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Our research

At The University of Manchester we conduct a wide range of high-quality research that is rivalled by few other universities, as demonstrated by our submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Much of this research combines expertise from across disciplines, making the most of the opportunities that our size and breadth of expertise affords.

Manchester’s research beacons

Today, some of the most exciting work at Manchester is in advanced materials, cancer, energy, global inequalities and industrial biotechnology – five areas that we describe as our research beacons.

These beacons are examples of how our interdisciplinary research is helping to find unique solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges, from tackling poverty to ensuring energy supply for future generations.

Hear from some of our researchers in these areas about why they chose to work at Manchester:

Discover more about our research beacons:


Manchester has an outstanding record in bringing the benefits of academic breakthroughs to the wider world.

Our history of intellectual property commercialisation spans more than 25 years, during which time we’ve generated more than 100 spin-out companies. Since 2004 our commercialisation activities have contributed £680 million to the UK economy.

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