Research at the School of Science and Technology
Research in the School of Science and Technology is rich and diverse, with staff conducting internationally recognised and world-leading research in areas of major importance to society, providing significant contributions to scientific knowledge, international esteem, advanced research training and opportunities for commercial exploitation.
Our research and staff
Research in the School of Science and Technology is rich and diverse, with staff conducting internationally-recognised and world-leading research in areas of major importance to society, providing significant contributions to scientific knowledge, international esteem, advanced research training and opportunities for commercial exploitation.
Research is clustered in Research Centres, providing a focus for different platforms with their underpinning themes:
- Biomedical Sciences Research Centre
- Computing and Informatics Research Centre
- John van Geest Cancer Research Centre
- Materials and Engineering Research Centre
- Sport, Health and Performance Enhancement Research Centre
Find out more about our Science and Technology Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014) research submissions.
We host wide-ranging research of international status in world-class facilities and our research is supported by external funding from a diverse range of sources including UK and international funding councils, charities and industry.
Our academic staff, together with over 35 postdoctoral fellows and over 150 research students, are supported by a large Doctoral School to provide opportunities for study on PhD, MPhil and Masters by research programmes in a stimulating and caring environment. Research underpins our courses at the BSc and MSc level by supporting taught modules and providing exciting research projects. We have a regular research seminar programme with invited speakers from a variety of other institutions and topics complementary to our main research themes.
Research with a global impact
We continue to have an international reputation for our research which seeks to provide ground-breaking solutions to real-life problems. In the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise our biomedical, computer science and general engineering teams all celebrated the impact of almost all of their research being recognised as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
Our research is important to ensure the vitality and health of our subjects and underpins the teaching of all our courses. We are leading the way with our global and ground-breaking research into infections that have been acquired from confusing bacterially-contaminated powdered infant formula; monitoring changes in honey bee activity; X-ray imaging for security screening; improving exercise performance in the heat; and Smart materials technologies, to name just a few.
Our research degrees
We offer research degrees for both MPhil and PhD in all the following specialisms:
You will have access to our advanced technical facilities and equipment right from your first day at NTU. With the help of our highly skilled technical staff, you can carry out your research using industry-standard equipment, including:
- some of the best teaching and research laboratories in the UK
- a British Olympic Association approved environmental chamber
- a performance analysis laboratory
- dedicated computing and technology facilities including games console, networking and security and human-Interactive technology labs
- imaging and display research facilities
- biomedical research centre
- natural sciences research centre
- an on-campus astronomical observatory.