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Non Linear Media Creation from Existing Linear Media Artefacts

School of Science and Engineering

About the Project

This project will examine how pre-existing media metadata such as subtitle tracks can be repurposed in order to create non-linear narrative forms of storytelling. Over 95% of UK televised content is subtitled and the main usage of this is to improve the accessibility of the content being delivered. Broadcasters are responsible for making sure that subtitles associated with shows are accurate and available within traditional and IP based broadcasts. Little work has been carried out to examine how these, in essence, “scripts” can be used for additional purposes such as creating new forms of narrative.

This project has the following aims:
1) To understand the concepts around subtitle production and how this relates to the forming of story narratives
2) To investigate how narratives can be created from pre-existing stories and presented using alternative mediums.

This project will use a combination of several qualitative data gathering techniques combined with user centred software development in order to examine how new media experiences can be created. It is expected that this research project will involve collaborating with media creators in order to understand more about the story telling process and will also involve working with end-users on the creation of media delivery artefacts.

For informal enquiries about the project, contact Dr Michael Crabb ()
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact

Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK honours degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK in a relevant discipline.

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online:


Step 1: Email Dr Michael Crabb () to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Dr Crabb, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Computing: Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.

In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and living expenses, via external sponsorship or self-funding.

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