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PhD/ An exploration of virtual mask content generation and exhibition to wider audiences

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science and Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 17th April 2019
Closes: 9th June 2019

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Christos Gatzidis

This PhD project is match-funded by NGSENS, a Swiss company based in Geneva ( Specifically, NGSENS develops, amongst others, traditional web presence content, streaming technologies and cutting-edge digital content such as 360° video plus high-definition media. NGSENS has recently been involved as an IT provider for the presence of the GEANTS puppets in Geneva, an event gathering more than 800,000 people in total attendance. In addition to this, NGSENS was responsible for the interactive geo-localization of the puppets, web presence and interactive technologies.

The project proposed for this match-funded studentship involves the digitalisation and innovative usage of the collection of famous theatre masks designed by the Swiss artist Werner Strub. The larger project this doctorate is a part of combines state-of-the-art-development of technologies, leading to new ways of experimenting with art collections virtually. It has already gathered a wide support of several leading institutions in Switzerland.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Applicants will be asked to submit an online application form and a proposal (c. 1500 words) outlining their understanding of the project for which they are applying, the approach they would envisage taking and what qualities they will bring to the research community.

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 09 June 2019.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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