Anaesthesia research opportunities

Anaesthesia research opportunities Qualification name
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MPhil 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time; PhD/DM 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Entry requirements
Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification
6.5 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April, July 
Medical School, QMC
Division of Clinical Neuroscience, School of Medicine
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Opportunities are available for DM/PhD studentships and Research Fellowships within the research area of Anaesthesia and Critical Care. The applicants and fellows are encouraged to discuss plans of their research with Professors Ravi Mahajan, Jonathan Hardman and/or Dr Iain Moppett.

We welcome new research ideas and help the candidates to develop these into viable projects. The candidates must familiarise themselves with our ongoing research themes, as there are many opportunities for them to participate in any of these. 

Our principal research interests relate to vascular reactivity, computer simulation of physiological function, the septic patient, and muscle function in critically ill patients. We have ongoing research programme in the area of patient safety and quality improvement. A number of areas are being addressed including safety culture, medication errors, systems approach and consensus methodology.

Studies of vascular reactivity have included investigation of the effects of anaesthetic agents on cerebral blood flow and laboratory investigations into the effects of substances present in the serum of septic patients on contractility of isolated coronary arteries. A programme of investigation into the potential for a safe and effective cerebral vasodilator to treat patients with cerebrovascular spasm will start shortly.

Very complex computer simulations have been developed to study the lung and the cerebral circulation. These simulations can be used to study extreme conditions which could not be investigated in man. They are also able to avoid the need for animal experimentation.

Recent studies have centred on changes in muscle in critically ill patients, including genetic predisposition to myopathy in critical illness.

Much of our research is conducted in collaboration with other schools within the university.

Research project themes could include:

  • Patient safety
  • Health services research and patient outcomes
  • Hip fracture
  • Neurovascular effects of anaesthesia
  • Endothelial function and Circulation
  • Muscle dysfunction
  • Quantifying pulmonary disease states in critical illness
  • Computational modelling of pulmonary intervention in critical care
  • Computational modelling of clinical scenarios of anaesthesia
  • Computational pharmacokinetic investigations
  • Goal directed therapy in high-risk patients
  • Ultrasound in regional anaesthesia
  • Peri-operative risk and outcome

Please see further details on our self-funded vacancies page (filter by "anaesthesia").



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Research support


The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre provides a formal training course which covers a variety of transferable skills targeted specifically at students studying within the faculty. The course is credit weighted with particular parts of the course being compulsory/obligatory.

In addition The Graduate School has a dedicated training team who provide a comprehensive generic research training programme comprising over 80 different courses.  This central programme exists to complement the more discipline-specific research training mentioned above.

Pastoral care

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond.

The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.



Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

The University is very successful in attracting sponsorship for research students, particularly from the Research Councils through competitions and annual allocations and with the European Commission’s Marie Curie programme. Please refer to the Graduate School for more information. Studentship opportunities are also available. 

Government loans for doctoral study

Doctoral student loans of up to £25,700 are available for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or Wales.

Funded routes to PhD

Apply for a studentship

A studentship is a fully funded research place in a specific area. The process is similar to applying for a job and the advert will give specific details of how to do this.

Explore doctoral training programmes

If you choose a doctoral training programme, you will benefit from high-level research and skills training, with places often funded by research councils or charitable trusts. Each opportunity has a different application process and deadlines.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

We also provide information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study, as well as country-specific resources.




Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013–2019, High Fliers Research



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