Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic quality. We conduct ground-breaking research that is responsive to the science & technology, health & well being, economic & social and arts & cultural needs of the communities.

A university with research power

At Northumbria University we have an impressive track record of collaborating with like-minded international research, education and business partners. We conduct ground-breaking research and have an international reputation for creating successful, multidisciplinary research projects that make an impact nationally and internationally.

caption:Professor George MarstonIf you want to be part of a university that is internationally recognised for creating successful, multidisciplinary partnerships that deliver impactful world-class research, Northumbria University is the right choice for you.

Our track record and recent REF results mean that we are in a stronger position than ever to lead the debate and respond to today’s challenges. If you want to work with us to shape tomorrow’s solutions, here are some of the fundamental questions that we will be addressing in our research:


Can bio-based products & processes save the planet while driving our economy?

Digital Living

How will digital technologies change our lives in the city?

Extreme Environments

How do we investigate extreme environments on Earth & in space?

Future Engineering

How can engineering enable more people to live with fewer resources?


What does it mean to be a human?

Integrated Health

How can we design interventions to optimise the health and wellbeing of individuals & groups throughout the course of their life?

Environmental and Global Justice

What are the environmental harms & crimes that are threatening people & the planet, & how do we achieve justice?

Critically Aware Design Innovation

What are the most effective ways to have an impact on today’s health & What tools and techniques do we have to enable & co-create the best of all possible futures?


Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3 (GETM3) is an international, interdisciplinary research and innovation project funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 stream

REF 2014 Research Groups


We Are Global

Living in the 21st Century, the world is getting smaller and becoming more connected every day. At Northumbria University we recognise and respond to this fast paced, dynamic world and are operating on a global scale more than ever before.