Project code



School of Computing

Start dates

October, February and April

Application deadline

Applications accepted all year round

Applications are invited for a self-funded, 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time PhD project.

The PhD will be based in the School of Computing and will be supervised by Dr Alice Good, Martin Sparrius and Soraya Harding.


The work on this project will:

  •  A review of technology enabled abuse within the context of domestic violence
  • Understand the impact of technology enabled abuse on victims
  • Improve victim support 
  • Inform the development of  a user centred framework for implementing preventative measures of technology enabled abuse on potential victims


According to Women’s aid, a UK based charity dedicated to supporting victims of domestic abuse, technology enabled abuse is on the rise. Examples include cyber stalking, harassment and humiliation on social media by posting pictures and videos. There is a fundamental need for increased awareness of the impact technology enabled abuse has on victims from a professional and victim perspective. Furthermore, enabling an  increased cultural understanding on related implications to changing societal attitudes. One of the aims of this research is to improve victim support by understanding the impact technology enabled abuse has on victims.


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 (conditions apply).

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

The entry requirements for a PhD or MPhil include an upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

How to apply

We’d encourage you to contact Dr Alice Good ( to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.

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. 

When applying please quote project code: COMP6311025