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Our Research Opportunities
Coventry University's research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research, our estate and facilities. It also:
- enables our academics to apply fresh and original approaches to key research challenges
- informs their teaching
- provides opportunities for postgraduate students to participate in major research projects.
We offer fully-funded, self-funded and part-funded PhD studentships to outstanding applicants, many of which are within areas of research undertaken by our Research Centres and our industrial collaborations.
To find a PhD for you, search by topic/subject in the bar below or filter by research area/centre on the available drop-down box.
Psychobiology of Religion and the Social Brain
The aim of this PhD project is to apply Robin Dunbar’s Social Brain Hypothesis to religious rituals and beliefs. The PhD candidate will investigate a variety of religious rituals, their relationship to social bonding, and the psychological and biological mechanisms that mediate this relationship.
Developing an autonomous cobot system for shared assembly task
The project seeks to develop an autonomous cobot system for shared assembly task completion and optimisation. The will involve extensive research within the field of AI with focus on reinforcement learning for developing “Learning from Demonstration” (LfD) capability and autonomy.
Innovation for Dementia Care: Evaluation of Digital Health and Wellbeing Apps in ‘Real-Life’ Living Labs
The project will explore the potential for digital innovations to improve health and wellbeing for a frail elderly population, including people living with dementia. Interventions will be evaluated in high-tech ‘living lab’ environments to assess whether they produce improvements in residents’ quality of life and enable better support provision by carers. Secondary outcomes measured will include positive impact on activities of daily living, improved cognition, and reduced health & care resource use.
Development of wearable technology to detect dehydration in older adults
This research will explore the feasibility and design of body worn devices to detect hydration levels and feed back information to care staff. The interdisciplinary project will involve working with older people and their carers to co-design, develop and evaluate suitable technology that is informative and acceptable to the end users.
Empathic approaches to the design of new service models for elders’ access to health care provision
Elders’ access to health care provision in the UK (and globally, e.g. in US) is problematic. The distributed nature of health care, complexity of illnesses associated with old age, and cutbacks in transport provision. Although the precise direction of the PhD will be based on the background and interests of the candidate, the overall aim will be to propose and test realistic and transferable transport solutions to improve the accessibility and health care experience of older patients.
A deposition process to integrate energy harvesting with structural strength
This project will develop novel, next-generation additive manufacturing to integrate thermoelectric generators and heat management systems into a single-piece structural part to optimise energy harvesting from hot fluid manifolds; vastly improving structural integrity, heat-exchanger leak-tightness, and component compactness and efficiency.
Stronger, lighter, safer, materials by length scale engineering
This project will design stronger, lighter, safer, ‘length-scale engineered’ materials using a next-generation additive manufacturing route. Computer modelling will provide better materials physics understanding leading to novel material architectures/designs that will be made, structurally characterised and mechanically tested.
Paving elements using the novel Aer-Tech material
The research aims at investigating and the properties of paving elements, slabs and blocks, using a cementitious novel material called Aer-Tech. This is carried out through a series of tests consisting of standard cube tests to obtain the compressive strength of the material, in addition to a number of slab elements and “brick” blocks with different densities.
Analysis of the barriers to women in transport
Analysis of the barriers to women in transport leading to a set of recommendations for greater inclusion in design and decision making processes and set of recommendations on improvements for improved inclusivity of transport services.
Investigation of the current and future mobility requirements of older travellers
Coventry is seeking to become an age friendly city in accordance with WHO guidelines. A need has been found to make transport services in the city more age friendly. In order to achieve this, an audit needs to be undertaken of the type of journeys older people make, where they experience difficulties, what their mobility requirements are etc, in order to develop a set of recommendations which can be implemented by local and transport authorities and service providers.
Flight Performance & Handling Qualities Assessment of Frederick Lanchester’s 1897 Aeromachine
Better known for his achievements as an automobile designer and manufacturer, Dr Frederick William Lanchester (1868 – 1946) was also an accomplished aeronautical engineer. In 1897, six years before the Wright Brother’s first flight, he designed the ‘Aeromachine’ – an aircraft with conventional main wing, horizontal tailplane but also sporting such innovations as contra-rotating, shrouded propellers, and winglets.
PhD in English Language and Applied Linguistics
Professors Hilary Nesi and Sheena Gardner welcome applications and research proposals from those wishing to follow a PhD programme of study in Academic English, corpus linguistics, English for Academic/Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP) and/or lexicography. Find out more about the BAWE and BASE projects.
Public attitude to unmanned systems
The overall aim of this research is to explore what the public attitude towards the use of UAVs are and what can be done by way of education and regulation to address negative perceptions and increase uptake of the technology.
High data accurate positioning and governing robots using hybrid data
The Faculty Research Centre (FRC) in Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, Coventry University will offer this great opportunity to an appropriate candidate for a three-year full time PhD study. The project will ultimately develop and validate a real time high accuracy positioning control system, through merging high accuracy, low rate data from Coordinate Metrology Systems and high rate lower accuracy data feedback from robots. The project will collaborate with NPL (National Physical Laboratory) and will be half funded by Coventry University (Tuition fee fully funded, stipend self-funded).
Design optimisation of composite material for improving the energy management for hybrid vehicle application
A detail research is proposed for material characterisation under static and dynamic loading to understand the design limitations as well as developing a novel simulation technique under transient load conditions that reflects the vehicle excitations. The research will also focus on the choices of most cost-effective composite materials and suitable manufacturing process that could meet the automotive requirement on performance and production.
Autonomous vehicles and driver situation awareness
This project will take an experimental human factors approach to quantifying situation awareness (SA) using techniques (SART, SAGAT and others) developed in aviation but applied within the newly established Coventry University driving simulator. Different levels of automation will be simulated and driver behavioural and physiological response (for different age groups) will be analysed.
Methods and Tools for Designing Secure Telematics Applications
The successful candidate will contribute new knowledge to the design and development of vehicle systems in general, and to telematics systems in particular. They will evaluate the benefits of formal methods in this area, and will develop of a rigorous methodology combining SysML and formal methods, that provides for increased confidence in the security of telematics applications.
The Effects of Intelligent Mobility on Transient and Complex Journeys
Particular types of journeys are under researched by the community and transport stakeholders. For example, both the UK and the French census only collect data related to commuting trips. This means that there may be a shortfall in transport provision relating to essential and purposeful trips. The aim of this PhD will be to understand and characterise the needs and requirements of occasional users and review the extent to which new transport service provision will meet these needs (e.g. Uber, Demand Responsive Transport, in vehicle telematics).
The Effects of Haptic Feedback on Pilot Performance & Workload
It is likely that some optimum level of control force feedback exists in selected flight conditions for given flying tasks, aircraft types and designs of control inceptors and that this may lead to improved pilot situation awareness in upset conditions.
This PhD is part of a wider programme of LoC-I research and aims to investigate the effects of control inceptor design and haptic feedback on pilot workload and performance in order to suggest optimum levels of control force feedback to enhance flight safety.
Muscle fatigue in full body musculoskeletal models
A whole body musculoskeletal model has been developed to undertake biomechanical analysis in applications such as sports analysis and product development. It is now required to enhance the muscle modelling of the model to include fatigue characteristics.
Adaptive vehicle structure concepts for reduced crash pulse severity
Energy absorbers are structural members designed to absorb the collision energy during a vehicle impact. Advances in manufacturing now allow producing members with complex geometry and improved energy dissipation for a range of impacts. This project will design and optimize such members.