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Research Degrees at Coventry


All research degrees at the University are mapped to the UK QAA Frameworks for Higher Education Qualifications in England and Wales.

All candidates applying for a research degree must:

  • Meet the Academic entry requirements as defined by Chapter 4 of the Academic Regulations or those defined within the programme specification;
  • Have sufficient command of the English language to be able to complete satisfactorily the programme of study and to prepare and defend the thesis in English. All applicants where English is not their first Language must meet the English Language requirements as defined in Chapter 4 of the University's Academic Regulations.

 

Doctorates

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

FHEQ Level 8

Registration Period

Expected

Maximum

Full-time

36 months

48 months

Part-time

60 months

72 Months

 

Coventry University offers a suite of programmes for research students. We run a broad portfolio of doctoral training centres which are located within our research centres and provide a high-quality research culture and environment to support a vibrant community of Postgraduate Researchers. 

We offer a number of doctorate opportunities to study for a PhD within one of our Research Centres.  All Postgraduate Researchers will have access to a Supervisory team and be part of the University’s ever growing research community, both within the Research Centres and across the University.

 


Professional Doctorates

FHEQ Level 8

Registration Period

Expected

Maximum

Full-time

36 months

48 months

Part-time

60 months

72 Months

 

We also offer a range of business and industry-focused and located research degrees. These are termed professional doctorates. 

We currently offer:

  • Professional Engineering Doctorate (EngD), with pathways in defined subject areas:
    • Mechanical Engineering;
    • Automotive Engineering;
    • Oil and Gas Engineering.
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Professional doctorates are designed for business and industry professionals and are mainly targeted at those with the experience and roles to facilitate impactful change within their organisations as a result of their research. 

Questions can arise about the differences between professional doctoral degrees and traditional degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

To clarify: a doctorate is an umbrella term for the highest degree awarded by a university. All UK doctoral students have to carry out original research or the application of existing knowledge in a new context. All doctoral graduates are considered experts in their field and can use the title ‘doctor’. In professional and practice-based doctorates the research might also have a direct effect on organisational policy and change, as well as improving personal practice.  

The main difference between a PhD and a professional doctorate in a nutshell is that the research in a professional doctorate “directly relates to and is rooted in the researcher’s professional practice” (Mellors-Bourne et al: 2016)   

You can find out more specific information of types of doctoral degree in the Doctoral degree characteristics (QAA, 2015)

Coventry University professional doctorates combine taught elements which are designed to enhance research skills and capabilities, with original research which forms the basis of a doctoral portfolio.  This is presented in a thesis at the end of the degree and is examined through an interview by subject experts (who can be from a university and from a relevant business/industry/third sector organisation).

 


Master by Research (Master of Science by Research MScR/Master of Arts by Research MAR)

FHEQ Level 7

Registration Period

Expected

Maximum

Full-time

12 months

24 months

Part-time

24 months

36 Months

 

Coventry University offers a suite of programmes for research students. We run a broad portfolio of doctoral training centres which are located within our research centres and provide a high-quality research culture and environment to support a vibrant community of Postgraduate Researchers. 

As a Masters by Research Postgraduate Researcher you will be engaged with research with academic support form Supervisory Team.  Enabled required to engage with Doctoral Training opportunities to support your development as a researcher.  This is an ideal stepping stone from Undergraduate study before transferring to or applying for a Doctoral programme.


We also soon to offer a number of doctoral programmes using a distance-learning model

These are termed Transnational Research Degree Programmes. They are often developed with one of our existing international academic partnerships. These programmes are designed specifically for academic staff, working in overseas universities who wish to develop their research skills part-time and at distance by undertaking a rigorous but well-supported programme of research and training and development within a virtual global community of practice. 

The College and Centre provide enhanced training and support, using the latest online technologies to ensure transnational research students can balance their doctorate with their on-going academic responsibilities in-country, whilst feeling part of the wider Coventry University research community.