MPhil Developing innovative new web-based software to improve SME compliance process automation in partnership with a growing law and legal tech company

Qualification: MPhil

Department: School of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

Application deadline: 20th November 2021. Interviews early December 2021

Start date: 10th January 2022 or as agreed


Supervisors: Dr Paul King and Dr Yi Hong

Project description:

rradar Ltd is a rapidly growing commercial law firm and legaltech business working closely with the commercial insurance industry. The company is the creator of web-based risk management services and developing the next generation of risk and compliance technology to be delivered via web-applications, saving time for the ultimate users, leading to less business risk and increasing transparency and confidence of alignment to compliance specifications.

The aim of this MPhil project is to build an innovative B2B compliance management service delivered as web-based Software-as-a-Service. This will be critical as part of a wider plan to improve accessibility of support for businesses within the fields of risk, compliance, law and insurance.

To facilitate this, rradar require expertise in knowledge representation and modelling to devise (i) a methodology for the deconstruction of any compliance specification into its smallest component parts, and (ii) a corresponding ontology which will enable the design of a database and systems that work with it to automate compliance processes.

Industry standard semantic web technologies will be applied to identify and represent commonalities between compliance specifications, in construction and lifecycle, allowing compliance processes to be modelled and automated.

The successful applicant will be a part of a dynamic team working in an exciting environment. The role will require strong communication and presentation skills to work effectively in the business environment.




This Industrial MPhil is funded by the Leicester Innovation Hub (through European Development Fund monies) and the sponsoring organisation, rradar Ltd.

The studentship provides:

Stipend of £1,166.67 per month for 12 months only (total Stipend £14,000)

  • Tuition Fees at UK rates for 12 months.
  • UK/EU or international* applicants can apply.  

*international applicants must be able to pay the difference between UK and International fees themselves. The difference in fees for 2021/2 entry will be £16,325.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements


  • Bachelors Degree with at least a UK 2.1 in a STEM subject or overseas equivalent
  • Experiences with at least one of high-level programming language, including but not limited to R, Python, Java
  • Excellent English communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with core stakeholders (academics, sponsoring SME, and third sector organisations)
  • Business engagement/development skills and aptitude
  • A self-starter who is able to work as part of a team.


  • BSc in a subject involving programming web-technologies
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases desirable but not essential
  • Experience working with W3C standards
  • Experience in web application development
  • Knowledge in semantic web technologies and web standards
  • Experience in working in a business environment is an advantage.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.

Skills and knowledge developed during the project:

  • Analytics skills
  • Data presentation skills
  • Programming skills
  • Communication skills with a range of stakeholders

Informal enquiries

Informal enquiries

Project enquiries:

Dr Paul King:
Dr Yi Hong:

Application enquiries:

PGR Admissions:

How to apply

How to apply

Please use the Apply button at the bottom of the page and select January 2022 entry.

The MPhil start date may be flexible. The start date will be agreed at interview.

In the funding section of the application please include the project reference LIA591 King MPhil Studentship in the space provided.

In the proposal section please provide the name of the supervisors and project title (a proposal is not required).

With the application, please include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the text boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available



UK/EU and International* applicants may apply

* International applicants refer to the funding section.

The Leicester Innovation Hub is part-funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).    

The MPhil student must: 

  • have graduated within the last 3 years in a related discipline;
  • adhere to project confidentiality; at the start of the project
  • assign any arising IP from the project; 
  • base their MPhil degree thesis on the research outcomes of the project;
  • work closely with the SME company to undertake the research project; 
  • deliver monthly progress reports and a comprehensive project report to the University and sponsoring SME in addition to the MPhil thesis.