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  Dr Rizwan Asghar  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The aim of the project is to investigate self-organising Internet-Of-Things (IoT) networks by exploring “cyber resilience by design” approaches.

Studentship group name

Digital Resilience


School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Research group(s)

Surrey Centre for Cyber Security

Project Description

A PhD position is available in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey for the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security.

The successful candidate will work on cyber resilient IoT networks. The aim of the project is to investigate self-organise IoT networks by exploring “cyber resilience by design” approaches. This project will consider lightweight detection techniques to identify malicious behaviour and automatically recover from cyberattacks by introducing security monitors and analysing system logs without significantly degrading performance. 

The Department of Computer Science within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international reputation for research and teaching. Security research in the department is focused within the Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, with Surrey recognised by the National Cyber Security Centre as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. Our research concentrates on data privacy, access control, privacy-preserving systems, applied cryptography, and a range of cyber security topics.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Rizwan Asghar at [Email Address Removed] 

Candidate Profile

We are looking for applicants that demonstrate strong research and analytical skills, have strong communication skills and enthusiasm for conducting research. Applicants must have a master in cybersecurity or related area.

How to Apply

Open to UK and International students starting in October 2023.

Applications should be submitted via the Computer Science PhD programme page. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the projects (up to 2) that you wish to apply for and the name(s) of the relevant supervisor. You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications. You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.


The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.

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