Research institutes and platforms

The scale of our interdisciplinary research activity sets us apart. We're able to combine disciplines and capabilities to meet both the challenges of leading-edge research and the external demands of government, business and communities.

The University of Manchester Research Institute

The University of Manchester Research Institute (UMRI) is central to our goal, outlined in our vision and strategic plan, of building on our path-breaking interdisciplinary research.

UMRI enables us to achieve this by ensuring that the necessary structures, resources, incentives and governance frameworks are in place. It also nurtures the emergence of new cross-cutting themes and networks.

University interdisciplinary research institutes 

Our interdisciplinary research institutes are established where we have achieved, or aspire to, world-leading status.

Research platforms

Research platforms have a university-wide reach and support the research, external engagement and impact of the activities of our institutes and individual academics (typically several hundred academics are affiliated to a platform).

Research beacons

Our research beacons are examples of pioneering discoveries, interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-sector partnerships that are tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet.

Find out more about the pioneering research underway: