The Media and Arts Technology PhD Programme is an innovative 4 year programme bridging the UK Academic Community and the UK’s premier digital and creative sector technology institutions.

Applications for scholarships for this programme have now closed.

The EPSRC & AHRC Scholarships on the Media and Art Technology PhD Programme have now been finalised and there are no further opportunities via this route, however we do accept self-funded applicants and there may be other future potential sources for funding.


Our MAT PhD programme has three main components:

  • A series of advanced taught modules ranging from advanced technical skills through human interaction to interaction design;
  • An advanced placement project with one of our partners in the creative digital sector;
  • A PhD research project examined by thesis.


Queries about the programme can be sent to


The programme involves six taught modules in the first two semesters, Year 1 which starts in September 2018, then a six-month placement project with companies such as BBC, BT, Cinimod, United Visual Artists, Inition. The core taught modules include:

  • Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques: including Max MSP, Arduino and Raspberry Pi programming;
  • Sound Recording and Production Techniques: audio piece developed in Logic software;
  • Digital Arts documentary: a documentary made with expert production advice and edited in Apple’s Final Cut Pro;
  • Research Methods: methods and approaches to undertaking academic research;
  • Two specialist modules chosen from within EECS (see database of modules) e.g. Java programming, C++, or Design for Human Interaction.

We also offer training in professional skills including entrepreneurship and tech transfer.

In Years 2 and 3 you will take further specialist option modules (typically three) to support your research. In Year 2 you finalise your PhD topic, research group, supervision team and your main research project starts. The main research groups contributing to the programme are:

There are regular milestones and a formal review toward the end of the first year.

The 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.


Applications for scholarships have now closed for this programme.  (The stipend last year was £16,777 per annum tax free, and all fees for the programme are paid for).  We do also consider self-funding students.


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.


To apply for the MAT PhD Programme, complete the online application form. Here are some tips for completing the form:

  1. The online application link above will take you directly to the PhD in Media & Arts Technology application form (Course reference RFQM-G4ZX-09). Please note each new PhD cohort starts in September, you cannot start any other time of year; 
  2. Fully complete the application form, upload transcripts of your previous degree(s), upload a Curriculum Vitae (CV), and overseas applicants from non-English speaking countries must include proof of English language ability;
  3. Provide a one page A4 “Statement of Purpose” – a pdf document in which you set out your previous academic or other experience relevant to your  proposed research interests, why you wish to undertake this research at QMUL, and why you want to do the MAT PhD;
  4. Two references are required – either two academic, or one academic and one work related reference. Your academic referee must be able comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience (if you are unable to obtain references prior to submission please send/ask your referee to send it to the following email address, including the application number in the subject:
  5. Select a possible supervisor – this is not a firm commitment, but gives us an idea who you think might be suitable to supervise your research. Have a look at the research groups at the following link for ideas and then click into the group and the research staff to find possible supervisors:
  6. Provide a two page A4 “Research Proposal” – a pdf document in which you provide an indication of the kinds of research question and possible project(s) that interest you, and why you find them interesting. This will help us to figure out how your interests might fit with the programme. We help students define their PhD research project and find their supervisor in the first year of the programme.
  7. You apply for the place and the scholarship on the same form so write “Media and Arts Technology Scholarship” in the box “How do you intend to finance your studies at Queen Mary”. However if you are not looking for a scholarship and you will be self-funded please state “self-funded”. If you have another source of funding such as China Scholarship or CONACYT please state this.
  8. If you have a serious problem with the online application form please email

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.


Email for informal enquiries on the program and the application process if you cannot find the answers above.