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An International Centre for Excellence in Serious Games Applied Research, Business Engagement and Study

Serious Games Institute is an operating division of Coventry University


Frequently asked questions:

How long is the duration of study?

The duration of study for a full-time PhD is three years. For a part-time PhD the period can range from 4-6 years depending on time commitment. In the event a student is not in a position to successfully defend their thesis at the end of the proscribed period of study, extensions are available, although we strongly urge and support students to complete on schedule.


How much does it cost?

Please visit the fees and funding web-page of Coventry University for a detailed overview of UK/EU and overseas research degree fees for 2013-2015. 


Can I get funding support?

In the event we have a full or part-funded PhD position available, this will be advertised through and open to application. Otherwise, students will be required to self-fund their period of study, or identify a source of funding on an individual basis.


How do I apply?

In the case of funded positions, these will be advertised via and supporting information provided. For students able to self-fund, or wishing to seek an individual arrangement, a formal meeting either in-person or via teleconference is used to establish the relevance of their proposed topic of study and fit to applied research at the SGI. Prospective students are expected to provide evidence of academic qualification to at least undergraduate level, in a subject relevant to their proposed study, and present their proposal for study to academic staff. We welcome informal queries from prospective students in advance of this meeting to assist them in their preparation.

For the application process, forms and other useful information for research students please visit Coventry University's web page by clicking here.


How is the programme structured?

We appreciate that every PhD is different, and as such, work closely with students to ensure the structure of their PhD meets their needs, as well as supporting timely and successful completion. Each student is assigned a supervisory panel which provides a point of contact for day-to-day queries as well as monthly review meetings. Students also have access to taught modules at Coventry University to aid them in the development of key technical and research skills. Although interim assessments can aid students in identifying key areas for improvement, as with any PhD, the formal assessment and award is based entirely on the final submitted thesis and subsequent examination viva voce of the candidate.


Can I complete the programme through distance study?

Distance study programme also can be offered but students need to be able to attend some on-site events. Furthermore, we do support Location Independent Working (LIW).

I'm an overseas (non-EU) student. Is there anything else I should know?

We are currently unable to offer part-time study programmes to PhD students due to VISA restrictions. Please refer to Coventry University's main site for overseas students for further information: