Entry requirements

The minimal qualification for PhD applicants is: a good bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, an excellent research proposal. However, a Master's degree is often preferred as evidence of some experience in research. Holders of other qualifications are welcome to apply.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Staff research interests cover a wide spectrum of computing topics in relation to MPhil/PhD research in Computing.

Particular research strengths are in the areas of investigation of security of embedded computer systems and Internet of Things (IoT), HCI, server-side systems, forensic computing and cybercrime forensics.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Dr Hannan Azhar:

  • Image processing and pattern recognition for wildlife, biometric, forensic and border security applications.
  • Pervasive computing and ambient intelligence for Internet of Things.
  • Assistive technologies and robotic systems to enhance the quality of life.

Dr David J Bennett:

  • Usability of forensic and security software, healthcare-related systems, teaching of computer programming.

Mr Reza Mousoli:

  • cyber security, e-safety, privacy and confidentiality, computer trust management, semantic analysis for spam filtering and traffic analysis.

Dr Man Qi:

  • cybercrime laws and forensics, intelligent computing and applications, cloud and green computing, computer graphics/image/animation, human-computer interaction, web/e-commerce applications.

Dr Vijay Sahota:

  • collaborative scientific research, grid/HPC/distributed systems, parallel/concurrent programming, mass information processing, scientific imaging/models.

Dr Paul Stephens:

  • cybercrime education, digital forensics, encryption, distributed systems and networks, policing digital crime.

Dr Abhaya Induruwa:

  • security of the internet of things, smart device forensics, distributed computing architectures for large-scale mobile phone investigation.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from international Students. Please visit our website for information.

Fees and funding

Canterbury Christ Church University Graduate School holds an annual scholarship competition. Details can be found on our website.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months
part time
36 months
full time
24 months


distance learning
60 months
part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Abhaya Induruwa