Our research

The University is committed to tackling the problems of mental ill health; from psychosis and schizophrenia to drug addiction, depression and sleep disorders.

As well as our substantial expertise in cognitive and imaging neuroscience, we are known for our high-quality work in neuropsychiatry and neurology, investigating Huntington’s disease, dementia, epilepsy, pseudoseizures and Tourette's Syndrome.

See some of our Key projects

  • We are home to one of the UK’s strongest Schools of Psychology, combining outstanding research and teaching. Over 80 percent of our research was recently recognised as being ‘internationally excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework for 2014. 
  • Excellent research opportunities are provided by our links with local hospitals and clinics, including Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is a national centre for neurotrauma. We also work alongside local schools and nurseries, other University departments, industrial companies and departments of local and national government, both in this country and overseas.
  • With around 800 undergraduates, 250 postgraduates and more than 90 research and teaching staff, our School of Psychology is one of the largest in the country.
  • The CNCR Centre: Research Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics is the only one of its kind in the UK; bringing together expertise from across numerous University departments to aid our research in translational neuroscience and advances in robotics.
  • The Birmingham University Imaging Centre (BUIC) is an interdisciplinary research centre dedicated to the study of the human brain through advanced imaging techniques. Our diverse interests range from studying the basic science of sensory processing to motor control, memory, eating behaviours, sleep and development across the lifespan. Our strong links to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and the Barberry National Centre for Mental Health facilitate clinical research into neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders such as schizophrenia, psychosis, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, dementia and sleep disorders.
  • The Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders, funded by Cerebra with additional support from a number of agencies and charities, focuses on the problems experienced by children and adults who have intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders and genetic syndromes that are associated with developmental delay.