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Postgraduate Research

Computer Science

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | MPhil
Entry Year
Academic Year 2023/24
Entry Requirements
2.1

Overview

The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) aims to enhance the way we use technology in communication, data science, computing systems, cyber security, power electronics, intelligent control, and many related areas.

You’ll be part of a dynamic doctoral research environment and will study alongside students from over 40 countries world wide; we supervise students undertaking research in key areas of computer science, including: computing systems, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity. As part of a lively community of over 100 full-time and part-time research students you’ll have the opportunity to develop your research potential in a vibrant research community that prioritises the cross-fertilisation of ideas and innovation in the advancement of knowledge.

MPhil programmes provide our students with the opportunity to acquire an extensive training in research techniques.

Within the School we have a number of specialist research centres including a Global Research Institute, the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) specialising in Cyber Security, Wireless Innovation and Data Science and scalable computing.

Under the direction of your supervisory team you will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Subject Summary

You will have the opportunity to develop and refine appropriate research skills and learn how to carry out significant, high-quality, original research in your specified research area, as well as having the opportunity to work with some of the most passionate internationally recognised researchers in their field. •Cyber Security •Wireless Technologies •Artificial Intelligence •Computer Systems •Energy, Power and Intelligent Control •Education and Society

Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
Research within the School is organised into research themes combining strengths by working together on major projects, in many cases in collaboration with key technology companies.
The research clusters combine strengths by working together on major projects, in many cases in collaboration with key technology companies.
HPDC has been successful in attracting substantial DTI funding for projects (around £3-4m), which have produced exemplary demonstrations of Grid technology in real applications.
ECIT brings together internationally recognised research groups specialising in key areas of advanced digital and communications technology.
SIVS carries out research in intelligent video surveillance, 3D medical imaging and speech processing. This cluster has also attracted several million pounds in funding for both fundamental and applied speech, image and video applications within the framework of the ECIT institute, a major new cross-disciplinary development in conjunction with Electronic Engineering.
CSIT brings together research specialists in complementary fields such as data security, network security systems, wireless-enabled security systems, and intelligent surveillance systems, and serves as the national point of reference for knowledge transfer in these areas. As well as collaborating to widen perspectives in the other clusters, KDE has used external funding to produce substantial research outputs and technology transfer in the areas of adaptability, optimisation, reasoning under uncertainty, data mining, and knowledge integration.

Career Prospects

Introduction
For further information on career opportunities at PhD level please contact the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences Student Recruitment Team on askEPS@qub.ac.uk. Our advisors - in consultation with the School - will be happy to provide further information on your research area, possible career prospects and your research application.

People teaching you

Ms Elaine Cranston

Electronics,Elec Eng & Comp Sc
Email: e.cranston@qub.ac.uk

Course structure

There is no specific course content as such. You are expected to take research training modules that are supported by the School which focus on quantitative and qualitative research methods. You are also expected to carry out your research under the guidance of your supervisor.

Over the course of study you can attend postgraduate skills training organised by the Graduate School.

You will normally register, in the first instance, as an ‘undifferentiated PhD student’ which means that you have satisfied staff that you are capable of undertaking a research degree. The decision as to whether you should undertake a MPhil is delayed until you have completed ‘differentiation’.

Differentiation takes place about 8-9 months after registration for full time students and about 16-18 months for part time students: You are normally asked to submit work to a panel of up two academics and this is followed up with a formal meeting with the ‘Differentiation Panel’. The Panel then make a judgement about your capacity to continue with your study.

To complete with a doctoral qualification you will be required to submit a thesis of approx 80,000 words and you will be required to attend a viva voce [oral examination] with an external and internal examiner to defend your thesis.

An MPhil programme runs for 2-3 years full-time or 4-6 years part-time. Students can apply for a writing up year should it be required.

The MPhil is open to both full and part time candidates and is often a useful preparation for a career within academia or consultancy.

Full time students are often attracted to research degree programmes because they offer an opportunity to pursue in some depth an area of academic interest.

The part time research degree is an exciting option for professionals already working in the education field who are seeking to extend their knowledge on an issue of professional interest. Often part time candidates choose to research an area that is related to their professional responsibilities.

If you meet the Entry Requirements, the next step is to check whether we can supervise research in your chosen area. We only take students to whom we can offer expert research supervision from one of our academic staff. Therefore, your research question needs to engage with the research interests of one of our staff.

Assessment

Assessment processes for the Research Degree differ from taught degrees. Students will be expected to present write up their work at regular intervals to their supervisor who will provide written and oral feedback; a formal assessment process takes place annually.

This Annual Progress Review requires students to present their work in writing and orally to a panel of academics from within the School. Successful completion of this process will allow students to register for the next academic year.

The final assessment of the doctoral degree is both oral and written. Students will submit their thesis to an internal and external examining team who will review the written thesis before inviting the student to orally defend their work at a Viva Voce.

Feedback

Supervisors will offer feedback on the research work at regular intervals throughout the period of registration on the degree.

Facilities

Full time MPhil students will have access to a shared office space and access to a desk with personal computer and internet access.

Learning and Teaching

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Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
Advancing radiogenomics in prostate cancer research via new data science methods
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Data science, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Biomedical Data, Cancer Research, Precision Medicine, Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Supervisor
Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Funding
Funded
Prostate Cancer Centre of Excellence QUB
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
AI driven social media interventions for public health and climate action
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Data science, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Public Health Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Supervisor
Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Developing and analysing document understanding and natural language processing systems in the context of business information extraction
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Document Image Understanding. Barry Devereux
Supervisor
Barry Devereux
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Research Artificial Intelligence applied to Intensive Care Medicine
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD physiology, computational modelling, programming, artificial intelligence, machine learning Charles Gillan
Supervisor
Charles Gillan
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Researching the use of artificial intelligence and high performance computing applied to marine engineering
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD physiology, computational modelling, programming, artificial intelligence, machine learning Charles Gillan
Supervisor
Charles Gillan
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Empirical Elasticity between the Fog and Cloud
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Fog and cloud computing, elasticity, service deployment, Kubernetes and KubeEdge. Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Dynamic Data-Oriented Serverless Fog Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Fog/Edge computing, nanoservices, serverless computing. Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Tools and techniques for educating educators of developers
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Software Engineering, Software Evolution, Mining of Source Code Repositories, MSR David Cutting
Supervisor
David Cutting
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Software-based approaches for IoT attack mitigation
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cybersecurity, InfoSec, Internet of Things (IoT), malware, AI, machine learning, assembly, opcode, c Domhnall Carlin
Supervisor
Domhnall Carlin
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Smart abuse? Technology-facilitated abuse ("tech abuse") through the Internet of Things (IoT) in the context of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)f
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cybersecurity, InfoSec, Internet of Things (IoT), malware, AI, machine learning, assembly, opcode Domhnall Carlin
Supervisor
Domhnall Carlin
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Understanding Software Evolution Data (USED)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD David Cutting
Supervisor
David Cutting
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Responsible Fake News Detection
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Fake news detection, responsible AI, human-like AI, fairness Deepak Padmanabhan
Supervisor
Deepak Padmanabhan
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Lightweight Artificial-Intelligence based Health Monitoring for Power-Constrained Devices
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Artificial-Intelligence, Machine Learning, Health Monitoring, ECG Analysis, Embedded AI Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Low-Power AI based Device Health Monitoring for Predictive Maintenance of IoT Ecosystems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Industry 4.0, Predictive Maintenance, Frequency Domain Analysis, Artificial-Intelligence Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Approximate Graph Analytics on GPU
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Graph analytics, transprecision, anytime algorithms Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
GPU-based continuous parallel discrete event simulation
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD High-performance and distributed computing, programming models, parallel discrete event simulation Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Question Answering for Testing in Industrial Contexts
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Question Answering Hui Wang
Supervisor
Hui Wang
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Topical Information Search based on Deep Learning
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Question Answering Hui Wang
Supervisor
Hui Wang
Funding
Funded
DFE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
An Investigation of Machine Learning Systems Security with a Forensics Perspective
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Communication Systems, Adversarial Attacks Ihsen Alouani
Supervisor
Ihsen Alouani
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Trustworthiness of Machine Learning through Brain-inspired Architectures
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine Learning, brain-inspired computing, Spiking Neural, Networks, Security and Privacy Ihsen Alouani
Supervisor
Ihsen Alouani
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Secure searching over medical data in a multi-client setting
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD private set intersection, mutable trapdoor PEKS Indranil Ghosh Ray
Supervisor
Indranil Ghosh Ray
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Event-Driven Perception and Computation for Autonomous Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Quantum computing, circuit design, synthesis John McAllister
Supervisor
John McAllister
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Running Large Quantum Circuits on Small Quantum Computers
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Quantum computing, circuit design, synthesis John McAllister
Supervisor
John McAllister
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Responsibility Debt and SE Practice (ResponSE)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD software engineering, requirements engineering, SE methods and tools Maria Ferrario
Supervisor
Maria Ferrario
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
UI Security Attack Detection in Malware Design at Scale
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD UI Security Attacks, Dark Patterns, Malware, Human-centred Computing, UI Design, Dark Design Oluwafemi Olukoya
Supervisor
Oluwafemi Olukoya
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Improving pose estimation for the detection of stroke
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Computer Vision, Image Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, high-dimensional data Richard Gault
Supervisor
Richard Gault
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Contextual segmentation of large, high-dimensional medical images
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Computer Vision, Image Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, high-dimensional data Richard Gault
Supervisor
Richard Gault
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Embedded solutions for efficient data collection for structural health monitoring
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Embedded AI, sensor, data analytics Roger Woods
Supervisor
Roger Woods
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Early warning systems for tropical diseases using Artificial Intelligence
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dengue Fever, Diarrhoea, Tropical diseases, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, Time-series prediction Thai Son Mai
Supervisor
Thai Son Mai
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Artificial Intelligence approaches for analysing patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine Learning, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Deep Learning, Explainable AI, Subgroup discovery Thai Son Mai
Supervisor
Thai Son Mai
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Risk assessment in synchronous and asynchronous complex business networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Risk assessment, synchronous systems, asynchronous systems, automated process, business modelling Vishal Sharma
Supervisor
Vishal Sharma
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
On a Holistic Design-oriented Methodology for Microservice Boundary Identification
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Holistic design; Methodology; Microservices architecture; Microservice boundary identification Zheng Li
Supervisor
Zheng Li
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Software Architectural Tactics and Patterns for Privacy Preservation in Internet of Things
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Design-time privacy preservation; Internet of Things (IoT); Privacy preservation and quantification Zheng Li
Supervisor
Zheng Li
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Human activity recognition for social media videos
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Computer-vision, Deep Learning, Robotics, Body-worn cameras, mobile phones videos Jesus Martinez del Rincon
Supervisor
Jesus Martinez del Rincon
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Responsible Algorithms for Platform Cooperativism
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD AI, Politics Deepak Padmanabhan
Supervisor
Deepak Padmanabhan
Funding
Unfunded
LINAS
Application deadline
31 January 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Unfunded Computer Science Open 2 1675123200
Assessing and Developing Trustworthy AI
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Computer Science Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
LINAS
Application deadline
31 January 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1675123200
Smart Home, Smart Decisions: Establishing accountability in algorithmic security systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine learning, Cyber security, Networking Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Funded
LINAS Doctoral Training Programme
Application deadline
31 January 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1675123200
Security, Privacy and Governance in AI-assisted Unmanned Aerial Surveillance
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Governance, Cybersecurity and Surveillance Vishal Sharma
Supervisor
Vishal Sharma
Funding
Funded
LINAS
Application deadline
31 January 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1675123200
Side-channel analysis and countermeasure on Post Quantum Cryptographic
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Post Quantum Cryptographic, Side-channel analysis, Machine learning, Hardware security Anh-Tuan Hoang
Supervisor
Anh-Tuan Hoang
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Side-channel analysis supports in Physical Unclonable Function modelling
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Post Quantum Cryptographic, Side-channel analysis, Machine learning, Hardware security Anh-Tuan Hoang
Supervisor
Anh-Tuan Hoang
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
An Investigation of Embedded Machine Learning for Space Applications: Circuit Reliability and Model Security
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD ML Security, Space Applications, Circuit Reliability Ihsen Alouani
Supervisor
Ihsen Alouani
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Privacy-preserving By-Design: Brain-inspired Architectures for Security-sensitive Applications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Digital Forensics, Adversarial Attacks, Model Poisoning Ihsen Alouani
Supervisor
Ihsen Alouani
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Secure Record Linkage
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD private set intersection, mutable trapdoor PEKS, Indranil Ghosh Ray
Supervisor
Indranil Ghosh Ray
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
HSM enabled precomputation safe asymmetric PAKE designing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD PAKE, asymmetric PAKE, precomputation attack, HSM private set intersection, mutable trapdoor PEKS Indranil Ghosh Ray
Supervisor
Indranil Ghosh Ray
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Cyber Security for Digital Twins
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cyber security, digital twins, AI, cyber physical systems, embedded systems, security and resilience Kieran McLaughlin
Supervisor
Kieran McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Malware detection beyond labelled datasets
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Malware, Cybersecurity, Deep Learning, Self-supervised learning Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Cyber DALL-E for adversarial dataset generation
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Malware, Cybersecurity, Deep Learning, Generative models, Diffusion Models Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Modelling Technopolitical Factors for Analysing and Attributing Cyber Attacks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Advanced Persistent Threat (APT), Adversary Modelling, Attribution, Threat Intelligence Oluwafemi Olukoya
Supervisor
Oluwafemi Olukoya
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Malware Vulnerabilities as a Heuristic for Layering Defence Mechanism in Detection Technology
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cyber Attack, Mitigation, Malware, Vulnerabilities, Quality Assurance, Static analysis Oluwafemi Olukoya
Supervisor
Oluwafemi Olukoya
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Reconnaissance-type Threat Detection with Datacentre Networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cybersecurity, Network Security AI, DPU, GPU, reconnaissance threat detection Sakir Sezer
Supervisor
Sakir Sezer
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Securing Programmable Networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Network security, Software-defined networking, programmable networks, P4 Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Leveraging the programmable network for intrusion protection
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Network security, Encrypted traffic, Software-defined networking, programmable networks Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Cyber-defensive deception against intelligent adversaries in autonomous aerial networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Drone Security, Autonomous Systems, Adversaries, Network Security, Unmanned Aerial Systems Vishal Sharma
Supervisor
Vishal Sharma
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Mitigating security risks in Unified Traffic Management (UTM) systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Drone Security, Autonomous Systems, Unified Traffic Management, Authentication and Authorisation Vishal Sharma
Supervisor
Vishal Sharma
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Highly distributed learning for privacy preserving analytics
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Federated Learning, Privacy, Cybersecurity, IoT, Deep Learning, Machine eEarning Jesus Martinez del Rincon
Supervisor
Jesus Martinez del Rincon
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400
Attacking is the best defence, also in Machine Learning
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Adversarial Learning, Privacy, Cybersecurity, Deep Learning, Machine Learning, GANs Jesus Martinez del Rincon
Supervisor
Jesus Martinez del Rincon
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Open 2 1677542400

Entrance requirements

Graduate
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) 1 £4,596
Republic of Ireland (ROI) 2 £4,596
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) 1 £4,596
EU Other 3 £23,850
International £23,850

1 EU citizens in the EU Settlement Scheme, with settled or pre-settled status, are expected to be charged the NI or GB tuition fee based on where they are ordinarily resident, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly Student Fees Regulations. Students who are ROI nationals resident in GB are expected to be charged the GB fee, however this is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

2 It is expected that EU students who are ROI nationals resident in ROI will be eligible for NI tuition fees. The tuition fee set out above is provisional and subject to the publication of the Northern Ireland Assembly student fees Regulations.

3 EU Other students (excludes Republic of Ireland nationals living in GB, NI or ROI) are charged tuition fees in line with international fees.

All tuition fees quoted relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. The NI/ROI, GB and Isles fees relate to academic year 2022-23 and will be updated to 2023-24 rates once they have been confirmed. All fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Computer Science costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

Bench fees

Some research programmes incur an additional annual charge on top of the tuition fees, often referred to as a bench fee. Bench fees are charged when a programme (or a specific project) incurs extra costs such as those involved with specialist laboratory or field work. If you are required to pay bench fees they will be detailed on your offer letter. If you have any questions about Bench Fees these should be raised with your School at the application stage. Please note that, if you are being funded you will need to ensure your sponsor is aware of and has agreed to fund these additional costs before accepting your place.

How do I fund my study?

1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Funded Doctoral Training Programmes

We offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment. Our centres and partnerships, aim to seek out and nurture outstanding postgraduate research students, and provide targeted training and skills development.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.

Download Postgraduate Prospectus