Research units

Our research stands out for its multidisciplinary approach and scope. Our research units can rely on state-of-the-art research labs and facilities. Most of them have received national certification.
Three core research areas have been established to maximise the quality and impact of our research.

Integrative biology, Imaging, Health, Environment

There are 16 research units gathered around a common strategy to promote the development of cross-disciplinary projects in biology/health and biology/environment. 

UNICAEN is a founding member of Cyceron, a biomedical imaging platform that is unique in France and in Europe. The coastal and marine environment research centre provides logistical and administrative support to the research units that address the sustainable development of our coasts, seas and related resources.

16 research units (in French)

Humanities & Social Sciences

The Humanities Research Centre (MRSH) has promoted cross-disciplinary collaboration for more than 20 years. It brings together 15 research units spanning areas of archaeology, literature, language and linguistics, arts, geography, history, economics, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and law. Its uniqueness lies in the breadth of its expertise in digital humanities. Moreover, it has unrivalled expertise and insight on Norse studies and on the history of Normandy ranging from the Vikings to medieval Normandy, including the Mont-Saint-Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry. It is home to the Virtual Reality Centre which remains unrivalled at university level. The 45-square-meter immersion room enables research activities to be carried out in a closed environment. Virtual reality models are currently being used for research projects related to memory, mobility disorders and biomechanics.

15 research units (in French)

Science and Technology

At Unicaen, Science & Technology spans a wide range of areas of both theoretical and technological interest. Our research is founded on a strong collaboration with the ENSICAEN, Graduate School of Engineering. UNICAEN works closely with the GANIL on the development of devices for the SPIRAL2 project, a new instrument that will enable scientists to delve further into the mysteries of the atom.

10 research units (in French)