Frequently asked questions:
How long is the duration of study?
duration of study for a full-time PhD is three years. For a part-time
PhD the period can range from 4-6 years depending on time commitment. In
the event a student is not in a position to successfully defend their
thesis at the end of the proscribed period of study, extensions are
available, although we strongly urge and support students to complete on
How much does it cost?
Please visit the fees and funding web-page of Coventry University for a detailed overview of UK/EU and overseas research degree fees for 2013-2015.
Can I get funding support?
the event we have a full or part-funded PhD position available, this
will be advertised through jobs.ac.uk and open to application.
Otherwise, students will be required to self-fund their period of study,
or identify a source of funding on an individual basis.
How do I apply?
the case of funded positions, these will be advertised via jobs.ac.uk
and supporting information provided. For students able to self-fund, or
wishing to seek an individual arrangement, a formal meeting either
in-person or via teleconference is used to establish the relevance of
their proposed topic of study and fit to applied research at the SGI.
Prospective students are expected to provide evidence of academic
qualification to at least undergraduate level, in a subject relevant to
their proposed study, and present their proposal for study to academic
staff. We welcome informal queries from prospective students in advance
of this meeting to assist them in their preparation.
application process, forms and other useful information for research
students please visit Coventry University's web page by clicking here.
How is the programme structured?
appreciate that every PhD is different, and as such, work closely with
students to ensure the structure of their PhD meets their needs, as well
as supporting timely and successful completion. Each student is
assigned a supervisory panel which provides a point of contact for
day-to-day queries as well as monthly review meetings. Students also
have access to taught modules at Coventry University to aid them in the
development of key technical and research skills. Although interim
assessments can aid students in identifying key areas for improvement,
as with any PhD, the formal assessment and award is based entirely on
the final submitted thesis and subsequent examination viva voce of the
Can I complete the programme through distance study?
study programme also can be offered but students need to be able to
attend some on-site events. Furthermore, we do support Location
Independent Working (LIW).
I'm an overseas (non-EU) student. Is there anything else I should know?
are currently unable to offer part-time study programmes to PhD
students due to VISA restrictions. Please refer to Coventry University's
main site for overseas students for further information: http://wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/international/Pages/index.aspx