Airbus UK PhD scholarship on space threats and its impact on maritime security, at the Centre for Sea Power and Strategy

Applications are invited for a three-year home tuition fee PhD scholarship. The scholarship will start on 1 October 2022.


To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Politics (and select the entry point of October 2022), then clearly state that you are applying for a PhD scholarship and name the project at the top of your personal statement.

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Director of Studies: Dr Fotios Moustakis

2nd Supervisor: Dr Stavros Karamperidis

3rd Supervisor: Dr Markos Trichas,

Applications are invited for a three-year home tuition fee PhD scholarship. The scholarship will start on 1 October 2022.

Project description

Threats against the use of space pose a considerable risk to modern Naval and maritime transport operations. The Navy’s growing reliance on space for communications, position navigation and wider domain awareness means it is vulnerable when these systems are denied. This denial of service can take the form of jamming, or become permanent from anti-satellite systems. The ability of adversaries’ satellites to accurately track both Naval and Commercial vessels using a range of Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance (including electro-optical, synthetic aperture radar, and hyper-spectral imaging) space assets has significant implications for naval and maritime transport operations. Whilst the threat from space-based missiles is in its infancy, adversarial nations are increasingly developing weaponry that are more sophisticated. The modern Navy has to learn and adapt to this evolving threat. The PhD study will have three objectives: 1) assess threats from space and potential adversaries; 2) impact on the Navy and the commercial operators and 3) provide solutions on how these threats can be negated.


Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant Masters qualification. Due to the nature of the project, the scholarship is suited to members of the British Armed forces, preferably from Royal Navy and/or Royal Marines.

The scholarship is supported for 4 years (full time) or 5 years (part time) and includes full home tuition fees. No stipend is offered. The scholarship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for Home fees with relevant qualifications.

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Fotios Moustakis or Dr Markos Trichas or Mr Allen Antrobus

Please see a list of supporting documents to upload with your application.

For more information on the admissions process generally, please contact

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 31 May 2022. 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on 30 June 2022. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.