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Our approach to research

We have a thriving and exciting research community, which sees staff and students collaborating across different departments and disciplines. Working on impactful research projects is one of the cornerstones of our vision as a university and we are very proud of the research that is produced by our staff and students each year.

The quality of our research was recognised in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessment exercise, in which 96% of BU's research was rated at an international level, with 18% of that deemed to be world leading. Within the South West, we were ranked fourth out of 11 universities for the world-leading impact of our research. In fact, over 70% of our research impact was deemed outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*). 

When you come to BU to undertake a postgraduate research degree, you will be joining a motivated, innovative and ambitious research community where you can get involved with projects that make a real difference to people’s lives and provide solutions to real-world problems. 

Read more about the various research themes we focus on, as well as about our research environment and culture of innovation.