Research and development projects are conducted at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences across a broad thematic spectrum, covering the subjects of architecture, structural engineering, geoinformatics and surveying, communication design, media design, interior architecture and economics. All of the degree programs have been aligned with the internationally comparable Bachelor/Master structure. The large number of cooperation partners from the fields of business, politics, culture and science, the high acquisition rate of private and public funding and the numerous awards presented to students bear witness to the achievements and reputation of the Mainz University of Applied Sciences.
In addition to the research projects and third-party-funded projects in the various departments, Mainz University of Applied Sciences also has seven independent institutes and is an accredited testing authority for building materials. The Institute for Media Design deals with technological media developments leading to a formal and conceptual enrichment of individual human communication. The Institute for Sandwich Technology is one of the leading research institutes in the field of sandwich technology for commercial and residential buildings. The focus of research at the Institute for Spatial Information and Surveying Technology lies in development work in the field of surveying. It has acquired an outstanding reputation with regard to the documentation of monuments and archaeological excavation sites. The Institute for Project Development and Applied Structural Research in the Preservation of Monuments is active in the fields of facility management, project development and project management in the preservation of monuments with regard to modern methods of restoration. The Mainz University of Applied Sciences is also home to the Institute Design Lab Gutenberg with its research focus on communication design, the Institute for Entrepreneurial Action with its research focus on commercial start-ups by students and the Institute for Applied Management Science and Social Entrepreneurship for the development of management strategies geared to the requirements of a social economy.