Future open networks studentships

These projects will be researching on advanced 6G techniques and the students will be able to show case their research to 6GIC industry members.

Start date

1 October 2023


3.5 years

Application deadline

Funding source

UKRI and/or University of Surrey

Funding information

​The studentship will provide a stipend at UKRI rates (currently £17,668 for 2022/23) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. An additional bursary of £1,700 per annum for the duration of the studentship will be offered to exceptional candidates.


The focus of these projects is on techniques that make 6G system and network robust, reliable, energy and spectrum efficient. The research topics are not only limited to the following but these are listed as an indication of areas of interest:

  • Distributed cloud native network
  • Information theoretic analysis of integrated communication and sensing
  • Intelligent network orchestrator
  • Low-exposure multi-antenna wireless communication
  • Physical layer security for semantic communications
  • RAN security and resilience (terrestrial, Satellite, UAV)
  • Secure open radio access network (SO-RAN) in 5G network
  • Semantic communication and sensing for 6G wireless networks
  • Software defined and virtualised network security.


Eligibility criteria

Open to any UK or international candidates. Up to 30% of the University of Surrey funded studentships may be awarded to international students. Find out more about eligibility.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Information and Communication Systems PhD programme page.

In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for and the name of the relevant supervisor.

You must upload your full CV and any transcripts of previous academic qualifications. You should enter ’Faculty Funded Competition’ under funding type.​

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Application deadline

Contact details

For informal enquiries, please click on the link next to the project that interests you. You will then be able to contact the relevant project supervisor.


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