As a research-intensive institution, the University is committed to carrying out research that is world leading in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. Our research power derives from the breadth and depth of expertise across disciplines and the opportunities this creates for multi- and inter-disciplinary links and broad, thematic topics.
The quality and range of our research places many of our academics at the global forefront of their disciplines and fosters international connections.
The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) demonstrate Birmingham’s research has global reach and leads the world in a range of disciplines. The University’s research power was ranked first in the West Midlands and 12th in the UK by the Research Fortnight Power Ranking of UK universities.
Birmingham is named as the leading Cancer Studies centre outside London (second only to the Institute of Cancer Studies), while Sports Science is ranked second and Psychology third in the UK.
Overall the RAE results show that 90% of the University’s research has global reach.
"According to the results of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, 90% of the University of Birmingham's research activity has international impact"