Research opportunities

We provide Surrey undergraduate and masters students opportunities to be exposed to cyber security research in addition to their normal curriculum.

Below please find a list of our members who are offering such research opportunities.

There are possibilities to get industry and/or governmental support for some of the opportunities through programmes like industry internships:

It is also possible to combine these opportunities with your final-year projects (for undergraduates) and dissertation projects (for masters students). In many cases, it will be possible for you to work with and get help from our current PhD students and/or postdoctoral research assistants.

Our core members

You may help any core member of our Centre conduct some research, such as:

  • Reproducing results of research papers published by other researchers
  • Testing software tools produced by other researchers
  • Helping develop research software prototypes, etc.

To see what opportunities are available, find our core members whose research interests match yours, and simply drop him/her an email asking for more information.

Our associate members

If you have research interests going beyond cyber security to fields such as:

  • Telecommunications
  • Computer vision
  • Signal processing
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Business and management
  • Economics.

You may also want to contact an associate member of our Centre to see if there are opportunities to conduct more interdisciplinary research.

Our members

The following individual members of our Centre also maintain a list of student research projects on their personal websites. Contact them for more information about projects you are interested in.

Dr Shujun Li: He is currently offering a large number of research projects to students and the list can be found on his personal website.

Most of the projects are related to the Human-Centred Security theme, but many with links to Privacy and Data Protection and Secure Communications themes.

Dr Mark Manulis: He is currently offering a number of research projects to students and the list can be found on his personal website.

Most of the projects are related to the Privacy and Data Protection theme, but some with links to the Secure Communications and Human-Centred Security themes.


Verification of security and privacy in modern threat landscapes

Funding information:
A stipend of £16,000 per annum, tax-free, subject to nationality and residence status. Fees are covered for UK/EU students (in value of £4,260).

Applied cryptography

Funding information:
The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum, and is available to students of UK/EU residency. PhD student positions are limited to three years. 

Multi-factor authentication

Funding information:
You will receive a tax-free stipend of approximately £22,000 per year (for 3.5 years). Additional funding is available to support presentation of research results at international conferences, participation in PhD summer schools, other scientific events, and engagement with industry.

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Surrey Centre for Cyber Security
University of Surrey