World Leading Research

Research at University of Birmingham strives to tackle some of the largest issues facing the global community. Our academic faculty and research facilities are leading the way in both established and up-and-coming fields of study.

Our Research Challenge Themes

  • Global Health

    We are improving the health of people across the world through new discoveries, treatments and patient pathways and working with key partners to conduct impactful research which matters to local populations.

  • Fairer World

    Inequality can be seen in the structures, the policies, and the decisions that are made in countries worldwide. We are striving to make change for a fairer world.

  • Thriving Planet

    We are working to understand the impact of climate change on the planet and its people. Our research is improving air quality and access to clean water, and advancing the clean technologies needed to ensure a sustainable future for all of us.

  • Life-Changing Technologies

    Our research drives innovation with industrial and manufacturing partners, advancing technology, transforming industries and accelerating impact on human progress. As pioneers in sustainable manufacturing, quantum technology, critical materials and healthcare technologies, we are changing lives and livelihoods.

  • Connecting Cultures

    Culture enriches our individual and collective lives. Cultural practices open new ways of understanding and responding to contemporary challenges, intercultural understanding helps us to live well together, and creativity unlocks potential, empathy, joy, and well-being.

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.

  • 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.