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Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

Programme Overview

We are looking for exceptionally talented, motivated and creative scholars interested in a new generation of issues linked to the sustainable food supply for the planet, the governance of food systems, technical and social aspects of food production, hydrological processes and change, eco-hydrology, provision of clean water, and community resilience or adaption to climate change.

Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) 

We offer an engaging Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) providing bespoke and relevant training and mentoring, delivered by an international team of field experts. The DTP is versatile and flexible in addition to having rigour and relevance, allowing you to choose creditable development activities that fit your needs and research schedules. 

The Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) and facilities 

The University has invested over £7.5 million to establish the dedicated research facility at Garden Organic, Ryton Gardens, which boasts extensive office space, meeting rooms, IT equipment, soil and water labs, a computational modelling lab and a video-editing suite. As an integral part of CAWR, you will have access to all facilities and equipment. 

The CAWR Research Community

We are an international team of 50+ academics, from early career researchers, to full professors who are world leading experts in their respective fields. As a CAWR student, you will be regularly invited to participate in our thematic group meetings, guest seminars and general staff meetings, thereby gaining access to research expertise and mentoring beyond the immediate supervisory team. This allows you to gather insight into work culture, practices and norms by working alongside researchers and other professional services staff at the centre. You will have dedicated administrative support throughout the various stages of your progress, from application to award. 

Anya Geiger CAWR PhD Researcher

CAWR PhD Research Q&A

Postgraduate candidate explains why Coventry University was the best place to expand her undergraduate degree into a PhD


Starting a PhD can always be a challenging and stressful experience, but thanks to the supportive staff and students at CAWR, it didn’t take long till it felt like my second home. In addition to social and cultural diversity, the mix of social and natural scientists means there is always someone to help you with any academic issues. This has been particularly valuable for my interdisciplinary research on food, energy and water waste reduction potentials. Adding lots of interesting academic seminars to the experience, what more could you ask for?

Ali Parsa, PhD Student
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