Info for PhD Applicants

PhD Opportunities

I welcome applications from potential PhD students. Currently, I will be giving priority to students who are willing to take research in the field or network and information security. Some areas of particular interest are: Authentication, Single Sign On, Security Awareness, Secure Wireless Communications, Security in the Cloud, Digital Forensics, Social Engineering, etc. Please contact me via email should you have any specific questions.

In most cases, students are not assigned to pre-specified projects. PhD candidates are expected to propose an area or topic that the supervisor has expertise in. Therefore, applicants should prepare a statement of proposed research of no more than 1 page indicating their intended topic and research strategy. This should:

  • Show an understanding of existing work in the field (literature review)
  • Identify an area for new work (gap in the literature, research question, motivation)
  • Have concrete objectives and deliverables
  • Indicate that you know how to achieve them (methodology)

I'm willing to provide advice and comments on research proposal draft. To write a good research proposal, make sure that your ideas are clearly stated and well focused. Poorly specified or 'rambling' proposals will not convince us that you have a clear idea of what you want to do. I suggest that your structure your proposal as follows:

  1. Title
  2. Overview of the research - defining the research area and your current perspective of the aims and objectives of your proposed PhD project.
  3. Aim - broad statements of desired outcomes, or the general intentions of the research, which 'paint a picture' of your research project
  4. Objectives - highly focused and feasible steps you are going to take to answer your research questions or a specific list of tasks needed to accomplish the goals of the project
  5. Positioning of the research - demonstrating your current understanding of the research issues being addressed and why they are important.
  6. Research design & methodology - identifying the background information that is necessary to carry out the project and the research techniques that you believe could be adopted.
  7. References

For more information, please visit the Manchester Metropolitan University 'How to Apply' page.