The PhD builds on the outstanding success of Queen Mary’s Media and Arts Technology (MAT) Centre for Doctoral Training. In contrast to other PhD programmes in the UK the MAT PhD programme provides an integrated programme of taught modules and PhD research which accommodates students with existing Masters qualifications from other disciplines. The taught modules specifically train students in the technologies and techniques used in inter-disciplinary research in Technologies for the Media and Arts.
The PhD in Media and Arts Technology programme has three main components:
The programme is structured as follows:
The main research groups contributing to the programme are:
Year 1 follows the structure of the MRes in Media and Arts Technology and starts late September 2019. The taught modules give each cohort a common grounding in core technical and creative skills and ensure that each student develops enhanced skills through specialist options. We make extensive use of studio based projects with a variety of technical media, encourage a “maker” culture and integrate public presentation into coursework assessments.
Programming is taught as a fundamentally creative process and we underline the importance of understanding arts practice to successful technical work. In year 1 students take three core modules, three advanced elective modules, and a research project.
Core modules are usually:
Suggested elective modules to choose from are:
Semester 1 (one elective):
Semester 2 (two electives):
Other electives are possible from level 7 EECS Modules. Note that core modules may change from year to year depending on availability and timetabling.
The research project is a five month research project with the student’s identified PhD supervisor. The project provides an opportunity to put to practice the research skills learnt in the taught modules, and to finalise the research proposal for the PhD study after year 1. The project is assessed by dissertation and viva.
In years 2, 3, 4 students follow usual EECS PhD progress points and are examined as an EECS PhD student by submission of thesis and viva as per EECS PhD policies and procedures.
Please note: The MAT PhD Programme is a four year full-time programme. You must be able to commit full-time to the programme. This is not a practice-based PhD. Final examination of the PhD is by thesis and viva.
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Please note that the EPSRC & AHRC Scholarships on the Media and Art Technology PhD Programme have now been finalised and there are no further scholarship opportunities via this route, however we do accept self-funded applicants or scholarships from other sources.
This is a highly interdisciplinary programme and we welcome applications from a range of backgrounds. What we require is some clear evidence of both technical and creative abilities. We invite new applications from outstanding individuals with any Arts, Engineering or Science background and welcome applications from people with a strong background the visual arts, design, architecture, New Media, User Experience, human-computer interaction, and from people with a strong backgrounds in social science e.g. psychology, sociology, or a similar discipline. You will be able to develop additional skills through the selection of specialist options.
You should be able to demonstrate academic achievement at the level of a first class honours degree or high level pass at Masters and excellent critical and analytic skills. You should also have a clear aptitude for interdisciplinary research including some programming or mathematical ability.
Before applying you should find and contact potential PhD supervisors to agree a PhD topic and supervisor.
To apply for the MAT PhD Programme, complete the online application form
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If you are an overseas student there is helpful advice on our International pages and on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website. The College’s standard requirement for English is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. More details about language requirements can be found in the international students section.
Jonathan WinfieldMAT Programme ManagerTel: +44 (0)20 7882 7335email: email@example.com