Engineering a difference since 1920

From the development of the Finite Element Method at Swansea in the 1960s to our present day research turning buildings into power stations, we strive for our research to have a real impact.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 2021 our research facilities and environment have enabled colleagues to engage internationally, elevating 100% of the department’s publications to world leading and internationally excellent.  

With our world-class research centres and a sustained investment programme to provide outstanding resources and facilities, Engineering provides a superb environment in which to conduct research.

Our Research Themes

Our cross-cutting research themes bring together multidisciplinary teams, integrating a wide spectrum of engineering disciplines which help us to address global challenges. 

Digital and Computational

We have been one of the leading players in revolutionising the industrial engineering analysis practice, from slow and expensive experimental testing to efficient and cheap computational modelling.

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Net-zero and Sustainability

The focus of research in this theme is to engineer viable and sustainable solutions in the fields of water treatment and supply, costal erosion, pluvial flooding, CO2 capture, non-conventional energy production and storage.

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Next Generation Materials and Manufacturing

The main goal of the research within this theme is to create sustainable integrated solutions for industrial needs through next generation materials and processes for the manufacturing industry and to enable smart manufacturing to deliver industry 4.0 requirements.

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Healthcare for the Future

The vision of the research within this theme is to apply the engineering approach for supporting innovation in healthcare as well as developing solutions for biological, medical and sport applications.

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Our research contributes to the success of these specific UNSDG goals.