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Our research

Brunel University London is one of the country’s strongest universities, with a culture of high-quality research and a tradition of innovation and entrepreneurship. We are committed to outstanding excellence in interdisciplinary research and enterprise, and developing strong partnerships to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. 

We are a top 40 university in England for the amount of quality-related research funding we receive. We have the 35th largest portfolio with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council at over £33m and we are one of Innovate UK’s top 10 Collaborative Research and Development partners. Our research achievements were highlighted by the most recent  Research Excellence Framework 2014, a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. For example, the REF rated Brunel among the UK’s top 20 research producing universities and our Engineering and Design department is one of the biggest and best in London, with a number of areas of study including public health, sports science, art and design, politics, and environmental and earth sciences, recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent for research impact. 

Our research continues both to increase our understanding of the world about us and to produce truly world-changing solutions and our academic staff create knowledge and advance understanding to equip versatile graduates with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society.

Brunel has three Research Institutes that bring together academics from most of our research areas to collaboratively tackle challenges to the world’s economy and society. Excellent research is also undertaken in our three Colleges. 

Institute of Environment, Health and Societies
The Institute’s research relates to the quality of our environment and to our health and wellbeing, and combines social, health and environmental sciences with engineering and design to enable exciting and innovative cross-disciplinary approaches.
There are six key themes of research:

  • Ageing Studies
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Environment and Health
  • Health Economics
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Welfare, Health and Wellbeing

Institute of Energy Futures
The Institute has particular strengths in environmental design in refrigeration, heating and cooling and  disruptive energy and fuels bringing together researchers from different disciplines as well as mainstream engineering research. There are four key themes of research:

  • Advanced Powertrain and Fuels
  • Energy Efficient and Sustainable Technologies
  • Smart Power Networks
  • Resource Efficient Future Cities 

Institute of Materials and Manufacturing
The aim of this Institute is to improve the performance of materials and structures and become the leading international provider of materials and manufacturing research. The Institute offers research opportunities across five key themes:

  • Design for Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Liquid Metal Engineering
  • Materials Characterisation and Processing
  • Micro-Nano Manufacturing
  • Structural Integrity