The Royal Holloway University of London is inviting applications for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security for the Everyday in the UK for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Centre was first established in 2013 and has as its main objective to develop cohorts of multidisciplinary researchers with a broad understanding of cyber security and a strong appreciation of the interplay between technical and social issues.

The CDT is centred around Royal Holloway’s Information Security Group and partners with departments throughout the institution.  CDT researchers follow a four-year PhD programme. The first year consists of comprehensive multidisciplinary cybersecurity training. The remaining three years focus on research in an advanced topic in the field of cybersecurity.

Worth of Award

In each annual cohort, they award approximately ten fully-funded PhD studentships (four years of enhanced stipend and fees).


To be eligible for the CDT;

  • Applicants should have, or be expecting to obtain, a high-quality (ideally first class) undergraduate or masters (ideal distinction) degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Suitable backgrounds are (but not limited to) computer science, criminology, economics, electronics engineering, geography, geopolitics, information security, law,  mathematics,  philosophy, politics, psychology, software engineering, and war studies.
  • They will also consider applicants with a professional background, so long as they are able to provide evidence of demonstrable academic skills as well as practical experience.
  • To qualify for funding, applicants must satisfy EPSRC funding eligibility criteria. Such applicants must have:
  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay;
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the grant (apart from temporary or occasional absences); and,
  • Not be residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

How to Apply

Application to the CDT involves a three-step process;

  • Step 1: Informal inquiry
  • Candidates should make an initial informal inquiry via the email address to discuss suitability for the CDT programme. Please include:
  • A CV highlighting academic background and experience;
  • A brief motivation for pursuing a PhD in Cyber Security at Royal Holloway.
  • Before sending an inquiry, please make sure you are aware of the entrance requirements, including those related to CDT funding.
  • Step 2: Formal application
  • After an initial assessment, applicants may be invited to submit a formal application.
  • Step 3: Interview
  • They will start a formal assessment as soon as we receive your application and will contact you as soon as a decision is made. In most cases, if we are impressed with your application then we will invite you to visit Royal Holloway for an interview.

Deadline: Applications are now open for candidates wishing to start their PhD studies in September 2019.

Click here for more details and to apply

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