Engineering, Physics and Materials

REF 2014

  • The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014) results show unprecedented success for General Engineering, placing Northumbria in the UK top 35 based on research power.

  • This is a result of our excellent publications, 79% of which are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities.


Researchers in this area investigate ways of solving some of society's most pressing problems as well as everyday ones. They explore the physical nature of our environment and develop new technologies to enhance our quality of life, particularly in the areas of renewable energy, materials, manufacturing, telecommunications and control engineering.

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.