"Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people worldwide."

Imagination Technologies

Imagination Technologies

Our Scholarships

Placement location Type of Placements Offered Restrictions/Notes
Kings Langley (Herts), Leeds, Bristol or Chepstow

Any placements

2020/21 Scholarships

We are not offering any new scholarships this year

Who we are and what we do

Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people worldwide. Established in Britain in 1985, Imagination’s broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key processing blocks needed to create SoCs (Systems on Chips) for mobile phones, mobile computers, consumer multimedia, wearables, IoT devices, automotive, networking and enterprise. Imagination IP includes solutions for graphics, video and vision processing, general processing, multi-standard communications and connectivity.

Imagination works closely with leading semiconductor companies and the consumer electronics companies responsible for many of the most iconic and culturally important products of the 21st century.

Man working with electronic equipmentImagination is more than just a semiconductor IP company. Its focus is on solutions, including a growing portfolio of software and infrastructure technologies required for enabling system-level cloud-connected solutions. Its extensive software capabilities are a key part of Imagination’s offering and a major differentiator, from drivers and reference code through to application software such as V.VoIP software platforms and system software such as FlowCloud.

Imagination recruits graduates, industrial placement students and summer placement students for hardware and software engineering roles in its sites across the UK.

We have a highly skilled workforce of over 1,300 people, of which 80% are qualified engineers. Our headquarters is in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, and we have R&D departments in Chepstow, Leeds and Bristol within the UK.

What you could be doing during your work placement

Our scholarships are available across all our technology divisions, including PowerVR graphics, video and vision, MIPS processors, Ensigma communications and Pure. These opportunities may include areas such as:

  • Hardware design, RTL design, EDA tool development, VHDL/Verilog, synthesis and verificatio.
  • System-on-Chip design, test chips, development boards and platforms, design for test, specification, implementation, physical design.
  • Compiler development and low-level driver development for OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Linux, Android, DirectX and Windows.
  • Video encoding/decoding, tool development, operating system and open source support, simulation and digital signal programming.
  • Development of our software development kits, demo development, competitive analysis, applications, web development and customer engineering support.
  • Product testing (usability, performance and compatibility), prototype assembly and project management.

And much more!

Meet one of our UKESF Scholars

Name:
Will
University:
University of Southampton
Degree Course:
MEng Electronic Engineering

What appeals to me about Electronics

Throughout school, Maths and Physics were always my favourite subjects, due to the way I could use what I learned in these subjects, along with some creativity and intuition, to solve problems. I also tended to spend a lot of time designing and investigating things whenever the opportunity arose, be it a solar powered hydrogen generation system, roller coasters or a timer with a light gate. Looking at university subjects I realised that electronics could be the ideal area to combine my interests, and upon then trying out programming and building logic circuits after open days I decided it was what I wanted to do.

Why wanted/accepted a scholarship with Imagination

Imagination technologies are one of the country’s leading technology companies and were one of the first companies mentioned by lecturers on open days as an example of one of the UK’s best, so when looking for a scholarship they were on my mind. Having had an interest in how graphics and video compression worked through some small side projects and investigations, I decided they would be a great company to apply to.

The type of work and the value of it to me

Whilst at Imagination I worked with the graphics research team, where I was given my own project to work on. It lasted the duration of my placement which allowed me to experience the full lifecycle, from the first simple outputs to presenting its functions and results to the team at the end. Despite my apprehension about my lack of knowledge specific to graphics prior to starting, I received all the help I needed to learn about the things I was working on from my colleagues, all of whom were helpful and friendly. This enabled me to make a lot of progress and really enjoy my placement.

My personal interests

If I’m not working, I play video games and I run the CS:GO section of my university’s eSports society and help my dad out with some programming for his hobbies, or work on various side projects of my own. I’ll also go down to the park to play a little bit of football with my friends, or watch Netflix with them.

Meet one of our Engineers

Matt

Name:
Matt
Job Title:
Graduate Engineer

Why I chose Imagination

I work in the MIPS Hardware Team helping to design and verify parts of our CPU IP. Having done a placement here in the PURE Radio division, I was keen on returning full time. I found everyone to be very friendly and helpful. I chose to apply to the MIPS CPU team because I knew the team was doing new things and would have opportunities that I wouldn’t be able to get elsewhere.

What it’s like working here

I have had a great time at Imagination so far, the opportunities seem endless and are always challenging. One of the best things in my opinion is that most of the learning is on the job. For me this has meant I can learn as much as I want and can contribute to real projects from day one. I have also been lucky enough to travel to the US office a couple of times, to work with our team over there. This has proved to be a very useful experience and also quite exciting!

My Background

My background is a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Southampton. I applied to do a summer placement at Imagination which exposed me to the company and the things we do here. The following year I applied for the UKESF scholarship scheme and chose Imagination when they offered me a position via the scheme.

Top Tip

My top tip for engineers is never to feel bad about asking “stupid” questions, most of the time it’s probably a question no one has thought about yet.