Study with us

The Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS) has a vibrant postgraduate student community and an exciting and supportive environment to pursue graduate studies.

You can benefit from access to a world-class, health and life sciences laboratory environment with industry standard research and teaching facilities. You will become a part of a multi-professional team of renowned academics, researchers and clinicians.

Our campus environment includes a variety of shared social learning spaces and access to regular research events including research seminars (link to quarterly research seminars) workshops and training opportunities which offer plenty of opportunities to mix with staff and students across the University. We also run an annual Faculty Research Symposium where postgraduate research (PGR) students present posters or papers with prizes awarded to the best presentations and papers.

As a Coventry University researcher, you have access to the Careers and Employability Services and automatically become a member of Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU) and its Postgraduate Guild. They can signpost you to all sorts of advice and guidance – anything from finding accommodation to local transport links. It hosts a range of social events, including a welcome event and rooftop garden party. Each Faculty also has its own dedicated PGR student representatives, whose role is to work with the University to improve the quality of your student experience, organising feedback and raising any issues on your behalf.

Our Centre is the first in the country to receive accreditation from the Royal Society of Biology (RSoB) for the training it gives to its science PhD students. This means that RSB-Accredited PhD students will receive fast-track membership to become a Chartered Biologist.

Royal Society of Biology

Current Opportunities

We are eager to work with committed and creative doctoral students who will become integrated into our collaborative research programmes. Doctoral students work independently and in project groups under the supervision of the Director of Studies. Each member of the Centre is on their own journey, including PhD students, but individuals also find support from the larger group as we seek to create opportunities for collaboration and mutual support.

The Centre has a number of industries, government, charity and health trust collaborations in place working on a range of activities from Knowledge Partnerships (KPTs), research projects and consultancy activities which students will be encouraged to engage with during their studies.

The Centre is committed to providing a creative, supportive and innovative research environment for our students, encouraging personal development, stakeholder engagement and collaboration with our own internal experts.

The Centre is committed to providing a creative, supportive and innovative research environment for our students, encouraging personal development, stakeholder engagement and collaboration with our own internal experts.

Doctoral Training Centre (DTC)

CSELS has its own Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which coordinates PGR training with the central Doctoral College. Practical laboratory skills as well as transferable skills training is primarily delivered in the form of dedicated annual summer and winter schools.

The Centre DTC was the first DTC in the UK to receive accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology (RSoB), which allows graduating PhD students a fast-track route to attain Chartered Biologist (CBiol) status.

Derek Renshaw