PhD Opportunities

The School welcomes enquiries relating to hardware of telecommunications, computer networks, games technology, electronic engineering and software engineering. Areas of research in which staff are currently active include gaming, e-business, home automation, learning technologies, intelligent systems, security and forensics, robotics and cloud computing.

PhD opportunities - computing

Areas of interest

  • Machine Learning
  • Evolutionary Computation
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Knowledge Engineering

We find it most effective to work with inquirers to focus their research ideas before a formal application is made.  You can contact either individual staff or the School's Director of Research Degrees, Dr Chris Creed.

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How to apply for a PhD

Formal applications should be made using the University's online application form, which can be found under the 'How to Apply' tab of the Computing PhD course page.

The form should be accompanied by an initial research proposal of 1,000 - 2,500 words (fully referenced) explaining your ideas about topic and how it might be studied - this allows us to match your ideas with staff experience and interests, and (if you wish) accompanied by a curriculum vitae.

To discuss the application process please contact the CEBE Doctoral Research College (

Computing Studentships

PhD Classic Doctoral Training Grant Funding Information

This funding model includes a 36 month fully funded PhD Studentship, in-line with the Research Council values, which comprises a tax-free stipend paid monthly £17,668 for 2022-2023) per year and a Full Time Home Fee Scholarship (£4,596 for 2022-2023) for up to 3 years, subject to you making satisfactory progression within your PhD research

International students will be required to pay the difference between the Overseas Fee Rate and Home Fee Rate. All applicants will receive the same stipend irrespective of fee status. 

Deadline for the May 2023 intake

  • Saturday 10 December 2022 at 23:59pm

Title: A Systemic Digital Transformation towards developing Smart NetZero Cities.

Project Code: CEBE-VJ-10

Subject Area: Interdisciplinary: Digital Transformation, Smart Cities, Net Zero agenda 

Supervision team: Dr Vahid Javidroozi (DoS); Dr Monica Mateo Garcia, Professor Hanifa Shah


Net Zero strategy is about decarbonising “all” sectors of a city, hence, establishing a cross-sectoral integration approach and inter-sectoral collaboration is necessary to achieve the Net Zero goals, which should be common amongst the city sectors. According to a “systems approach” of the Net Zero Strategy, the journey towards Net Zero cities necessitates consideration of a ‘systems thinking’ approach to enable a digital transformation across various city sectors/systems. Likewise, city systems integration is a significant requirement of Smart City Development (SCD), which is currently being undertaken by city authorities to mitigate urbanisation challenges, through providing real-time integrated and efficient data-driven services across city systems/sectors.

Hence, the meaning of ‘Smart NetZero’ in the context of future cities does not only include the necessity of the NetZero agenda but also comprises the concept of Smart City Development (SCD) as a facilitator for moving towards Net Zero cities. In addition, the digital transformation of cities towards SCD from multiple dimensions, including process, data, people, and technology has become a common understanding in academia, especially within socio-technical research groups. Therefore, this PhD project will focus on the systems approach of the Net Zero strategy and will combine the abovementioned concepts, exploring the requirements of developing NetZero cities by considering the 2050 NetZero strategy, sustainability, and Smart City Maturity Models and frameworks.

This research aims at developing and validating a roadmap for the systemic digital transformation of cities to move towards Smart NetZero Cities. The following preliminary objectives will be addressed as part of this research:

  • To better understand the requirements of NetZero agenda in the context of smart cities.
  • To identify various dimensions of smart city development as well as NetZero city development and develop a conceptual framework for Smart NetZero Cities.
  • To deliberate the requirements of Smart NetZero cities within every aspect of it. 
  • To identify the priorities of developing Smart NetZero cities.
  • To develop and validate a digital transformation roadmap for Smart NetZero Cities by utilising the learnings from existing digital transformation roadmaps and the findings of this research.     

Person Specification:

The applicant must have academic qualifications related to one (or more) of the following (or similar) fields: information systems, computer science, urban development, digital transformation, smart cities, sustainability, Green/Net Zero agenda.

The applicant should demonstrate that they are able to:

  • Undertake original academic research. 
  • Conceptualise, design, connect, implement multiple disciplines for the generation of new knowledge and/or applications,
  • Apply techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry to address complex issues.

To apply, please complete the project proposal form,ensuring that you quote the project reference, and then complete the online application where you will be required to upload your proposal in place of a personal statement as a pdf document.

Formal applications should be made on the University's online application form, which can be found under the 'How to Apply' tab of the course page.

You will also be required to upload two references, at least one being an academic reference, and your qualification/s of entry (Bachelor/Masters certificate/s and transcript/s). 

To discuss Project CEBE-VJ-10, please contact Dr Vahid Javidroozi


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