Self-funded PhD opportunities

Virtual Reality and Advanced Interactive Technologies for Health and Well-being

  • Application end date: All year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Wendy Powell

Project detail:

As technology improves and costs fall, Virtual Reality (VR) is being increasingly used for a wide variety of applications, including health, wellbeing and rehabilitation. Ranging from the of physical therapy, through to the use of humanised avatars to support the growing elderly population, interactive technology offers the potential for increased quality of life and a reduction in health care costs. We are looking for innovative and enthusiastic researchers who are keen to be at the cutting edge of research and development in the field.

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to submit a research proposal in one of the following areas of focus: VR for physical rehabilitation; Avatars in medical settings; the influence of VR design on human movement behaviour; Interactive Technologies for Health and Wellbeing.


Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. Some experience of virtual reality application development and experimental research or Human-Computer Interaction would be 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:

Enquiries about this PhD are strongly encouraged and can be made to Dr Wendy Powell: