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Postgraduate Research

The Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling has a thriving PGR student community who are integral to the success of our centre and contribute across our portfolio. We welcome applications from qualified candidates.

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Why study with us?

  • World-leading researcher staff available as supervisors.
  • Develop highly sought after skills in computational and data science.
  • Range of projects including those with industry links, those run as co-tutelle with other universities, and those linked to larger research initiatives.
  • Access to high performance computing facilities including powerful workstations in our building, the Coventry University HPC and SULIS: the West Midlands Tier 2 platform.
  • Access to Internet of Things Lab with development and demonstration facilities.
  • Take part in the centre seminar series with regular external speakers, our academic development events, and away days.
  • Supportive PGR community including PGR Reps, PGR seminar series and peer learning activities.
  • Access to the Coventry University PGR Development Activities run by the Centre for Research Capability and Development.

PGR programmes

  • PhD: Most students opt to study in-person with us in Coventry on the traditional PhD programme. This is available as either Full Time (three-four years) or Part Time (six-seven years). In either case, students are based in our building in Coventry where they work directly with their supervisors and peers.
  • Structured Online PhD: The centre has also developed an innovative new Structured Online PhD Programme which provides a scaffolded and supportive approach for distance learners to gain their Doctorate.
  • Professional Doctorate: For candidates currently working in security or defence, including law enforcement, criminal justice, intelligence, civil service, and cyber security, the university’s Professional Doctorate of Security Science offers a uniquely tailored and flexible programme to gain a doctorate part time alongside their career.
  • PhD by Publication: Coventry University’s innovative PhD by Publication programme is designed for researchers who are already active and publishing, and now seek to validate their work for a PhD degree and write a corresponding thesis. There is a two year pathway for those who have already published sufficient research and a three way pathway for those who need to produce further outputs.

How to apply

  • Candidates can apply against existing PhD projects, which if available are advertised on our Research Studentships page. They are encourages to first contact the lead academic by email to discuss the project before making a formal application.
  • Candidates can contact a member of staff whose research interests fit their own to formulate a new project. They should be aware that any existing funded opportunities would be advertised openly; and so external funding must be secured to develop new projects.
  • PhD by Publication candidates are advertised to contact the PGR Lead in the first instance.
  • In all cases formal applications must be made through the Coventry University PGRPlus application system before any formal offer.
  • Candidates should take note of the entry criteria and ensure they upload all necessary documentation.

For further information visit the University's Making an Application page. 


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Sara Sardari - Cotutelle PhD Student

I recommend doing a joint degree at Coventry because it assists you to expand your international academic network and introduces you to more career opportunities in the future. You can also enjoy attending different regularly held research-related events in both the universities which can help you promote your knowledge and experience.

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Rashid Barket - Industry Funded PhD Student

As an avid user of Maple, getting to work with Maplesoft to develop state-of-the-art models to improve their functionality is exciting. I look forward to spending time with Maplesoft's research team and seeing how my work has a direct impact on their software.

Find out more

If you're interested in studying with CSM and have any further questions, please contact our PGR Lead, Professor Vasile Palade.

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