Our research

Research is of central importance in everything we do. It informs our teaching and helps us to make a difference to business, industry and society as a whole.

We strive for excellent research in all areas of our work. Combining our academic expertise with our distinctive model of partnership working, we deliver impact at pace for business, industry, government and the third sector.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021

Strathclyde has delivered a strong performance in the latest independent assessment of the UK’s higher education research profile. REF 2021 gave us an opportunity to showcase some of the excellent research conducted at Strathclyde.

Almost 90% of research produced by the University of Strathclyde has been rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’ in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

You can read more about our research strengths in each of our strategic research themes below, or by exploring our subject areas.

PhD study: research benefits

In the video below, some of our students explain the research benefits of PhD study:


Strategic themes

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