Funding

Self-funded PhD students only

Project code

COMP4970220

Department 

School of Computing

Start dates

Closing date

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

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).

2022/2023 fees (applicable for October 2022, February and April 2023 start) 

PhD and MPhil

UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students 

  • Full-time: £4,596 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time and part-time distance learning: £2,298 (may be subject to annual increase)

EU students
(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £4,596 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time and part-time distance learning: £2,298 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full-time: £18,300 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time and part-time distance learning: £9,150 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

All fees are subject to annual increase. If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2022/23 please visit this page.

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

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

We’d encourage you to contact Dr Mo Adda (mo.adda@port.ac.uk) to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.

When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. 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.

If you want to be considered for this PhD opportunity you must quote project code COMP4970220 when applying.

October start

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February start

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