Applicant FAQs

What are the benefits of studying for an EngD rather than a traditional PhD?

The EngD Digital Entertainment gives you access to top companies in games, VFX, animation and other industries that apply visualisation technologies . After a year of training, you will join the research team of one of our cutting-edge companies for three years. You will not only learn a great deal about the industry but also emerge with a CV that no conventional research student can match.

Is the programme full-funded?

Yes. We provide an annual tax-free stipend. The stipend will be paid at the EPSRC EngD rate for the academic year, which is currently 16,053 (EPSRC EngD 2017/18 rate).  Once your placement commences, you could also receive up to £4,000 per annum, provided the company has entered a contractual agreement to provide an appropriate contribution to the university.  Your tuition fees of approximately £5,000 are covered and funding for conferences and student-led events.

Which companies do you work with?

Information about our current partner companies can be found here.

I’m an overseas applicant (without Indefinite Leave to Remain); would I be eligible?

No. Unfortunately, due to United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) regulations, we are only allowed to admit citizens of the UK/European Union or applicants who have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

You might instead be interested in standard PhDs within Bournemouth University.  There are some funded opportunities and also the opportunity to work closely with the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).  More details can be found here on the funded PhD studentships and here for the NCCA research opportunities.

You might also be interested in applying for Bath's MSc Digital Entertainment. This is not a funded opportunity, but is open to international students who are interested in studying this area. Read more details about the programme.


I’m an applicant from the EU; would I be eligible?

We are able to accept a limited number of EU applicants each year. 

I’m a physicist/mathematician with limited programming knowledge; would I be eligible?

Maths and physics degrees typically provide an excellent foundation for this programme.  You would however need to show some evidence of programming experience.  This experience will be required to progress through the EngD successfully.

I’m an artist; would I be eligible?

No. This is a technical programme typically requiring a degree in computer science, maths or physics.

What English language qualifications do I need? 

If English is your second language we normally require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent and at least 6.5 in each element.

What are the entry requirements?

We normally require a student to have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualifications in a relevant subject, typically computer science, maths or physics. All applications are assessed on both your research potential and academic excellence.

How do I make an application?

Please complete our Online EngD Application Form.  Note that (unless you specify otherwise) your application will be considered by both the University of Bath and Bournemouth University.  You only need to complete one application form.

Is there a deadline for applications?

There is not a strict deadline for applications but we strongly encourage early application, as it is a very competitive process.  More information on the next round of interviews is available on the Applicants page.

What is the application process?

When you are ready to apply, please complete our online EngD application form.

This will be assessed both on research potential and academic excellence. Your application will be considered by both the University of Bath and Bournemouth University (unless you specify otherwise).  If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to interview. The panel will normally consist of the Centre Director, the Project Coordinator and an academic from your research area of interest. There will also be an opportunity to look around the campus, meet current students and ask any questions you might have. After the interview, a decision will be made as to whether to offer a place or not.

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