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PhD Funding Opportunities in the Department of Computer Science
University of Surrey
The University of Surrey is one of the UK’s top professional, scientific and technological universities. Named as The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2016, Surrey has a world-class profile and a leading reputation in teaching and research.
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Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
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PhD Funding Opportunities in the Department of Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science offers a number of funding opportunities for PhD students. Surrey's research in Computer Science has been ranked World Top 150 according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) consistently since 2012.

Visit our Rankings and Reputation page for more details about world and national rankings of Surrey's research in Computer Science.

Note that the application deadlines may be extended, so please always check this page for the new deadlines.

What Opportunities Do We Offer?

  1. Fully-funded PhD studentships with named supervisors and topics: The Department of Computer Science is currently advertising a number of fully funded PhD studentships for UK/EU students. More such funded PhD studentship may come in future and will be added to the following list. For such studentships, please contact the named academic(s) on the individual page for how to proceed with your application.
  2. Tuition fee only scholarships for PhD students funded by China Scholarship Council (CSC): Although not currently on the list of the CSC's official partners in the UK, the University of Surrey's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science (FEPS) has recently decided to offer tuition fee only scholarships (which is currently £18,000 p.a.) for a number of successful applicants who will be able to secure a CSC PhD scholarship (covering living allowance). The Department of Computer Science will select up to two PhD applicants support them to apply to the CSC for getting a PhD scholarship.
    • Deadline for applications to Surrey: 1 March 2018 (tentative)
    • Deadline for applications to CSC: 5 April 2018 (predicted)
    • 2017 guidelines for how to apply for CSC scholarships (Chinese only)
    • Expected start date of PhD study: July or October 2018.
    • NB: CSC scholarships are for Chinese nationals only, but can support some Chinese nationals who are currently studying overseas. Check CSC website for more guidelines.
  3. Univerisity-funded PhD studentships: University of Surrey's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science (FEPS) has an annual call for up to 2 University Research Scholarships (URScovering full costs for UK/EU students only) and up to 4 Overseas Research Scholarships (ORScovering the tuition fee difference between UK/EU students and non-UK/EU students*). The Department of Computer Science will select up to 2 applications for URS and 2 applications for ORS to participate in the faculty-wide competition for such scholarships.
    • Application deadline: 15 March 2018 (predicted)
    • Expected start date of PhD study: July 2018
  4. Other opportunities: The Department of Computer Science is also open to consider externally-funded PhD students to study with us. Although we cannot provide funding for such students, we can make an offer letter if an applicant passes our quality check which normally can help applicants to secure external funding e.g. PhD scholarships from their governments. For applicants from Commonwealth countries, Commonwealth Scholarships is a good source for getting such funding. More external scholarships for PhD studies in the UK can be found at and Computer ScienceInformation TechnologyTelecommunications.
    • For such opportunities, there is no application deadline and student can start in January, April, July or October of each year.

In addition to pursuing your PhD degree awarded by the University of Surrey, we are also welcoming short-term and long-term visiting PhD students especially between 6 to 12 months. Currently we charge a nominal bench fee of £100 per month for such visiting students. If you are a PhD student registered at another university and would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact a potential supervisor of the Department of Computer Science who will guide you for the formal process.

What Opportunities for You?

Note that you may be able to get more than one scholarship to cover full costs of your PhD study.

  • UK/EU applicants:
    1. a fully-funded studentship from the University of Surrey
    2. a URS from the University of Surrey
  • Chinese applicants who will apply to and secure funding from the CSC:
    1. a CSC scholarship + a tuition fee only scholarship from the University of Surrey;
    2. a CSC scholarship + an ORS scholarship from the University of Surrey + other funding sources covering UK/EU tuition fees (which is currently £4,195 p.a.)
  • All other overseas applicants:
    1. a URS from the University of Surrey + an ORS scholarship from the University of Surrey
    2. a fully-funded studentship from the University of Surrey + other funding sources covering the tuition fees difference between UK/EU and overseas rates (which is currently £13,805 p.a.)
    3. a URS from the University of Surrey + other funding sources covering the overseas tuition fees (which is currently £18,000 p.a.)
    4. an ORS scholarship from the University of Surrey + other funding sources covering the tuition fees difference between UK/EU and overseas rates (which is currently £13,805 p.a.) + other funding sources covering living costs

Which Supervisors and What Topics?

  • Fully-funded studentships: named supervisors and topics ONLY
    • If you want to apply for such studentships, please follow the instructions on the specific advertisement. Normally you should contact the named supervisor(s) for any queries and check your eligibility and your chance to win the studentship.
  • All other funding opportunities: ANY supervisors of the Department of Computer Science and ANY topics they are interested in
    • Before you make any quiries about potential supervisors and topics, please approach at least one academic of the Department. If you want advice on what supervisors to choose, please contact the Department's PhD Admissions Tutor (currently Dr André Grüning).

For a complete list of qualified supervisors of the Department of Computer Science, please see the "Academic Staff" table of the web page The Department's research is centred around two research groups and one research centre: Secure SystemsNature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE); and Surrey Centre for Cyber Security (a UK government recognized Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research).

Example topics of selected academics are given below, but you are encouraged to check individual academics's web profiles and approach them to discuss details of research topics they would like to offer to PhD students.

  • Dr Thanassis Giannetsos: Security and Assurance in Connected Smart Objects; Trusted Computing; Identity and Credential Management; Security and Privacy in Intelligent Transportation Systems; Security and Privacy-preserving Architectures in IoT, Data Trustworthiness in Decentralized Mobile Sensing Systems; Location Privacy; Malware Analysis in Embedded Systems.
  • Dr Lee Gillam: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, addressing architectural and analytical aspects of public Cloud and Mobile Edge Computing over 5G networks, including Mobile Code Offloading, in collaboration with the 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC); Content Analytical approaches to Data Leak/Loss Prevention and Privacy Preserving Data Analysis; Cloud Service Brokerages as relate Computational Performance and Energy Efficiency in Data Centres; Forensic Data Analysis and the Protection of Vulnerable Individuals online.
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