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PhD in Cyber Security: Fully funded PhD Studentships at EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cyber Security

PhD Studentships at EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cyber Security

For September 2023 entry, we offer a number of fully-funded 4 year EPSRC studentships for eligible applicants covering:£20, 890 tax-free stipend per year for living expenses
tuition fees
£2,500 per year for equipment and travel allowance supporting research related activities.

Studentship funding is pro-rata and dependent on student registration status, with annual funding renewal dependent on maintaining excellent academic progress. Full details of the terms and conditions for can be found on the EPSRC/UKRI webpage.

All submitted applications are automatically considered for eligible funding.

International Studentship Funding

Please note that our international studentship funding is limited, very competitive and often over subscribed. Therefore we would advise non-home fees status applicants to also consider alternative/additional funding sources.

Information on other additional funding sources can be found on our fees and funding pages, our International Scholarships webpage and the Faculty of Engineering postgraduate funding webpage.

You can check your fee status on the UK Council of International Student Affairs website.

As we move towards a hyperconnected future, cyber-attacks form one of the major threats to national and international security. We need future leaders in academia and industry who are able to anticipate the myriad of trust, identity, privacy and security challenges in complex infrastructures and develop solutions to overcome them.

Based at the Universities of Bristol and Bath, our 4-year unique interdisciplinary PhD programme provides you with an immersive training experience with the opportunity to learn from experts drawn from the two universities, industry and research partners as a member of an interdisciplinary cohort of research students.

You will gain hands-on experience of realistic large-scale infrastructures in our state-of-the-art critical infrastructure and Internet of Things testbed at Bristol, become familiar with major programmes of research on human aspects of security and privacy in Bath, and enrich your learning with our masterclasses, innovation challenges and placements/internships at industry partners and international research centres.

Professor Awais Rashid outlines how the current cybersecurity challenges are addressed by the CDT with a new generation of leaders and experts.

Summer Recruitment

We are now accepting applications for a limited number of fully funded PhD positions in our CDT starting from September 2023.

Before applying, you are strongly recommended toRead the prospectus entry and programme admissions statement fully.
Write a personal statement (see guidance below)
Write a referenced case study (see guidance below)

NB Applications will not be considered for the programme until all required documents, as listed in the admissions statement, have been submitted.

Please note, we do not require a nominated PhD supervisor nor a PhD research proposal, however it is mandatory to submit your application with a case study. Details on how to write a case study are found in the “ How to write a good case study” dropdown below.

Informal enquiries on the application process should be addressed to

About the Centre

Vital infrastructures, such as water, power, transportation, and manufacturing, are becoming increasingly inter-connected through the Internet of Things (IoT), smart grid innovations and the growth in wireless sensor technologies.

To protect our everyday services, we need more people who can understand and resolve the trust, identity, privacy and security issues in these large-scale, hyper-connected infrastructures (TIPS-at-scale).

The CDT is a joint-university, inter-disciplinary collaboration between the Universities of Bristol and Bath, and is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Why study with us?

Our approach is fundamentally different from regular research training. You will learn from leading experts within multiple disciplines, including psychology, management, engineering, sociology and computer science. This will give you a holistic understanding that is more attuned to the complex realities of tackling cyber security problems in real-scale infrastructures.

From Day 1, you will learn to approach the problems of cyber security (trust, identity, privacy and security) from an at-scale perspective and develop solutions that are rooted in a framework for responsible innovation.We deliver an immersive training experience: innovation challenges in Bristol and Bath, expert masterclasses and work placements with our industry partners. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art critical infrastructure and Internet of Things testbed, one of the few facilities of its kind internationally.

You will be prepared for a wide choice of careers, from world-leading research and consulting, to being part of large-scale engineering industries, software development organisations, telecommunication and infrastructure providers.

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