Digital and Creative Technologies postgraduate research degrees
If you're ready to take your expertise in Digital and Creative Technologies into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to realise your ambitions.
As a postgraduate researcher, you'll access the latest equipment and techniques in our studios and labs to drive technological advances in areas such as animation, visual effects (VFX), cross reality (XR), User Experience (UX), computer and video games, visual computing, and music technology.
Our previous postgraduate candidates have worked on projects including developing award-winning CGI films, creating ultra-realistic and immersive entertainment using virtual and augmented reality, developing ways to use digital technology to protect heritage sites, and improving the monitoring of Parkinson's disease and facial palsy – and you could work on similar projects.
Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Digital and Creative Technologies below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.
Digital & Creative Technologies PhDs and MPhils
Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Digital and Creative Technologies, or submit your own research idea.
PhD and MPhil projects
PhD by Publication
A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.
Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.
For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.
Duration, fees and funding
How long will my research degree take?
- MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
- PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
- PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time
How much will my research degree cost?
PhD and MPhil
- Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,327 p/a*
- Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,164 p/a*
- International full-time students: £15,100 p/a*
- International part-time students: £7,550 p/a*
PhD by Publication
- External candidates: £4,327 p/a
- Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a
*All fees are subject to annual increase
MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.
For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.
The entry requirements for a PhD, MPhil or Professional Doctorate include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.
If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Support and facilities
When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.
You'll access facilities for practical and creative development in production methods. You can use study areas for creative practice and academic study, dedicated computer suites with the latest software, including Virtual Reality development laboratory, Games development laboratories and Motion Capture studio. The Faculty is also home to digital printing facilities, a printmaking workshop, photographic facilities, digital fabric printing and laser cutting.
What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?
Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.
Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity. Students may also develop subject specific skills in areas such as games development, computer graphics imagery (CGI), human computer interaction analysis, virtual reality (VR) development or music and sound production.
After researching with us, our successful postgraduate research candidates have gone on to impressive positions in a variety of fields – from academic careers in the UK, Europe, USA and South East Asia, to roles within independent games development, software development, graphics hardware development, and research management.
Explore research across the 6 areas of expertise within our Digital and Creative Technologies research.
We're exploring the changing relationship between users and technology to develop new and better experiences for users.
We're investigating the impact and application of digital technology in the cultural and heritage sectors to improve visitor experiences and conserve cultural and historical sites.
We're exploring how virtual reality (VR) can improve patient's physical and psychological rehabilitation, and developing VR simulations for a range healthcare applications.
We're examining the theory, psychology and development of video games and contributing to the design, development and release of games.