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Fully Funded Ph.D. Scholarships in Media and Arts Technology, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Publish Date: Dec 24, 2015

Deadline: Jan 31, 2016

We have up to 7 scholarships available for UK residents and up to 3 scholarships available for international students

Applications for 2016 are now open.

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Deadline for online applications: 31 January 2016. Interviews will commence in March 2016.

The Media and Arts Technology Programme is an innovative four year Ph.D. that comprises three main components.

  • A series of advanced taught modules normally completed during the first three years
  • An advanced placement project with one of our partners in the creative digital sector
  • A Ph.D. research project examined by thesis and, where appropriate, portfolio

We offer advanced modules which cover topics ranging from advanced technical skills through human interaction to performance and live art. We also offer training in professional skills including entrepreneurship and technology transfer. Queries about the programme can be sent to mat-enquiries@eecs.qmul.ac.uk and some additional information on the programme can be found here:

The programme involves six taught modules in the first two semesters, Year 1, then a six-month internship (with companies such as BBC, BT, Cinimod, United Visual Artists, Inition for example). The core taught modules include Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques (including Max MSP, Arduino and Raspberry Pi programming), Sound Recording and Production Techniques (audio piece developed in Logic software) and Digital Arts documentary (a documentary made with expert production advice and edited in Apple's Final Cut Pro) plus two chosen specialist modules from within the school (you can search the online database of modules) and include such courses as Java programming, C++ and Design for Human Interaction. Some videos of work previously created in these modules can be found at:

  • https://vimeo.com/channels/matdocumentaries
  • https://vimeo.com/channels/matprojects
  • https://vimeo.com/71736332

In Years 2 and 3 participation is expected in two or three further specialist option modules. Previous students have chosen modules such as Art, Performance and the City in the Geography Department, Performance Research with the Drama Department as well as others provided by the school in areas such as Digital Audio Effects, Music Analysis and Synthesis, Multimedia Systems, Digital Broadcasting, etc. (Again, you can search the online database of modules). In Year 2 you finalise your PhD topic, research group, supervision team and your main research project starts. The main research groups contributing to the programme are:

  • Antennas,
  • Centre for Digital Music,
  • Centre for Intelligent Sensing,
  • Cognitive Science,
  • Multimedia and Vision.

There are regular milestones and a formal review toward the end of the first year. In consultation with your supervisor you will also select additional three specialist options equivalent to 45 credits (three typical modules) to support your research. Examination of the PhD is either by thesis or, where appropriate, by thesis and portfolio. We welcome applications from all UK, EU and overseas students however please note that there are restrictions on eligibility for Scholarships.



A number of fully-funded places are available for all UK resident candidates to apply for (resident in the UK for at least the last three years) and three to four places for EU/International students to apply for. The stipend last year was £16,057 per annum tax free and all fees for the programme are also included, we do also consider self-funding students.

You should be able to demonstrate academic achievement at the level of a first class honours degree or high level pass at Masters and excellent critical and analytic skills. You should also have a clear aptitude for interdisciplinary research including some programming or mathematical ability. We especially welcome applicants with interests in: media content, semantics for audio video and music, computational linguistics, cognitive science, cultural studies, experimental and social psychology, linguistics, media and communications, political science and social computing, Interactive Art and Architecture.

Masters criteria

You will require the level of a 2:1 degree in a relevant field or the equivalent practice/work background. The best international students can apply for a fee-waiver scholarship in the application form.

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