Digital Futures

Welcome to the Department of Digital Futures

The Department of Digital Futures is an exciting new department blending Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Analytics, and Artificial Intelligence with Digital Media Design and Development, Computer Aided Design, 3D Printing, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. We are investing £50 million in state-of-the art facilities which will include specialist labs for Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, Software Engineering and Enterprise Networking, as well as Digital Innovation, AR/VR/3d and Motion Capture.

Digital Futures’ students will have access to a wide range of specialist software and tools in order to gain necessary skills to develop innovative, and data-driven solutions to solve complex IT/Digital problems involved in the protection of data, systems and cyber security.

Students will have invaluable networking opportunities with industry professionals and opportunities to work on client-based projects to increase experience and develop dynamic online professional portfolios to showcase their achievements to future employers.

We have particular expertise in:

  • Applied computing
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics
  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Computer Aided Design (Spatial Design: Interiors & Landscape, Product, Packaging, Exhibition and User Centred Design)
  • Design Thinking
  • UX, UI & UC Design
  • Digital design multi-platform content creation
  • Digital media development web, apps & prototyping
  • Heritage Interpretation Design
  • Augmented & Virtual Reality
  • 3D Visualisation

We offer Programmes in:

Computer Science:

Digital Design:

Meet the team

Head of Department

Dr Ben Sanders, Reader in Cyber Security & Computer Science

Academic team


Other lecturing staff

Research in Digital Futures


We have particular expertise in:

  • Applied computing
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics
  • Digital design and cultural heritage interpretation 
  • Digital media development, design and practice

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subjects. To find out more, explore our academic staff profile pages above for individual areas of supervision or use the Find an Expert search bar below.

Find out everything you need to know to study for a postgraduate research degree at Winchester.

Centre for Information Rights

The University of Winchester Centre for Information Rights (CIR) is based in the Department of Law in the Faculty of Business, Law and Sport and linked with the Department of Digital Futures. CIR recognises that the term 'information rights' spans a wide range of live issues, including: machine learning, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, the 'Internet of Things', information sharing, freedom of information (FOI), privacy, data protection, cyberlaw, intellectual property, e-disclosure and Government open data.

Centre for Enterprise, Design & Innovation

The University of Winchester Centre for Enterprise, Design & Innovation (CEDI) is primarily a knowledge exchange centre, building collaborative networks with the highly innovative creative and digital industry sectors. The University’s four academic development themes of Student Engagement, Technology, Design & Innovation and Employability provided the impetus for the creation of the centre, linking University and student activities with creative, innovative and design-led organisations.

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