Doctoral Research at the DCRC

Undergraduate Masters MA Creative Producing

DCRC research focuses on the practices and socio-cultural meanings of emerging media. Founded in 2009 by Professor Jon Dovey and now led by Associate Professor Mandy Rose, the DCRC pursues a dynamic interdisciplinary agenda through a unique mix of criticality, creativity and application. We examine the processes and politics of digital creative technologies, map and contextualise emerging practices, and reflect on their aesthetics, ethics and impacts.

The DCRC is an internationally recognised centre for research into interactive and participatory documentary and home to the i-Docs Symposium. The Centre hosts the AHRC Creative Territories (Video Games) Research Network and is publisher of the Pervasive Media Cookbook. The Centre is a partner in the west of England’s leading media innovation lab, The Pervasive Media Studio and is located in a unique environment in Bristol’s Harbourside where designers, artists and engineers share expertise to produce new experiences for media audiences. We collaborate with local, national and international bodies including the Bristol Games Hub, the BBC, MIT OpenDoc Lab, the University of Utrecht and Stiegler’s IRI / Ars Industrialis. Research interests within the DCRC network also include digital citizenship, co-creation, value, precarity, creativity & economy, New Cinema History and the future of the book.

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Mandy Rose: A list of scholars able to supervise doctoral study within the DCRC is here.

The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training.

PhD Opportunities in Digital Design, Digital Media and Digital Arts

A list of the supervisors and available expertise at the DCRC is available here, or please contact Associate Professor Mandy Rose:

The Digital Cultures Research Centre is delighted to announce that UWE will be the lead institution within the 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Design, Media and Arts. 3D3 is an AHRC-funded partnership between the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol) Falmouth University and Plymouth University, creating exciting opportunities for practice-led doctoral students in three fields of study: digital design, digital media and digital arts (including music and performance). These three universities, all located in South West England, are committed to fostering innovation through practice-led research in the creative and performing arts, especially the interrelated fields of digital design, digital media and digital arts (including music and performance).

The 3D3 consortium is now inviting applications for its first cohort of PhD students. Up to ten PhD studentships (covering fees plus an annual stipend) will be offered to applicants of the highest quality each year for the next five years. Some research masters studentships will also be available each year through the consortium in the same fields of study. Within 3D3 the DCRC is particularly interested in doctoral candidates wishing to pursue practice-based research on interactive documentary, video games and/or pervasive media.

Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), 3D3 will train researchers to meet the creative and design opportunities of the future, exploring the possibilities and challenges presented by rapidly evolving technologies, including the interface between digital processes and traditional methods. It offers a unique opportunity for creative scholar-practitioners working at the forefront of a rapidly expanding research landscape.

3D3 doctoral students will be based in one of the three partnership universities with a dedicated supervisory team but will work collaboratively across all three institutions following a bespoke research training and career development programme. A range of research preparation masters programmes and studentships are also available within the consortium to prepare for PhD study.

3D3 students will benefit from the combined expertise of staff in all three institutions, many of whom are world-leading experts in their field. They will also benefit from the wide network of local, national and international partnerships that have been forged by each university, enabling interactions across a range of creative communities and facilitating numerous possibilities for work placements and internships.

3D3 has a formal partnership with REACT (Research and Enterprise in the Arts and Creative Technologies), one of the AHRC’s four knowledge exchange hubs connecting arts and humanities research with a wide range of creative and cultural organisations, thus opening up further possibilities for 3D3 students. REACT is hosted by UWE Bristol, which is also the lead institution in the 3D3 consortium.

How to apply and eligibility

A list of the supervisors and available expertise at DCRC is available here, or please contact Associate Professor Mandy Rose:

For further details of the programme and the application form, visit

3D3 AHRC studentships are only open to applicants who meet the AHRC residence requirements. Applicants should have achieved at least a 2:1 or equivalent in a relevant first degree and demonstrate their potential for practice-led research through a master’s qualification and/or through alternative evidence of research aptitude.