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With five academic schools and numerous research centres City, University of London is active in research, both nationally and internationally.

Our academic staff are highly regarded in their fields, with many contributing to public discussions through articles, conferences and media commentary.

We also advise governments, regulatory bodies and businesses through collaborations and consultancy work and engage with the commercial sector on professional practices.

Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences engages with research and consultancy projects that inform real-world issues in the health services sector. We provide high-level consultancy expertise and work with businesses and institutions from the public, private and third sector. The School has six centres of research excellence:

  • Applied Vision
  • Health Services
  • Language Communication Sciences
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental Health
  • Public Health

City has built long-standing partnerships with leading London and regional healthcare providers, including NHS London, NHS Trusts and associated professional bodies. Our research impacts extend beyond academia and have included the development of:

The first standardised clinical assessment of language impairment in British Sign Language (BSL); - therapeutic tools for treating retinal neurodegenerative disease; - and remote monitoring technologies to improve the management of long-term conditions (telehealth) and patient safety (telecare).

A flagship programme, My Home Life (MHL), is a UK-wide initiative to promote quality of life in care homes for older people and has been endorsed by Government, the Relatives and Residents' Association, and all the national provider organisations that represent care homes across the UK.

The Crabb Lab is a unique research facility focusing on measurement in vision. It is home to a lively mixture of vision scientists, ophthalmologists, psychologists, mathematicians and computer scientists. Most recently The Crabb Lab’s work has supported the development of a glaucoma progression simulation app for use by physicians and patients.

Additional facilities available for use by our researchers, students and collaborators include: our Clinical Skills Centre, which offers simulated wards, specialist speech and language unit, life-size virtual radiotherapy environment and ophthalmic clinics; and City Sight, which is open to the general public, serviced by third-year optometry students.

For further information about our expertise see: health and research

To enquire about ways to collaborate with us in Health Sciences, please contact: Christina Gutierrez, School Business Development Manager, +44 (0)20 7040 0247.


With world leading experts across a range of Engineering disciplines, we provide collaboration, consultancy, training and bespoke programmes to meet the needs of industry professionals and organisations. Our expertise covers four main specialisms:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Fluid Dynamics and Modelling
  • Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Structural and Geotechinical Engineering

Such diversity gives rise to applied benefits for users spanning engineering designers, manufacturers, analysts, policy makers, professional end-users and the general public.

Among many other things, City’s experts have contributed to the design of:

  • Novel optical fibre-based sensors
  • Biomedical diagnostics
  • Medical Imaging and pattern recognition
  • Microelectronic systems
  • Photonics
  • Fuel injection systems
  • Compressors
  • Micro turbines and Marine propellers
  • Energy conversion systems
  • and Aeronautics and Air Transport

City also has extensive knowledge and expertise in understanding the fundamental behaviour of geomaterials, and on physical testing simulation of the deformation of engineering structures both above and below ground.The work is informed by strong links with industrial partners, including British Energy,

The work is informed by strong links with industrial partners, including British Energy, Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, Cementation Foundations Skanska, Atkins and Pell Frischmann.

To enquire about ways to collaborate with us in Engineering, please contact: Graham Dransfield, School Business Development Manager.

Computer Science and Informatics

The Department of Computer Science undertakes multi-disciplinary research in strategic areas of Computing and Information Science, including:

  • Software and systems engineering
  • Human centric systems
  • Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) design
  • Data science, analytics and visualisation
  • Cyber security, safety and software reliability
  • Library and information science
City has long-standing working relationships across a large number of institutions including the NHS, Facebook UK, Amazon UK, the BBC, the British Library, Octo Telematics, Selex Galileo, Microsoft, AT&T, IBM, Google, Unilever, Deloitte UK, Tableau Software, Oracle, Cancer Research UK and many Tech City companies.

Our focus is wide-ranging, covering creativity, healthcare, diverse users, novel interactions with information systems and innovative interfaces/devices.

For example, experts at City have been instrumental in a large European project to develop mobile phone apps to assist carers in residential homes. We also have vast experience working with large and complex data sets, defining patterns and giving it meaning through visualisation.

In the increasingly relevant field of cyber security, our Centre for Software Reliability (CSR) has long-standing relationships with industry and provides collaboration, consultancy services and training to industry, charitable organisations and public bodies.

We also offer state of the art facilities through our City Interaction Lab, which provides support in capturing requirements for complex systems, evaluation of websites and applications, and usability.

For further information about our expertise see: Maths and Computer Science

To enquire about ways to collaborate with us in Computer Science and Informatics, please contact: Graham Dransfield, School Business Development Manager.

Mathematical Sciences

City’s Department of Mathematics undertakes fundamental research in pure and applied mathematics.

Beyond academia, our experts have applied their knowledge in numerous contexts. For example, in software through optimised rosters which have improved the wellbeing and quality of life of staff in the health services and in call centres, as well producing cost savings for employers.

For further information about our expertise see: Department of Mathematics

To enquire about ways to collaborate with us in Mathematical Sciences, please contact Graham Dransfield, School Business Development Manager.

Business and Finance

The Sir John Cass Business School is among the global elite of business schools that hold the gold standard of 'triple-crown' accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

We are consistently ranked amongst the best business schools and programmes in the world which, coupled with a 40-year reputation for excellence in research and business education, enables us to attract some of the best academics, students and businesses worldwide into our vibrant learning community

We are committed to excellence across our educational programmes, research and services to business, and have particular expertise in the following fields:
  • Banking
  • Business Models
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Corporate Governance
  • Decision-making
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Pensions and Insurance
  • Portfolio Management
  • Responsible Leadership
  • Risk Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Supply Chain Management

To ensure that our research can be put to good use, forward-thinking and outward-looking approach is fundamental to all faculty members. Among many examples, research from Cass Business School has:

  • Helped UK courts to identify a fairer approach to compensation for personal injury and fatal accident cases
  • Helped shipping companies adopt alternative financing and ownership models
  • Helped government departments understand demographic change and the true cost of social care
  • Helped councils across the UK to  estimate local populations with far greater accuracy using administrative data and have introduced investors to the Life Market, a global capital market for transferring longevity risk

For more information about out expertise see: Research & Faculty and Cass Knowledge

To enquire about ways to collaborate with us in Business and Finance, please contact: Clare Avery, Business Development Manager, +44 (0)20 7040 0106.


The Department of Economics is structured around six main research themes, but we cover a wider array of topics. Our main areas of expertise are in:

  • Health Economics
  • Competition and Regulations
  • Financail Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economics of Migration
  • Behavioural Economics

The City Health Economics Centre develops and applies methods to inform policies in health and health care. The Centre is able to draw on expertise throughout City.

The Centre for Competition and Regulatory Policy organises and hosts high-level round table and special policy events (e.g. UK competition reforms, financial regulations) as well as closed policy events (e.g. water market reforms).

For further information about our expertise see: Arts and Social


Located in the very heart of legal London, The City Law School was the first law school in London to educate students and practitioners at all stages of legal education.

Our Research Centres, Institutes and Groups promote cutting-edge research with a view to advancing knowledge and bringing value to society. Our research is split across:

  • Commercial and Corporate
  • Criminal Law / Criminal Justice
  • Eu Law and Governance
  • Human Rights
  • Intellectual Property and Information Technology
  • Legal Professions/ Professional Practice
  • Maritime Law and Transport
  • Trade Law and Competition Law

The City Law School’s academics regularly provide commentary to a variety of media outlets including CNN International News, the BBC, The Guardian and Financial Times. For further information and details of our internationally renowned experts in each of the above fields please see: Law and Research.

Our leading research also underpins the design of the professional development and legal skills training courses that we provide to the top 100 solicitors firms, accountancy firms, the police, fire service and government departments. For details of the types of high level CPD training courses that we offer see: Professional Development

International Politics

The Department of International Politics has established strengths in three core areas:

International Political Economy Foreign Policy and Diplomacy International Social and Political Justice The Department is made up of an active community of academic staff and researchers dedicated to applying expert knowledge of global politics and international relations to issues and crises happening in the world today. Our experts covers:

  • International political economy and global finance
  • Global ethics and international human rights
  • The politics of the US, the Middle East and Europe
  • Security Studies
  • Religion in contemporary politics
  • Forced population displacement
  • International development Global civil society and social movements

For further information bout our expertise see: International Politics.


The Department of Journalism is a centre for outstanding research in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies. We are organised across six main clusters:

  • New forms and models of journalism
  • Investigative Journalism, freedom of information and journalism ethics
  • International communications, conflict and humanitarian disasters
  • Women and journalism
  • Policy and regulation
  • Journalism production and new media

Our staff have developed relationships with key users to facilitate impact outside of academia. In addition to the expertise available at City, external collaborators can have access to our state of the art newsroom facilities, recently enhanced as part of a £12M project.

For further information bout our expertise see: Journalism

Culture and Creative Industries

The Department of Culture and Creative Industries has a world-class reputation for arts management and consultancy in the subsidized sector, and over the past few years have expanded this to embrace research into the commercial activities of the creative industries. We have particular specialisms in:

  • Cultural labour and work
  • Cultural policy
  • Value and diplomacy
  • Globalisation and the creative industries
  • Digital media and new technologies
  • The political economy of the creative industries

Our outputs make a difference to the development and practice of cultural policy and are often targeted at, and indeed commissioned by, those working in public bodies. Staff have worked as consultants or advisors for range of international organisations, including the Greater London Authority (GLA), UNESCO, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO), the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and the British Council, among others.

Further individual interests extend these activities into Translation and Publishing, and our specialist Centre for Creative Writing promotes research into creative practice in this area.

For further information about our expertise see: Cultural and Creative Industries


The Department of Music is an internationally renowned, research-driven environment for both musical study and practice. Our outlook is cosmopolitan and international and is grounded in a wide range of publications, performances, recordings, broadcasts and conference presentations, to which all members of staff have contributed.

Our department has a clearly defined identity based around three overlapping areas of expertise:

  • Ethnomusicology (the study of music in its cultural context), particularly of the urban environment
  • The interface between music and technology, notably in relation to music and other media
  • The various relationships between musical scholarship and performance

For further information about our expertise see: Music


The Department of Psychology has a reputation as an internationally recognised research-intensive department, focused around the following themes:

  • Memory and Law
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Counselling and Health Psychology
  • Decision Making and Behavioural Economics
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Human Memory
  • Organisational Psychology

Our staff collaborate both nationally and internationally with numerous external organizations in order to achieve impact outside of academia. For example, experts at City have collaborated on projects with several NHS trusts and the local branch of Mind (the mental health charity).

For further information about our expertise see: Psychology and Research

Sociology (including Social Surveys)

The Department of Sociology has an internationally recognized tradition of research that helps to define societal transformations and policy challenges. In recent years, we have developed our profile around four cross-cutting themes: European Social Research and Analysis; Media, Communication and Society; Policy and Governance; and Structures of Inequality.

  • Criminology and criminal justice
  • Cultural sociology
  • Comparative survey methods
  • Food policy
  • Media and communications
  • Work, class and gender

Our Centre for Comparative Social Surveys is host to the European Social Survey (ESS), a multi-nation initiative designed to monitor and explain trends in attitudes, beliefs and values across countries in Europe (and its close neighbours).

For further information about our expertise see: Sociology Research and Comparative Social Surveys