About the Project
This project aims to explore the different effects that noise exposure can have on our hearing, from early childhood up until older age, while also accounting for factors such as cognitive and auditory processing skills. The project will involve a variety of different experimental methods including questionnaires and interviews, auditory psychophysical testing, clinical audiological measures, cognitive testing and electrophysiology.
Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in audiology, psychology, neuroscience, or a related area/subject. Candidates with experience in psychophysical and/or electrophysiological testing or with an interest in cognitive psychology are encouraged to apply.
For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. On the online application form select PhD Audiology.
For international students we also offer a unique 4 year PhD programme that gives you the opportunity to undertake an accredited Teaching Certificate whilst carrying out an independent research project across a range of biological, medical and health sciences. For more information please visit http://www.internationalphd.manchester.ac.uk
As an equal opportunities institution we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status. All appointments are made on merit
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