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Interdisciplinary research

The sheer scale of high-quality, interdisciplinary research activity here sets us apart. We're able to combine disciplines and capabilities to meet both the challenges of leading-edge research and the external demands of government, business and communities.

We created the University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI) to take forward our goal, outlined in the Manchester 2020 strategic plan, of establishing the University as a major centre for interdisciplinary research.

UMRI enables us to achieve this by ensuring that the necessary structures, resources, incentives and governance frameworks are in place. It also nurtures the emergence of new cross-cutting themes and networks.

University research institutes and networks

Our institutes and networks carry responsibility for the University’s research priorities, working in areas where we have achieved or aspire to world-leading status.

Research beacons

Our research beacons are examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet.

Find out more about the pioneering research underway in: