PhD Studentship in Applied Cryptography at University of Surrey

  • Phd
  • February 20, 2017
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The Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey is offering PhD studentship in Applied Cryptography. The PhD student will be expected to develop their own research programme (under the direct guidance of their supervisor) and to communicate the results of their research verbally and in writing (in English).

PhD programme offers the opportunity to study in a wide range of interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research areas of computer science, with good support from academics and peers within a University committed to the personal, professional and academic development of its students.

The University of Surrey is a public research university located within the county town of Guildford, Surrey, in the South East of England, United Kingdom. The university specialises in science, engineering, medicine and business.

Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate proficiency in the English language, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements).

Eligibility

  • Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours degree or preferably a Master’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Security or similar discipline. Students who are expected to receive their MSc degree (or equivalent) in 2017 are also encouraged to apply.
  • Basic knowledge of computer science and information security is required. Experience in one or more of the following areas would also be desirable: cryptography, programming and formal analysis. As for all PhD studies, a genuine interest and curiosity in the subject matter and excellent analytical and communication skills, both oral and written, are needed.

Benefits

The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum, and is available to students of UK/EU residency.

Application

The mode of applying is online. The application process requires the submission of a CV, two letters of recommendation or contact information of two referees, attested copies of degree certificates and transcripts from all university-level courses taken. In addition to the above, as part of your application, you are also required to upload the following documents:

  • Statement of purpose (1-3 pages) where you introduce yourself, explain why you want to pursue a PhD degree, present your qualifications and describe your future research plans;
  • Research proposal describing your research area of interest and motivation. Are there any specific projects and research issues you are primarily interested in? Previous research fields and main research results should also be mentioned. It is important to include parts of your own work such as theses and articles that you have authored or co-authored.
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