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Postgraduate Research

Computer Science

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | MPhil
Entry Year
Academic Year 2022/23
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).

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

Project name School Funding Subject Status Sort Timestamp
Confidence, Predictivity and biomarker detection to enhance the usabillity of breast cancer computer aided diagnosis
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Professor Hui Wang
Supervisor
Professor Hui Wang
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Intelligent Multimedia Content Search
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Professor Hui Wang
Supervisor
Professor Hui Wang
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
EPSRC/BT ICASE: Self-Healing Network against Cyber Attacks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Funded
EPSRC/BT
Application deadline
17 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1645056000
Deep learning with heterogeneous biological data for cancer detection and survival prediction
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Deep Learning, Biomedical Data, Precision Medicine, Data Analytics Dr Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Supervisor
Dr Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Online Fake News Detection with Machine Learning and Topological Data Analysis
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Topological Data Analysis, Fake News Detection Dr Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Supervisor
Dr Anna Jurek-Loughrey
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Lightweight Post Quantum Cryptography for IoT Devices
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Post quantum cryptography, Hardware security, High speed applications, IoT security Dr Ayesha Khalid
Supervisor
Dr Ayesha Khalid
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Efficient RISC-V Chips with future-proof Security
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Post quantum cryptography, Hardware security, High speed applications Dr Ayesha Khalid
Supervisor
Dr Ayesha Khalid
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Evaluating the impact of invalid claims in software engineering research through enhanced citation analysis
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Software engineering, citation analysis, research quality Professor Austen Rainer
Supervisor
Professor Austen Rainer
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Engineering software to facilitate citizen science to protect the global environment
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Software engineering, open science, citizen science, bioscience, climate change, sustainable develop Professor Austen Rainer
Supervisor
Professor Austen Rainer
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Developing and analysing deep learning and natural language processing systems in the context of business information processing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, Business Services. Dr Barry Devereux
Supervisor
Dr Barry Devereux
Funding
Funded
DfE / External Corporate Funding
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Security Vulnerabilities and Protection in Approximate Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD approximate computing, hardware security, resource-constrained applications Dr Chongyan Gu
Supervisor
Dr Chongyan Gu
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
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 Dr Charles Gillan
Supervisor
Dr Charles Gillan
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Machine learning attack resistant hardware security for IoT
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine learning attacks, hardware security, the internet of things (IoT), authentication Dr Chongyan Gu
Supervisor
Dr Chongyan Gu
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
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 Dr Charles Gillan
Supervisor
Dr Charles Gillan
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Dynamic Data-Oriented Serverless Fog Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Fog/Edge computing, nanoservices, serverless computing. Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
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. Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Dr Dionysios Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
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 Dr Domhnall Carlin
Supervisor
Dr Domhnall Carlin
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
A common approach to the mining of software repository data
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Software Engineering, Software Evolution, Mining of Source Code Repositories, MSR Dr David Cutting
Supervisor
Dr David Cutting
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Energy-Scalable Bio-Signal Analysis and Embedded AI for Smart Health Monitoring
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Heath monitoring,, Heart-Rate-Variability, Energy-Efficient Systems, Embedded-Systems, Wearables Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Energy-Scalable AI Architectures for Resource-Constrained Edge Devices
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Energy-Efficiency, Artificial-Intelligence, Neural-Networks, Accelerators, Heterogeneous Systems Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Supervisor
Dr Georgios Karakonstantis
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
GPU-based continuous parallel discrete event simulation
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Parallel discrete event simulation Professor Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Professor Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
GPU-accelerated graph analytics
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Graph analytics, GPU acceleration, graph anomaly detection Professor Hans Vandierendonck
Supervisor
Professor Hans Vandierendonck
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Brain-Inspired Wearables for Human-Computer Interaction
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Quantum Computing Dr John McAllister
Supervisor
Dr John McAllister
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Executing Large Quantum Programs on Small Quantum Computers
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Quantum Computing Dr John McAllister
Supervisor
Dr John McAllister
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Malware detection beyond labelled datasets
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Malware, Cybersecurity, Deep Learning, Self-supervised learning Dr Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Explanation Guided Attack & Defence for Automated Security of AI
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Security of AI, Explainable AI, Deep Learning, Cybersecurity Dr Niall McLaughlin
Supervisor
Dr Niall McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Sustainable Malware Analysis and Detection Engineering
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Malware Analysis, Machine Learning, Malware Detection, Cybersecurity, Static Analysis, Dynamic Analy Dr Oluwafemi Olukoya
Supervisor
Dr Oluwafemi Olukoya
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Deception Techniques and Countermeasures – Cybersecurity, Human Psychology and Cybercrime
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cybersecurity, Human-centred Computing, Dark Design, Behavioural Psychology, Mobile Applications Dr Oluwafemi Olukoya
Supervisor
Dr Oluwafemi Olukoya
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Connecting Privacy and Security Regulations with Software Engineering – Requirements, Specifications and Applications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Security and Privacy; Requirements Engineering; Software Requirements; Dr Oluwafemi Olukoya
Supervisor
Dr Oluwafemi Olukoya
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Accelerating sustainability using digital twin and blockchain for business decision modelling
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Digital Twin, Blockchain, Sustainability, FinTech, Decision-Making, Automation, Security Dr Vishal Sharma
Supervisor
Dr Vishal Sharma
Funding
Funded
DfE / PwC
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Artificial Intelligence approaches for analysing patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Thai Son Mai
Supervisor
Dr Thai Son Mai
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Story telling from Sensors: From Activities to Stories
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Dr Thai Son Mai
Supervisor
Dr Thai Son Mai
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Edge-based solutions to IoT attacks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Network security, Internet of Things, Software-defined networking, programmable networks Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Programmable Network Intrusion Protection
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Network security, Encrypted traffic, Software-defined networking, programmable networks Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Supervisor
Dr Sandra Scott-Hayward
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Quantum Threat Modelling for the Internet Security in 6G Ecosystem
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Quantum Internet, 6G, Network Security, Mobile Internet Security, Threat Modelling Dr Vishal Sharma
Supervisor
Dr Vishal Sharma
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400
Uncertainty-aware defence mechanisms against persistent aerial threats
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Aerial networks, Security, Rogue-UAVs, Uncertainty, defence mechanisms, situational-awareness Dr Vishal Sharma
Supervisor
Dr Vishal Sharma
Funding
Funded
DfE (tbc)
Application deadline
28 February 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Computer Science Closed 2 1646006400

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 £22,700
International £22,700

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, in line with the Common Travel Agreement arrangements. 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 are for the academic year 2022-23, and relate to a single year of study unless stated otherwise. Tuition 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.