Thursday, January 9, 2014

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

Dr Evangelos Himonides
Institute of Education
University of London

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Date: 9 January 2014 09:09
Subject: PhD in Media and Arts Technology: places for Sept 2014
(deadline 31 Jan 2014)

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Dear All, 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,, 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,,
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:

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
Twitter: @markplumbley @c4dm