PhD Opportunity in Cyber Security Economics

University of Surrey - Department of Computer Science

Duration of Studentship: 3 years

The student will be based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Surrey, UK.

Studentship description

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.

Entry Requirements


  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science (UK equivalent of 2:1 classification or above)
  • Keen Interest in  research topics of the respective projects
  • Programming experience (any language)
  • Analytical and formal skills: knowledge of foundations of computer science (e.g., discrete mathematics and/or calculus) and of relevant mathematical background.
  • Ability to think independently and self-learning capabilities
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, both in plain English (see and scientific language for publication in relevant journals and presentation at conferences.
  • Fluent written and verbal communication skills in English


  • Master’s degree (UK equivalent of Merit classification or above)
  • Proficiency in C++, Python and/or Java, Haskell, Ocaml
  • Flexible, able to work collaboratively 
  • A strong team player with good interpersonal skills able to build and sustain effective working relationships with the research group
  • Self-motivated researcher, with a hands-on approach, willing to develop their technical and analytical skills and contribute to the overall aims of the research project in innovative ways
  • Proven organisational skills for self and others 


Stipend: A stipend of £16,000 per annum, tax-free, subject to residence status.

FeesUK /EU University fees are also covered by the studentship (in value of £4,195).

Additional fees required for international applicants who are not UK/EU nationals are not covered by this studentship, but may be obtained via top-up funding by applying for ORS studentships (Overseas Research Student Awards Scheme) which are competitive.

Please state on your application if you wish to apply for ORS top up funding and applications may be made until the end February 2018.

How to apply

Information on how to apply can be found on our programme page

The process requires the submission of:

  • - Your CV (preferably no longer than 2 pages)
  • - Copies of degree certificates and transcripts from all university-level courses taken/
  • - References: Please provide names of 2 referees, ideally uploading 2 references at the time of application also.

In addition to the above, as part of your application, the candidate is also required to upload the following document: a cover letter, explaining your interests, computer-science and research experience (including examples of previous project work).

Application/project enquiries: Dr Emmanouil Panaousis  Email:

Formal applications can be made through our programme page

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2018. Applications will be considered as they arrive and may close earlier if the right candidate is identified.

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