Institute for Digital Technologies MPhil, PhD

Institute for Digital Technologies
Entry requirements:
2:1 +
3 years (PhD), 2 years (MPhil)
6 years (PhD), 4 years (MPhil)
Start date:
January, April, July, October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:



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The Institute for Digital Technologies aims to address major technological challenges, by focusing on six primary themes: Big Multimedia Data, Interactive 3D Media, Cybersecurity, Smart Living, Green Digital Technologies and Advanced 5G Systems. We welcome research proposals that develop upon your interests in the fast-paced technology sector.

The Institute for Digital Technologies provides exciting cutting-edge research opportunities for postgraduate students. Our PhD students are linked to major companies, have access to extensive research and computing facilities, and participate in large scale international collaborative projects, providing them with exceptional postgraduate research experience.

The Institute for Digital Technologies (IDT) aims to address major technological challenges, with a focus on Big Multimedia Data, Interactive 3D Media, Cybersecurity, Smart Living and Green Digital Technologies, and Advanced 5G Systems.

Research students will be closely guided by expert researchers, as well as national and international industrial organisations.

Our facilities

Loughborough University London benefits from excellent learning and teaching facilities. Our purpose-built lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fitted with the highest quality audio and visual equipment to ensure you can enjoy a truly immersive and stimulating learning experience.

The campus offers a range of versatile workspaces to cater for independent study, group activities and collaborative project work.

You will also benefit from 24/7 access to our campus Library, which has over 5000 print items and access to 1.2 million e-books, journals and research papers via the University's online resources. You will also be able to choose from over 602,000 print items to borrow from Loughborough's Pilkington Library, which can then be delivered to the London campus for free.

We also offer and Inter-Library Loan service, which is a fantastic service for our Research students because it provides access to electronic articles that are not available from Loughborough University Library. This will give you access to thousands of articles from other libraries around the UK and occasionally from overseas that you may need for research purposes. Sometimes these resources can be obtained as photocopies or PDFs which you can then keep.

If you want to discover more information about what we have to offer at Loughborough University London, you can book a guided campus tour here.

Who should apply

The Institute for Digital Technologies offers excellence in research and postgraduate teaching across major areas of digital technologies, including interactive media systems, mobile networks, Internet of Things, cyber security, big data and smart living concepts.

Read more about Loughborough University London on our blog.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Research areas

Through pursuing one of our postgraduate research programmes, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving. The aim is to create a vibrant, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking community, where world-leading academics and talented students work closely together to research world leading inventions.

Interactive Media Systems

Interactive multimedia is in the heart of many applications from non-linear TV, online services, gaming, telecommunication, to simulations, education, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Future multimedia applications will heavily rely on advanced content processing and networking solutions. Interactive media systems integrate various digital media components including audio and video into a structured immersive digital environment, with multimodal interfaces allowing users to interact effectively. The research in interactive media is concentrated on three topics:

  • Audio-visual communication systems
  • Effective visualisation techniques
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality systems

Networks, IoT and Cyber Security

The key enabling 5G technologies offer new opportunities for unifying heterogeneous networks and integrating the Internet of Things (IoT).

The four pillars of research are:

  • Monitoring, analysing, modelling and adjusting the network configurations to optimise resources for better computing services and improved QoE of multimedia content delivery
  • Developing the next generation IoT systems with fully autonomous smart behaviour capabilities
  • Building application driven self-configuration capabilities for embedded intelligence and robustness
  • Developing novel mechanisms to identify, evaluate, enhance and mitigate the cyber threats through signal processing and machine learning algorithms.

Smart Systems

The Smart Systems theme encompasses the intelligent control of soft and physical systems by way of sensing, perceiving, predicting future events and reacting on the sensed data.

The specific research areas include:

  • Advanced signal processing to handle massive multi-dimensional and multi-modal sensor data generated in real-time
  • Intelligent perception to understand, organise and prioritise the sensed data to deduce the system status at a given time
  • Intelligent mission planning and reacting to status changes, by optimising the system resources to achieve goals under imposed constraints

Smart Systems have important application areas such as:

  • Heterogeneous networks, sensors, and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Ubiquitous healthcare and wellbeing (personal assistance)
  • Energy-efficient systems, such as manufacturing
  • Immersive and user-centric entertainment
  • Environmental noise and pollution control
  • Intelligent mobility

Your personal and professional development

Support and guidance that you'll gain from your supervisor

You will be closely guided by expert researchers, as well as national and international industrial organisations.

Skills and experience that you can expect to gain

Our PhD students are linked to major companies, have access to extensive research and computing facilities, and participate in large scale international collaborative projects, providing them with an exceptional postgraduate research experience.

Future career prospects

The Institute for Digital Technologies is led by a faculty of inspiring, research-driven academics, who are committed to delivering teaching that is informed by their own discoveries.

We collaborate with businesses; multi-national corporations, governing bodies as well as regional and international organisations, to ensure that our research is industry leading and can have a multitude of real-world applications. Which ensures the knowledge you acquire is cutting-edge and at the forefront of your discipline.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.

Who you'll be working with

How to apply

All applications for research opportunities are made online. We strongly recommend contacting the department in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas.

Applications for research should indicate the institute within which you would like to study and preferably the member(s) of staff whose research area is of most interest to you. If you’d like to make an application, we recommend contacting your preferred supervisor in advance to discuss your research proposal in more detail. Please use our online application portal to submit your research proposal, and clearly outline the question you intend to address. You should also include an overview of your subject area and proposed research methods.

Email Professor Ahmet Kondoz, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Institute for Digital Technologies or to apply direct.