Research Topics

We are renowned for our world-leading research, as demonstrated in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Art and Design

Our research is focused on providing value to society, culture and the economy.

Arts & Humanities

Research activity and collaboration across the following research clusters: English, History, Creative Arts and Technologies, Drama and Music.


Our mission is to undertake quality research in education that contributes to, and has an impact on, scholarly knowledge, professional practice, and society, at local, national, and international levels.

Media Research

We have been at the forefront of research in Media Studies over nearly four decades and have been at the forefront of the development and growth of the discipline.

Modern Languages and Linguistics

Research in the fields of Irish & Celtic Studies, Linguistics, and Languages and Heritage

Business and Management

The research focusses on three key areas: Operations Management, Marketing and Corporate Governance with a strong cross-cutting theme supporting the SME regional economy.

Architecture, Built Environment and Planning

Conducting internationally excellent and world-leading research through five constituent research centres.

Computer Science and Informatics

World-leading research in intelligent systems, assistive technologies, next generation networks, and semantic analytics.

Engineering Research

Research and impact associated with structural and advanced functional materials, relating to medical devices, tissue engineering, nanomaterials, plasmas, photocatalysis, coatings, sensors, composites and metal forming.

Biomedical Sciences

Study of the biological mechanisms associated with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, blindness and various diseases associated with the ageing population

Geography and Environmental Sciences Research

Addressing many of the regional and international changes, challenges and impacts facing society in the 21st Century.

Nursing and Health Research

Enhancing the knowledge, expertise and engaged scholarship of nursing, midwifery, public health and allied health professions research.

Psychology Research

Research across three main themes of research in 'Mental health', 'Children, Young People and Schools', 'Health and Ageing'.

Sport and Exercise Sciences

Internationally excellent and world-leading Sport and Exercise Sciences Research within and across our two highly active Research Centres.

INCORE - International Conflict Research Institute

INCORE addresses the causes and consequences of conflict in Northern Ireland and internationally and promotes conflict resolution management strategies.

Transitional Justice Institute

A leading centre in developing the field of transitional justice.