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Our research

Internationally renowned research underpinned by strong industry links and a dynamic environment, delivering real-world impact.

Our research links theory, practice and creativity. We apply our expertise to high impact areas – from 5G ultra-high capacity systems and underwater networks, to autonomous robots and healthcare.

We have a strong track record of attracting grants from UK research councils and have active collaborations with leading national and international companies.

We have also formed spin-out companies, enabling us to build relationships with the people who use and benefit from our technology.

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Department of Electronic Engineering
+44 (0)1904 322320

The Research Excellence Framework 2021

  • We’re a UK top 30 research department according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021). Also, 97% of our research is rated as 3* or higher in the latest REF results (2021).

Learn more about the 2021 REF results

Research strengths

Our strengths are reflected by our three research groups. Championing originality, rigour and excellence these groups secure major investments to conduct influential research, creating an environment where collaboration is the norm.

We're collaborating with Google to set the global benchmark in binaural surround sound for virtual reality.

Impact and engagement

We apply our expertise to drive innovation and meet the demands of industry and the grand challenges of society.

We collaborate extensively with external partners, delivering research that has real world benefits - such as robotics for healthcare, mobile communications for autonomous vehicles and realistic acoustic experiences for virtual reality.


The York JEOL Nanocentre is a major collaboration between the University and JEOL UK Ltd, the world-leading manufacturer of electron optics.


Our researchers have access to a wide range of facilities, which are available to industrial collaborators:

University research themes

Interdisciplinary research is one of our strengths. We collaborate across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have particularly strong partnerships within three themes:

Commercialisation, consultancy and spin-out companies

Our academics undertake a wide range of commercialisation and consultancy activities, which have led to the following spin-out companies:

ClearSky Medical Diagnostics specialises in medical devices for the diagnosis and monitoring of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and a range of other neurodegenerative conditions.

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Department of Electronic Engineering
+44 (0)1904 322320