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We undertake a wide range of globally significant research, often in external partnership with research councils, government, industry, charities, and European or international collaborators.

You can download more information about a selection of our different areas of expertise below.

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The University’s Aerospace Engineering Research Centre has made a significant contribution to research and development in the aerospace sector. Key research areas include acoustics, aero structures, computational fluid dynamics, experimental aerodynamics and gas turbines.


The University's automotive research is carried out through several research centres, and addresses the broad issues associated with the automotive industry today, from powertrain research, through to design and manufacture and the management of processes and systems.


CR@B, or ‘cancer research at Bath’, is a network for departments and institutes involved in cancer research, which provides a forum for discussion and collaboration between academics, clinicians, students and interest groups. It promotes interdisciplinary research and awareness-raising for cancer research. 

Design and manufacturing

The University’s Innovative Design and Manufacturing Research Centre (IdMRC) is housed in a purpose-built facility with state-of-the-art laboratories. Research falls into four themes; constraint-based design and optimisation; design information and knowledge; advanced machining processes and systems; and metrology and assembly systems and technologies. 

Digital and creative entertainment

The University has a dedicated Centre for Digital Entertainment, combining leading research activities with funded doctoral research in industry settings. The Centre offers companies a competitive edge through the opportunity to benefit from innovation and advances in product and technology development.

Disability sport

After hosting the ParalympicsGB squad during their 2012 Paralympic Games training, the University has focused much of its sports performance research on disability sport. The work of the DisAbility Sport & Health (DASH) centre looks particularly at Paralympic athletes, the general disabled population and recovering military personnel.

Drug discovery and development

Research at the University’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology looks at drug discovery, design and development. Major therapeutic areas of interest include cancer, hormone dependent and independent pathologies, antiviral agents and central nervous system disorders such as epilepsy, depression, anxiety and drug abuse.


Energy research at the University pulls together expertise from the sciences, engineering and psychology departments to look at the challenges facing the development of cleaner, sustainable means of energy conversion and storage. Work ranges from the development of novel energy generation to the security of supply.

Health care technologies

The University’s research in health care technologies pulls together expertise from diverse backgrounds including pharmacy, biology, medicine and engineering. Research focuses on developing new technologies for treating medical complaints, delivering drugs, and improving the lifestyles of those affected by disease or injury.

Independent living

The University is home to the Centre for Pain Research, an international and interdisciplinary centre aimed at discovery, innovation, and technology development for the control of pain, and the improvement of pain-related suffering.

Low impact buildings

The BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials is a collaborative partnership between the University’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Building Research Establishment Ltd (BRE). The Centre carries out extensive work in low impact building design, collaborating with international organisations.


The University of Bath’s Materials Research Centre brings together academic expertise with international industrial, academic and stakeholder partners to explore different aspects of materials development. The Centre has a wealth of modern equipment for measurements of structural chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of materials.

Nano research

The University is conducting a range of research into nanoscience, with a multidisciplinary approach involving expertise from departments across the institution. Work is being conducted at the Centre for Graphene Science and is exploring the large-scale production of nanoparticles and the capture and use of C02.

Nano: Biotechnology

The University is conducting research into the field of Nano and Biotechnology, with particular focus on developing long-lived luminescent nanoparticles for cancer diagnosis and altering cell functions in skin wound healing.

Nano: Environment and water

The University’s Environmental Nanotechnology Group researches the engineering of materials at the nanoscale to address global challenges of the increasing scarcity of water and the need to produce energy in a way that does not further aggravate the effects of global warming. This involves synthesising nanostructured materials for environmental and sustainable applications.

Nano: Healthcare technology

The University is conducting nano and healthcare technology research that focuses on protein glycation analysis and glucose sensing. This has seen the development of affinity gels that bind saccharide adducts in glycated proteins and the design of ligands that enable the visualisation of glycated proteins in gel electrophoresis to be transferred onto blot membranes.

Nano: Materials

The Department of Chemistry is exploring a range of new materials such as iron-phosphates and iron-silicates for lithium batteries to aid the development of cleaner, sustainable means of energy conversion and storage. Powerful computer modelling is being used to discover and develop novel materials that can aid the improvement of lithium batteries for hybrid and pure electric vehicles.

Nano: Sustainable energy

The University’s new £2.3 million NEMESIS (Novel Energy Materials, Engineering Science and Integrated Systems) centre is conducting cutting-edge research to establish ferroelectric and piezoelectric materials for energy harvesting and energy generation. Device modelling is being undertaken to predict efficiencies and device characteristics.


The University is home to the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials. Much of the Centre’s work in the field of photonics is based in its state-of-the-art fabrication facilities and extensive optical laboratories.

Policy sciences

The University carries out extensive research in the field of social and policy sciences. Our work has influenced policy and practice both nationally and internationally, and made major contributions to the development of theory, sensitive research methods and community engagement.

Regenerative medicine

The University Centre for Regenerative Medicine research focuses on the repair, replacement or regeneration of cells, tissues, or organs. The Centre uses a combination of approaches including soluble molecules, gene therapy, stem cell transplantation, tissue engineering, and the reprogramming of cell types.


A number of research groups at the University work with industry partners and government bodies to improve systems in many different aspects of security. Projects include the development of a Super Identity model to target cyber security threats and an international cyber security code of conduct.


The University has a number of different strands of sensing research taking place, and boasts a strong Biosensor Network, the work of which has applications in the medical, environmental and security sectors. Research has focused on creating sensitive synthetic skins and allowing self-healing in composites.


The University conducts a broad range of research into space, reaching from establishing an understanding of space weather conditions and their impact on GPS, through to the large-scale measurement of components used in development of communications satellites.

Sustainable and responsible organisations

The University’s Centre for Business, Organisations and Society examines the relationship between corporations and societies, the ethical position of modern corporations in different societal contexts and corporate social responsibility.