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PhD on the Basis of Prior Published Works in Cyber Security

PhD on the Basis of Prior Published Works in Cyber Security

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Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Internet Security Systems Publishing

Course type


Course Summary

About the course

Cyber security is a fundamental requirement for all users of technology – helping to protect organisations and people from a significant, wide variety and constantly evolving threat. This ever-changing threat landscape requires constant innovation in the technologies that provide protection.

The PhD on the Basis of Prior Work in Cyber Security is an opportunity for experienced researchers with a proven track record in innovation within cyber security – typically evidenced through publications and patents. Supported by the Centre for Cyber Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN) and our internationally recognized academics, candidates will work closely with a Director of Studies to curate and frame their research into a research portfolio for examination.

Key features

Once accepted onto the programme, the programme is part-time with a maximum duration of 12 months. Candidates will work towards producing a research portfolio that will evidence they have:

- personally made a systematic study
- shown independent, critical and original powers; and
- made a distinct contribution to knowledge.

In addition to the research outputs, the research portfolio must also include an integrative summary written by the candidate of between 7500-15000 words. The purpose of the integrative summary is to provide a critical overview and synthesis of the research outputs submitted and their contribution to the discipline.

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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this programme of study are vary considerably and applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, the programme is only open to experienced professionals with a proven track record in innovation within the domain.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more

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