School of Computing

Funded PhD in Cyber Security

We invite applications for a three-year funded PhD studentship.

Research Topics:

  • User privacy protection in cyber-physical-social spaces especially on mobile devices, on online social networks, and in wireless networking environments (a related project: PriVELT)
  • User authentication especially password security and usability, and a new user authentication framework called PassInfinity
  • Human behaviours, attacks and crime in blockchain based systems
  • Security visualization especially interactive visualization of passwords
  • Applications of eye-tracking in cyber security and privacy studies
  • Cyber crime and countermeasures
  • IoT security and privacy including attacks and human factors
  • Optical, acoustic and hybrid side-channel attacks on passwords and PINs
  • A new framework of information hiding based on online activities and behaviours
  • Applications of discrete optimization to image and video processing including multimedia security/forensics/coding
  • Intrusion detection especially those based on network traffic analysis
  • Other topics related to applications of hybrid human-machine computing to cyber security
  • Other topics related to human factors (including human behaviour) in cyber security

Successful applicants will be supervised by Shujun Li, Professor of Cyber Security and Director of Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS).

The School of Computing, University of Kent

The School of Computing has a reputation for high-quality research, with over 40 current PhD students. Our research activity is wide ranging and takes place within focused Research Groups which provide a vibrant research community for all members, staff or student.

The School of Computing was ranked highly in the government run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. Our research intensity was ranked 12th out of 89, with superb impact – 100% of our research impact ranked world leading or internationally excellent.

The University of Kent is a leading university with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. As the UK's European university, it is committed to creating a global student and staff community that advances knowledge and stimulates intellectual creativity, and performs at the highest levels.

Kent has twice been awarded the highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
The School is committed to the Athena Swan Scheme. This is a national scheme whereby universities commit to advancing and promoting the careers of female scientists. 

Start Date and Funding

The expected start date is September 2018. 

The School of Computing scholarships provide a bursary of £14,553 plus fees at the home/EU rate at £4,179 making a total of £18,732 in 2017/18. 

Scholarships are normally awarded annually for three years (36 months) for a full-time PhD student, subject to satisfactory progression through each year of study. They are awarded on a competitive basis and interview performance will be taken into account.

Support for research students includes:

  • regular supervision meetings
  • a research training programme
  • computer equipment
  • a desk in an office
  • funds for conference travel

How to Apply

Applications should be made through the: University of Kent online admissions form with the PhD Project text, given above, pasted into the "Reasons for study" section. 

We will need to review your:

- certificates and transcripts of all university degree studies
- a research proposal on a selected topic including a mini literature review, a proposed methodology, a work plan and a bibliography
- a properly formatted CV including names of at least two references


For technical queries about the project, contact: Professor Shujun Li
For queries regarding the application procedure, email the PG-Research admissions officer: Laura Bocchi


School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824180 or contact us.

Last Updated: 04/02/2019

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