Research course


University of Nottingham · Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

Entry requirements

Please contact the school for details.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

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.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
- months
full time
- months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559