For over a hundred years, learning and research at the University has played a major part in the success of the city, the region and the world - and has contributed to the advance of knowledge and its application. We are determined to continue to be at the forefront of world research well into the 21st century.
As a research-intensive university, Birmingham is committed to research that is world-leading 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.
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.
Our groundbreaking research has contributed significantly to the University being:
Ranked in the top 100 out of over 8,000 universities in the world, in both the academic ranking of world universities and Times Higher Education world university rankings
Ranked first for research excellence in Sport and Exercise Sciences and second for Music in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
Chosen as the first in a unique chain of Cancer Research UK Centres to be launched round the country
Selected as the UK’s higher education Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) centre which will promote these subject areas throughout England and Wales
For more than a century, research from our University has created a major impact on the city, the region and the world. Our early research has had a lasting impact on lives, culture, industry and society: our current research aspires to do the same.
In the 20th century we pioneered transplant surgery, the use of microwaves and created artificial Vitamin C. In the 21st century we continue to break new ground.
We are harnessing viruses in the fight against cancer -
Researchers at Birmingham have successfully used a herpes vaccine to attack and kill cancer cells. This is a leading discovery in the development of future cancer treatments. Find out more about cancer research at Birmingham
We are developing the fuels of the future -
Birmingham has research groups working on generating cleaner fossil fuels and nuclear engineering, as well as developing new fuel cell technologies including hydrogen. Find out more about engineering at Birmingham
We are helping to shape the future of the NHS -
Academics from our Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) have called for a radical overhaul of the adult social care system for an ageing population in a report commissioned by the Department of Health. Find out more about HSMC
We are exploring the past to protect the future -
Archaeologists from Birmingham have recently discovered a major ceremonial monument less than one kilometre away from Stonehenge, using the latest geophysical imaging techniques, re-writing our understanding of this world heritage site. Find out more aboutArchaeology and Antiquities
We are developing robots to retrain the ageing brain -
Researchers in Psychology and Computer Science are using advanced techniques in computing and robotics to discover more about how the brain learns, ages and recovers from severe injuries, stroke and degenerative or developmental neurological disorders. Find out more about Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics (CN-CR)