Self-funded PhD opportunities

Programmer for Serious Games

  • Application end date: Applications all year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Roger Eglin

Project description:

The School of Creative Technologies is seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability and commitment to join its vibrant and growing programme of internationally excellent research. Successful applicants will benefit from working alongside our current games, animation and VR research staff and students and will benefit from career enhancing support and professional skills training. 

This project will support the use of new technology to support learning using interactive technology in a medical environment. It will use theoretical frameworks to investigate learning across a wide range of context (e.g. in hospital at home and online) and in a broad range of domains (e.g. technology, psychology and medical science). At present, we are particularly interested in the role of mobile, computer games technology and affordable display devices to engage students in discourse and learning in science and technology, particularly in the medical field. 

The project involves real-time learning using game engines, so experience in software programming are of particular interest. A strong mathematical background and knowledge of programming game engines e.g. Unity and Unreal will be advantageous. An interest in learning and psychology would also be advantageous. The applicant will work at the School of Creative Technologies, the Department of Psychology and the School of Health Science and Social Work at the University of Portsmouth.


Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in a related subject or strong, relevant, industrial experience. Applicants with a relevant Masters qualification are also welcome. Applicants should have a background in computer games/animation, computer science or applied mathematics. A strong background in programming game engines and interest in researching in this field is essential. Previous experience in areas related to the project are also of particular interest.

Enquiries about this PhD bursary are strongly encouraged and can be made to Dr Roger Eglin:

How to Apply:

To apply or make an enquiry, please visit postgraduate research: Computing and Creative Technologies.

Applications should use our standard application forms and follow the instructions given under the ‘Research Degrees’ heading on the following webpage: