Research involves critical and creative activities and disciplined methods of inquiry designed to increase the stock of human knowledge, either directly by new discoveries, or otherwise through the development of innovative ideas, theoretical refinements or constructive critiques and syntheses of existing knowledge.

Research within the School is conducted largely within groups, although collaboration between groups is common. Research groups typically have a number of on-going research projects in specific areas related to the overall area of the groups' interest. More detail is available on the research activities in the School.