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The NIHR Nottingham BRC) supports a range of exciting opportunities for postgraduate students to work at the cutting-edge of translational research in hearing and tinnitus. We are an active multi-disciplinary research team and our facilities offer some of the best infrastructure in the UK for translational research. In addition, as one of our students, you would benefit from NIHR Nottingham BRC’s close links across a partnership between the University of Nottingham, the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research (MRC IHR) and the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust.

There is a close scientific relationship between the NIHR Nottingham BRC and MRC IHR. Studentships are offered in both organisations and many have joint supervision between BRC staff and IHR staff. Prospective students are encouraged to visit the websites of both organisations to explore all the options for funded studentships in hearing science.

Postgraduate research at NIHR Nottingham BRC benefits greatly from the resources available to it as an NIHR-funded biomedical research centre:

• We provide access to state of the art research facilities
• All of the PhD supervisors are full-time scientists. None of the senior staff at the BRC or MRC IHR have teaching obligations and this allows us to be entirely research focussed.
• Funding is available for each student to attend at least one major international conference during their three years at the BRC, plus other national conferences. Additional funding for further conference attendance is available from a variety of sources and students are encouraged and supported to apply
• We are located in Ropewalk House which houses the Nottingham Audiology Service and the Nottingham Auditory Implant Programme for both adults and children and we maintain a database of people keen to take part in our research. 
• You will be given all the support and training necessary to present your work in peer-reviewed journals.
• All our students are registered with Nottingham University and have many opportunities to interact with students from their departments.

“Although at first glance the world of research and clinical practice may seem far apart, both disciplines are highly complementary, often informing one another. Having the opportunity to work in both areas has been an invaluable experience, offering me a new perspective and a deeper understanding of both disciplines.”

Jeff PhD student; combining a part-time degree with his audiology career
and funding

to apply

NIHR Nottingham BRC student experience