Our research areas

As a research-intensive university, Birmingham is committed to research that is pioneering in terms of its originality and distinctiveness, significance and rigour. Our vision is to inspire today’s brightest researchers to make a major impact on global society, and to become the leaders of tomorrow in whatever field they pursue.

Birmingham Heroes

Our vision is one where the transfer of knowledge and technology - generated from our research into the economy, policy and society - is an embedded and natural component of our activity, as important and relevant as the knowledge generation itself.

We support knowledge transfer as a broad spectrum of activity - including dissemination to our peers, engagement of the public, support to government and industry, and commercialisation of our intellectual property. 

We aim to build on individual excellence and to capitalise on our distinctive multi- and inter-disciplinary research strengths to address key national and global challenges; recognising that the complexity of these requires the productive bringing together of different perspectives and skills.

Follow the links below to view our research:

Engineering and Physical Sciences

This Matters - Engineering and Physical Sciences research

From Healthcare Technologies and Gravity Sensors to Critical Materials and Quantum Clocks, our research has a real impact on our lives. Find out more.

Research Themes

Advanced manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing: Engines for the Future.

Engines of today are both powerful and efficient, but the engines of tomorrow need not only to be powerful and efficient but significantly greener.

Resilience, energy and sustainability

Resilience energy and sustainability: Energy at Birmingham.

The way we supply and use energy is simply not sustainable. Unless we harness new methods to satisfy our increasing reliance on power sources, the impact on the environment will escalate.

Science frontiers

Science frontiers: Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics.

The discovery of the Higgs boson was one of the biggest discoveries in physics in half a century. Our pioneering research helped to track it down.

Spotlight on our research

Big idea to control the navigation of microbots goes swimmingly for mathematician

Big idea to control the navigation of microbots goes swimmingly for mathematician
Description
The past 15 years have seen an explosion in research into the creation of microscale robots to perform a variety of jobs. Developments in materials and manufacturing technologies have worked hand in hand with theoretical advances in understanding microscale propulsion.
Date:
01/10/2018

Scaling scientific heights to overturn a long-held theory of the 'peak effect' in superconducting materials

Description
As scientists explore the possibility of a superconductor capable of operating at room temperature, some superconducting phenomena are still not fully understood. Dr Mark Laver, a Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the School of Metallurgy and Materials, has made a significant breakthrough.
Date:
11/09/2018

Latest researcher profile

Eyes for sore sites: a life of geophysics

Eyes for sore sites: a life of geophysics
Description
Feature article on the life and career of Nigel Cassidy, Professor of Geotechnical Infrastructure Engineering, who recently delivered his Inaugural Lecture, entitled 'Eyes for sore sites: a life of geophysics'
Date:
21/08/2018

 

Research by subject

Cross discipline research

Life and Environmental Sciences

Medical and Dental Sciences

Research overview

Research Institutes

 
The Institute of Applied Health Research Our internationally leading experts help to tackle global societal challenges, from occupational health risks in the UK and Europe to childhood obesity in China. 
The Institute of Cancer Sciences and Genomic We make a unique and powerful contribution to understanding how genetic abnormalities within cancer cells lead to disease. We use this information to design and rigorously assess new and proven cancer treatments.
The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences We are world leaders in several areas of cardiovascular work, including research into the behaviour of platelet cells, white blood cells, atrial fibrillation and angiogenesis.
The Institute of Clinical Sciences Co-ordinating all teaching and student engagement activity, the institute equips students with the skills to deliver outstanding healthcare and carry out life-changing medical research. This is informed by pedagogy and by international research in dentistry, pharmacy and nursing. 
The Institute of Immunology and Immunotherapy Birmingham has a very strong history of immunology research going back 30 years, and with one of the greatest concentrations of scientists and doctors in the world is well positioned to make a world-leading contribution.
The Institute of Inflammation and Ageing From basic science to community exercise classes, we cover every aspect of research into and treatment of inflammation-driven illnesses.
The Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research

Metabolism is vital to life. It affects all cells and systems in our bodies. Our world-class researchers use cutting edge technologies and approaches to understand metabolic, hormonal and reproductive processes.

The Institute of Microbiology and Infection With one of the largest groupings of microbiologists in the world, we are at the vanguard of innovative research into combatting antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance.

Research Centres