What is CDE?

Based at the University of Bath and Bournemouth University, the CDE is an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training funding doctoral researchers in games, visual effects or animation while they are based in companies that require these skills. CDE offers outstanding and unique opportunities to students and companies alike.

Founded in 2009, CDE is the national Doctoral Training Centre in these sectors. We have £20 million of investment. We are a big and supportive CDE family working alongside some of the most outstanding companies in the world. 

We have funded around 100 students. Our students gain exceptional industry experience, giving them improved career choices in these competitive and fast-moving industries. Our companies benefit from access to all our high-skills industry-prepared students and the chance to enhance their development.

We support many activities, including travel and attendance at international conferences, games and apps jams, specialist training to suit individual needs, student-led events and public outreach. This rich environment offers you something really special and very hard to find elsewhere.

What is an EngD?

“The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) should be at least equivalent to the intellectual challenge of a PhD, but enhanced by the provision of taught material in both management and technical areas. The training provided should be flexible and should evolve in line with the emerging needs of the individual and the sponsoring companies/sectors.”

The CDE is an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Doctoral Training Centre. We have funding for 100 students and we focus all our resources on training our research students well.

The EngD is a four-year doctoral programme fully at the same research level as a PhD but with an additional package of training and practical experience included via an industry placement. Students are also called Research Engineers, to reflect this.

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