University of Exeter funding: VR object interaction. PhD: Sport a

Interacting with real objects in virtual reality. Sport and Health Sciences PhD (Self funded) Ref: 3212

About the Research Project


Lead supervisorDr Gavin Buckingham, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter 

Secondary supervisor: Dr Sam Vine, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter

Location: University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter EX1 2LU

Project description: 

Virtual reality (VR) describes the use of computer technology to deliver the impression that a user is located in a different environment. This technology offers huge potential research benefits. For example, research paradigms can be developed, untethered from these constraints of the physical environment, with full control over participants’ visual, auditory, and haptic sensory input.  The doctoral student will undertake a series of research studies aimed at examining how the fundamental underpinnings of skilled movement, such as perception, motor prediction, and sensorimotor learning in the context of object interaction, is influenced (1) by this transition to virtual environments, (2) when visual and haptic feedback are placed in opposition with one another across the lifespan and (3) in the context of dextrous sporting skills. A secondary goal of this PhD will be to develop an open source and general purpose VR interface, in order to develop a resource that can help as many researchers, as be as valuable to as wide a range of disciplines, as possible.

This project would suit a candidate with a psychology, engineering, or computer science background and an interest in virtual reality and human perception.

Keywords: Perception, augmented reality, mixed reality, movement science, ageing, kinematics, kinetics

Things to consider:

This project is self funded.
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If you would like more information about the project, or have any informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor, Dr Gavin Buckingham (

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Entry requirements

You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK university, or equivalent, in Psychology, Computer Science, Engineering, Human Movement Sciences, Sports Sciences, or Kinesiology

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the English language requirements and provide proof of proficiency. Click here for more information and a list of acceptable alternative tests.

How to apply

You will be asked to submit some personal details and upload a full CV, covering letter and two academic references. Your covering letter should outline your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake this project. You may also be asked to upload verified transcripts of your most academic qualification.

Please quote reference 3212 on your application and in any correspondence about this project.


Application deadline:24th September 2018
Value:This project is self-funded
Duration of award:Not applicable
Contact: PGR Enquiries