Coventry University Postgraduate Research Studentships

Coventry University

Coventry University

Specialist Research Centres

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Join Coventry University, where our research focuses on delivering ‘excellence with impact.’ This means we go beyond simply enhancing academic knowledge; our work affects real change in the wider world.

Coventry is a top-60 placed (Complete University Guide 2020) and top 15 (Guardian University Guide 2020), globally connected university. We have research collaborations across the world and multinational research staff and postgraduate researchers.

We give equal priority to high-quality research and high-quality teaching. In line with our 2021 strategy, we have made significant investments in our research portfolio and supporting infrastructure in the last year.

Around 600 academics work in our challenge-led, interdisciplinary research centres. Each centre excels in its own specialist areas, and 92% of our research was rated as ‘world-leading,’ ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘recognised internationally’ (REF 2014 – assessed every seven years). Our ambition is to break into the world’s top 100 modern universities under 50 years old.

Our Research Centres

Our 14 dedicated and specialist research centres are:


From autonomous vehicles and digital culture to sustainability and data sciences, Coventry University has a wide range of doctoral research opportunities to stimulate and inspire.

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As an enterprising university, we also offer distance-learning, professional doctorates, industrial and international programmes with universities around the world. We have three flagship international research partnerships in South Africa (Stellenbosch University), China (the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology) and Australia (Deakin University). The university is also developing major transnational education partnerships in the Middle and Far East.

As well as self-funded opportunities, our research centres boast an extensive portfolio of funded PhD projects supported by expert supervisory teams. The university is also a member of numerous UK-based doctoral training consortia, including the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) and two nationwide doctoral training alliances in the areas of Applied Biosciences for Health and Energy.

You can join us at one of our three entry points in September, January or May.

Find out more

If you think that undertaking research could make an impact on real-world issues that are important to you, then we strongly encourage you to apply.

Visit our postgraduate research pages to find out more about available opportunities and current PhD studentships.

Visit making an application for help with your application.

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Coventry University

Coventry University

Specialist Research Centres

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