New "Studentship" will offer PhD biomedical students the opportunity to cross disciplines in to entertainment

Wellcome Trust to offer NFTS Game Design MA Studentship

The Wellcome Trust, a science and research based charitable foundation, are looking to expand the scope of video games by offering a “studentship” to study Game Design.

Working with the National Film and Television School, the scheme is intended for biomedical scientists with the aim of broadening the possibilities for scientists in entertainment. The idea is that scientists can move over in to the entertainment industry and help create science-related content and bring a better or more accurate representation of science in games.

The studentship will cover the fees for studying the NFTS’s Games Design and Development MA course over the two years of study, along with a living allowance. It will be open to biomedical students at PhD-level who are interested in games design.

Iain Dodgeon, who is the broadcast, games and film manager at Wellcome says: “Industries can benefit from recruiting people with different backgrounds, different ideas and different ways of thinking. That’s why we encourage people who have worked in science to explore roles in media.”

Wellcome have recently been looking at the video games medium in a more exploratory way, including a recent series on the science behind The Last of Us, and the reality of an extinction level event.

NFTS head of games Jon Weinbren said: “Biomedical science is another very exciting talent pool from which to draw experts who can help shape the future of games.” There is already one recipient of the student ship currently studying the Games Design and Development MA.

Applications for the MA program are open now until October 13th.

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