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Moving Towards Hybrid Art Practice - The Influence of Choreographic Practice, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #531 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
Coventry University (CU) is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Moving Towards Hybrid Art Practice - The Influence of Choreographic Practice.
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This doctoral (PhD) project in Moving Towards Hybrid Art Practice - The Influence of Choreographic Practice has been devised and developed by a leading early-career researcher at Coventry University. 

The Trailblazer Scheme provides doctoral researchers with an innovative and dynamic intellectual space in which to undertake transformative research, whilst fully supported by a team of experienced supervisors.

Exploring how artists are moving towards hybrid art practices (visual arts, film, digital arts), this collaborative PhD practice research project will combine common interests of the Centre for Dance Research at Coventry University (C-DaRE), and the industry partner, DanceXchange (DX). DX is an external dance agency based in Birmingham who are an important facet to artistic development in the city.  

The PhD student will foreground research in choreographic tools, structures and processes embedded in hybrid art practices and explore how these are used in dance, visual arts, film and digital arts. 

This practice-based research project will examine how choreographic structures are incorporated, analysed or resisted in hybrid art practices. The research will develop criteria for DX’s artist development schemes. The student will use their findings on expanded choreographic practice to offer new perspectives on programming, wider DX curation, artist development focused on choreographic practice and commissioning.

To move the art form forward, this is a particular moment for academia and industry to work together to explore what expanded choreography is in relation to the conventions of other art forms and lead on new perspectives of choreographic practices.

Training and Development

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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      between three and three and a half years fixed term

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The candidate will benefit from having 2 supervisors in the areas of choreography and artistic practice. 

Collaboration with DX will aid in accessing materials for research. 

Additional supports include:

  • Academic writing guidance from supervisors and Centre for Academic Writing at Coventry University
  • Practice research: peer group led by PhD students; supervisor and staff expertise at CDaRE
  • Reading groups, symposia and journals at CDaRE which candidates can contribute to
Ethical research from C-DaRE ethics leads


  • Background in performing arts
  • Interest in collaborative working and working with an arts organisation
  • Capacity to be in commuting distance from Coventry


Sarah Whatley

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General 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
  • All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 
  • The statement should include for example: project title, research questions, aims and objectives, literature review, relevance to the professional/academic field, methodology, work plan and expected outcomes.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Applications are for full single studentships, which includes tuition fees and living expenses for a doctoral candidate over 3.5 years. Stipend rates are set by UKRI and will rise annually with a projected average increase of 1.25% per year. CU fees are also adjusted yearly in line with the rates set by UKRI . 

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