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PhD by Publication

PhD by Publication

Coventry University’s unique PhD by Publication programme is designed for active researchers who have already produced a number of publications but have not been awarded a PhD.

This route differs from a ‘traditional’ PhD as it allows you to use existing publications to form a research portfolio.


The PhD by Publication route offers two pathways:

  1. Candidates who have a complete set of existing outputs from previous research will be enrolled on a two-year pathway. You will receive supervision to identify the outputs for your portfolio and complete the PhD submission process.
  2. Candidates who have a small amount of existing outputs from previous research will be enrolled on a three-year pathway, where you will work with a supervisor to undertake further scholarly or practice-based work and/or produce further outputs before submission.

The portfolio of research outputs must be accompanied by a critical overview, which indicates the coherence of, and rationale for, the submitted work.

The pathway you follow will be determined at application, following academic consideration by the PGR Lead/PGR Tutor (or nominee) and the proposed Director of Studies.


Dr Stephen Dawkins portrait photo with green background

Dr Stephen Dawkins

My experience of completing a PhD by Publication with Coventry University has been nothing but positive. The process for completing is very clear and the support from everyone, from my supervisory team to the staff in the Doctoral College, has been amazing. Like any PhD, it is a significant undertaking, especially when working full-time, but it is the level and quality of support that helped me to successfully complete.

How to apply

Your programme supervision will be conducted by one of the University’s Research Centres.

Please ensure your application is made via the correct Research Centre by using the relevant link:

Research Centre PGR Lead and Contact
Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience Dr Steve Coupe
Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities Prof Sheena Gardner
Centre for Business in Society Dr Jason Begley
Centre for Dance Research Dr Hetty Blades and Dr Simon Ellis
Centre for Computational Science and Mathematical Modelling

Dr Vasile Palade

Centre for E-Mobility and Clean Growth Dr Soroush Faramehr
Centre for Financial and Corporate Integrity Dr Jin Park
Centre for Fluid and Complex Systems Prof Eun-jin Kim
Centre for Future Transport and Cities Dr Jesper Christensen
Centre for Global Learning Prof Megan Crawford
Centre for Intelligent Healthcare Dr Om Kurmi
Centre for Manufacturing and Materials Dr John Graves
Centre for Postdigital Cultures Prof Mel Jordan
Centre for Trust Peace and Social Relations

Jackie Carter

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