PhD Studentships: Computing and Digital Technologies

Researching in Computing

We are accepting PhD students to research in the fields of Security, Health Informatics, Big Data, Internet of Things, Cloud, Knowledge Management and Information Systems. You will be a member of our established and expanding research community and will be able to use our dedicated PhD research lab. You will be expected to take part in School and University research seminars and you may wish to join one of our research groups:

  • Internet of Things Research Group: cutting edge research with an emphasis on machine learning, visualisation and IoT applications.  Contact Dr Mohamed Sedky
  • The Cloud Computing Research Group: all aspects of working in a cloud environment, from security and optimisation to implementation and management. Contact Associate Professor Dr Elhadj Benkhelifa
  • The Data and Informatics Special Interest Group: researching in the fields of data and Big Data analytics, health informatics and knowledge management. Contact Dr Clare Stanier

Researching in Games and Visual Effects

Join our developing research group and be part of the next generation of the games community.  The members of the Games Research group come from very diverse backgrounds and subject specialisms. These range from serious games, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Cultural Studies, War Studies, 3D art and Visualisation to Engineering, Simulation and Interactive Entertainment. Contact Dr Esther MacCallum-Stewart We welcome applications for PhD study in the following areas:

Games Cultures and Communities

  • MMO/eSports Communities and Community Management
  • The language of games and narrative structures
  • Minority and gender representation in games

Visualisation, Virtual and Augmented Reality

  • Forensic visualisation, Using VR/AR to recreate accurate crime scenes for jurors
  • Heritage visualisation, 3D environment reconstruction using photogrammetry and historical/ architectural References
  • Medical visualisation / simulation  
  • Voice activated mechanics in a Virtual Environment

Serious Games

  • Games for health, games for rehabilitation and physio
  • Serious games for education, edutainment, game based learning
  • Pro-social games


  • User profiling and data gathering through gamification
  • Behaviours modification through gamification
  • Reward and player motivation


  • Games and Psychoanalysis is the military complex
  • Games as a Therapeutic Tool for PTSD
  • Multiplatform integration of Military simulation (War Games)


Researching in Film, Media, Music and Journalism

The Department of Film, Media and Journalism has a growing research profile in film and media production, music and audio-visual composition and performance, and journalism. We have a strong and varied research team, able to support you in digital creativity in film, media and music technology. We invite applications for PhD study in the following areas:

  • Video game journalism
  • Electronic music composition, music for acoustic instruments and electronics
  • Visual music
  • Interactive real-time systems for composition and performance
  • Ludomusicology, video game music studies
  • Cinematics and storytelling in games, VR and AR

A PhD in Film, Media, Music or Journalism will incorporate a practice based element and require the production of a portfolio of creative works. These will be disseminated at conferences and festivals throughout the duration of the project and beyond. There will also be a technical component of the projects involving the design of applications, techniques and compositional strategies necessary to produce the creative outputs. Contact Dr Dave Payling for further information.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is second class degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.  An MSc in a related subject is an advantage but is not a requirement. Good written and spoken communication skills are essential. Please note that there are additional requirements for the PhD Partial Scholarships. English language proficiency which meets UKBA requirements is required for international applicants. The IELTS requirement is 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in each element.  To find out more and for information about how to apply.

PhD Scholarships (fee waiver)

If you are a recent graduate of Staffordshire University, and have a first class degree and/or a Masters Distinction in a relevant subject, you can apply for one of six PhD studentships which will be available in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies for the academic year 2017/18. If you are awarded a studentship, you will not be charged fees for studying on the PhD and will be expected to undertake up to 6 hours teaching per week or other duties for the School. These six studentships are only available to Staffordshire University graduates. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 8 August 2017. Follow the links for information about


Clare Stanier
Director, Postgraduate and Research Students
School of Computing and Digital Technologies
Staffordshire University
College Road
t: +44 (0)1785 353463