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Data privacy and cybersecurity

Focus your studies on data privacy and cybersecurity through our Computer Science and Informatics research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

Studying for a PhD or MPhil in the area of data privacy and cybersecurity will see you join the School as part of a successful team of researchers with a range of industrial partners and academic collaborators.

Distinctive features

  • Our longstanding, strong and dynamic research culture has given rise to our international reputation for world-class research.
  • The School supports work in this area with a substantial investment in research facilities and infrastructure.
  • Vibrant research culture that includes School and themed seminar programmes and conference/travel opportunities.
  • Dedicated support and training to boost your research-themed knowledge and skills.
  • Examples of our research in cybersecurity include the machine classification of malware in various forms (eg binary executables and web links), mathematical models for the quantification and forecasting of network security risk, security of industrial control systems (eg SCADA systems), and Cloud security.


Administrative contact(s)

Computer Science postgraduate research

Academic contact(s)

Dr George Theodorakopoulos

Dr George Theodorakopoulos


+44 (0)29 2087 4855

Our research covers a number of evolving, state-of-the-art topics, many of which are listed as priorities in our research:

When considering whether to joining us as a research student in this area, you should review these topics and activities to make sure that you have similar interests. Please contact a lead member of staff in this area to help identify a suitable supervisor with whom you can discuss the nature and direction of your research work.


You can search our studentships or find out more about funding.

Tuition fees

Self-funded research

We welcome applications if you are self-funded or have funding from other sources, including government studentships or your employer. You should review our research areas and priorities to make sure that we have similar interests.

Funded research

We usually award a small number of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)-funded doctoral and other funded studentships each year. These projects are open to UK/EU and often to overseas students.

Although funded projects are designed for full-time study, you are welcome to discuss the feasibility of conducting any project part-time with the supervisor in advance of your application. You can find their contact information by following the profile links within the project's description.

There are currently no funding opportunities available.

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Programme information

For programme structure, entry requirements and how to apply, visit the Computer Science and Informatics programme.

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