PHD MyWorld

MyWorld PhD (Immersive Media Narrative)

Postgraduate degree

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    PhD MyWorld (Immersive Media)
    School/s
    Bath School of Art, Film and Media
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    Entry requirements

    We're looking for a researcher with a background in how emerging forms of immersive screen-based storytelling are enhanced, augmented, and reshaped by new technologies. This role will suit a researcher with expertise across fictional or non-fiction/documentary forms of immersive storytelling, in particular, storytelling through the lens of technological advancement, investigating both opportunities and challenges presented by advances in the technologies that enable creative industries, and innovative storytelling specifically.

    Explore emerging forms of immersive storytelling and contribute to a multi-university and multi-partner project on this funded PhD studentship.

    • Contribute to a £46million project focusing on the arts and humanities across the South West.
    • Become part of a diverse group of researchers from a wide range of fields including computer science, engineering and psychology.
    • Fully-funded PhD studentship, including a stipend to cover living expenses.

    Through the UKRI Strength in Places funded research project, MyWorld, we're offering a fully-funded PhD studentship via Bath Spa University’s Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI). The successful applicant will have their fees paid, and receive a stipend to cover living expenses. We offer funding on a full or part-time basis.

    This PhD will contribute to the arts and humanities focus of MyWorld, a multi-university and multi-partner project led by the University of Bristol. You'll work alongside other MyWorld PhD and PDRA researchers and Co-Investigators who come from diverse fields including computer science, engineering, and psychology.

    This isn't a practice-based PhD, though expertise in creative practice as research will be useful. For example, the PhD candidate might explore the relationship between creative form and technology platform; they might look at audience experience or exhibition practices.

    While MyWorld is still in its early stages, we anticipate that this PhD will run alongside Experimental Productions, one of the main work packages on MyWorld, and could, for instance, use productions that emerge from that work package as case studies. Research questions and methodologies for the PhD will be devised in collaboration with the Bath Spa MyWorld team, in response to the emerging research agenda of MyWorld.

    About the project

    Launched in April 2021, MyWorld is a five-year programme, the flagship for the UK’s creative technology sector, and is part of a UK-wide exploration into devolved research and development funding. Led by the University of Bristol, MyWorld will position the South West as an international trailblazer in screen-based media.

    This £46m programme will bring together 30 partners from Bristol and Bath’s creative technologies sector and world-leading academic institutions, to create a unique cross-sector consortium. MyWorld will forge dynamic collaborations to progress technological innovation, deliver creative excellence, establish and operate state of the art facilities, offer skills training and drive inward investment, raising the region’s profile on the global stage.

    The programme involves a large number of collaborative partners, including the four universities in Bristol and Bath alongside multiple creative industries partners and a complex delivery programme across multiple work packages.

    Research environment

    Where the subject is taught

    You'll be based at The Studio in Palace Yard Mews - Bath Spa University’s town centre innovation hub. You’ll be part of the Narrative and Emerging Technology research group (NET) and your role will sit in the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (CCCI). Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our work.

    The Bath Spa MyWorld supervisory team is led by MyWorld Co-Investigator, Professor Kate Pullinger, with Dr Ruth Farrar, with additional supervision from Professor Mandy Rose at UWE, Bristol.

    Resources

    Learning resources for the programme will be available through the University's library and Minerva, the University's Virtual Learning Environment. There is a wealth of material available via electronic sources that can be accessed on and off campus.

    2022/23 Academic Year

    We’ve made some changes to how we deliver our courses in response to the ongoing COVID situation. This is to enable students to get the most out of their studies and university experience and to facilitate an engaging, participative and interactive learning environment, all while keeping our community safe.

    We keep our programmes under constant review, and we’ll make sure to let applicants know if there are significant changes to your programme. You can find out more about how the University has adapted its approach on our COVID advice pages, where you’ll also find support and signposting to useful services.

    Professor Kate Pullinger leads the programme and is Director of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries.

    View Kate's staff profile

    Opportunities

    Work placements, industry links and internships

    There may be opportunities for industry placements with MyWorld partners.

    Careers

    There are many different pathways to take once you have completed your PhD. You may want to get a job as a lecturer, work on funded research projects or pursue a career outside academia.

    Whatever path you choose, creative interdisciplinary approaches are now making a big impact on the research scene as the future for arts research. Funded research projects within academia and the wider cultural sector now regularly require a collaborative or interdisciplinary element. Lectureship posts also typically require an understanding of collaborative approaches to knowledge generations.

    Fees

    The successful applicant will have their fees paid, and receive a stipend to cover living expenses. We offer funding on a full or part-time basis.

    The studentship consists of three elements:

    • Payment of tuition fees for UK applicants of £4,590 per annum (indicative rate) for 2022 entry as set by UKRI (pro-rata for part-time study)
    • A stipend of £16,062 per annum (indicative rate) for 2022 entry as set by UKRI (pro-rata for part-time study)
    • Training and supervision provided by Bath Spa University in collaboration with MyWorld partners

    International students are eligible to apply, but will need to fund the difference between UK and international student fees.

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in applicants

    We're looking for a researcher with a background in how emerging forms of immersive screen-based storytelling are enhanced, augmented, and reshaped by new technologies.

    This role will suit a researcher with expertise across fictional or non-fiction/documentary forms of immersive storytelling, in particular, storytelling through the lens of technological advancement, including virtual, augmented and mixed reality, digital twins, and/or virtual production, investigating both opportunities and challenges presented by advances in the technologies that enable creative industries, and innovative storytelling specifically.

    You'll have a relevant MA, MSc or industry experience, i.e. 3-5 years in production, editorial, or creative, using emerging technology, in a relevant industry like games, immersive theatre, digital storytelling or film and television.

    How do I apply?

    For information on how to apply, please go to the Application Requirements page which lists the supporting documentation you'll need to upload as part of your application. These include a research proposal, degree certificates and transcripts, references, and a writing sample.

    For advice on how to frame your research proposal or any other enquiries relating to this studentship, please contact Dr Ruth Farrar at r.farrar@bathspa.ac.uk.

    When you're ready to apply, please select ‘Scholarship’ from the drop down menu on funding options within the online application.

    Closing date: 31 May 2022, midnight

    This studentship is available for a start date of October 2022. Interviews for the role will take place on Monday 27 June, either in Bath or online, Covid-19 restrictions depending.

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