The Fellows and students at Magdalen carry out world-class research across multiple disciplines.  Most of the Fellows at Magdalen have active research programmes in their departments or other institutes based at the University.  Some Fellows carry out their research primarily at Magdalen.  

The college advances research through the engaging, collegial, interdisciplinary environment that exists in the college and in some cases through direct support. The research carried out by the fellows is an important part of their academic identity and directly feeds back and energises their tutorial teaching.

In addition, Magdalen College directly supports an active research programme.   The primary vehicles for this are the Calleva Research Centre, an interdisciplinary institute based at Magdalen, and Junior Research Fellows (at type of Postdoctoral Researcher referred to as a Fellow by Examination) that are supported directly by the college.