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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.
Novel production of renewable hydrogen from agricultural and human waste
The development and upscaling of renewable hydrogen sources are a prerequisite if the UK is effectively to help solve the energy ‘trilemma’. This project will investigate new processes to generate renewable hydrogen. Success will lead to significant electricity generation from abundant, low value, potentially polluting waste streams.
How does diagnosis of dyslexia impact on identity, self-belief and reading progress in children and adults?
Despite many years of research, diagnosis of dyslexia (specific literacy difficulties) is patchy and inconsistent, with some individuals only being identified in adolescence and adulthood. There also continues to be debate as to whether the label dyslexia is a useful one. This project will explore the impact of receiving a diagnosis of dyslexia in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Do individuals who receive a diagnosis view it as a positive step or as a limitation? Do children identified as dyslexic show better progress over time than those with similar skills who were not identified as dyslexic?
Suicidal behaviour in Autism Spectrum Conditions: A Test of the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide
This PhD studentship will build off recent findings from our group exploring how the Interpersonal Psychological Theory of Suicide (IPTS) interacts with autism and autistic traits in predicting suicidal behaviour. Initial findings indicate that self-reported autistic traits in the general population increase risk of experiencing the proximal risk factors for suicidal behaviour (perceived burdensomeness and belongingness), in a student sample (Pelton and Cassidy, Under Review).
Group-based and collective emotion
Research on the emotions of groups such as crowds, teams and people in organisations emphasises the role of social identity but still relies on problematic explanatory mechanisms such as emotional contagion or the “circulation” of affect. In this PhD topic, you will work with the supervision team to develop new experimental, quantitative, survey and/or qualitative empirical studies of the details of people’s experiences, expressions and widely shared forms of behaviour and/or action with regard to group-based and coordinated, collective emotions such as pride, anger, or shame.