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Coventry University is proud to be one of eight universities in the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Doctoral Training Partnership.

The Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) will fund and train the next generation of highly skilled arts and humanities researchers through PhD scholarships.

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Our consortium partners in the four cities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester and Coventry are: Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, University of Leicester, and the University of Warwick. We work together to support doctoral researchers.


Please check the M4C website first as the guidance is very comprehensive. If you still cannot find an answer, please email

Why Coventry University?

We hope you will find a supervisory team from among the researchers in our arts and humanities focused research centres and will be inspired to conduct doctoral research with us at Coventry, or with a team from across the M4C consortium.

Explore our arts and humanities research centres:

Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities

Centre for Dance


Centre for Postdigital Cultures

Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations

One additional bonus of being located at Coventry University is that currently all successful M4C scholars will be eligible for a post-doctoral fellowship on successful completion of their PhD as part of the Coventry M4C ‘routes out’ scheme.

Coventry's academic community are experts in areas including:

  • Art History
  • Creative Writing
  • Creative Industries
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Dance
  • Design
  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Postdigital Cultures
  • Visual Arts

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