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Somatic Synergies

Eligibility: UK/EU/International Students

Award Details: A number of full Studentships are available on a competitive basis and awarded on academic merit. Studentships are offered a full-time basis only, for home/EU and overseas candidates.

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term or Part-Time – five years fixed term. Note that studentships can only be awarded to full time students.

Application deadline: Jan 10th 2018 (4pm)

Informal enquiries are essential before application; contact Alli Sellors to discuss this opportunity.

As an ambitious and innovative University, we’re investing an initial £100m into our new research strategy, ‘Excellence with Impact’. Through original approaches from world-leading experts, we’re aiming for our research to make a tangible difference to the way we live. As a research student you are an integral part of Coventry’s lively and diverse research community and contribute to our reputation for excellence. With our exceptional facilities and superb support mechanisms you are afforded every opportunity for academic success.

The Project

Applicants are invited to consider the nature of the moving body and the implications of technology for dance transmission. The potential synergies of somatics and technology provide an opportunity for innovative proposals that span approaches to dance, movement, choreography and performance practice that have these key foci: virtual and augmented reality; motion capture, digital visualisation, realtime visualisation and immersive experience. Questions and research topics might address what dance, choreographic and somatic practice might become in the 21st century through exploration in new environments, locations and dimensions. How might the dancer’s body be developed or altered through their engagement with performance technologies and relationships between digital and 3D stereo technologies. New perspectives on the role dance knowledge might play in the creation of haptic interfaces and embodied interactive design and the role of practice based research in collaboration. The supervision team will include Ruth Gibson, C-DaRE Creative Fellow.

Director of Studies: Dr Emma Meehan

About the Centre/Department

The Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) brings together artists and scholars, working collaboratively with partners from across the creative and cultural industries for interdisciplinary research and knowledge exchange. The Centre specialises in an inclusive approach to diverse forms of artistic research in dance, supported by new approaches to documentation, analysis and augmentation of choreographic creativity. C-DaRE projects are funded by the AHRC, Leverhulme Trust, European Commission, HEA and the Digital Catapult. The successful candidate will join a large team of researchers and PhD students who have many contacts with dance artists and companies, in the UK and worldwide.

Successful Applicants

Successful Applicants will have:

  • 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.
  • In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at minimum merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at minimum merit level (60%).


  • the potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within the defined period of study
  • a minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component)


  • knowledge and/or experience in the subject.

Eligibility & Application Procedure

Application Procedure:

Application information can be found in our how to apply section. Before completing the application please contact Alli Sellors for an initial informal discussion about the opportunity.


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