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At Home in Coventry 1945-1975

Eligibility: UK/EU graduates with the required entry requirements

Award Details: Bursary plus tuition fees  (UK/EU)

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: Noon on Monday 14th January 2019

Interview dates: TBC

Start date: September 2019

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Imogen Racz to discuss this opportunity.


Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship.

Coventry University has been voted ‘Modern University of the Year’ three times running by The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide. Ranked in the UK’s top 15 (Guardian University Guide), we have a global reputation for high quality teaching and research with impact. Almost two-thirds (61%) of our research was judged ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The Project

This PhD is a collaborative project between the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and the Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Coventry University. It will explore the notion of what a home meant to the diverse populations within Coventry in the immediate post-war period. Choosing from the extensive collection of art, artefacts, photographs, and archives that are held by the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, the research will combine art and/or design research with social and cultural history.

The research will culminate in a thesis, but as part of the PhD, regular dissemination events will be organised. The student will organise an online presence, a small display and talks at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, and will present papers, leading to publications at national and international conferences.

In the immediate post-war period, with the destruction of so much of the city, the rebuilding of homes and the influx of different ethnic groups meant that the making of a home gained special importance. With Coventry being UK’s City of Culture 2021, the international spotlight will be on Coventry and it’s frequently overlooked cultural history.


  • This PhD is fully funded as part of the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C)
  • UK/EU fee plus stipend



  • The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.
  • All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average. 
    the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)

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  • The ideal candidate should have the willingness and ability to engage with and contribute to the faculty research centre - Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities - and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum

Eligibility & Application Procedure


All UK/EU students are eligible to apply that meet the academic requirements, the eligibility criteria can be found making an application page.