Blockchains and decentralised systems

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

A blockchain is a publicly shared immutable ledger – a distributed append-only log of records with no central authority but which nonetheless cannot be edited. A blockchain is an open, decentralised and trustable system.

Without the need for any central control or mediator, blockchains allow us to rethink applications in a decentralised way, providing a provenance protocol for sharing data across disparate semi-trusting organisations. We explore the potential for this in healthcare, education, scholarly research, Internet-of-Things, self-sovereign identity and data, and social justice, and welcome research ideas in these or any novel areas.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • Blockchains and decentralised data analytics for verified personal data
  • Blockchain for education
  • Verified personal health records and privacy
  • Decentralising scholarship using blockchains
  • Blockchains and the digitally-disadvantaged

Current/recent research projects

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

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