PhD Studentship: Tuition fee scholarship: Quality of Experience modelling and management for WebRTC applications

London South Bank University

The School of Engineering (Division of Computer Science & Informatics) invites applications for a full-time three-year PhD studentship at London South Bank University starting in October 2016.

The candidate will carry out research in:

1 Design and development of QoE Models for WebRTC applications

2 Design and development of building blocks for web-browsing quality monitoring tools

The scholarship provides tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and research costs.

The Project
With the HTML5 and WebRTC initiatives of W3C and IETF standardisation groups we are reaching a stage at which browsers will not only be used to send and receive textual data but also real time audio and video content. This facilitates web applications to natively integrate real-time media, increasing their scope and possibilities considerably.

Research will be undertaken in the following:

* QoE Modelling for WebRTC: QoE can be defined as the overall acceptability of an application or service strictly from the user’s point of view. The PhD Student will design, develop and validate QoE Models for WebRTC Applications.

* QoS control:  In the context of WebRTC, QoS control mechanisms will be specified and evaluated theoretically and in practice with the aim of achieving the expected QoE levels without causing overload or congested networks whilst also optimizing user experience.

The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for three years of full-time study. Overseas candidates are welcome to apply, but non-EU students will be required to pay the gap between home and international tuition fees.

Candidates Selection Criteria


  • Undergraduate degree with at least 65% as a final grade in a relevant science subject, or in a related field
  • Experience in collaborating effectively in teams
  • Experience in prioritising activities and tasks to accomplish goals within the set  deadlines
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills for specialist and non-specialist audiences  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including clear and concise written and verbal communication; an ability to negotiate compromises and resolve conflict amicably; and an ability to apply these skills to the building and maintenance of effective working relationships with partners from a variety of professional backgrounds.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK


  • MSc/MRes (at Merit or Distinction level) in a relevant science subject (Computer Science or Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Mathematics), or in a field related to the  project subject
  • A strong background/interest in C/C++ programming, computer-networking and multimedia communications, along with excellent programming skills and experience with Web-based media technologies (HTML5, JavaScript, PHP, Apache etc.).
  • Familiarity with advanced statistics

Personal attributes:

  • An ability to work independently with initiative at a high level of self-motivation
  • Ability to prioritise tasks to achieve project goals and meet deadlines
  • Ability to problem-solve, innovate or adapt
  • High level, across-the-board attentiveness to detail

Application process

Candidates must apply as follows:

  • Register and create an account with UKPASS
  • Select London South Bank University as the Institution
  • Choose ‘P052657-Computing Science and Informatics’
  • Select October 2016 as preferred start date and ‘FT-PhD-36’ for attendance
  • Complete the application form
  • Attach a covering letter indicating your particular research interests in the field of the proposed doctorate (in the section requesting a research proposal)
  • Identify the scholarship you are applying for.
  • See our how to apply page for further information.
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