Industrial doctorates


Industrial doctorates

Scotland needs highly–educated data experts, in research and business, that are capable of forging new ideas at the edge of what is currently achievable. 

We offer funding for Industrial Doctorate programmes to support the development of high level data science talent.

We co-fund industrial doctorates at Scottish Universities

We co-fund industrial doctorate programmes at Scottish Universities, in collaboration with Scottish industry or public sector organisations. These industrial doctorates are designed to support the development of data science talent at a PhD / EngD level, while facilitating collaboration between industry and academia through applied research projects.

We are unable to fund students directly.  Applications for funding must come from a Scottish University and be sponsored by an Industry or public sector Sponsor that has an operational base in Scotland.  If you require further information about this, contact

Open doctorate vacancies

Autonomous Fall-Back Communication for Critical Wireless Smart Grid Networks

About the Project


Safety-critical wireless IoT networks are increasingly ubiquitous. They enable future mobility concepts for e.g. drone swarm coordination and vehicle to everything (v2x) networks. As static networks they underpin in situ monitoring and control of civilian infrastructure such as power and water. Signal jamming at grid perimeters causes breakdown of essential network services, while in mobile platforms the potential loss of vehicle control poses a significant collision and accident risk.

This project will research, develop and validate a fall-back mechanism technology for fail-safe communication of critical network grids to mitigate the adverse impacts of signal jamming. The study will extend intelligent autonomous nodes to detect and identify anomalous behaviour of signals and update all participating devices in the grid of the anomaly to use the fall-back mechanism.

The student will be embedded in the Cyber Research Group and ALMADA Research Centre at the UWS Lanarkshire campus, joining a growing team of 4 PhD students, and over 10 faculty researchers.

For informal queries please contact Dr. Althaff Mohideen at or Dr. James Riordan at

Closing date 30 June


For further information, please contact the Skills Team.