We are at the forefront of pioneering research and technological development, seeking to make advances in physics and engineering that will shape the technologies of the future.
Our interdisciplinary approach links theory, practice and creativity as we explore fundamental phenomena and translate our expertise to high impact areas – from next-generation fusion reactors and autonomous robots to quantum technologies and healthcare.
As well as attracting significant funding from research councils, we have strong industry links, forming spin-out companies to bring innovative products to market.
Our Physics research is ranked 13th in the UK
according to the Times Higher Education’s latest REF results (2021). And our research environment - the support we give to our researchers - is ranked 5th.
Our discovery research themes
The strength and breadth of our fundamental research is reflected in eight core themes that champion originality, rigour, and excellence.
Business and industry engagement
We’re keen to ensure that industries have access to all the school can offer, whether it’s finding the best graduate engineers and physicists, developing a product, using our facilities, or carrying out collaborative research.
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:
University research themes
The University's research themes are areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. Our research interests span a wide range of disciplines and with our strong partnerships across the University, we collaborate across four particular research themes to meet the challenges of today's society:
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