Professional Doctorate in Digital Arts - PhD

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    Course Description

    About the School of Engineering and Digital Arts

    Established over 40 years ago, the School has developed a top-quality teaching and research base, receiving excellent ratings in both research and teaching assessments.

    The School undertakes high-quality research that has had significant national and international impact, and our spread of expertise allows us to respond rapidly to new developments.

    As a postgraduate student in the School of Engineering and Digital Arts, you receive support through individual supervision, specialised seminars and colloquia, usually with external speakers. If you study one of our taught Master's programmes, you also attend dedicated lectures and classes in your chosen field of study.

    We offer a range of financial support options, including:

    Our 30 academic staff and over 130 postgraduate students and research staff provide an ideal focus to effectively support a high level of research activity. There is a thriving student population studying for postgraduate degrees in a friendly and supportive teaching and research environment.

    We have research funding from the Research Councils UK, European research programmes, a number of industrial and commercial companies and government agencies including the Ministry of Defence. Our Electronic Systems Design Centre and Digital Media Hub provide training and consultancy for a wide range of companies. Many of our research projects are collaborative, and we have well-developed links with institutions worldwide.The School conducts high-quality significant national and international research and offers excellent opportunities for graduate studies, successfully combining modern engineering and technology with the exciting field of digital media. The digital media group has interests in many areas of interactive multimedia and digital film and animation.

    There is particular strength in web design and development, including e-commerce, e-learning, e-health; and the group has substantial experience in interaction design (eg, Usability and accessibility), social computing (eg, Social networking, computer mediated communication), mobile technology (e.g, iPhone), virtual worlds (eg, Second Life) and video games. In the area of time-based media, the group has substantial interest in digital film capture and editing, and manipulation on to fully animated 3D modelling techniques as used in games and feature films.

    Research themes include:

    • Social and Affective Computing
    • Assistive Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction
    • Brain-Computer Interfaces
    • Mobile, Ubiquitous and Pervasive Computing
    • Sensor Networks and Data Analytics
    • Biometric and Forensic Technologies
    • Behaviour Models for Security
    • Distributed Systems Security (Cloud Computing, Internet of Things)
    • Advanced Pattern Recognition (medical imaging, document and handwriting recognition, animal biometrics)
    • Computer Animation, Game Design and Game Technologies
    • Virtual and Augmented Reality
    • Digital Arts, Virtual Narratives

    Start date:

    PhD: September, January

    January 2021 starts 

    You can start some of our postgraduate degrees in January. If you’re taking a career break to study this could be the best option for you. A January start also works well for overseas students as it allows more time to meet visa requirements. Find out more about our January intake programmes.. 

    Visit the Digital Arts - PhD page on the University of Kent website for more details!

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    The University of Kent has a multi-million pound scholarship fund to support our taught and research students including funding from the UK Research Councils, subject and location-specific scholarships, philanthropic awards and discounts and scholarships for Kent alumni.The funding links and pages below give more information about specific awards and the Scholarships Finder database allows you to make key word searches. In addition we recommend you check with the relevant Europe and centre or academic schools in case they have any additional information.

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    Entry Requirements

    A 2.2 or honours degree or MSc with Merit or above in a computing, multimedia and digital arts or a related design subject.

    All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

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