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EngD in Digital Entertainment Programme details and applicant information

All EngD positions for September 2019 at the University of Bath and Bournemouth University, are currently under offer. 


Alternatively, you may wish to consider other opportunities at each University.



The EngD first years at Bath and Bournemouth are slightly different but both offer a firm grounding to enable you to be independent researchers. Years 2 – 4 are predominantly spent on an industrial placement.

During your placement you will be expected to return to the University to complete additional training and units and network with the rest of the students.

Bournemouth University

The Centre for Digital Entertainment – Bournemouth University (BU), draws upon the excellence, knowledge and experience of the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).

Established in 1989, the NCCA is a centre of excellence in computer visualisation and animation.  In 2012, the NCCA won the prestigious Queens Anniversary Award for Higher Education due to its excellent research and education achievements. CDE Academic supervisors are usually from the NCCA, however we also use Academics from other departments of BU, depending on the area of your research.

During the first year of the EngD, you will normally be based at Bournemouth University and undertake some units from the MSc Computer Animation and Visual Effects course and other relevant sources.  Possible units include Animation Software Engineering, CGI Techniques, CGI Tools, Simulation and Rendering.  You will also receive training and attend workshops on Research Skills, namely Literature Review, Research Methodology and Ethics.  

Bournemouth University is at the heart of the largest non-industrial conurbation in Europe.  It is in a wonderful location sandwiched between the UK’s newest national park, best beaches and largest natural harbour.  Bournemouth is also reported to have the ‘fastest growing digital economy in the UK’ (Tech Nation Report 2015).

University of Bath

The Centre for Digital Entertainment – University of Bath, draws upon the excellence, knowledge and experience of the Department of Computer Science’s Visual Computing, Human-Computer Interaction and Intelligent Systems research groups.

Bath is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the UK, with a portfolio of over £100 million and a culture of innovation and discovery. The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the excellence of the research carried out at Bath; we were ranked 13th in the research quality ranking of UK universities, excluding specialist institutions.

During the first year of the EngD, you will follow the multi-disciplinary MSc in Human-Computer Interaction. The first year of the course will teach you how to design, build and evaluate interactive systems with the needs of end-users in mind. It will provide a strong foundation in critical areas, allowing you to respond as research engineers to a changing development environment and to progress in CDE’s industry sectors.

One key feature of our teaching programme is that is open to the influence of our external partners. This is most obvious in the use of projects: projects allow external partners to have a direct voice in what is taught. Partners are encouraged to suggest problem areas for study and in this way proto-typing project prior to placement.

The University of Bath is a campus university only one mile from the UNESCO World heritage city of Bath, with outstanding sports facilities including an Olympic size swimming pool and a range of arts programmes at The Edge Arts. 


REs study alongside doctoral students already associated with the Centre and there are opportunities for lots of different activities. Our students are always looking for new things to get involved with. They take part in games jams, summer schools and international conferences. Recent activities include: SIGGRAPH  in USA, NIME  - Australia, Eurographics, EGX Rezzed and Revision in Germany.


Please read this section carefully before applying:

  • You must be a citizen of the UK/European Union; or be able to prove you have "indefinite leave to remain" in the UK.
  • UK nationals will receive fees, the maintenance stipend and any company top-up payment.
  • A limited number of non-UK EU nationals will receive fees, the maintenance stipend and any company top-up payment.
  • Applicants who have legally-established residency in the UK, regardless of citizenship, may be funded on the same basis as UK nationals. We will not consider you unless you can clearly show in your application that you meet in full the residency requirements on our funder’s website.

We are working to improve the gender balance within the student population and particularly welcome applications from women.


  • Applicants should hold a first or upper second (2.1) class honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject, such as, but not limited to, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Software Engineering, Computer Arts, Animation, Digital Effects, Design or Interactive Media.
  • All applicants for whom English is a second language must provide recent evidence of their English language skills, equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.0 (UoB) or 6.5 (BU).

Application Process

Applications are made to the Centre for Digital Entertainment, using the link below.  You will need to create a ‘New User’ account before accessing for the first time. If you wish, you can save your partly completed application and log-in later to complete it.

All EngD positions for September 2019 at the University of Bath and Bournemouth University, are currently under offer.  At this time, new applications may be reviewed for a reserve place only.  If you wish to be consider for a reserve place at the University of Bath  Apply here

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