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From time to time, we have call for applications for PhD studentships and job posts. See below for more details. Note that our new PhD studentships for 2022 start are expected to be available in late 2021.

PhD Studentships

How to Apply

To apply for a PhD studentship, follow the steps below. Note that the research proposal is used to test your technical writing and literature review skills, and the topic may still be adjusted in the application process and refined during your PhD study. Please read the application requirements carefully for the scholarship you are applying for, as these may vary.

  1. Read the general instructions for PhD applications.
  2. Study research profiles of all eligible supervisors (including all KirCCS Core Members) to identify one or several supervisors you want to work with.
  3. Approach potential supervisors to discuss your research topics to identity the principal supervisor(s) you want to work with and to get advice on how to prepare a research proposal (required as part of your application material, see below).
  4. Prepare your application material, which should include
    • a properly formatted CV
    • the certificate(s) and transcript(s) of all university degree programme(s) studied
    • a research proposal on a selected topic including a mini literature review, a proposed methodology, a work plan and a bibliography
    • proof of your English qualifications (if not obvious from other application material)
    • proof of your home student status (if you consider yourself eligible as a home student)
    • at least two reference letters (which can be provided after you submit your formal application)
    • (if you are an overseas applicant please check the specific eligibility criteria on the relevant scholarship)
  5. After you have all your application material ready, visit the following web page to submit your application: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply

Contact Us

If you have difficulties identifying research topics or supervisors, please contact Professor Shujun Li for advice.

If you have questions on the School level PhD admissions procedure, please contact CEMSadmissions@kent.ac.uk.

Research Positions

Research Associate in Cybersecurity

We are seeking a talented and motivated Research Associate to join the School of Computing at the University of Kent.

This post is part of an interdisciplinary project titled “Mobility as a service: MAnaging Cybersecurity Risks across Consumers, Organisations and Sectors (MACRO)”. The project’s ambition is to develop the world’s first agent-based modelling framework that will explicitly focus on cyber security aspects of MaaS (mobility-as-a-service) ecosystems.

You will be made an Early Career Researcher (ECR) Member of the Institute of Cyber Security for Society (iCSS) and will benefit from activities and frequent scientific exchanges with other members of the Institute. The Institute represents the University of Kent as one of 19 Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSRs) in the UK, recognised jointly by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC, part of GCHQ) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, part of UKRI). The successful applicant will also be made part of the Cyber security Research group within the School of Computing, and have access to resources and activities of the School.

The role will require a significant level of self-management. You will work under the supervision of Professor Shujun Li in collaboration with a number of researchers from Cranfield University to investigate how to model cyber security and privacy related risks.

Application closing date: 23.59 hours BST on Thursday 30 September 2021

My details about the post including how to apply can be found at


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