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Computer Science: Fully Funded MRes Scholarship at Swansea: Ladder Logic Verification

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9600 GBP
United Kingdom
20 Sep 2023
Application deadline


Swansea University offers a number of awards for students pursuing PhD, MPhil, MRes or Master's by Research studies.


Scholarship type

Merit based

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Full tuition waiver + £9,600

Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction
  • other


Interlocking computers provide a safety layer within railway signalling. They are often programmed in Ladder Logic, which is one of the standard languages IEC standardises for Programming Logic Controllers. In close collaboration with the Swansea Railway Verification Group, Siemens has developed an automated Verification Framework that allows to verify if a Ladder Logic program for an Interlocking Computer satisfies safety properties. Such safety properties arise from rail standards and test objectives. Currently, Siemens has a library of about 300 safety properties. The central question on this library is: how good is it actually in catching mistakes? 

This project shall apply methods from fuzzy testing in order to provide first answers to these questions. One approach will be to inject `targeted’ mistakes, i.e., we change a program in such a way that a property does not hold. Another approach is to apply `modification’ operators to a program, e.g., we randomly change a logical ``and ’’ for a logical `` or ’’, or add a negation. In both scenarios the question is: does verifying the modified program against the whole library of safety properties flag that a property does not hold?  

Outcome of the project will be insights on the `stability’ of ladder logic programs and the `completeness’ of the current library of safety properties.

Applicable programmes


This scholarship covers the full cost of UK tuition fees and a stipend of £9,600.

Additional research expenses will also be available. 


  • Candidates must hold an Upper Second Class (2.1) honours degree. If you are eligible to apply for the scholarship (i.e. a student who is eligible to pay the UK rate of tuition fees) but do not hold a UK degree, you can check our comparison entry requirements.
  • Due to funding restrictions, this scholarship is not open to applications from international students (unless eligible to pay UK tuition fee rates as defined by UKCISA regulations). 

Scholarship requirements


Computer Sciences


United Kingdom



Study experience required





Application deadline

20 Sep 2023

To apply, please complete your application online with the following information:

Course choice – please select Logic and Computation / MRes / Full-time / 1 Year / October

Start year – please select 2023

Funding (page 8) –

‘Are you funding your studies yourself?’ – please select No

‘Name of Individual or organisation providing funds for study’ – please enter ‘RS428 - Comp Sci MRes’

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to list the above information accurately when applying, please note that applications received without the above information listed will not be considered for the scholarship award.

One application is required per individual Swansea University led research scholarship award; applications cannot be considered listing multiple Swansea University led research scholarship awards.


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