UCL Computer Science


Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity

The challenges that arise from the integration of emerging technologies into existing social, commercial, legal and political systems will not be resolved by specialists working in isolation

Rather, these complex problems require the efforts of people who can cross disciplinary boundaries, communicate beyond their own fields, and comprehend the context in which others operate.

Computer science, information security, encryption, criminology, psychology, international relations, public policy, philosophy of science, legal studies, and economics combine to form the ecosystem within which cybersecurity problems and solutions are found but training people to think and work across these boundaries has proven difficult.

We’re delighted to be able to play this important role in shaping the future of cybersecurity research. Working closely with industry and government partners, and across disciplines is the only way to comprehensively tackle the complex problems we continue to face in cybersecurity. We’re looking forward to welcoming some of the brightest, most innovative thinkers to our programme – Professor David Pym, CDT Director

This exciting collaboration brings together research teams in three UCL departments - Computer Science, Security and Crime Science, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy --- in order to increase the capacity of the UK to respond to future information and cybersecurity challenges.

Through an interdisciplinary approach, the CDT will train cohorts of highly skilled experts drawn from across the spectrum of Engineering and Social Sciences, able to become the next generation of UK leaders in industry and government, public policy, and scientific research. The CDT will equip them with a broad understanding of all sub-fields of cybersecurity, as well as specialized knowledge and transferable skills to be able to operate professionally in business, academic, and policy circles.

To find out core information about this degree, such as entry requirements, programme length and cost, visit the UCL Graduate Degrees site

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Study with us

Find out about the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity's four-year programme, including how to apply

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Student profiles

Find out about the current PhD students at the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity

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Teaching staff associated with the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity and their areas of expertise

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Working closely with partners in the private sector, in government, and in the third sector is essential to our CDT.

Who we are

UCL is a world leader in teaching and researching cybersecurity. It is in a unique position to deliver on the vision of this innovative and interdiscipliinary CDT in cybersecurity, because of its ambitious portfolio of projects and over 40 members of faculty with internationally excellent expertise across all aspects of cybersecurity.

The team is led by the Computer Science department, which was the top UK department by research output in the UK REF 2014. UCL is recognized by GCHQ as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and Teaching. 

The departments involved hold active research grants worth £17.9M in cybersecurity, funded by the EPSRC, Royal Society, EU H2020, ERC amongst others, including £300K of active direct financial gifts from industrial partners.

UCL leads the PETRAS project on IoT security (£9.5M) as well as its successor, SDTaP (£13M), the IRIS project on secure interfaces (£6.1M); the Glasshouses project on distributed ledgers (£0.9M); Cyber Readiness for Boards (£1M), ECSEPA (£250K) and BARAC on Algorithmic transparency (£0.6M). The department of Security and Crime Science hosts the £7.4M Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL which focuses on understanding and addressing the changing nature of crime.  

UCL‘s Departments of Security and Crime Science and Computer Science also contribute a secure data lab — the only such facility in a UK university — which is police-assured to hold sensitive data classified up to the level of secret.

CDT Leadership Team

  • Prof Madeline Carr (Co-Director): Professor Carr is the Director of the Research Institute in Sociotechnical Cyber Security (RISCS) and the Director of the UCL Digital Technologies Policy Lab. Her work focuses on the international political dimensions of cybersecurity, particularly cyber norms, the policy complexities of the IoT, and decision making on cyber risk.
  • Prof Shane Johnson (Co-Director): Professor Johnson is the Director of the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL. His research focuses on what works to reduce crime, how emerging technology creates new opportunities for crime and how we might prevent it. 
  • Prof David Pym (Director): Professor Pym is Head of the Programming Principles, Logic, and Verification research group and a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Press Journal of Cybersecurity.

Current students

  • Antonis Papasavva
  • Antoine Vendeville
  • Sergi Bray
  • Henry Skeoch
  • Kyriacos Demetriou
  • Arianna Trozze
  • Hawra Hosseini- Milani
  • Niamh Healy
  • Louis Woods



Contact us

For further information please contact the Centre Manager, Fiona Mannion, at cybersecuritycdt@ucl.ac.uk