Our inspiring research has impact around the world.

About research at Exeter

As a Russell Group University our research makes a difference across the world. We are leaders in cutting-edge science, engineering, mathematics, and medicine research, and have a world-class reputation in the humanities and social sciences.

We are constantly seeking new ways to engage with government, industry, and the community in order to build productive, sustainable partnerships and tackle some of the fundamental issues facing humankind.


In the Research Excellence Framework 2014 98 per cent of our research was rated as of international quality. This resulted in the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) awarding us an extra £3.8million for research, the third highest gain amongst English universities.

Key research areas

We believe the future of research lies in breaking down traditional barriers between academic disciplines so the bigger problems of the 21st century can be considered from human as well as physical perspectives. We have a number of interdisciplinary research themes, which fit closely with international research priorities.

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Innovation, Impact, Business

Find out how our world-class expertise, facilities and students can make a real difference to your business.

Research Toolkit

Information for academics: The Research Toolkit will guide you through every step of the research process.

Research Services

We provide professional support for researchers and manage the University's overarching research strategy.

Open research

Make sure that your research publications meet the open access requirements set out by REF, and by your funders.