Self-funded PhD opportunities

Health Care Avatars - The Friendly Face of Medical Data

  • Application end date: All year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • PhD Supervisor: to be confirmed

Project detail:

Around 3 million over 65s in England and Wales live alone, with over half suffering from long-term health or mobility issues. With the increasing digitisation of healthcare, the elderly population is becoming overwhelmed with devices and apps to monitor their well-being. This project will investigate the use of a humanised avatar to simplify the interface between older patients and their data.

Following on from the groundwork established in the RITA project (, the project will work closely with stakeholders to map the requirements of such an interface to the potential offered by animation and interactive technology.

Candidates will be expected to have a high level of skill in character animation, and to be willing to work in a co-design process in order to increase our understanding of the role and function of health-care avatars in our ageing population.


Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a computer animation or a related subject area. Experience with creating interactive applications using animated characters in Unity, Unreal Engine or similar is an advantage, and an interest in health and well-being is essential.

How to apply:

To apply or make an enquiry, please visit postgraduate research: Computing and Creative Technologies

Applications should use our standard application forms and follow the instructions given under the ‘Research Degrees’ heading on the following webpage: