UCL Cybersecurity CDT


How to apply and funding

We no longer have UKRI-funded studentships available. Potential candidates who may have other sources of funding available to them should contact us for further information: cybersecuritycdt@ucl.ac.uk

The EPSRC CDT in Cybersecurity is now only accepting applications from:

  • Those who already have a funded scholarship from another source;
  • Self-funded students.

Your application must be made online via the Cybersecurity PhD prospective page 

Your application must be made online via UCL Select. If you are self-funding or you have applied for funding elsewhere, we will not be able to process applications received after the 28th June 2024. These deadlines include uploaded references. Referees do not get emailed until your application is submitted. You will need to submit before these dates, in order to give time for your referees to upload to complete the application.

In order for your application to be considered, it must include the following:

1. Names and email addresses of TWO potential supervisors who you would like to review your application

Please note that without this your application may not get passed to the most relevant academics.
Identify two UCL academics conducting research in your areas of interest. The best way to do this is to visit the research section of the 3 departments the CDT spans, visit UCL's departmental websites or search for academics by research theme in IRIS. Read as much as you can about their research and the PhD projects they have supervised to ensure that they are suitable. N.B. academics must be based in the Department of Computer Science, Department of Security and Crime Science and Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy.
Send them an email (i) introducing yourself, (ii) outlining your research interests, (iii) explaining that you wish to apply to the "multi-departmental CDT Cybersecurity research programme", and (iv) would like to list them as potential supervisors in your application.
List their names under the "proposed supervisor" section of your application.

2. Funding source

Interviews can only be organised once shortlisted applicants provide information about their funding plans. These must be outlined at the end of your personal statement, AND under the funding section of the application.  

3. Academic transcripts for each of your degree level qualifications

Transcripts should be uploaded to UCL Select. They should outline both the grades you achieved in individual modules and the overall grade you obtained in your degree programme, degree certificates are not sufficient. Transcripts must be translated into English.

4. The details of two referees who can comment on your academic ability

At least one of them must be an academic referee.

5. A personal statement with four parts
  • A research proposal no longer than two sides of A4. This can include a brief description of the research fields and research questions you are most interested in studying during your PhD. 
  • The main skills and knowledge you could contribute to this programme.
  • Your reasons for selecting this multidisciplinary doctoral programme.
  • How you will fund your studies for the 4 years. 

It is not expected that you send a full research proposal at this stage, as students have the opportunity to explore various disciplines before deciding on the title of their PhD thesis at the end of year 1. You can find guidance on writing a research proposal online.

General entry requirements
You must have achieved (or are predicted to achieve) a first class or upper second class honours undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (or equivalent international qualifications or experience). An appropriate Master's degree is preferred, but not essential. 
You must fulfil UCL's English language requirements. If your first language is not English then you will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. Further details can be found on the following UCL international students English language requirements web page. This programme requires a Good level of English proficiency.



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