Doctorates at UCLDH


UCL Centre for Digital Humanities facilitates the work of students currently carrying out PhD or EngD research, both from the UK and abroad.

PhDs at UCL are normally designed to extend over three years full-time or five years part-time study (unlike, say, North American PhDs there are no taught components prior to writing a thesis). Further information about pursuing a PhD at UCL, and what it generally entails, can be found in the UCL Graduate School Research Programmes pages. Most PhDs at UCLDH will, depending on their supervisor, be formally part of the Department of Information Studies (DIS), and UCL DIS provides further information about Research Degrees. Those interested in more technical areas should also look at the UCL Engineering Doctorate (Virtual Environments Imaging and Visualisation) pages, where funded EngD places will be advertised.

We recommend that before you make a formal application you discuss your potential research project with a member of staff at UCL. When you do so, please send a brief description of the topic that you would like to work on- of about a thousand words- and a copy of your CV. Please also copy this to the PhD student tutor of UCL Information Studies as they are responsible for all PhD student admissions in the department.

We are now receiving more enquiries from PhD students than we have places available. Therefore please be aware that admission is a competitive process, and be willing to take some time preparing your application, as a result. We make decisions about who to admit based on how well your proposed topic fits with UCLDH research and your academic track record. If accepted you will be matched with the members of staff whose interests most closely relate to your research topic: we cannot guarantee that you will be able to work with specific named individuals.

Funding for PhDs is limited and competitive, and potential students are expected to pursue all avenues themselves in attracting funding. The Graduate School provides further information about fees, costs and funding, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) website lists their current postgraduate funding opportunities.

UCL is a partner in the London Arts and Humanities Partnership, an AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership offering studentships. Please see the LAHP website for further information and details on how to apply.

UCL is also a partner in the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA), which offers studentships to those interested in pursuing a PhD in heritage science.

Doctoral Students linked to UCLDH

  • Christodoulos Aspromallis works on engineering reliable, robust, real-time generative music algorithms and systems for mixed-reality scenarios. His work involves computational gesture recognition and activity modelling linked to real-time algorithmic composition, and builds on probabilistic and other theoretical models of automated music generation. Supervisors: Nicolas Gold [first], Simon Julier [second].
  • Antonio García Castañeda works on the 'automatic reconstruction of fragmented frescoes and other cultural artefacts'. Supervisors: Tim Weyrich [first].
  • Greta Franzini is creating a digital edition of the oldest surviving manuscript of S. Augustine's De Civitate Dei and in so doing examining best practice in the field of electronic editing. Supervisors: Melissa Terras [first] and Simon Mahony [second].
  • Jin Gao is working on citation network analysis and social network analysis of the Digital Humanities. Supervisors: Oliver Duke-Williams [first] and Simon Mahony, Julianne Nyhan, Melanie Ramdarshan Bold [subsidiary team].
  • Robin Hunt looks at the 'mediation of two acts of terror: the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the attack on the World Trade Centre of September 11, 2001'. His thesis considers the relationship of media production and issues of trust. Supervisors: Claire Warwick [first] and Alison Shell [second] from the UCL Department of English Language and Literature.
  • Christina Kamposiori works on 'personal research collections: examining research practices and user needs in art historical research'. Supervisors: Claire Warwick [first] and Simon Mahony [second].
  • Helen O' Neill works on analysing reader records of the London Library. Supervisors: Melissa Terras [first] and Anne Welsh [second].
  • Ananda Rutherford works on critical approaches to museum object records and the effect of digitisation on collections information. Supervisors: Melissa Terras [first] and Haidy Geismar [second].
  • Kinda Dahlan works on Information Practices Across The Academic And Non-academic Fields of Oceanography. Supervisors: Melissa Terras [first] and Jon French [second].
  • Vasileios Routsis works on 'information technology and social control mechanisms: The evolution of the concept of privacy'. Supervisors: Claire Warwick [first] and Simon Mahony [second].

Affiliated Doctoral Students

Affiliated PhD Students are those whose first supervisor is not from within UCLDH, but whose secondary supervisor is linked to the Centre.

  • Paolo Casani works on examining the changes that ubiquitous internet and communication technologies (ICTs) induce into the aesthetic dimension by enacting new modes of perception, and how these in turn colour, filter and exclude aspects of how we come to understand our selves and the world. Supervisors: Andrew Flinn [first] from the Department of Information Studies and Julianne Nyhan [second]
  • Cerys Jones is using multispectral imaging to develop techniques for image acquisition and analysis for use in digital humanities, with the ultimate aim of developing standards for libraries, archives, galleries and museums to capture and process multispectral images. Supervisors: Adam Gibson, [first] from the Department of Medical and Biomedical Engineering and Melissa Terras [second]
  • Ian Maybury is researching the use of hyperspectral imaging (HSI) in a heritage context, learning how to best use the equipment to extract information such as hidden text, relief details, the presence of organic growth, and signs of deterioration. Supervisors: Heather Viles [first], School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford, and Melissa Terras [second]

Completed PhDs