Programme details and applicant information

This is a four-year doctoral degree programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which embeds a Research Engineer (RE) in a company. The first year of taught course at Bath or Bournemouth is followed by three research years, in a company chosen to match your interests.

CDE students are unusually well-funded. You will receive an annual tax-free stipend of £16,277 (EPSRC EngD 2018/19 rate) . From year two, you will also receive a contribution from the company typically up to £4,000 per annum. The CDE directly pays your university registration fee, approximately £5,000 per annum.

In addition, you can access a generous allowance of £10,000 to use on related activities, such as attending international conferences, games jams, professional training or any activity approved by your university supervisor. This package is at the highest level of doctoral support available in the UK.

We offer a unique programme starting with a fully structured taught first year. This includes Master Classes from our company experts, with courses such as computer animation and games, visual effects, machine learning and AI and a growing emphasis on research as the year unfolds. REs then join the research team of one of our cutting-edge companies for three years, to develop their next-generation projects. REs learn a great deal about the industry and emerge with a CV that no conventional research student can match.

REs study alongside the 55 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 2016 in LA, USA, Digital Economy Summer Schools, CHI, IEEEVR 2017 and many more.


Please read this section carefully before applying:

  • 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.
  • Applicants from outside the EU cannot receive EPSRC funding. We may not vary the rules or negotiate alternative arrangements.


  • 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 with no less than 6.5 in each element.

Application Process

Applications are made to the Centre for Digital Entertainment, using either the Bournemouth University online application or the University of Bath online application systems in the links 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. Your application will be considered by both the University of Bath and Bournemouth University, unless you specifically request otherwise. 

Successful candidates will be notified and invited interview onsite, at either Bournemouth University or the University of Bath.  Any missing documents will delay the processing of your application.

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