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Research in the College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences

Welcome to the College of Engineering, Design & Physical Sciences, is one of the largest Colleges of its type in the UK, with over 250 research active staff and over 400 PhD students. Our multi-disciplinary research community comes from a wide range of Engineering disciplines as well as Design, Mathematics and Computer Science.  We pursue high quality impactful research through our Research Centres and Research Groups with many industrial and societal partners in the UK and across the world that leverages our world class facilities. Our research informs our undergraduate and postgraduate education and we involve our students in our research to help them understand future challenges and how we seek to solve them.  

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Our funding partners

We have great success at securing grant funding for our research and our partners include some of the biggest names in the area. 

7th programme funder
European Space Agency Space Solution
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Newton Fund the British Council
royal academy of engineering
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The Science and Technology Facilities Council logo
US Air Force (AFWERX)

Research highlights

Engineering is 23rd in the UK and ranked 201-250 in the world (THES)

Computer Science is 19th in UK and ranked 201-250 in the world (THES)

Design is recognised in top 100 globally by QS in 2021

EPSRC strategic partner: EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant and EPSRC Doctoral Mobility Pilot Grant

Research opportunities


Driving scientific innovation to deliver tomorrow’s technologies