Research & facilities

Glasgow is home to multiple world-renowned universities that have well-respected engineering and technically oriented education programmes housed within them. Likewise, a variety of initiatives have been established in Glasgow to take advantage of this infrastructure and to undertake major research and commercialise the results.


The University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering is the largest engineering faculty in Scotland. It comprises nine departments: architecture, biomedical engineering, chemical and process engineering, civil and environment engineering, design, manufacture and engineering management, electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering and naval architecture and marine engineering. The University is also home to several research institutes, including the Institute of Photonics and the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering.

The University of Glasgow is focused on several areas of engineering research, including aerospace sciences, wind tunnel laboratories, biomedical engineering, infrastructure and environment, electronics and nanoscale engineering and systems and power and energy. The University is also home to the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre and Selex Galileo MAST Laboratory.  

Glasgow Caledonian University is home to a School of Engineering and Built Environment, which has a strong Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme as well as an Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research

School of Simulation and Visualisation is a postgraduate research and commercial centre of the Glasgow School of Art. The school emphasises the interface among science, technology and the arts to exploit uses of advanced 3D digital visualisation and interaction technologies.

The Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) is a collaborative venture among the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish government and global firms including Rolls-Royce, Boeing, Titanium Metals Corporation (known as TIMET), Aubert & Duval, and Barnes Aerospace. AFRC supports the forging of technologies to enable the design and manufacture of new engineering-based products, such as components and structures for aircraft wings and body parts, engines, cars, ships, medical devices, power generation and turbines.

Commercial research 

Fraunhofer CAP in the UK was established in 2012 on the campus of University of Strathclyde with the aim to help companies to innovate and commercialise their activities. Fraunhofer is Europe’s largest contract research organisation, and its presence in Glasgow indicates Glasgow’s leading role in photonics and its potential for R&D using lasers.

Fraunhofer UK Research Ltd has also located its UK headquarters in Glasgow which serves as its headquarters for all existing and future UK research centres.

Industry enablers

It is testament to the quality of research and innovation that is produced the city’s universities and companies that two industry engagement and enabling hubs have established offices in Glasgow.

CENSIS – Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems – is one of eight Innovation Centres funded by the Scottish Funding Council. The industry-led innovation centre enables industry innovators and university researchers to collaborate at the forefront of market-focused sensor and imaging systems innovation.

QuanticIC is the UK Quantum Technology Hub in Quantum Enhanced Imaging. Located at the University of Glasgow Quantic brings together researchers and industry to revolutionise imaging systems and applications.

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