Bournemouth University Fully-Funded PhD Studentship in Psychology, UK 2018

Application Deadline: September 16, 2018

The Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University (BU), in conjunction with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl, part of the Ministry of Defence), is offering a fully funded PhD studentship on the topic of psychological factors of resilience against cybersecurity threats within organisations. This studentship offers the opportunity to work within a highly topical, interdisciplinary project with supervisory expertise from academia and industry.


The successful candidate will work under the supervision of BU and Dstl to:

  • Map and review current cybersecurity resilience strategies within organisations, including commercial, governmental and military organisations
  • Evaluate these strategies in relation to the psychological literature on resilience
  • Produce psychologically informed, best practice guidelines for organisations on how to evaluate resilience within organisations and how to implement realistic and sustainable strategies that promote resilience in a manner appropriate to the requirements of that organisation.

Degree Level: PhD programme

Project Title: Using Psychology to Evaluate and Develop Organisational Cybersecurity Resilience

Host Country: UK

Number of Scholarships: Not given

Duration/Value: A fully-funded Studentship includes a maintenance grant of £14,777 per year to contribute towards living expenses during the course of your research, as well as a fee waiver for 36 months.

Eligible Countries: UK students


This PhD Studentship is open to UK nationals. Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:
• outstanding academic potential as measured by either a 1st class honours degree or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA)
• an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component) for candidates for whom English is not their first language
In addition to satisfying minimum entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful completion.
Applicants will be asked to submit an online application form and a proposal (c. 1500 words) outlining their understanding of the project for which they are applying, the approach they would envisage taking and what qualities they will bring to the research community.
Please note:
• Current BU Doctoral students are not eligible to apply for a Studentship • Current MRes/MPhil students can apply, subject to satisfactory completion of their Research Degree prior to being able to take up the award

English Language Requirements: If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component).

Application: Apply via online application below



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