Creative Technologies, Ph.D.

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  • 36 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #501 (WUR) ,
The School of Creative Technologies is centred around the application of new technologies to support creative areas. This includes games design and development, animation, video and sound, as well as other application areas, such as healthcare or security. We work closely with cultural heritage organisations worldwide to develop better methods of safeguarding digital assets. Our research is organised around five themes: Virtual Reality and Advanced Interactive Technologies, Digital Preservation, Computer Games Design and Technology, High Performance Visualisation, Computer Animation.


Research Centres and Groups

Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics:Centre for Healthcare Modelling and Informatics provides information systems and computer science expertise to make easier some of the day-to-day jobs involved in healthcare delivery and administration. We have established excellent links with healthcare and social care professionals to keep abreast of their problems and needs. We conduct research to investigate new solutions to relevant problems, as well as providing consultancy services to organisations and individuals in the health and social care sector that wish to adopt information, communication and sensing technologies.Virtual Reality and Advanced Interactive Technologies:Advanced Interactive Technologies research has a strong theme of medical visualisation and health technology research, including the Responsive Interactive Advocate project (RITA) developing an advanced intelligent avatar to support elderly people.Digital Preservation:The Future Proof Computing group is currently running the E-ARK project: to develop a pan-European e-archiving system for national, regional and local archives covering all types of digital data.Computer Games Design and Technology:The Advanced Games Research Group focuses on practice-led games research. Current active research areas include disruptive gameplay, minimalist gameplay and ambient gameplay.High Performance Visualisation:The High Performance Visualisation research is about big data visualisation, hardware accelerated algorithms, high performance computing, computational grids, science gateways, workflow systems and user interfaces.Computer Animation:Computer Animation research focuses around facial animation, body language and believability. Emphasis is on practice led research and currently under development is the full length animated feature film, Stina and the Wolf.Computational Intelligence:The fields in which we conduct Computational Intelligence research include data mining, neural networks, fuzzy systems, evolutionary optimization, machine learning, pattern recognition, user-adaptive systems, computer graphics, computer vision and bioinformatics. We aim to perform world-class research in the analysis, design and implementation of CI methodologies. Network and Security:The design and development of everyday devices that are capable of computation, sensing and communication relies on a range of networked technologies including wireless and mobile computing, Internet connectivity and connectivity within large scale distributed systems, secure infrastructures, sensing and reactive environments, as well as human interaction modelling. The Network and Security research group aims to, broadly, improve the effectiveness of the everyday pervasive computing environment. Systems and Information Systems:Systems and Information Systems research focuses on the practice, philosophy and methodology of information processing. This research informs systems analysis, cybersecurity, digital forensics, e-commerce and e-government systems which are relevant throughout business and society.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Our researchers are working and supervising in subjects such as:

Virtual Reality and Advanced Interactive Technologies:

Medical visualisation and health technologyDesign of advanced interactive systems

Future Proof Computing:

Data curationDigital preservationDigital humanitiese-archivingPreservation of complex digital objects such as computer games or digital artBig Data techniques for mining cultural dataDatabase archiving

Computer Games Design and Technology:

Disruptive gameplayMinimalist gameplayAmbient gameplay

High Performance Visualisation:

Big Data visualisationHardware accelerated algorithmsHigh performance computingComputational gridsScience gatewaysWorkflow systemsUser interfaces

Computer Animation:

The animation field and its applicationsSimulation of medical consultations and entertainmentThe recreation of photorealistic facial animations in games and filmComputer aided geometric modelling and applications

Intelligent Systems and Robotics:

Pattern recognitionIntelligent robotics and their practical applicationsImplementing computing frameworks for human motion analysisMulti-fingered robot manipulation (including prosthetics)Data novelty detection and intelligent control for electric vehicle suspension

Digital Storytelling:

Academic papers and booksFilmmaking and festivalsArt installation, exhibition and curationNew technologies, new media and pedagogy

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

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Academic Requirements

A minimum of a second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

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    13300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4121 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4121 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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