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The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training

We will soon be refreshing these webpages with details of our competition for studentships beginning in October 2015. This will include an expression of interest stage and new versions of applications forms.

Please join us at Plymouth University on 19 November 2014 for a talk and Q&A about 3D3 studentships for MRes and PhD candidates. To book, please click here.


The 3D3 Centre for Doctoral Training is a partnership between Falmouth University, Plymouth University and the University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE Bristol). Its aim is to train a new generation of interdisciplinary practitioner-researchers.


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).


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.


To find out more about the research possibilities, partnerships and expertise offered by each university, please go to the Institutions and Research Units tab. Full details about funding opportunities can be found by visiting either the Masters Studentships or the PhD Studentships page.