PhD Studentships: Surrey Centre for Cybersecurity

  • Title

    Various at the Surrey Centre for Cybersecurity

  • Where

    University of Surrey

  • Deadline

    Start Dates: April, July, October 2018

The Surrey Centre for Cybersecurity has an exciting range of PhD Studentships on offer for April, July and October start dates. 

See below for a range of projects and contact the supervisor listed for more information:

PhD Studentship in Verification of Security and Privacy in Modern Threat Landscapes

This project is in the area of verification of systems’ security and privacy: theory and practice (model checking, theorem proving). New threat models, issued from e.g., IoT and FinTech, linked to intricate adversarial collusions, contrived forms of tracing objects/subjects, mixing cryptographic
savviness with rationality (e.g., incentives driven by finance, etc.) need to be incorporated in novel techniques and tools for the verification of security and privacy. Supervisor: Dr Ioana Boureanu

PhD Studentship in Post-Quantum Blockchains

he PhD project aims at exploring post-quantum cryptography into blockchain technology. The candidate may need to do research on the following areas (but not limited to): blockchain
(cryptocurrencies, smart-contracts), distributed consensus protocols, and post-quantum cryptography (signature, encryption). We expect the candidate to undertake not only theoretical-centered research but also some level of implementation. Supervisor: Dr Kaitai Liang

PhD Studentship in Decision Support for Economics of Security as a Service

This PhD project centres on designing and developing an Economics-of-Security-as-a-Service (EoSaaS) decision support framework, with an interactive, adaptive cyber security risk management tool deriving optimal strategies for organisations regarding cyber security investments and cyber insurance. Supervisor: Dr Emmanouil (Manos) Panaousis

PhD Studentship in Security and Privacy in Intelligent Transport Systems

In this project, the student will investigate formally the correctness, security and privacy of novel communication protocols proposed for the interaction between various system components within intelligent transport systems. The project aims to Identify weaknesses as the result of ambiguous, incomplete or inconsistent specifications and propose improvements to ensure the protocols satisfy their specified requirements. Supervisor Dr David Williams

PhD Studentship in Strong Security and Privacy in Contactless Electronic Payments

This research project focuses on the design, analysis and development of electronic payments with enhanced security and privacy based on physical properties, such as the distance between the payee and the contactless terminal. The project is supported by industrial partners and aims at enriching the security and privacy properties of the EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) payment protocols. UK Nationals only. Supervisors: Dr Ioana Boureanu: and Prof. Liqun Chen

PhD Studentship in Distributed Multi-Factor Web Authentication

This research project focuses on Multi-Factor Authentication: security analysis of existing and design of new multi-factor authentication protocols. UK Nationals only. Supervisor: Dr Mark Manulis:

PhD studentship: Modelling and Verification of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies

Applications are invited for an enhanced stipend PhD position in Cyber Security focusing on modelling and verification of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies with respect to threat models and security analysis. UK Nationals only. Supervisors: Professor Steve Schneider ( and Dr David Williams.

Click here for more information on the Surrey Computer Science PhD application process more generally. 

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