I believe this award to be the best of its kind in the country, and continue to be both impressed and envious of the quality of students it attracts.
- Professor Richard Bartle, University of Essex
Masters level study of Games and Game Design is available on our successful MA, many graduates from which have gone to work in a range of roles within the games industry. At present around 60% of our graduates have gained graduate level or games industry jobs after studying the MA.
We also have a thriving post-graduate research community focused on games from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We have a dedicated Games Lab which provides a great place to play games old and new, of all formats, and mix with staff and students investigating this exciting new academic topic.
This exciting programme will enable you to engage in, and experiment with, practical game design. Together we will explore a range of theories and concepts with which to analyse the various values of games, play and pleasure, and go back to 'basics' by considering what it is that makes for 'good' game play. Different types of games are explored with the aim of developing designs that are both innovative and that might appeal beyond the current core markets for digital games.
We have a thriving PhD programme devoted to the academic study of games from a range of perspectives. Few of the current PhD candidates have a academic degrees in games, but that is likely to changes as more scholars turn their attention to games. We welcome anyone looking to undertake a PhD either as a full-time or part-time student with a strong research proposal in games. We are also looking to grow our post-doc community and welcome applications for potential projects. We hold regular research meetings, many PhD students attend the MA classes and we encourage PhDs to participate in the teaching at BA and MA level. Our dedicated lab also gives students a base from which to work and this also supports a strong community culture.