DC Labs PhD Studentships

The Digital Creativity Labs invite applications for fully funded PhD studentships in digital creativity at the University of York. We are looking for applicants that

  • want to do cutting-edge research and practice in digital creativity,
  • are comfortable and eager to cross disciplinary boundaries,
  • have the creative and/or technical skills to create digital media with colleagues and industry (or the desire to acquire them),
  • want their work to have an impact in the world.

The Digital Creativity Labs

The Digital Creativity Labs are a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research, focusing on digital games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge. With the main site in York and spoke sites at Goldsmiths and Falmouth University, the hub is a major (£18 million) investment by three UK research councils, four universities, and over 100 partner organisations across digital games, media, heritage, museums, galleries, education, healthcare and analytics.

The Studentship

A studentship includes:

  • supervision and training by two researchers at the labs
  • a stipend that covers tuition and living allowance for 3.5 years
  • collaboration opportunities with some of our 50+ world-leading researchers and dozens of PhD students at the hub universities
  • the chance to work with some of our 100+ industry and social institutions such as Sony, BBC, BT, Codemasters, IBM, Philips, Science Museum, Supermassive, the Imaginarium

Depending on topic and supervisor, degrees can be conferred in computer science or theatre, film, television, and interactive media.

Topics and supervisors

We are particularly interested in applicants in the following areas:

Exceptional candidates in other areas of digital creativity are also welcome.

Possible primary supervisors for this round of studentships are:

  • Dr Florian Block, lecturer/research fellow, Digital Creativity Labs/Theatre, Film, and Television
  • Dr Sebastian Deterding, reader/senior research fellow, Digital Creativity Labs/Theatre, Film, and Television
  • Dr Sam Devlin, lecturer/research fellow in artificial intelligence and digital games, Computer Science
  • Dr Anders Drachen, chair in computer science and digital games, Digital Creativity Labs/Computer Science
  • Dr Jonathan Hook, lecturer in interactive media, Digital Creativity Labs/Theatre, Film, and Television

Requirements and Eligibility

Requirements for an application are

  • outstanding academic ability: normally, a Bachelors: Honours 1st or a Masters: Distinction degree or equivalent, though applicants with strong subsequent academic or industrial careers will be considered;
  • English language ability: being a native speaker, or certifying sufficient English fluency through an accepted test; for details, see http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/international/english/.

Funding eligibility is governed by EPSRC regulations. Normally, eligibility for the full stipend (tuition and living allowance) requires the applicant to be settled and ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the grant, and EU citizenship and residency for a fee-only stipend. See https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/ for detailed regulations.

How to Apply

To be considered for a DC Labs studentship, you should apply no later than 23:59 GMT on Friday, February 24, 2017. Shortlisting interviews will begin on March 10, 2017, and successful applicants will be notified by the end of March 31, 2017.

You should submit a full PhD application (initially for computer science) via the University of York online application system at http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/courses/apply?course=DRPCOMSSCI3.

A full application entails:

  • the name of your proposed primary supervisor;
  • your CV (curriculum vitae);
  • full academic transcripts;
  • the names and contact details of two referees who have agreed to provide you with academic references;
  • a research proposal of about 350 words (excluding references) which has, ideally, been discussed and worked on with your proposed supervisor.

Your application must state that you wish to be considered for a DC Labs studentship and must state clearly the date on which you wish to start (normally September 2017) – you can select a desired start date at the beginning of the online application procedure. We strongly encourage you to contact potential supervisors and work on your proposal in advance.



About your suitability, the course and its content, email sebastian.deterding@york.ac.uk.

About being a PhD student at York, your eligibility, and all the logistical things, please email: cs-postgraduate@york.ac.uk