As a part of the EPSRC National Productivity Investment Fund, the Immersive Technologies Summer School will provide students and young researchers with those essential skills required to embrace immersive technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). This will be a hands-on course that includes tutorials and project work.


All the activities will take place at the University of Oxford, from Tuesday 27th August to Friday 30th August. Each day, the course will run from 9am to 6pm.


It is expected that after four days of this full-time and intensive course, attendees will have sufficient basic understanding of app development for starting independent projects on immersive experiences. The final goal is to develop a software application which will be presented at a showcase event and, ideally, developed further after the Summer School.


The focus of the course will be on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Attendees will have the opportunity to develop their ideas using various head mounted displays and tracking devices. Moreover, attendees will discover the workflow for immersive app development: from 3D modelling, to user experience (UX) design, storytelling and app deployment.


The following topics will be covered: motion tracking, UX, computer vision, collision detection, review of commercially available devices and software development toolkits (SDKs). After an introduction to these topics, attendees will use this knowledge to develop and deploy a real software application. Tutors will be there to assist and facilitate this development.


The app developed throughout the course can be an existing idea. If there is an application you want to work on, provide a brief description in the application form and we will try to adjust some of the teaching content around the best ideas submitted.



This programme was first launched in 2018 and was supported by EPSRC and MPLS Enterprise. The 15 students who were given a place have provided positive and constructive feedbacks. Read more more about their experience in the Immersive Technologies Summer School 2018 Final Report.

The Immersive Technologies Summer School is primarily targeting postgraduate students, but is open to teams as well as individuals who fulfil at least one of the two following requirements:

  • Work on a research project funded by EPSRC.
  • Have an idea involving immersive technologies, but lack experience to implement it.


A fee is required to provide: teaching, course material and lunches. You will be asked to pay a fee of £100 if your application is successful, however you can ask for a fee waiver at this time.

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