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.

Advanced Materials & Manufacturing

Researchers in this area explore the fields of condensed matter, smart materials and soft matter physics alongside product development and manufacturing technology. Condensed matter research at Northumbria uses nanofabrication and advanced materials characterisation

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Communications, Control & Instrumentation

This research brings together academics working in optical communications, microwave imaging and antenna, non-linear control and advanced signal processing. Optical communications is focused on theoretical investigation, simulation and practical implementation of devices and systems for wireless...

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Sustainable & Renewable Energy Systems

Our academics carry out research into existing and new energy technologies powered by renewable energy sources, waste energy and fossil fuels. Researchers are committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing both energy demand and environmental pollution

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Other Mechanical and Construction Engineering Research

Mechanical and Construction Engineering encompasses building services, civil and architectural engineering, construction and building design management, manufacturing and product design and mechanical engineering.

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Other Physics and Electrical Engineering Research

Physics and Electrical Engineering encompasses all of our work in physics and astrophysics, electrical and electronic engineering, mobile communication, microelectronic, renewable and sustainable energy technologies, and advanced materials.

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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.