From time to time, I have vacancies for PhD applicants. If I do have vacancies, these will be noted here.
As of 1 May 2012, I have no PhD vacancies. I really mean this!
If you are still keen to do a PhD/EngD with the Enterprise Systems group, try contacting one of my colleagues: Dimitris Kolovos (particularly on MDE and scalability), Manuel Oriol (on software testing), Fiona Polack (complex systems), Radu Calinescu (cloud computing, self-* systems, modelling), or Louis Rose (software evolution, MDE, complex systems).
PhD topics for my students focus on modelling, Model-Driven Engineering, Domain-Specific Languages, agile methods, formal methods, software architecture and failure analysis. I am interested in these topics applied in a number of different problem domains, including healthcare, distributed systems, cloud computing, air traffic management, complexity, and railway systems.
You need to convince us that you can work successfully in a rapidly changing, exciting field. You need to be practically minded, happy to work with software tools (particularly Eclipse). You should be comfortable with programming; if you are a strong programmer, all the better. Above all, we want to see evidence that you are accomplished -- that you have set out to do something, and you have completed it successfully. Good examples of this include: working on an open-source project, setting up a company, building an app, running a technical group. Effectively, we want to see that you have ideas, and you can see them through to completion.
If you do join us, you'll be joining a friendly, dynamic, energetic team with a proven track record in international research. We have a lot of fun, we drink a lot of coffee, and occasionally a Nerf war breaks out.
If I have funding for a PhD studentship, it will be advertised here, and probably on the Department's web page. Note that funding for PhD studentships in the UK is now very difficult to obtain: the funding councils concentrate support in so-called Doctoral Training Centres (and Engineering Doctorate Centres) rather than for specific projects. As such, it is unlikely that I will have funding for PhD projects unless otherwise noted.