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MRes/MSc (by research)/MPhil/PhD/DM
MRes/MSc (by research) 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; 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
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October, December, February, April, July 
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The Otorhinolaryngology unit (part of the Division of Clinical Neurosciences) comprises clinical and academic expertise in ENT and in audiology and speech and language therapy. It hosts the Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit established in 2008 and re-funded in 2012 by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) as one of 20 Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) to improve the pathway of translating basic research findings into clinical benefit.

The Hearing BRU has established itself as a flagship research unit addressing major clinical issues in the ENT and audiological management of hearing loss and tinnitus. Key partners are The University of Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the MRC Institute of Hearing Research. Nottingham has a long established critical mass of staff working in fundamental hearing research, translational hearing research, ENT and Audiology, with the UK’s largest programme in cochlear implantation. There are strong collaborative links across this partnership. The BRU also has excellent relations with industry and with other NIHR organisations and in the past year has attracted over £1m in external funding. 

In August 2011, NIHR awarded the BRU in Deafness and Hearing Problems a further £6.25m to develop and expand the research portfolio through to March 2017. Research areas take advantage of exciting new scientific opportunities and closer alignment to the research strengths of the partnership enhances collaborative possibilities.

There are five primary research areas:

  • Tinnitus etiology and management, led by Prof Deb Hall
  • Habilitation for hearing loss, led by Mrs Melanie Ferguson and Prof Dave Moore
  • Sensorineural plasticity and rehabilitation, led by Prof Alan Palmer, Dr Doug Hartley, and Prof Deb Hall
  • Cochlear implantation, led by Prof Gerry O’Donoghue
  • Paediatric ENT/Audiology, led by Prof John Birchall and Dr Heather Fortnum 

These areas are underpinned by methodology-based research in:

  • Large-scale studies of hearing and hearing health, led by Dr Heather Fortnum and Prof Dave Moore
  • Advanced imaging, led by Prof Richard Bowtell, Dr Doug Hartley and Prof Deb Hall

Research in ENT is mainly concerned with:

  • mucin production by the middle ear and its relation to biofilms present in the middle ear effusion
  • clinical research within the Nottingham Cochlear Implant Service
  • laboratory based projects on the relationship of perennial rhinitis and allergy


School of Medicine facilities

The School of Medicine has world-class laboratory facilities, incorporating the latest technologies and specialist services.

Read about our laboratory facilities and clinical services.



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

The Government recently introduced doctoral student loans of up to £25,000 for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England.

Doctoral training programmes

Linked to research councils, doctoral training programmes offer funding opportunities connected to our research priorities.

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 your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.


The International Office offers a range of scholarship opportunities.  


Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. 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 2013-2016, High Fliers Research


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