Research in the School of Engineering and Applied Science

The School of Engineering and Applied Science carries out research that is relevant to the current and future needs of society. All our staff are engaged in research and with unusually large proportion of them operating research projects linked to industry.

Our research is recognised internationally: over half our research funding comes from international sources.


We also receive support from UK Government, research councils and charities. Our research projects tackle strategic priorities such as energy, information and communication technologies (ICT), and healthcare technologies.

We are investing in people and facilities allowing us focus research in strategic areas. Building on our outstanding track record in bio-energy we founded the European Bioenergy Research Institute.

AstonInstitute of Photonic Technologies is globally famous for its work on sensors, lasers and optical networks. Not only is it working on solutions of direct relevance to companies but also on fundamental research which is likely to shape our world of sensors, information and communications 30 years from now.


The Institute of Systems Analytics is a leading centre for research in applicable methods for extracting exploitable knowledge from huge amounts of interconnected, multi-scale and multivariable data, and relating this knowledge to the underlying systems that generate the data.  




EAS Research themes
Research themes
Our research prioritises four themes each highly relevant to global society
EAS Research groups
Research groups
The groups bring together our strengths in key activity areas
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Research Excellence Framework
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Research degrees
Aston offers an exciting environment for advanced research and training
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Research Admissions Officer
School Centre
School of Engineering & Applied Science
Aston Triangle
Aston University
Birmingham B4 7ET
United Kingdom

Tel:  +44 0121 204 5246