The Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development was established in April 2017. The college and centre provide high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor, including delivery of doctoral programmes, professional training and development support for researchers. The Doctoral College is responsible for the recruitment of, and support to, all enrolled research students and for supporting our team of research supervisors.
Click on each tab below to learn more about the college and centre’s work, discover the innovative training and development opportunities available to all researchers at Coventry University, and learn how you can join us on one of our doctorate programmes. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for our research studentship opportunities section.
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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.
Somatic Practices: Expanding the Field
Somatic practices applied in health, education and creative fields (and overlaps between these) have become established areas of practice and research, across Europe, North and South America, as well as parts of Asia. This call invites PhD proposals at the cutting edge of research on somatic practices, which reflect on the status quo of current methods and topics, critiquing the field and pushing boundaries of the potential of somatics to engage with global issues.
Post-Humanism in Dance and Performance Art
Research in new materialism as well as post-human studies have recently taken the negotiation of human life under scrutiny, deconstructing a subject-centred perspective by regarding the interrelatedness of human and non-humans like animals, objects, and things. In the wake of this, issues such as gender, identity, biopolitics, and ethics are highlighted by promoting alternative life-concepts that queer traditional understandings of a human-centred world.
Motion Capture and Dance; visualising embodiment
Motion capture is becoming ubiquitous in performance practice, playing a role in how the body becomes data, is visualised and in turn stimulates an expansion of interface development that impacts on how dance is encountered, viewed and analysed. This project examines the choices artists make in terms of composition, environment & duration when working with motion capture and related technologies to explore new questions about embodied human expression and communication.
ICH and contemporary performance: a legal exploration
The questions for this PhD are twofold: first it is whether the current legal framework for ICH can accommodate and support these contemporary forms of ICH and to consider the place of dance within this framework; and the second is as to the interface between these contemporary forms of ICH and copyright.
Dance and Upheaval
Candidates will seek to investigate how dance can contribute to already existing discussions about the mediation and understanding of extreme events and experiences. These discussions might include those taking place in: Literature and Trauma Studies, Critical Race Theory, Nationalism Studies, International Development, Human Rights Studies, and/or Women’s Studies.