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(UoM-Melb) Real-life benefits of hearing-preservation cochlear implantation (HPCI) in children

   Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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  Dr K Kluk, Prof I Bruce, Dr Josef Schlittenlacher  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Manchester-based project will focus on investigating the real-life benefits from preserved acoustic hearing in children and young adults with hearing-preservation cochlear implantation. The student will conduct a range of behavioural experiments on spatial release from masking, music perception, perception of prosodic features in speech and presence of cochlear dead regions with children who have residual low-frequency hearing with their cochlear implants. To further understand the benefit from preserved hearing in children with cochlear implants, the student will also interview parents of the children (and older children themselves) with usable residual hearing and cochlear implants. While in Melbourne, the student will conduct interviews with parents of younger children with preserved hearing and cochlear implants. The outcomes of this research will feed into the development of digital support tools for parents and children with cochlear implants.

This studentship is suitable for students with a background in either audiology, psychology, medicine or speech-language therapy and an interest in both quantitative and qualitative research. Experience with statistical analysis would be beneficial. Previous clinical or paediatric experience will be preferred.  

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Entry Requirements

Candidates will need to meet the minimum entry requirements of both Universities to be accepted. You'll also need to be registered at both institutions for the duration of the programme. The entry criteria for the University of Melbourne can be found on their how to apply webpage. Candidates are expected to hold (or be about to obtain) a minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related area/subject to meet the entry criteria for the University of Manchester.

How to Apply

For further information about applying for one of the Manchester based projects can be found on our how to apply page. Candidates looking to apply for a Manchester-based project are encouraged to contact the named Manchester supervisor for an initial discussion before submitting an official application form. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD Audiology.

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Funding Notes

This is a Dual Award studentship between the University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne. Funding for the programme is for 3.5 years commencing on 1 October 2022 and will include tuition fees, an annual stipend at the minimum Research Councils UK rate (TBC for 2022/23), a research training grant and student travel to Melbourne.
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