The ESPRC doctoral training Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE) is seeking candidates of academic excellence to undertake fully-funded research in computer games, animation, visual effects, and other topics in the graphics/vision area. Candidates may register via the CDE website.
This programme offers all you need for a research career in the games, visual effects or computer animation industries, as well as the medical, defence, cultural and other sectors.
These four-year doctoral studentships provide:
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.
You will then join the research team of one of our cutting-edge companies for three years, to research towards their next-generation projects. You will learn a great deal about the industry and emerge with a CV that no conventional research student can match.
Our students are always looking for new things to get involved with. They take part in games jams, summer schools and international conferences, recently including group trips to USA, Paris, Hong Kong, Australia and Toronto. Students can pitch their ideas to leading computer games, animation and visual effects companies and be trained in starting their own company.
Our 50 current students are in companies such as BBC R&D, Electronic Arts, Sony Entertainment, Double Negative Visual Effects, Ninja Theory, Natural Motion, and organisations from other sectors which require digital technology expertise such as BMT Defence Services, Emteq, TotalSim, Cityscape, Plymouth Marine Labs, National Trust, National Museums Liverpool and Imperial War Museums.
All applications are assessed on both your research potential and academic excellence.
You will need a strong first degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics or related subjects. Excellent technical ability and programming skills are essential.
You must be a citizen of the UK/European Union; or be able to prove you have "indefinite leave to remain" in the UK.