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Creative Computing


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What is Creative Computing PhD?

Undertake postgraduate research while drawing on university expertise. Our specialisms include VR, AR and MR, IoTs, mobile technology, gamification and serious games, user experiences and user interface development.

We have a strong applied research focus and particular interests in work that engages with the concerns of the user, the needs of businesses and the rapid developments within the IT industry and engineering sectors.

Research environment

Our School of Computing & Engineering is active in pure and applied research, knowledge transfer and industrial projects. There are a number of dedicated laboratories for researchers and you’ll be joining a group of about 30 research candidates – all involved in extending both new knowledge and professional practice.

All postgraduate researchers are required to initially take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers. We also offer a range of further research training events, postgraduate researcher-led seminars, conferences and summer schools – as well as training offered through other universities and bodies.

This diverse range of events helps you gain the skills and confidence you need to underpin your research journey.

This research contributes to the research priority area Applied Business and Technology.

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Entry requirements

    • MA or MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
May 2021 Off-campus - Bielefeld GmbH, Germany £6,433 £10,276
Oct 2021 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2021 Park, Cheltenham £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2021 Off-campus - Munich, Germany £6,433 £10,277
Feb 2022 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Feb 2022 Park, Cheltenham £3,333 £6,667
Mar 2022 Off-campus - Munich, Germany £6,433 £10,277
May 2022 Off-campus - Bielefeld GmbH, Germany £6,433 £10,277
Oct 2022 Distance Learning
Oct 2022 Park, Cheltenham
Oct 2022 Off-campus - Munich, Germany
Feb 2023 Distance Learning
Feb 2023 Park, Cheltenham
Mar 2023 Off-campus - Munich, Germany
May 2023 Off-campus - Bielefeld GmbH, Germany

Possible careers

A research degree will open the door to work in full-time research or teaching, or provide a greater understanding of professional practice.

Industry links

You’re also encouraged to attend national and international academic conferences in the latter stages of your research to present your ideas, and receive feedback at such events.

The university and our academic school also foster publication opportunities – where with the help of your supervisors you can submit journal articles as part of your researcher development.

We're building on our established and developing base in creative computing

Taking forward diverse work that encompasses general engineering, analytics and optimisation and bionics (learning from nature). These areas will develop with a strong applied focus and draw on the university’s expanding facilities at C11, Berkeley.

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Gain support from expert supervisors

We may be able to offer you effective supervision for cross-disciplinary projects that link to business management. As a research degree candidate, you will be supported by a supervisory team with expertise in your subject and/or research approach.

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Join our academic community

You’ll be able to draw on a wide range of expertise from more than 50 academic staff. Join our community of around 30 research candidates involved in extending knowledge and professional practice.

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