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Doctor of Engineering Digital Media

Doctor of Professional Practice Digital Media
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This is a unique programme developed specifically for the digital entertainment industry in partnership with the University of Bath. As a result of this partnership, the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath have created the Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE).

The CDE's mission is to train the next generation of leaders in the computer animation, games and visual effects industries, with investment in tune to the value of £20 million from  the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and our industry partners to achieve this goal.

If you join this programme, you will leave after four years with either an Engineering or Professional Doctorate, which will depend on whether you have a technical or artistic focus, as well as invaluable high-level industry experience.

The Engineering Doctorate in Digital Media (EngD) is the most appropriate route for technical research.

The Professional Doctorate in Digital Media (DProf) is a suitable pathway for research more explicitly focused on creative or managerial areas.

We have taken an innovative approach with this doctoral programme, placing you directly into a company where you can work on real projects and help find solutions to the challenges the industry faces. Throughout your course, you'll be supported by quality training, which is drawn from a range of respected taught programmes at Bournemouth University and the University of Bath.

The aim is to provide you with the best of both worlds - invaluable industry experience and high-quality training to support your professional development.

Key information

Next start date:

October 2016

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Entry requirements:

An Honours degree at 2:1 or higher and/or a relevant Master's degree. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 (Academic) or above. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Academic support

When undertaking a research degree at BU, you will develop research skills in your specific project area and discipline, and you will also have an opportunity to develop wider, transferable skills which will assist in your future employment, whether within or outside academia.

The Researcher Development Framework, developed by the Graduate School in line with the Research Councils UK (RCUK), will enable you to enhance your abilities in areas which are not necessarily discipline-specific.

An added benefit is the opportunity to meet researchers from other academic schools at BU through the activities of our Graduate School and benefit from their experiences, skills, and perspectives.

Programme specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

Download the programme specification for Doctor of Engineering Digital Media.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Full entry requirements

We would normally expect you to have an Honours degree at Upper Second Class (2:1) in a related subject and/or an appropriate Master's degree, or evidence of the ability to study at Master's level or above.

For a Professional Doctorate, we are particularly interested in what you do, academically and creatively. You may be asked to provide links to any examples of work online (such as portfolios). Some supervisors may ask you for additional entry requirements, such as relevant work experience, evidence of written work, or previous study of a particular subject.

Entry requirements may vary so it is important to discuss your application in principle before submitting a formal application. Please contact cde@cs.bath.ac.uk if you have any queries.

International entry requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally: 

View further information about our English language requirements.

A number of pre-sessional English and preparatory programmes are offered through our partner institution, Bournemouth University International College, and will get you ready for study at BU at the appropriate level.

You can also find further details of the international qualifications we accept, and what level of study they apply to, on our postgraduate entry requirements page.

Selection criteria

When you submit your application, the centre director(s) will evaluate it and judge your eligibility for a studentship. If your qualifications and experience are satisfactory, we will forward your application to suitable companies.

The companies then take two to four weeks to decide if and whom to interview. You will be invited for an interview by the company directly, if selected. If a company decides to offer a project to you, we will also arrange an academic interview. This is an informal interview at either Bath or Bournemouth Universities to meet with academics.

How to apply

You can apply for a Professional Doctorate by clicking on the 'Apply now' button and completing the application form. You can find further guidance about applying for a postgraduate research degree in our Postgraduate Research section and there is specific information on this programme on the CDE website.

If you have an enquiry please email cde-enquiries@lists.bath.ac.uk

Additional information

International students

International students

We have a strong international student community. Find all the practical advice and information you need here.