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Coventry University is a diverse and exciting place to work and we share the enthusiasm of our staff and students to be the best at whatever they choose to do. As one of the City’s biggest employers, we offer some impressive benefits for our staff and are committed to delivering the very best opportunities. We have a comprehensive training, personal and professional development programme that provides our employees with the skills to enhance their performance in the workplace and grow in their careers. There are pension schemes, a generous holiday allowance and flexible working opportunities as well as lifestyle benefits including childcare vouchers, discounted membership to the £4 million sports and recreation centre and schemes such as Cycle to Work and the CU Car Share initiative.

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Making an Application


Are you eligible?

Before applying, please ensure that you have confirmed the following:

  • Read our entry requirements for admission onto a research degree to check that you meet mandatory entry criteria in full. 

  • Gathered all of the supporting documentation that you are required to submit with your application form 

  • Research your research- have you checked that Coventry University offers research expertise and activity in the area within which you wish to research – visit our Research Centres and Research Directory at http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research.

Entry criteria for applicants to MSc/MA by Research 

Minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 

Entry criteria for applicants to Doctoral Study (including PhD and Professional Doctorates)
A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 

In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent 

The Masters must have been attained with minimum overall marks at merit level (60%)*. In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a minimum mark of merit level (60%).

*Or higher where stipulated against a specific opportunity.

English Language Proficiency required for Research Degrees 

Overseas applicants are required to demonstrate their competence through attainment of a notified overall minimum IELTS Academic score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent approved English language qualification and score) prior to application. 

Click here for a list of approved English Language tests.

Please note that overseas students enrolled on a pre-sessional English course will also be required to attain the notified minimum IELTS Academic score (or equivalence) prior to application for a higher degree (plus meet any other requirements as specified by the University).

What subject area are you interested in?

Use the research centre pages to determine if your area of research interest aligns with what we do at Coventry University. From there you can contact one of the listed academic experts within that field to discuss your application.

You’ll also want to check out our existing postgraduate research opportunities that you can apply for. 

When can you start?

There are three intakes for research degrees, so you can start your studies with us in either September, January or May. Application decisions can take up to 3 months, so it is very important that you apply well in advance of the date you wish to start.

If you are applying for one of our existing research opportunities, they will have a stated application closing date. For all other applications the closing dates are as follows:

SEPTEMBER ENROLMENT

  • Overseas applications – Closing date 30th June
  • UK/EU applications – Closing date 31st August

JANUARY ENROLMENT

  • Overseas applications - Closing date 15th November
  • UK/EU applications - Closing date 10th December

MAY ENROLMENT

  • Overseas applications – Closing date 31st January
  • UK/EU applications – Closing date 31st March

Any applications received after these dates will automatically be considered for the following enrolment date.

Ready to apply?

When you are ready you will need to apply using our online application system PGR+

Please follow the on screen guidance and use the inbuilt support provided within the system.

Please ensure that you have the following available as you will be asked to upload all required documentation in order to make an online submission:

  • Your research proposal (if required). Guidance on what to include is available in our Research Proposal Guidelines. If you are applying for an advertised research opportunity please use the Apply now button in the advert.
  • Two academic (or one academic and one professional) references. If you provide referee contact details in your online application, email requests will be sent to your nominated referees once you submit. Please note we do not accept references from personal (e.g. hotmail / gmail) accounts or those submitted as editable word documents. If you need help identifying a suitable referee, please use our guide.
  • Scanned copies of your undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree certificates. If these were issued in a language other than English, we must see both the original documents as well as notarised translations into English.
  • Scanned copies of your undergraduate and/or postgraduate degree transcripts/diploma supplements detailing your individual modular achievement. If these were issued in a language other than English, we must see both the original documents as well as notarised translations into English.
  • If you are enrolled on a programme of study which is yet to complete, you also need to include a student status letter from your current university. This letter should contain the start and end dates of your course, your course code and course title as well as the expected date your final degree result will be confirmed.
  • A scanned copy of the photo page of your passport

If any of the above documentation was issued to you in another name, you must also provide official evidence of your name change e.g. marriage certificate or deed poll document.

If you are an EU (non UK) or Overseas national, you are also required to provide:

  • A copy of your latest IELTS / SELT qualification certificate awarded in the two years immediately preceding your proposed course start date (an overall ‘Academic’ IELTS score of 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the four components, or a UKVI accepted equivalent English language qualification)

    The only exception to this requirement is for students educated to UK degree level standard in the medium of English in the UK or in a majority English speaking country within the two years immediately preceding your proposed course start date (e.g. for courses starting in May 2018 your qualification must have been awarded in June 2016 or later).

    Please visit the UK Visa Immigration Service website for further guidance on accepted English language qualifications

    Please visit the UK Visa Immigration Service for further guidance on recognised test centres.

    If you have booked to take this examination, but are not yet in receipt of your test results, please attach confirmation of your test booking to enable further consideration of your application.
  • Any current/previous UK visas you have been awarded (if applicable)

If you are applying as an externally sponsored applicant sponsored by an employer or government, you must provide evidence in the form of recently dated sponsorship letter on official headed paper. If you need more information about what a sponsor letter should contain, please download our guide and share it with your sponsor organisation.

 Please note that any applications submitted containing documents that have been forged or altered will be automatically rejected.  If any supporting documents were issued in a language other than English, we must see both the original documents as well as notarised translations into English.