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Postgraduate Research

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

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
Information security establishment using computer architectural solution
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD computer architecture, security, hardware-software co-design, FPGA Arnab Kumar Biswas
Supervisor
Arnab Kumar Biswas
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Remote healthcare security
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Computer architecture, security, hardware-software co-design, FPGA, network security Arnab Kumar Biswas
Supervisor
Arnab Kumar Biswas
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Explainable AI for Hardware Security
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Approximate computing, hardware security, machine learning Chongyan Gu
Supervisor
Chongyan Gu
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Hardware Security for Approximate Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Approximate computing, hardware security, intrinsic, IoT Chongyan Gu
Supervisor
Chongyan Gu
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Advanced manufacturing of mm-wave lens antennas for future wireless technologies
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD advanced manufacturing, wireless communications, future wireless Dmitry Zelenchuk
Supervisor
Dmitry Zelenchuk
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Advanced mm-wave antennas for New Space applications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD New Space, satellite communications, wireless communications, space applications, mm-wave antennas Dmitry Zelenchuk
Supervisor
Dmitry Zelenchuk
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Data-Driven-Based Resource Allocations for Ultra-Dense Cell-Free Massive MIMO Networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD 5G, 6G, cell-free massive MIMO, data-driven techniques, power controls, user-centric scheme, wireles Hien Ngo
Supervisor
Hien Ngo
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Enabling the Internet of Sensing Things
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD 5G, 6G, cell-free massive MIMO, Internet of Sensing Things, wireless communications, wireless power Hien Ngo
Supervisor
Hien Ngo
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Development of wearable dynamic microsystem sampler for collecting microbial volatiles
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Development of new sampling device, MEMS sensors, Micro-controllers and interfacing Hamza Shakeel
Supervisor
Hamza Shakeel
Funding
Funded
US-Ireland (Department for Economy)
Application deadline
20 October 2022
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Closed 2 1666220400
A.I. driven Digital Workers (DW) for Business Services
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Artificial Intelligence, Neural Networks, Digital Work, Business Service,. Ethics in A.I. Applicatio Karen Rafferty
Supervisor
Karen Rafferty
Funding
Funded
DfE CAST, PwC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Secure Multimodal Virtual Reality for Remote Management of Corporate Systems and Compliance Processes
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Multimodal Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Haptics, Tele-conferencing Karen Rafferty
Supervisor
Karen Rafferty
Funding
Funded
DfE CAST, PwC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Machine Learning-assisted Compressive Antenna Optimization for Millimeter-wave Wireless Channels
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Antenna, antenna array, B5G, beamformer, beamforming, multi-antenna, mmWave Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi
Supervisor
Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Advanced Beamforming Hardware at Millimeter-waves: Antenna Design Choice and Characterization
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Antenna, antenna array, B5G, beamformer, beamforming, multi-antenna, mmWave Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi
Supervisor
Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi
Funding
Funded
DFE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Extra large-scale MIMO systems in the 6G era
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Signal processing, Massive MIMO, Wireless Communications Michalis Matthaiou
Supervisor
Michalis Matthaiou
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Wireless power transfer through programmable surfaces
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Signal processing, Massive MIMO, Wireless Communications Michalis Matthaiou
Supervisor
Michalis Matthaiou
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Holographic MIMO Communications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Holographic MIMO, wireless communications, communications signal processing, 6G. Michalis Matthaiou
Supervisor
Michalis Matthaiou
Funding
Funded
DfE
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Reflecting Intelligent Surfaces for Near-field Energy Transfer
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Michalis Matthaiou
Supervisor
Michalis Matthaiou
Funding
Funded
European Research Council
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Analysing physical security vulnerabilities in Hybrid systems with QKD+PQC (Post quantum Cryptography)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Post quantum cryptography, Quantum Key Distribution, Hardware security Maire O'Neill
Supervisor
Maire O'Neill
Funding
Funded
EPSRC (National Quantum Communications Hub)
Application deadline
30 April 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1682809200
Reinforcement Learning-Enhanced Safety Critical Control for Multiple Collaborative Vehicles
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Multiple Collaborative Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics Control Mien Van
Supervisor
Mien Van
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Intelligent Control for Trustworthy Autonomous Vehicles
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics Control, Model-free controllers, Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Mien Van
Supervisor
Mien Van
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Sensor-Based Control of Bowed Virtual-Acoustic Instruments
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD bowed string instruments, virtual reality, sensor interface, physical modelling, physical computing Maarten Van Walstijn
Supervisor
Maarten Van Walstijn
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Fast and Safe Cyber-Physical Control Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cyber-physical systems, constraints, safety, real-time control, reachability, set theory Nikolaos Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Nikolaos Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Planning in robotics via reachability-driven abstractions and compositions
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Nikolaos Athanasopoulos
Supervisor
Nikolaos Athanasopoulos
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Reference-less Retrodirective Antennas for the Solar Power Space Satellite
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Antenna arrays, Phased arrays, Satellite antennas, Steerable antennas Neil Buchanan
Supervisor
Neil Buchanan
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Secure Retrodirective Antennas for the Solar Power Space Satellite
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Phased arrays, Satellite antennas, Steerable antennas, Communication system security Neil Buchanan
Supervisor
Neil Buchanan
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Deep Learning in Microwave Imaging through Different Media
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Deep learning, computational imaging, microwave imaging Okan Yurduseven
Supervisor
Okan Yurduseven
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Provision of Dynamic Distribution System Services from Battery Energy Storage
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Distribution System Operation, Power System Services, Battery Energy Storage Robert Best
Supervisor
Robert Best
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Synchronous Inertia Response from Inverter Connected Energy Sources
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Power System Inertia, Power System Stability, Battery Energy Storage Robert Best
Supervisor
Robert Best
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Electromagnetic Energy Harvesting using non-linear materials
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD RF Energy Harvesting, Metamaterials, Rectifier Stylianos Assimonis
Supervisor
Stylianos Assimonis
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Intelligent systems techniques for improving manufacturing competitiveness and sustainability
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine Learning, manufacturing informatics, process optimisation, Industry 4.0. Sean McLoone
Supervisor
Sean McLoone
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
AI enabled automated detection and assessment of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP)
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Deep learning, biomedical, image analysis, ROP, automated assessment. Sean McLoone
Supervisor
Sean McLoone
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Data Analytics Facilitating Net Zero Energy Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Machine learning, Big data, Net zero energy system, Industrial collaboration Xueqin (Amy) Liu
Supervisor
Xueqin (Amy) Liu
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Optimal Operation of Domestic Battery Energy Storage
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Optimization, Battery energy storage, electricity tariff, PV, Electric Vehicles Xueqin (Amy) Liu
Supervisor
Xueqin (Amy) Liu
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Identifying the Sources of Very Low Frequency Oscillations for the All-Island Power System
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Power system stability, data analysis, very low-frequency oscillations Xueqin (Amy) Liu
Supervisor
Xueqin (Amy) Liu
Funding
Funded
DfE CAST, EirGrid and SONI
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Secure Synchronised Measurements for Smart Grids
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Electrical Power, Power Systems, Cyber Security, Synchrophasors, Synchronised Measurements David Laverty
Supervisor
David Laverty
Funding
Funded
TBC
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Lightweight Post Quantum Cryptography on modern open-source RISC-V processors
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Post quantum cryptography, Hardware security, IoT security, Learning with errors, RISC-V, ISE Ayesha Khalid
Supervisor
Ayesha Khalid
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Fault tolerant post quantum cryptography systems for satellite communications
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Post quantum cryptography, Hardware security, IoT security, Learning with errors, Space security Ayesha Khalid
Supervisor
Ayesha Khalid
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
A Trusted Execution Environment based framework for securing legacy embedded systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Trusted Execution Environment, legacy embedded system, hardware-software co-design Arnab Kumar Biswas
Supervisor
Arnab Kumar Biswas
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Secure multi-tenant and federated satellite system
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Trusted Execution Environment, legacy embedded system, hardware-software co-design Arnab Kumar Biswas
Supervisor
Arnab Kumar Biswas
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Multi-Hardware Security for Supply Chain
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Approximate computing, hardware security, intrinsic, IoT Chongyan Gu
Supervisor
Chongyan Gu
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Investigating Security Vulnerabilities in Approximate Computing
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Approximate computing, hardware security, machine learning Chongyan Gu
Supervisor
Chongyan Gu
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Enabling and Accelerating Privacy-Preserving Data Analysis
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Encryption, privacy, cryptography, hardware design, encrypted data analysis Ciara Rafferty
Supervisor
Ciara Rafferty
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Quantum-Safe Identity-Based Encryption for lightweight Internet of Things
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cryptography, hardware design, encryption, advanced cryptography, identity Ciara Rafferty
Supervisor
Ciara Rafferty
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Machine Learning for Secure 6G Cell-Free Massive MIMO
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD 6G, beyond-5G, cell-free massive MIMO, machine learning, physical-layer security, signal processing Hien Ngo
Supervisor
Hien Ngo
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Physical-Layer Security for IoT
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD 6G, Internet of Things, Physical-Layer Security, Signal Processing, Wireless Communications Hien Ngo
Supervisor
Hien Ngo
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Using Reinforcement Learning to Prepare Cyber-Attack Responses for Cyber Physical Systems
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cyber security, cyber physical systems, CPS, reinforcement learning, AI, machine learning Kieran McLaughlin
Supervisor
Kieran McLaughlin
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Context Awareness Enhancement of Physical layer Security Schemes in Multi-user 6G Wireless Networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD 6G, Physical layer, wireless security, multi-user system, multi-antenna, URLLC, mMTC, beamforming. Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi
Supervisor
Muhammad Ali Babar Abbasi
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Deep-learning based Hardware Trojan Detection
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Hardware Security, Deep-learning Maire O'Neill
Supervisor
Maire O'Neill
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Integrated Quantum-resilient Cryptography
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Quantum Computing, Quantum Cryptography, Post-quantum cryptography Maire O'Neill
Supervisor
Maire O'Neill
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Secure Retrodirective Antennas using Post-quantum Cryptography
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Antenna arrays, Phased arrays, Satellite antennas, Steerable antennas, Communication system security Neil Buchanan
Supervisor
Neil Buchanan
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
DPU-Centric Distributed Network and Datacentre Security
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Cybersecurity, Datacentre Security Network Security AI, DPU, GPU, Network Monitoring Sakir Sezer
Supervisor
Sakir Sezer
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Quantum Machine Learning for Securing 6G Networks
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD Quantum Computing, Machine Learning, Wireless Security, 6G Trung Duong
Supervisor
Trung Duong
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering Open 2 1677542400
Security of 6G O-RAN
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science | PHD ORAN, Wireless Security, 6G Trung Duong
Supervisor
Trung Duong
Funding
Funded
NICYBER DTP
Application deadline
28 February 2023
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Funded Electrical & Electronic Engineering 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.

Electrical & Electronic Engineering 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