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Funded PhD Project in Supporting Home Users Engagement with Cyber Security

University of Kent

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Canterbury
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: £22,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 28th February 2019
Closes: 28th May 2019

The School of Computing and the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) are currently inviting applications for a 3.5-year PhD scholarship in investigating approaches and technologies to support home users’ engagement with cyber security.

Applications for this fully funded PhD scholarship can be made via the University of Kent’s online admissions form.

While the problem of cyber security has been studied from various perspectives in the past, there is a surprising lack of research on home users of technology; this includes the particular issues that they encounter as they attempt to use security and privacy features within the range of new and evolving personal technologies. This project seeks to address this gap, and specifically targets the advancement of knowledge, practice and tool-sets in the field of socio-technical security for home users. To achieve this project’s aims, the research will involve user engagement and studies with human participants, as well as the development and evaluation of technical processes and systems. The project will also benefit from several strong partnerships with industrial collaborators. 

More details can be discussed by contacting the primary supervisor, Dr Jason R.C. Nurse.

Funding available

This is scholarship is funded by HM Government. Funding particulars as follows:

  • Stipend: £22,000 per year for 3.5 years (Stipend rates increase yearly, £22,000 is 2019/20 rate)
  • UK home tuition fees: Covered as part of the scholarship
  • Travel and subsistence: £5,000 per year for 3.5 years


Dr Jason R.C. Nurse (primary) and Prof Shujun Li


Only UK nationals are eligible to apply for this project.

Application Closing Date and Expected Start Date

Applications are now open and will be considered as they are received. The project is expected to start in September 2019.

The School of Computing, University of Kent

The School of Computing has a reputation for high-quality research, with over 40 current PhD students. Our research activity is wide ranging and takes place within focused Research Groups, which provide a vibrant research community for all members, staff or student.

The University of Kent is one of 17 UK government recognised Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR). Its research in cyber security has led to the establishment of the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS), a cross-faculty and cross-discipline research centre. The PhD student will be made a member of KirCCS and Kent ACE-CSR, and have the opportunity to interact with researchers from 11 schools and participate in the diverse activities of the Centre.

How to Apply

Contact Dr Jason R.C. Nurse by email ( including a detailed CV (as soon as possible).

Submit a formal application through the University of Kent’s online admissions form with the PhD Project text, given above, pasted into the "Reasons for study" section.

The following items will need to be submitted with your application:

  • 1-page research proposal on the primary challenges that individuals face as they engage with cyber security in home technologies. This should also draw on academic literature (i.e., a literature review) and therefore include a short bibliography.
  • Certificates and transcripts (with course marks/grades) of all university degree studies,
  • Properly formatted CV, including your full list of publications (if any) and
  • The names and email addresses of two academic referees (which should be provided on your application form).

For queries regarding the application procedure, please email the PG-Research admissions officer: Dr Laura Bocchi.

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