Centre for Digital Entertainment

Bournemouth University

Digital Entertainment

Based at Bath and Bournemouth Universities, the CDE (Centre for Digital Entertainment) is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training funding doctoral researchers. Our researchers work closely with and in some of the most exciting high-tech companies in the world, not for a token short-term placement but fully-embedded, usually for three years. Our company partners not only include animation, VFX and games companies (for example MPC, Ninja Theory, Double Negative and Sony), but also include companies who use these skills in other business areas (NHS, Perkin Elmer Ltd,National Trust). CDE offers outstanding and unique opportunities to students and companies alike.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a first degree, or equivalent, of at least an Upper Second (2.1) in a relevant subject, such as, but not limited to, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Software Engineering, Computer Arts, Animation, Digital Effects, Design or Interactive Media.

All applicants for whom English is a second language must provide recent evidence of their English language skills, equivalent to an IELTS score of 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element.

Course modules

The first years at Bath and Bournemouth are slightly different but both offer a firm grounding to enable you to be independent researchers. Years 2 – 4 are predominantly spent on an industrial placement.

During your placement you will be expected to return to the University to complete additional training and units and network with the rest of the students.

Studying at Bournemouth

The Centre for Digital Entertainment – Bournemouth University (BU), draws upon the excellence, knowledge and experience of the National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA).

During the first year of the EngD, you will normally be based at Bournemouth University and undertake some units from the MSc Computer Animation and Visual Effects course and other relevant sources. Possible units include Animation Software Engineering, CGI Techniques, CGI Tools, Simulation and Rendering. You will also receive training and attend workshops on Research Skills, namely Literature Review, Research Methodology and Ethics.

Sponsorship information

  • UK nationals will receive fees, the maintenance stipend and any company top-up payment.
  • A limited number of non-UK EU nationals will receive fees, the maintenance stipend and any company top-up payment.
  • Applicants who have legally-established residency in the UK, regardless of citizenship, may be funded on the same basis as UK nationals. We will not consider you unless you can clearly show in your application that you meet in full the residency requirements on our funder’s website.
  • Applicants from outside the EU cannot be funded. We may not vary the rules or negotiate alternative arrangements.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
EngD Full time September 2019 - 4 Years

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