


As well as the IGGI opportunities, you will also benefit from Proficio, our University's unique professional development scheme for doctoral students. You'll receive up to £2,000 during your studies to fund specialist training across a range of areas from research skills and managing your PhD, to presenting your work and getting published.