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Cutting edge research

In the past 50 years, we have earned an enviable reputation for the wide-reaching impact of our research. The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 has ranked us the eight best research university in the UK.

Our many undergraduate research opportunities enable you to push the limits of your own academic curiosity, with support from some of the world’s top academics.

We strive to break new ground every day

By maintaining our research excellence, we continue to go beyond boundaries. We’re proud of our strong performance in the Government’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, which ranked us 7th overall among UK research universities. These excellent results demonstrate that you’ll encounter the latest thinking in your subject, and you could even get involved in our academics' work.

Undergraduate research opportunities

By choosing Warwick, you will be joining an academic community which is creating knowledge, and you can play a part in that process. All our undergraduate courses offer opportunities for research project work. You can also participate in cutting-edge research projects outside your degree, adding an extra dimension to your studies and allowing you to follow your curiosities beyond the curriculum. This enables you to develop valuable skills that you can transfer into the workplace or use in further study.

Our well-established Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS) provides a bursary and skills training for you to work alongside academics on a research project outside your course. You will also get official recognition of your achievements. In 2015, more than 180 undergraduate students benefited from URSS funding and a further 80 joined the training programme. Topics under investigation were as diverse as: A Database of Disability in the Ancient Greek World; Liquidity Commonality in European Equity Markets; Construction of Fractals and Convergence of Sets; and Memory in Japanese Fiction of the 1900s-10s.

Find out how Theatre Studies student Ella Hawkins collaborated with one of her lecturers on a URSS funded project in this blog post.

Research at Warwick

Happiness, Health and Productivity

The work of Professor Andrew Oswald into economics, happiness and wellbeing has shaped public attitudes and understanding of happiness and has driven policy makers to consider happiness and well-being as legitimate policy goals in the UK and abroad.

Sleep deprivation

Research at Warwick Medical School has raised public awareness of the link between sleep deprivation and a number of health problems. The research has also led to evaluation of doctors and truck drivers working hours which will have positive impact on public safety.

Searching for the causes of Alzheimer’s

Dr Joanna Collingwood and her team are at the forefront of research into Alzheimer’s Disease, helped by the purchase of a refurbished cryomicrotome to prepare brain tissue for analysis, thanks to a £10,000 donation to the University.

The Warwick Commission

Drawing on the expertise of Warwick scholars, the Warwick Commission addresses issues of global importance. The latest Commission on the Future of Cultural Value is exploring the cultural landscape in England and gathering evidence to fuel debates about its future.

Cutting-edge research facilities

  • Our International Digital Laboratory is a pioneering facility for multidisciplinary teams conducting research in manufacturing, cognitive systems, medical informatics, electronics fabrication and nanotechnology.
  • State-of-the-art facilities at our Materials and Analytical Sciences Building enable staff and students from our Physics and Chemistry departments to collaborate on joint research projects.
  • Our £3.7 million NMR Centre enables teams to carry out research using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy that’s unrivalled in the UK.
  • At Warwick Medical School’s Clinical Trials Building, researchers work on the performance of new drugs and physical therapies and the Mechanochemical Cell Biology Building enables scientists to work at the interface of Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  • A new cancer research unit in which mathematicians, physicists and engineers will work collaboratively using digital technology – including DNA extraction and sequencing, tissue storage, and processing and image analysis – to explore potential new treatments for the disease.

International Digital Laboratory

Materials and Analytical Sciences Building

Professor Brian Thomas in the Phytobiology Facility

Automotive Research Centre

Rescue Robots - Tom Astley, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Warwick Mechanical Robots (WMR)

Warwick Medical School - Clinical Trials Building