Research course

Big Data and Internet of Things Architecture and Protocols

University of Leeds · School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in computer science or artificial intelligence. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Very large data sets are currently generated as a result of increased real time sensing and measurements in a range of fields from healthcare to smart cities. Radically different network architecture and protocols are needed to support the expected growth and new functionalities are required.

Simple devices are expected in future to gain and provide significant levels of intelligence by linking to the Internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to grow to over 100 billion devices linking a wide range of consumer, business and industrial devices to the Internet.

The focus of this studentship is to develop network architectures and protocols that provide resilience, scalability and low power consumption in future Big data and IoT networks.

The PhD studentship will provide a good opportunity to work within the world class Communication Networks and Systems group in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Leeds, and link with the industrial collaborators and academic partners on the different projects within the group.

Keywords: Big data, IoT, Energy Efficiency, Communication Networks, Protocols, scalability

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Professor Jaafar Elmirghani