Current Frameworks and Course Specifications

All Coventry University Research Degrees are defined within the following Framework and programme Specifications. All Frameworks and programmes are in line with FHEQ Level descriptors and are assessed at completion by a panel of independent examiners of which at least one is external to the University.

All Collaborative Doctoral programmes will normally follow one of the defined PhD Frameworks and students will need to meet the requirements as defined by the Framework Specification.




PhD Framework

The University has recently reviewed its PhD Framework and due to changes as part of the review currently is running two frameworks one for Postgraduate Researchers that started their programme before 01 August 2018, and have not transferred to the new Framework.

For Postgraduate Researchers that started after 01 August 2018, or that have transferred to the new PhD Framework:

Masters by Research Framework

As with the PhD Framework the University’s Masters by Research underwent a major review in 2017/18.  All Postgraduate Researchers registered and continuing on the programme should see:

Postgraduate Researchers enrolling after 01 August 2018 or transferring to the reviewed Framework should see:

Professional Engineering Doctorate (EngD)

This is an alternative to the PhD route to doctoral level studies and is designed to prepare Postgraduate Research for a career in industry. The EngD involves working closely with an industry sponsor on a topic or topic related directly to their business activities.

The EngD is offered in three defined themes:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Oil and Gas Engineering

Details of module and programme requirements can be seen in the EngD Programme specification (PDF).

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

 The DBA programme provides a route to the highest level of academic study appropriate to experienced practitioners who seek to contribute to practice in their sector/ discipline. The programme will build upon a participant’s professional experience and their potential as change agents within their practice setting.

Details of module and programme requirements can be seen in the DBA Programme specification (PDF).

Transnational Research Degree Framework

This Framework is designed to facilitate the development of subject specific programmes which will be offered with or without a host institution allowing Postgraduate Researchers to study for a PHD at a Distance.

The Framework is designed to include research skills development which will be accessible online and in some cases face-to-face at a host location. 

Basic workshop module and programme requirements are defined within the Transnational Research Degree Framework Specification (PDF). 

Individual Transnational Degree Programmes with be developed and will need to be approved by the University before they can be offered to possible applicants.

There are currently no Transnational Programmes approved, however there are a number in the process of being developed and approved and details will be listed once approved.

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