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  Prof T Spiller, Prof M Lucamarini, Dr R Kumar  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Quantum key distribution (QKD) provides a physical approach to secure communications, which will continue to be secure in a future, fully-quantum-enabled world. However, QKD does require a separate authentication mechanism, which could be provided my new mathematical techniques known as post-quantum cryptography (PQC). This PhD project forms part of an international collaboration, to develop both new PQC and new applications of PQC for authentication, as applied to QKD. The international collaborators are Professor Delaram Kahrobaei (CUNY, USA) and Professor Ludovic Perret (Sorbonne University, Paris, France).

The PhD student at York will collaborate with the project partners on the development of new PQC-based approaches to authentication – investigating, applying and optimising these techniques for use with various approaches to QKD. The project offers opportunities for theory, coding and practical implementation.

How to apply:

Applicants must apply via the University’s online application system at Please read the application guidance first so that you understand the various steps in the application process. To apply, please select the PhD in Physics for October 2023 entry. Please specify in your PhD application that you would like to be considered for this studentship.

Funding Notes

3 years tuition fees plus up to 3.5 years stipend (£17,668 for 2022/23).
Academic entry requirements: at least a class 2:1 MSc or MPhys degree in a suitable discipline.
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