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Doctoral Research

Are you interested in conducting innovative research in agroecology, water and resilience? CAWR welcomes enquiries from talented and motivated individuals who would like to base their doctoral research within our areas of interest. 

WHO IS THIS PROGRAMME FOR?

This program is intended for exceptionally talented, motivated and creative scholars. You will be expected to engage in innovative research on a new generation of key issues linked to the governance of food systems, technical and social aspects of food production systems, community resilience, hydrological change, urban water, river processes, water quality, emerging pollutants, or related topics.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

- recognized Masters degree in a relevant discipline from a reputable institution,

- the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD degree within a three-year period of study,

- English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0, with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

HOW TO APPLY

Informal expressions of interest, including a motivation letter, a resume and a brief research proposal, can be submitted to potential supervisors within CAWR.

For details on the formal application process and forms, please see the Making an Application of University’s website.

POSSIBLE PHD SUPERVISORS

For potential supervisors and their areas of expertise, please see our staff list which further links to individuals profiles.

CURRENT PHD STUDENTS

See our PhD students page for full listing of current students.

CURRENT PHD OPPORTUNITIES

Sustainable management of natural resources: adopting a collaborative approach

 


 

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MSC in Agroecology and Food Security

Food security is of critical concern globally, and the development of food systems that  provide food of high quality and quantity in a sustainable way, is now a research and policy priority. 

The MSc in Agroecology and Food Security is designed to equip professionals and graduates with the knowledge to critically analyse and assess the relationships between agroecological food production and management, farming systems, climate change economics and the environment.

 

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

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All students undertake an individual research project that can be directed to future career pathways.

Employment opportunities present themselves in national and international government agencies, non governmental policy, research and development organisations, the private sector including food companies and the farming sector.

For further details on how to apply please see the MSc Agroecology and Food Security course page.

 

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

There are currently two opportunities for funding that can assist with the costs towards your studies.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award:

The Centenary Award provides bursaries for postgraduate students in agriculture. For selected students the award provides 75% of course fees.

For further information please see the Centenary Award Leaflet.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship:

This is an opportunity to obtain a fully funded Commonwealth Shared Scholarship for students applying for a Masters programme starting in September 2017.

The application deadline is 29th March 2017.

For further details of the award and how to apply please see our website.

TESTIMONIALS

 Ismail Rilwan (2014-2015)

“The MSc Programme was very fascinating and I am passionate working with Action Against Hunger in Nigeria, especially with the help of skills I acquired during my Masters program at Coventry University, which gave me an edge."

After studying at CAWR Ismail completed the PGD in Crop Production and Management at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Nigeria. Ismail also established a food security firm which consists of professionals from different agricultural backgrounds. Ismail has now gained the post of Food Security and Livelihoods Officer with Action Against Hunger.

Panama Donaldson (2016-2017)

"I really enjoy studying at CAWR. It not only challenges me academically, but personally, which has resulted in me having my own allotment. I have learnt many theories and practices that I can carry into my future career, which I hope will help to shape real change in the future."

Panama is a current student studying at CAWR. 

Joseph McCrohon (2016-2017)

"Having been involved in political activism and permaculture I felt that going back to university and doing the MSc in Agroecology and Food Security would be an intersting thing to do. Having a biology degree has helped complement the knowledge that I have gained on this course. My favourite module is definitely food security and I've enjoyed the lessons on food sovereignty the most. I think CAWR is a good place to study due to the interdisciplinary nature of the centre. You are always likely to bump into someone with a different, though complementary, view to your own."

Joseph is a current student studying at CAWR.

FURTHER INFORMATION 

To find out more about the course and to apply, please see the How to Apply section for further information.

CAWR

For enquiries regarding the Centre or the MSc

Email: mina.thompson@coventry.ac.uk

Website: www.coventry.ac.uk

Recruitment and Admissions Office

UK students only

Tel: +44 (0) 24 7765 4321

Email: ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

International and EU students:

Tel:  +44 (0) 24 7615 2152

Email: enquiries.io@coventry.ac.uk or

Enquire Now (www.coventry.ac.uk/international/contactus)

 

CONTACT US

Mina Thompson
Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator
Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience
Coventry University
Ryton Gardens 
Wolston Lane, Ryton-on-Dunsmore
Coventry CV8 3LG
UK 

Tel: 02477 651 602

Website: 

www.coventry.ac.uk/CAWR