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  Designing Interactive Digital Storytelling Experiences

   School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

  Dr Ingi Helgason  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This research project will investigate questions around new forms of digital storytelling, with a focus on the creative design of interactive narrative experiences.  

Innovations in digital technologies for media production and consumption are opening up opportunities for creatives to design new forms of interactive experiences underpinned by storytelling and narrative approaches. New platforms and tools are reducing the technical overhead that is associated with the production of media to be experienced either in public performance situations or on individual devices, for entertainment or education. These opportunities raise questions around new forms of creative practice, and understandings of audience context and experience.  

This research project would suit an applicant with interests in some or all of the following: creative storytelling, narrative theory, interaction design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), User Experience (UX), creative digital design, immersive technologies, transmedia storytelling. 

Academic qualifications

A first-class honours degree, or a distinction at master level, or equivalent achievements in Digital Media, User Experience, Interaction Design. 

English language requirement

If your first language is not English, comply with the University requirements for research degree programmes in terms of English language.

Application process

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the supervisor, Dr. Ingi Helgason () to discuss the content of the project and the fit with their qualifications and skills before preparing an application. 

Contact details

Should you need more information, please email .

The application must include: 

Research project outline of 2 pages (list of references excluded). The outline may provide details about

  • Background and motivation, explaining the importance of the project, should be supported also by relevant literature. You can also discuss the applications you expect for the project results.
  • Research questions or
  • Methodology: types of data to be used, approach to data collection, and data analysis methods.
  • List of references

The outline must be created solely by the applicant. Supervisors can only offer general discussions about the project idea without providing any additional support.

  • Statement no longer than 1 page describing your motivations and fit with the project.
  • Recent and complete curriculum vitae. The curriculum must include a declaration regarding the English language qualifications of the candidate.
  • Supporting documents will have to be submitted by successful candidates.
  • Two academic references (but if you have been out of education for more than three years, you may submit one academic and one professional reference), on the form can be downloaded here.

Applications can be submitted here.

Download a copy of the project details here.

Communication & Media Studies (7) Computer Science (8) Creative Arts & Design (9)


Janet H. Murray. (2018). Research into Interactive Digital Narrative: A Kaleidoscopic View. In: Rouse, R., Koenitz, H., Haahr, M. (eds) Interactive Storytelling. ICIDS 2018. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 11318. Springer, Cham.
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