PhD Studentship - Towards Productive Cyber Resilience and Safety Analysis in Model-Based System Engineering

Cyber resilience is an important system-level feature. It is affected by design trades made during the systems engineering process (e.g. the use of architectural dissimilarity in parallel control channels). These trades are likely to affect other system properties such as system security and safety, as well as programme schedule and cost.
Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is being increasingly used in critical systems to help manage system complexity.  MBSE aims to transform Systems Engineering to a model-based practice and is a formalised application of modelling to support system requirements, design, analysis, verification and validation activities beginning in the conceptual design phase and continuing throughout development and later lifecycle phases (INCOSE, 2023).  MBSE’s use of models formalise descriptions of a system, allowing for automated analysis, in contrast to the historical approach of document-based engineering.  MBSE is also seen as key to lowering the cost of defence platforms.  For example, the Ministry of Defence’s PYRAMID programme envisages simplifying upgrades, and reducing software development costs though a reusable and open mission system architecture, by using a suite of reusable software components for legacy and future air platforms (UK MoD PYRAMID, 2021).

This is a fully-funded PhD studentship which includes a stipend of £18,622 each year to support your living costs. 

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2023. 

Key information

Next start date:

22 January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


36 months

Entry requirements:

Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA), or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. 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, or equivalent). For more information check out our full entry requirements