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PhD in Media and Arts Technology: places for Sept 2014 (deadline 31 Jan 2014)

Dear List, Please forward to potential applicants for this Media and Arts Technology PhD programme. Apologies for cross-posting. Best wishes, Mark Plumbley


PhD programme in Media and Arts Technology

Places for September 2014 intake now released


We have now released fully funded PhD places for September 2014 start – the application deadline is 31st January 2014.

4 year fully funded places are available for all UK/EU and international candidates to apply for – stipend is £15,726 per annum tax free and all fees for the programme are also included, we do consider self funding also.

Find out how to apply

You are required to hold a 1st at degree or distinction at masters level in a related field OR, in exceptional circumstances, a very high standard of work/practice experience may be a substitute.

You need to provide:
◦statement of interest – 2 side maximum on why you want to do our PhD
◦Research Proposal – 10 sides maximum on your research interests, this gives us an idea on what you would ideally research and what you know about the research done in that area, but on our programme your actual topic does not get fixed until a year into the PhD.
◦2 x academic references (just 1 and 1 x work related reference it was a long time since your studies)

All of these documents must be uploaded to the online application system.

Ours is partly a taught program so it doesn't suit everyone, you spend the whole of the first year in fact on internship and doing taught modules - let us know if you have specific questions via:


The PhD has 6 taught modules in 1st 2 semesters yr 1, then 6 month internship (with companies such as BBC, BT, Last.fm, United Visual Artists, Inition for example).

The taught modules are research methods, comtemporary studio production (audio piece on logic, Interactive digital multimedia techniques (Max MSP and Arduino and raspberry Pi), Digital Arts documentary (video piece made in a group edited on final cut) plus 2 chosen modules from a long list such as Java programming, C++, design for Human interaction.

Some links from these modules:




YR 2 and 3 has 2 or 3 more taught option modules such as Art Performance and the City with our Geography Department, Performance Research with our drama department as well as those form our own school such as digital audio effects, music Analysis and Synthesis, multimedia systems, digital broadcasting, etc.

In year two your research proper starts, you wouldn't really be expected to finalise your PhD topic, (therefore have an associated supervisor) until around December 2015 if you join sept 2014.

Additional Information

The PhD in Media and Arts Technology is an innovative inter-disciplinary training programme in the science and technologies that are transforming the creative sector. Our mission is to produce post- graduates who combine world-class technical and creative skills and who have a unique vision of how digital technology transforms creative possibilities and social economies. 

This is a unique four year PhD programme built around core courses in advanced research methods, interaction design and digital media processing, production and recording techniques and optional specialist modules ranging from Digital Audio Effects through Digital Rights Management to Contemporary Performance. 

You will work under the supervision of internationally recognised experts in: 
◦Digital Music
◦Digital Video
◦Human Interaction
◦Performance and Live Art 

You will also develop a working partnership with one of our strategic collaborators including: BBC, The British Film Institute, last.fm, SONY Computer Entertainment Europe, BT. 

Our programme is part of a £250 million strategic initiative, funded by Research Councils UK, and is exceptionally well resourced. You will have access to our state-of-the art research and performance facilities including the Augmented Human Interaction Laboratory and the Pinter Studio Theatre as well as the extensive resources offered by our industrial and public sector partners. New for 2011 are the Media and Arts Studios including the be-spoke teaching lab, the seminar and exhibition space, Listening Room, Control Room, Performance Laboratory as well as the fully equipped iMac studio and a range of computing resources offered by the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, including several clusters.

For more detailed information and funding opportunities please see: www.mat.qmul.ac.uk

Prof Mark D Plumbley
Director, Centre for Digital Music
School of Electronic Engineering & Computer Science
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7518
Email: mark.plumbley@xxxxxxxxxx
Twitter: @markplumbley @c4dm