Cyber security economics

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

3 years
Application deadline
Funding information

Funding will provide an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £16,000 and coverage of the home/EU tuition fees. 

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This 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.

Eligibility criteria

Entry requirements


  • Bachelors 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 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

How to apply

Formal applications can be made through our PhD Computer Science course 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, you are also required to upload the following documents:

  • A cover letter, explaining your interests in computer science
  • Relevant research experience (including examples of previous project work).

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