University of Liverpool research themes

The University’s research themes focus on interdisciplinary research areas with a breadth and critical mass of research excellence. They are important to meeting our Strategy 2026 ambitions.

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Advanced materials

Our leading research delivers advanced materials design, influencing developments in fields such as industrial manufacturing and healthcare.

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Infectious diseases

Our extensive expertise and pioneering track record in infectious diseases research puts us at the forefront of tackling global health problems.

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Personalised health

Our world leading personalised health research paves the way for the unique treatment of individuals based on their genetics and other health data.

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Our unique cross-fertilisation of research from both the humanities and sciences means we can use the lessons from history to solve the problems of today.

Digital Digital research


From transforming medical surgery with virtual reality to managing population change with big data, digital now spans the breadth of our research influence.

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Starting well, living well, ageing well

Our three world-class Faculties have joined the forces of over 150 research staff to improve the health and wellbeing of babies and children, and the adults they will become.

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Clean Air Africa: tackling the silent “killer” in the kitchen

Our research is supporting the sustained and equitable transition to clean household energy at scale in Cameroon, Kenya and Ghana.