Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training

Students at EPSRC-funded Centres carry out a PhD-level research project together with taught coursework in a supportive and exciting environment. These seven Centres cover research relating to the Digital Economy: connect people with digital technology to radically improve the way we live, work, play and travel.

Centre for Digital Entertainment

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bournemouth

Visual effects, computer animation, digital film and computer games companies are driven by highly skilled people who are fully up-to-date in the latest technology and have design and management skills. Bringing together Bath's media technology research, Bournemouth's National Centre for Computer Animation and leading companies, this Centre offers students the chance to gain a fully-funded doctorate while being immersed in the most dynamic, creative industry in the world.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation

  • University of Oxford

This programme concerns engineering in healthcare innovation. Students gain first-hand experience of how technologies they develop have potential clinical impact via a hospital internship, develop translational research skills to both accelerate clinical uptake of technologies, and take inventions through the first steps of commercialisation. Students learn how to design clinical trials, and about innovation/entrepreneurship and conduct a PhD in information-driven healthcare, personalised modelling in healthcare, or cancer therapeutics and delivery.


  • Lancaster University

Highwire is a cross-disciplinary and user-centric initiative with innovation at the heart of its curriculum and ethos. Seeking a creative fusion between computer science, management and design, it aims to produce a new breed of innovative people who understand and are able to advance the state of the art in technical, design and business innovation: innovative people prepared to work in challenging roles in organisations and ready to drive radical change in the digital economy.

Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub

  • University of Nottingham

The Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub is a venture representing a £40 million investment by UK Research and Innovation and over 40 academic and industrial partners. Horizon focuses on the role of ‘always on, always with you' ubiquitous computing technology in the Digital Economy. Building on the Digital Britain plan, Horizon investigates the technical developments needed if electronic information is to be controlled, managed and harnessed - for example, to develop new products and services - for societal benefit.

Media and Arts Technology Programme

  • Queen Mary University of London

This programme provides an innovative, inter-disciplinary training in the science and technologies that are transforming the creative sector. It is led by internationally recognised experts in digital music, digital video, human interaction, performance, live art and digital media law. The Centre aims to produce postgraduates who combine world-class technical and creative skills and who have a unique vision of how digital technology transforms creative possibilities and social economies.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing and Analytics

  • University College London
  • London School of Economics
  • London Business School

This Centre covers financial IT, computational finance and financial engineering, software engineering, computational statistics and machine learning, network, high performance computing, mathematical modelling, statistical and signal processing.

Web Science

  • University of Southampton

Web science is a multi-disciplinary approach to a technical understanding of the construction and analysis of the web as a distributed global information system, and a qualitative examination of the social impact of the web on human society. Web scientists develop an understanding of the web's development and growth, its capacity for furthering global knowledge and communication, and its inherent values of trustworthiness, privacy and respect for social boundaries.