What is the EngD VEIV Centre?

The VEIV Industrial Doctoral Training Centre (iDTC) supports doctoral training and research related to virtual envirornments, imaging and visualisation. We offer Engineering Doctorate and PhD programmes, which are both for high-flying Research Engineers who wish to pursue doctoral-level research. Each student is co-funded through academic funding and industrial sponsorship, typically on a 50/50 basis. 

For further information about the iDTC VEIV please contact the Centre Manager, Dr Jamie O'Brien, or follow the links below.

  • VEIV programme modes ( 6 Articles )

    VEIV offers a range of options for doctoral research, leading to either EngD or PhD. There is no difference in the level or quality of these qualifications, but EngD tends towards technical challenges in real-world problem domains. The Assocation of EngDs provides further details about this innovative qualification. Projects are usually fully funded, so UK/EU eligibility applies. International students may also join via external scholarships or by self-funding. 

    • 3-year PhD (Supported by an EPSRC CASE Award) Students undertake doctoral research over three years. Students on this VEIV programme must hold an MSc Computer Graphics, Vision and Imaging from UCL Computer Science (or an equivalent qualification from another institution by agreement with the VEIV Director). 
    • 4-year PhD (Supported by a UCL Impact Award with industry sponsorship). Students  undertake MSc CGVI as part of VEIV's MSc/PhD programme, before progressing to a doctoral research project over three years.
    • MRes+EngD (Supported by a UCL Impact Award with industry sponsorship). Students undertake the intensive MRes programme in the first year (180 credits), which includes flexible module choices, skills training and a research-led component. Each VEIV student's progression is assessed against a sequence of seven milestones. Importantly, all students must submit materials for assessment at Month 11, Month 23 and Month 35 after commencement of their programme. 
    • Modular EngD (Supported by a UCL Impact Award with industry sponsorship). Students undertake taught components over 2-3 years (195 credits), which includes flexible module choices, skills training and a research-led component. Each VEIV student's progression is assessed against a sequence of seven milestones. Importantly, all students must submit materials for assessment at Month 11, Month 23 and Month 35 after commencement of their programme.



  • Research Areas ( 2 Articles )

    The EngD Centre VEIV draws upon UCL's broad and deep research in areas related to graphics, imaging, visualisation and interaction. In this section we describe the research themes that the centre is driving forward, and the UCL's research environment.

  • Staff and Advisors ( 1 Article )

    The management team runs the EngD Centre VEIV, based on advise from its internal advisory committee and external advisory board. We also list all the current supervisors of students.

  • Collaborating Groups ( 6 Articles )
  • Case Studies and Projects ( 4 Articles )
  • MRes standalone programme ( 3 Articles )

    MRes VEIV is the Masters in Research, Virtual Environments, Imaging and Visualisation. To gain an MRes, students must pass taught modules and successfully submit a first-year dissertation.

    MRes VEIV offers a flexible structure with three major components

    1. Three or four optional taught modules selected from existing UCL MSc courses. These can be chosen on a flexible basis in consultation with the EngD supervisor (=60 credits in total). Towards their 60 taught credits, students also have the option of undertaking one research-led from the choice of "Evaluating Critical Topics in VEIV" (COMPGR04, =30 credits), and "Exploring Critical Issues in VEIV" (COMPGR03, =15 credits). Importantly, students should seek advice from the course director before undertaking these modules.
    2. A group project (=30 credits).
    3. MRes dissertation, must be sumbitted in Month 11 after commencment of the programme (=60 credits).

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The Engineering Doctorate programme trains individuals who can not only innovate, but also implement that innovation. We refer to students on the programme as Research Engineers (RE). The four-year research programme leads to an EngD which is equivalent in research standing to a PhD. The EngD has additional the objective of training REs who can apply their research in innovative industries.

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EngD Management

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Research at UCL

UCL (University College London) is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with 8,000 staff and 22,000 students. Over 140 nationalities are represented among UCL students with overseas students making up nearly a third of the student body.

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Each student's progress is assessed at various stages of the programme against a sequence of milestones.

Milestone 1 Successful completion of taught modules (including professional and research skills). Expected to be reached through the completion of requisite taught modules. 

Milestone 2 Successful completion of the Group Project. This begins during the first term, followed by periodic presentations; assessment is by group report and group presenation (weighted 30/70 respectively). Sumbission is expected afyer the Easter Holidays. Iindividuals are awarded the group mark, regardless of their actual contribution (unless a special case is requested).

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Group Project

Early in the first term REs commence Group Project (COMPR002B). Students have found this a challenging but ultimately rewarding part of the programme. Each group comprises 3-6 students from a variety of background (ie not all from the same department), who work under a UCL academic supervisor. The aim of the project will be to give students experience of undertaking and completing a substantial piece of work, applying techniques learned throughout the programme, including the personal and professional skills and the technical skills of analysis, design and implementation.

Examples of previous years' projects.

Groups project topics are selected by students.The students will be expected to work in a team to develop the project, plan and coordinate development activities, make realistic work commitments, and present the work done effectively to a deadline. Each group project will entail a novel piece of application or environment construction, with an emphasis on a thorough design followed by implementation and evaluation. Projects will be chosen from proposals made by members of UCL academic staff. Group projects will be assessed on two criteria: a group report (including group management and planning) and a group demonstration and presentation.

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