The University has established a number of prestigious interdisciplinary research institutes in addition to existing specialist research centres and groups.
Research institutes incorporate the acknowledged research strengths across the University into core research priorities. Our institutes include:
- Biomedical Imaging Institute
- Brooks World Poverty Institute
- Dalton Nuclear Institute
- Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute
- Institute of Health Sciences
- Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation
- Institute for Social Change
- Manchester Cancer Research Centre
- Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
- Neuroscience Research Institute
- Paterson Institute for Cancer Research
- Photon Science Institute
- Sustainable Consumption Institute
- University of Manchester Aerospace Research Institute
The Biomedical Imaging Institute promotes the development and application of advanced imaging methods in biomedical science. It encompasses The University of Manchester's extensive medical imaging facilities situated at the Wolfson Molecular Imaging Centre, the Translational Imaging Unit and at other sites across the University.
The Brooks World Poverty Institute is a multidisciplinary centre of global excellence researching poverty, poverty reduction, inequality and growth.
At a time of heightened public, media and political interest in poverty issues, it is imperative that the most serious minds, drawing on long-standing experience of the complex issues involved in a variety of world settings, come together to work towards sustainable long-term solutions. Manchester has the potential to make a substantial, distinctive and durable contribution.
The new Dalton Institute is set to put Manchester at the forefront of research and development in the nuclear industry.
Home to such history as Rutherford's splitting of the atom and nearby Sellafield - the largest nuclear centre in the UK - Manchester is an ideal place to centre nuclear reseach excellence. With a team of more than 100 academics and seven separate research groups, the institute will be the largest of its type in the country.
The Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) conducts research and supports postgraduate training on the impact and outcomes of contemporary and historical crises.
The reputable Institute of Health Sciences deals with health issues including the highly topical issues diabetes, obsesity and child health. The Institute is a networked organisation of groups within The University of Manchester and local partner NHS Trusts and promotes health sciences research and postgraduate education in Greater Manchester.
The impact of science and technology, and of the ethical issues that new discoveries generate is dramatic. The rate of such development is increasing exponentially, as of course is the frequency of ethical and regulatory dilemmas.
The mission of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) is to observe and analyse the role and moral responsibilities of science and innovation. The institute will examine the ways in which science is used in the 21st century, evaluate possible or desirable changes, and consider the forms of regulation and control of the process that are appropriate or required.
ISC is an interdisciplinary social science research institute dedicated to furthering our understanding of the causes and consequences of social change, and how policy can be used to maximise the benefits of change while reducing the costs. ISC is host to 'Social Change, a Harvard-Manchester initiative', a major research
programme in collaboration with Harvard University conducting comparative US-UK studies of social change.
Manchester Cancer Research Centre (MCRC) partnership is made up of The University of Manchester (including the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research), the Christie Hospital and Cancer Research UK.
MCRC has outstanding facilities where researchers and clinicians can work closely together. It brings together the expertise, vision and resources of partner organisations, which have formidable individual reputations in the fields of cancer treatment and clinical research.
Our aim is to gain a greater understanding of how cancer develops in order to establish new diagnostic tests, new treatments and better ways to predict outcomes, thus optimising treatment options and care for cancer patients.
The MIB is the first university-based, purpose-built interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the UK. It houses over 65 research groups focusing on advanced quantitative approaches to specific biotechnology challenges, including medical biotechnology and therapeutics, biofuels and energy, and industrial biotechnology, at the interface between biology and the physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and computation. The establishment of multi-skilled interdisciplinary teams generates unique capabilities in biotechnology science and is key to advancing the research mission of the University.
The aim of the Neuroscience Research Institute is to bring together researchers from different backgrounds spanning science, engineering and medicine to produce high-quality research in the area of neuroscience.
Greater Manchester and the North West region have the highest incidence of neurological and vascular diseases in the UK. Therefore, the international expertise of the NRI makes Manchester a premier player in the clinical application of neuroscience research.
The ultimate aim is to ensure there is a seamless integration of "bench-to-bedside" research which will involve a free-flowing interchange between basic and clinical studies.
The Paterson Institute is an integral part of the Oncology Centre at The Christie, a specialist cancer hospital serving the North West of England.
The Institute supports a number of investigative programmes spanning both basic and translational cancer research. It has excellent laboratory facilities and outstanding core services, including microarrays, confocal microscopy, bioinformatics, histology and access to mass-spectrometry-based proteomics.
The Institute has over 200 postdoctoral scientists, clinical fellows, scientific officers, postgraduate research students, visiting fellows, and administrative and technical staff.
The Photon Science Institute intends to become one of the world's leading centres of excellence in the area of photon science.
It will provide fundamental and applied research of an exceptionally high quality together with accessible postgraduate education and industrial training. This will coincide with strong business links in the support of the local business community with a view to regenerate and invest.
The Sustainable Consumption Institute (SCI) is a centre of excellence researching sustainability in the retail sector and encouraging consumers to adopt more sustainable lifestyles.
The SCI has been set up against the background of the global threat from climate change and the economic benefits of early action highlighted by the Stern Review.
The key to success will be cooperation by government, business and the consumer to understand how to move towards a low-carbon economy by consuming more efficiently and how to lead low-carbon lifestyles.
The Aerospace Research Institute plays a vital role in positioning the University of Manchester at the forefront of international aerospace research.
The mission of the Institute is to gain full benefit from the University's diverse research capability and to become internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in aerospace research and innovation. The Institute will nurture a broad-based research portfolio and at the same time seek to establish a number of major research initiatives that will add value to the existing research base in the University.