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An MSc by research is taken in one year as a full-time student or in two years as a part-time student. The degree is awarded following the successful completion of a period of research, including the submission of a thesis and its subsequent examination, together with a seminar. The thesis is expected to display a particular knowledge of some part or aspect of the field of study, and to make a contribution to knowledge or understanding.

Course Structure

There are various milestones throughout the MSc year which will be assessed through formally required pieces of work. These include seminars, written work and oral deliverables.

Students should aim to submit a thesis at the end of the 12 months registration period. The final deadline for submission falls three months later. No oral examination is held, unless either supervisor or assessor requests one.

Part-time students can take an MSc by research over a two-year period, with the milestones distributed accordingly over this duration.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence

The EPSRC Intelligent Games and Games Intelligence (IGGI) Centre for Doctoral Training is a collaboration between the University of York, the University of Essex and Goldsmiths College, University of London. It will train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs in digital games.

The Centre is a unique opportunity for students to undertake PhD research in collaboration with our 60 industrial games partners and world-leading academics.

The 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. Students also undertake two industrial placements during the programme, giving first hand industrial experience that will influence their research projects. 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.

Funded by the EPSRC, we have a number of studentships available for October 2016 entry. The studentships cover tuition fees and include an annual stipend of approximately £14,057 at 2105/16 rates (or £16,057 if studying at Goldsmiths with London weighting).


Information on tuition fees can be found on the Fees and Funding page.

Funding Opportunities

We regret that there is currently no Departmental funding available for an MSc by Research in Computer Science.

However, there are a number of resources which you might find useful in your search for alternative funding opportunities:

How to Apply

  • Step 1. Before making a formal application you should identify and contact a potential supervisor.
  • Step 2. We strongly recommend that you contact the potential supervisor prior to making your application. This will ensure that your proposal is within their area of interest and expertise. The processing of applications that do not identify a potential supervisor are very likely to be delayed.
  • Step 3. Applications for research programmes are made via the Online Applications Service (SELECT). You can complete your application in stages as our system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it.

Applications for research programmes can normally be submitted throughout the year. However, competition can be strong so you should apply as early as possible. In general, you should aim to apply early enough to allow enough time for you to provide evidence that all conditions of your offer are satisfied and so you can apply for accommodation and visas if travelling from overseas.

Visit the Computer Science - MSc by Research page on the University of York website for more details!





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