Birmingham - research that matters

A global top 100 university tackling some of the biggest issues the world faces, making a difference to people's lives on a daily basis

Spotlight on Research

  • Rail decarbonisation

    Decarbonisation is one of two railway grand challenges (along with digitalisation) that requires a strategic, whole-sector approach with government, industry and academia working together. We are leading the way in decarbonising the railway in the UK and across the world.

  • Maternal Health

    We are developing, testing and implementing solutions to save women’s lives across the world by improving their standards of care during pregnancy and childbirth.

  • Liver Transplantation

    Birmingham has been at the forefront of transplants since the pioneering work of Sir Peter Medawar. Our researchers are continuing his legacy.

  • Birmingham Plastics Network: Shaping the Fate and Sustainable Future of Plastics

    The University of Birmingham has established a Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics

  • Superdiversity

    Challenging established views and policy responses to migration and its impact on societies in a rapidly changing world.

  • Quantum Technologies

    Developing the use of sensors and clocks in innovative, ground-breaking technologies to change the future landscapes of healthcare, transport, defence, civil engineering and more.

  • Centre for Urban Wellbeing

    The Centre for Urban Wellbeing brings together academics from across the University of Birmingham to tackle global challenges to community health and wellbeing.

  • Air Pollution

    We are working with partners across the globe to understand how to save lives at risk from poor air quality.

Explore our research further

  • Research database

    Explore our Birmingham Research Portal, a fully searchable database of all the research undertaken at the University

  • Postgraduate Research

    We offer a wealth of world-leading research opportunities to choose from, where you will work with world-leading academics and be part of a thriving postgraduate community.

  • Partner with us to grow your business

    Our partnerships are far-reaching and diverse. By partnering with us we can help to grow and continue the success of your business.

  • Public Affairs

    We can help you access the expertise you need by identifying relevant experts, providing briefings or organising roundtable discussions involving industry and academia.


Global Goals

We are proud to be focusing our efforts on tackling the United Nations’ Global Goals

The Forum for Global Challenges

An ambitious international conference that will generate and share solutions to the most pressing challenges faced by our planet and its people

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Our quest is to ask the questions that change the way we look at the world.

Morality in sport

Sports psychologists are researching the effectiveness of moral interventions in reducing doping likeliness

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