Welcome to the Centre for Digital Entertainment



Based at the University of Bath and Bournemouth University, the CDE is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training funding doctoral researchers in games, visual effects or animation while they are based in companies that require these skills. CDE offers outstanding and unique opportunities to students and companies alike.

Founded in 2009, CDE is the national Doctoral Training Centre in these sectors. We have £20 million of investment. We are a big and supportive CDE family working alongside some of the most outstanding companies in the world. 

We have funded around 100 students. Our students gain exceptional industry experience, giving them improved career choices in these competitive and fast-moving industries. Our companies benefit from access to all our high-skills industry-prepared students and the chance to enhance their development.

We support many activities, including travel and attendance at international conferences, games and apps jams, specialist training to suit individual needs, student-led events and public outreach. This rich environment offers you something really special and very hard to find elsewhere.

What is an EngD?

“The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) should be at least equivalent to the intellectual challenge of a PhD, but enhanced by the provision of taught material in both management and technical areas. The training provided should be flexible and should evolve in line with the emerging needs of the individual and the sponsoring companies/sectors.”

The CDE is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Doctoral Training Centre. We have funding for 100 students and we focus all our resources on training our research students well.

The EngD is a four-year doctoral programme fully at the same research level as a PhD but with an additional package of training and practical experience included via an industry placement. Students are also called Research Engineers, to reflect this.

The first year is spent at one of the two Universities, Bath or Bournemouth, taking a taught course to prepare you for your research in CDE’s sectors. That year is also used to support you being matched with a partner company. During years two, three and four you undertake your research in that company. At all times you remain fully a student, never an employee, safe-guarding your time for research.

You will be supported by a university supervisor for the academic work and by a company supervisor so you get full benefit from being in the company. It is this unique combination which makes the EngD degree special.

The research you do in the company will be written-up and submitted for your doctoral degree. The academic standard required is identical to that for a PhD. The EngD title is awarded to show you have also met the challenges of the taught year and researching with a company. Find out more about the EngD.

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