Human Factors in Cyber Security PhD Scholarship

10th Oct 2018
31st Oct 2018
Study level
Graduate research
Enrolment status
Future student; Current student; Alumnus
University Trust Record


Study Area

Media and Communications


This is a funded PhD position in Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne.

Applications are invited for a PhD scholarship in the area of Human Factors in Cyber Security. The student will be supervised by Professor Monica Whitty at The University of Melbourne. The student will be full time and will pursue an independent PhD research project that is aligned with Professor Whitty’s other projects and research interests.

We are seeking a highly motivated student with demonstrable research skills, writing experience and expertise in one or more of the following fields: psychology, criminology, media and communication, and the social sciences. The applicant will need to have a good grasp and experience of methodologies in the social sciences, such as advanced statistical analysis, and/or qualitative analysis (eg grounded theory, content analysis, thematic analysis).


The successful applicant will receive an annual allowance and other benefits as per the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarships offered through The University of Melbourne's Graduate Research Scholarships. Please see the current Graduate Research Scholarships terms and conditions


Applications are welcome from both domestic and international students.


  • The successful applicant must meet the entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Arts), and have received a minimum result of first class Honours in the qualifying degree.
  • Applicants are required to satisfy the University's English language requirements for graduate courses. The minimum English language requirements for this course are: Band 7.


Applicants will be notified by the University before 21 December 2018.

Application process

Intending applicants should contact Professor Monica Whitty at prior to submitting their PhD application.

The applicant will need to develop a proposal in the area of Cyber Security. This might, for example, include gaining a greater understanding of cybercrimes (eg cyberscams, identity theft, trolling, online bullying and harassment), how they operate and victimology; experimental studies develop to prevent crimes and improve cyber security skills, or gaining a greater understanding of society’s perceptions of cybercrimes.


Please contact Professor Monica Whitty at