PhD Studentship: Intelligent Cognitive Technologies for 6G/B6G Communication and Networks


  • Qualification type: PhD
  • Subject area: Mobile Communications Systems
  • Location/Campus: College Lane Campus, Hatfield
  • Closing application date: 31 July 2024
  • Start date: 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Duration: three years, full time

Project outline

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake a three year PhD studentship to work on cutting-edge research on intelligent cognitive technologies for 6G/B6G communication networks. Within the realm of 6G/B6G communication, where ultra-reliable, scalable connectivity, and unprecedented high data rates prevail, a host of new challenges would surface, such as the multiplicity of critical performance metrics to be addressed under severely newly faced particularities. Anticipating potential 6G technologies, native intelligence is envisioned to empower communication algorithms, enabling them to dynamically operate within ever-changing environments. This strategic focus aligns with goal-oriented aspects, paving the way for adaptability in the face of evolving challenges. In this position, you are expected to develop intelligent algorithms capable of adaptive operation for various applications within dynamic communication environments. You will also be expected to leverage machine learning to design intelligent decision-making algorithms which can autonomously learn the best policy to optimize the system performance. The suitable candidate will carry out the research at the University of Hertfordshire.


  • Principal supervisor: Prof Pandelis Kourtessis
  • Second supervisor: Dr Haeyoung Lee

Entry requirements


  • A first-class UK honours degree or equivalent in any electronic engineering-related discipline.
  • Proficient knowledge of communication systems and strong optimisation skills.
  • Hands-on experience in simulating and designing communication algorithms.
  • Proficiency in programming skills such as MATLAB, Python, C/C++, etc.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, managing time independently to meet deadlines.
  • Problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills, with the ability to convey complex information clearly.
  • Solid IT literacy.
  • Applicants must be self-motivated.
  • International/EU applicants: must meet the minimum English language requirements, which include an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent).


  • A master’s degree in a relevant discipline, such as Communications Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering (advantageous but not essential).
  • Publications in high-impact international journals and conferences.
  • Experience with communication simulation tools (e.g., NS-3).
  • Expertise in optimization algorithms with a strong mathematical background.
  • Proficient knowledge of hardware implementation skills.


  • Overseas candidates are welcome to apply.

How to apply

Applicants are required to provide the following documents:

  • A completed application form
  • A research proposal not exceeding 2 pages
  • Copies of qualification certificates and transcripts
  • Two academic references
  • Certification of English language competence (minimum IELTS 6.5 or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

Please email the application form and supporting documents to Doctoral College.  Closing date for applications is 31 July 2024 and interviews will take place in early August. For informal enquires please email: Dr Haeyoung Lee

You should arrange for your referees to send their reference via email directly to the Doctoral College

Funding information

The award includes cover for UK home or international tuition fees and a stipend at standard UKRI rates. For 2023-2024 this is set at £18,622. The stipends usually increase annually in line with inflation. Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible