Postgraduate research opportunities

Improving cybercrime reporting

The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to understand the best mechanisms for victims of cybercrime to accurately and usefully report it, and to improve reporting rates. This will involve working with law enforcement data and officers, and with victims. A background in Computer Science or Criminology is required.

Number of places



17 March 2021


30 June 2021


3.5 years


Self-Funded Students Only

UKRI Studentship Eligibility

The eligibility criteria for UKRI funding has changed for studentships commencing in the 2021/22 academic year. Now, all home and international students are eligible to apply for UKRI funding which will cover the full stipend and tuition fees at the home rate (not the international rate). Under the new criteria, UKRI have stipulated a maximum percentage of international students that can be recruited each year against individual training grants. This will be managed at the institutional level for all EPSRC DTP and ICASE grants. For EPSRC CDT grants, this will be managed by the individual CDT administrative/management team. For ESRC and AHRC studentships the final funding decision will be made by the respective grant holder.


To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter.


The residency requirements are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).

If a student does not meet the criteria above, they will be classed as an international student. The international portion of the tuition fee cannot be funded by the UKRI grant and must be covered from other sources. International students are permitted to self-fund the difference between the home and international fee rates.

Project Details

This project will use data from Action Fraud, Police Scotland and other sources to understand the mechanisms for cybercrime reporting. It will use surveys, interviews, and Human Computer Interface techniques to understand the problems with and best practice in existing reporting interfaces. It will use analysis of third party data on the number of cybercrimes committed to evaluate the reporting rate for cybercrime.

This project will be supervised by Dr Daniel Thomas and Dr Karen Renaud at the University of Strathclyde with assistance from Dr Ben Collier from the University of Edinburgh.

Funding Details

While no funding is presently available applications for funding are under submission and so we hope this will become a position with home fees, stipend, and travel costs funded.