Project code



School of Computing

Start dates

February and October

Application deadline

Applications accepted all year round

Applications are invited for a three year PhD to commence in October or February.

The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Technology, and will be supervised by Dr Mo Adda and Dr Alex Gegov.

The work on this project could involve:

  • Programming
  • Knowledge of Machine Learning
  • Knowledge of Cyber Security

Side Channel attacks are the actions of stealing sensitive data by exploiting the vulnerability of a system. The initial work in this direction has successfully lead to the detection of side channel attacks based on Flush+Reload techniques against Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) algorithms. This project aims to develop a new universal framework to address all known side channel attacks mainly Flush+Reload, Prime+Probe, Flush+Flush and Evict+Reload techniques machine learning and statistical approaches.

Fees and funding

Visit the research subject area page for fees and funding information for this project.
Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only. 

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).

Bench fees

Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.

Entry Requirements Accordian Panel

You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Master or equivalent in Computer Science, Cyber Security or Artificial intelligence.

How to apply

When you are ready to apply, please follow the 'Apply now' link on the Computing PhD subject area page and select the link for the relevant intake. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process. 

October start

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