Research at University of Glasgow

The James Watt School of Engineering provides a superb research environment with world leading research groups and facilities, with a vibrant PhD programme and a wide variety of research topics all utilising world class and unique facilities, internationally established research leaders, a strong Postgraduate Research population and a culture of innovation and enterprise.

Research Areas

Research within the School is spit into five divisions as outlined below.

Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering

Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering

The Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering Research Division work on electronic, photonic, microsystem and nanofabrication technologies. ENE division research addresses a broad range of socially and industrially important applications in our many partnerships in academia, industry and government bodies.

Key areas of interest for the ENE division include: sensors; telecommunications; quantum technologies; terahertz and millimetre wave technology; advanced microelectronic devices; device simulation; metrology; and instrumentation.

Infrastructure and Environment

Infrastructure and Environment

Grounded in the fundamentals, the Infrastructure and Environment Research Division provides innovative solutions to understand the built and natural environment and develop the next generation of leaders.

Research in the I&E Division can be categorised into four themes: Mechanics of Materials and Structures, Water and Environment, Smart Infrastructure and Geotechnics. We work closely with leading UK industry, government bodies, and other academic institutions. We collaborate internationally to address the challenges faced by developing countries through cutting-edge research.

Systems, Power and Energy

Systems, Power and Energy

The Systems, Power and Energy Research Division comprises a broad base of engineering led research. The groups within the SP&E Division are tackling problems in many highly strategic and challenging areas of research across the whole range from blue-skies to strongly industrially focused.

The SP&E Division has close links with the other research divisions in the School of Engineering and to many other groupings across the University, other academic institutions and industries, in the UK and internationally. The research is highly interdisciplinary with many collaborations in energy, space systems, healthcare, bioengineering, nanotechnologies and automotive engineering.

Aerospace Sciences

Aerospace Sciences

The University of Glasgow has been the home of Aerospace Research for over 60 years. This long standing activity has culminated in the Division of Aerospace Sciences having internationally recognised expertise in all areas of Aeronautics and Aerospace Systems. Excellence has been achieved through the experimentally based research capabilities of the staff and using that to validate the methodologies used to predict the dynamic performance of air-space transports.

Although this has involved expert understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of Aeronautics and Aerospace Systems, particular research skill has resulted from the studies involved in rotor aerodynamics, handling qualities and shock physics. These have resulted in very strong research themes and facilities that cover all the mains research areas within Aerospace Sciences while providing links to other engineering and science disciplines.

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

The Biomedical Engineering Division at the University of Glasgow brings together four important research themes in the areas of Advanced Medical Diagnostics, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technologies, Biomaterials and Synthetic Biology.

Our Division benefits from strong links to industry as well as to the biomedical sciences and clinical medicine. For example, in the field of Rehabilitation following Spinal Cord Injury, we have a research centre placed within the Southern General Hospital.