Digital Technologies

Qualification(s) available: PhD

Entry requirements
3 years
6 years
Start date
January, April, July, October
UK fee
To be confirmed
International fee


London is one of the top cities in the world for developing the latest advances in technology, business and media, and offers a unique learning environment for anyone who shares a passion for digital technologies.

The Institute for Digital Technologies offers research expertise and experience in a wide range of subject areas. Our academics are leading researchers in their field, and are extremely well-networked with professionals in a range of industries and sectors.

The Institute is committed to building strong collaborations with academics, researchers and industrial organisations. Some of these collaborators include British Telecom, BT Sport, PTV Group, Chelsea Football Club, Huawei Technologies and many others.

By pursuing postgraduate research, students will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real life problem-solving.

Our 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 digital technology applications and solutions.

Prospective students with a desire to conduct high quality research, push the frontiers of knowledge and create a real impact are encouraged to contact the Institute for Digital Technologies before submitting an application.

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Why you should choose us

Where you'll study

Loughborough University London is an inspiring postgraduate campus located on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Established exclusively for postgraduate study and research, Loughborough University London combines influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators to deliver one of the best postgraduate experiences the UK has to offer.

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

Doctoral researchers have a 24-hour access to a dedicated study space on campus, complete with hot desks, meeting rooms and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area.

Our research

Current research within the Institute focuses on several research themes, including:

Advanced 5G applications

Processing and transmission of high-bandwidth, low-latency and interactive VR and AR media, UltraHD, Multi-View Video, High Dynamic Range content, volumetric and point-cloud media, immersive audio systems and applications, intelligent network resource allocation, multi-access edge computing, mmWave 5G systems.

Human Behaviour Analysis

Affective computing and emotion recognition, human-computer interaction, activity recognition and monitoring, biometric data processing, person re-identification and personality analysis.

Intelligent and Autonomous Mobility

Multimodal data fusion for robust decision making in autonomous vehicles for free space detection, self-localisation, pedestrian activity recognition and anticipation, cooperative vehicle control, traffic analysis and optimisation in future cities.

Market Intelligence and Personalised E-Commerce

Consumer decision-making, perception and trust triggered by virtual presentation and information disclosure, consumer profiling and digital psychological metrics (affect, personality, preference, coercive inclination etc.) revealed by clickstream data, social network analysis and insight generation, influence on consumer choices through recommendation algorithms.

Sports Analytics

Multimodal data processing and analysis for insight generation into physical athlete performance, tactical performance and risk factors, understanding of team level tactics and decision-making patterns.

Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security

Privacy-preserving data processing techniques, advanced cryptographic techniques, user activity and modelling, identification, evaluation and mitigation of emerging cyber-threats using advanced signal processing and machine learning methods.

Your development

Studying for a PhD is a significant but incredibly rewarding investment for your career and for your future.

By undertaking a PhD with the Institute for Digital Technologies, you will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real-life problem solving.

Your future career

As well as providing a route into academia, studying a PhD will give you the expertise and skills required to advance your career in a wide range of professions, vocations and businesses.

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are listed using standard UK undergraduate degree classifications i.e. first-class honours, upper second-class honours and lower second-class honours. To learn the equivalent for your country, please choose it from the dropdown below.

Entry requirements for United Kingdom

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification).

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each test.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

Fees and funding

UK fee

Full-time degree per annum
To be confirmed

International fee

Full-time degree per annum

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. Fees are reviewed annually and are likely to increase to take into account inflationary pressures.

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How to apply

All PhD applications must be made online.

We strongly recommend contacting your preferred research supervisor(s) in advance of submitting an application to discuss your ideas. To see a full list of academic staff within the Institute for Digital Technologies, please visit the Institute's staff page.

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.

When applying for a PhD within the Institute, please select Digital Technologies when asked for the programme name.

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