Collaborative Partnerships and Programmes
Coventry University has a wide range of national and international research partnerships with world-leading institutions. We are committed to supporting the next generation of researchers, and our global partnerships have led to the development of several new opportunities for doctoral study.
Our dual award or ‘Cotutelle’ programmes allow our postgraduate researchers to enrol simultaneously at Coventry University and at one of our international partners, enabling candidates to benfit from supervisory support and awards from both institutions.
Find out more about our key research partnerships and programmes.
Coventry University has been collaborating with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore since 2020, assisted by Coventry University's Singapore Hub.
A*STAR is a leading research organisation providing the catalyst for significant research initiatives among the research community in Singapore and beyond.
Coventry University is part of the prestigious A*Star Research Attachment Programme (ARAP) which offers fully funded four-year PhD studentships.
The studentship projects are developed and supervised jointly by Coventry University and A*STAR supervisors with an extended period collaboratiing in laboratories at Coventry University and an A*STAR research institute in Singapore. Candidates typically spend Year One at Coventry, Years Two and Three in Singapore, returning to Coventry for Year Four. Training and support are given at both locations and the programme provides an exciting opportunity for candidates to develop their scientific skills in high quality international research settings.
Candidates are registered at Coventry University throughout the four years of study and are awarded a Coventry University PhD upon successful completion of the programme.
The studentships are open to all applicants, intakes are usually in January and September each year.
Coventry University have been collaborating with Aarhus University in Denmark since 2019.
Aarhus University is a leading international university where in-depth, cutting-edge research is combined with interdisciplinary collaboration, a focus on talent development and strong ties to business and industry.
Current cotutelle PhD projects in this collaboration are between Coventry University’s Centre for Global Learning (GLEA) and Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), and the Faculty of Arts at Aarhus.
Studentship projects are developed and supervised jointly by a Coventry University and an Aarhus University supervisor with at least 12 months spent at the host university. Training and support are given at both locations and the programme provides an exciting opportunity for candidates to develop their research skills across both institutions. Fully funded studentships cover 3.5 years of study, with submission expected at the end of the 3.5 years.
Candidates typically spend year 2 at the host university, returning to their home university for their final year and submission.
Candidates are enrolled at Coventry University and Aarhus University and
are awarded a Coventry University PhD and an Aarhus University PhD upon successful completion of the programme.
The studentships are open to UK and European graduates, intakes are usually in January and May each year.
Find out more about our Cotutelle Programme.
To find out more about the Aarhus Cotutelle, please contact the Collaborative Programmes Team in the Doctoral College.
Coventry University and Deakin University in Australia have been running a cotutelle since 2016 with projects now covering a range of areas in Health and Life Sciences, Future Cities, Materials Science, Big Data, and Cyber Security.
The Deakin cotutelle can start at any of the three Coventry University entry points (September, January or May) and follows the usual application process at both Coventry and Deakin. There is a slightly higher entry requirement for this cotutelle.
Coventry University has a long-standing collaboration with Stellenbosch University, in South Africa, with the dual award programme launching in 2017.
As a well-established research-intensive institution on the African continent, Stellenbosch University is making a significant contribution towards the broadening of the global knowledge base. Their vision is to be globally recognised as excellent, inclusive, and innovative HEI, where they advance knowledge in service of society.
Current dual award PhD projects are based in the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) and the Centre for Sport, Exercise and Life Sciences (CSELS).
Candidates are jointly supervised by researchers at both universities and will undertake the Coventry and Stellenbosch PhD Frameworks, meeting both universities' sets of progression requirements, with candidates spending a minimum of 8 weeks at the host institution. Fully funded studentships cover 3.5 years of study, with submission expected at the end of the 3.5 years
Candidates will undergo a joint viva voce examination and a research degree will be awarded from each institution.
Intakes predominantly take place in January.
Walter Sisulu University - Stellenbosch University - Coventry University Dual Award
We also have a DHET – RSA - British Council funded collaboration between the Centre for Global Learning at Coventry University, Stellenbosch University and Walter Sisulu University, focused on enhancing staff doctoral capacity training and expertise for underrepresented groups in South Africa.
Our current cohort of 11 candidates are jointly supervised by researchers from all three institutions and will be awarded a PhD from Coventry University and a PhD from Stellenbosch University upon successful completon of the programme.
To find out more about the Stellenbosch Dual Award contact the Collaborative Programmes Team in the Doctoral College.
Partner Country Aarhus University Denmark Cergy Pontoise University* France Institut National des Sciences Appliques (INSA) Lyon France Leipzig University* Germany Technical University of Cartagena Spain Institute for Condensed Matter Physics (ICMP), National Academy of Sciences, Lviv Ukraine Universite de Grenoble* France Universite de Lorraine France Universite Paris Saclay France University of Mons Belgium University of Warwick UK
Partner Country Stellenbosch University South Africa
Partner Country Deakin University Australia
South East Asia
Partner Country Institut Teknologi Bandung Indonesia
Partner Country University of Santa Catarina (UDESC) Brazil Universidade Federal do Esprito Santo (UFES) Brazil
*indicates that the cotutelle arrangement is currently for an individual candidate, whereas the majority of our cotutelle partnerships apply to the whole institution