Digital Technologies

PhD opportunities


The Institute for Digital Technologies offers research expertise and experience in a wide range of subject areas. Our academics are leading research in their field, and are extremely well-networked with professionals in a range of industries and sectors.

By pursuing one of our postgraduate research programmes, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real life problem-solving. Our aim is to create a vibrant, enthusiastic and forward-thinking community, where world-leading academics and talented students work closely together to research world-leading inventions.

Who should apply?

The Institute for Digital Technologies offers excellence in research and postgraduate teaching across major areas of digital technologies, including interactive media systems, mobile networks, Internet of Things, cyber security, big data and smart living concepts.

Research areas

Current research within the Institute focuses on:

Interactive Media Systems

Future multimedia applications will heavily rely on advanced content processing and networking solutions.

Interactive media systems integrate various digital media components including audio and video into a structured immersive digital environment, with multimodal interfaces allowing users to interact effectively. The research in interactive media is concentrated on three topics:

  • Audio-visual communication systems
  • Effective visualisation techniques
  • Augmented and virtual reality systems

Networks, Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Security

The four pillars of research within this area are:

  • Monitoring, analysing, modelling and adjusting the network configurations to optimise resources for better computing services and improved quality of experience
  • Developing next generation IoT systems with fully-autonomous smart behaviour capabilities
  • Building application driven, self-configurating capabilities for embedded intelligence and robustness
  • Developing novel mechanisms to identify, evaluate, enhance and mitigate cyber threats through signal processing and machine-learning algorithms.

Smart Systems

This research area encompasses the intelligent control of soft and physical systems by way of sensing, perceiving, and predicting future events and reacting to the data.

The specific research areas include:

  • Advanced signal processing to handle massive multi-dimensional and multi-modal sensor data, generated in real-time
  • Intelligent perception to understand, organise and prioritise the sensed data to deduce the system status at a given time
  • Intelligent mission planning and reacting to status changes by optimising the system resources to achieve goals under imposed constraints.

How to apply

Apply now All MPhil and PhD applications must be made online.

Applications for research should indicate the institute within which you would like to study and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you. If you’d like to make an application, we strongly recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail.

To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Digital Technologies, please visit the Institute for Digital Technologies staff page. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

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PhD facilities and support

As a PhD student with us, you will have 24-hour access to our dedicated research hub, stunning library and fully-equipped kitchen facilities.

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PhD fees and funding

Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future. Visit our fees and funding pages to find out whether you are eligible for financial support.

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