Research structure and facilities

At The University of Manchester, our research is founded on interdisciplinary collaborations across STEM, health, social sciences and humanities, allowing for a blend of specialised approaches and innovation.

Our size allows a breadth of research activity that can be matched by few universities.

Our research institutes, networks and platforms enable the best minds to work together on exciting new areas of study and discovery, including advanced materials, biotechnology, cancer, energy and global inequalities.

Facilities and resources for industry

We’ve invested in a 21st century campus with cutting-edge research departments and facilities to meet the need of our global network of students, staff and partners.

While our equipment and facilities primarily support teaching and research, we're closely linked with businesses, including through research partnerships, industry-funded postgraduate researchers and knowledge transfer partnerships. Our Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) and business incubation centre are just two examples of state-of-the-art facilities that support industry innovation.

We're also the home of four cultural institutions that are open to the public and contribute to the creative sector and cultural vitality of the city-region: Jodrell Bank Discovery CentreManchester MuseumJohn Rylands Research Institute and Library; and the Whitworth (art gallery).

The University of Manchester Library

The University of Manchester Library is the only National Research Library in the north of England. With more than ten million items, it is the largest non-legal deposit library in the UK, holding the most extensive digital collections of any UK academic library. 

Research IT infrastructure

Our research IT infrastructure includes:

  • High Performance and High Throughput Computing (HPC/HTC) including ‘free-at-point-of-use’ access for smaller-scale users;
  • a Research Software Engineer team to provide a fully cost-recovered service;
  • research applications support and training covering programming, software engineering and research IT facilities;
  • research data storage (8TB) per researcher, with higher requirements costed into grants;
  • significant IT investment to extend the digitisation, curation and access to the University’s cultural assets and to support Open Research.

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers extensive platform technologies, most operated with, or available to, NHS and academic partners, including:

  • an extensive Biological Services Facility with a wide range of model organisms and genome editing;
  • the Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research and the Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre (the largest single-site discovery proteomics centre in Europe);
  • the Proton Beam Therapy and Research Centre (jointly run with The Christie hospital), and the CRUK Major Cancer Centre and CRUK Radiotherapy Centre of Excellence;
  • the Oglesby Cancer Research Building.

Faculty of Humanities

Our Faculty of Humanities offers discipline-focused and dedicated research laboratories, workshops, and performance spaces, as well as an ESRC-funded secure data access facility (safepod), the collections of the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, the Whitworth (art gallery) and Manchester Museum.

  • The Whitworth collections are in a building transformed by an award-winning £15m investment in 2015, which included improved research and engagement facilities and new exhibition spaces.
  • The Manchester Museum collections span more than one million objects, with research collaborations and public engagement further enabled by the £13m investment (2019–22) to create expanded exhibition space and new South Asia and Chinese Culture galleries.

Both are major assets for our interdisciplinary Creative Manchester platform.

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Our Faculty of Science and Engineering has a substantial portfolio of large equipment infrastructure, shared by research groups and other academic and industry partners. Some examples include: