MRes Environment, Energy and Resilience

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MRes
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study may require daytime weekday attendance
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

This programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered in partnership with the Universities of Bath and Exeter.

This interdisciplinary pathway explores the interface between environment, energy and resilience by engaging the latest critical thinking on risk, regulation, policy and the environmental sciences. We aim to train social science researchers who understand the impacts of living with environmental change, the uncertainties of environmental change and the diverse responses needed to foster behaviours, practices and policies that promote sustainability and resilience.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 ESRC scholarships for this interdisciplinary pathway.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
  • Contemporary Debates in Environment, Energy and Resilience

Optional units

These can be taken at either Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Please see our website for details of the units available at the Universities of Bath and Exeter.

Units available at Bristol

Please note: this is a selection of units offered at Bristol please see website for more options. Not all units are available each academic year.

  • Environmental Politics
  • Environmental Policy and Politics after Neoliberalism
  • Environmental Law
  • Climate Change: Science and Impacts
  • An Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Policy and Management
  • Mobility, Migration and the Environment
  • Theories of Development
  • Conflict, Security and Development
  • Policy Processes and Policy Research
  • Contemporary Political and Social Action
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Regulation
  • Company Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Globalisation and Culture
  • Regulation of Financial Markets and Institutions
  • Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Policy


Over the summer you will complete a research based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from the school.

Entry requirements

A high honours degree (or equivalent) from a relevant discipline.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile B
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


The MRes in the Environment, Energy and Resilience offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Foremost, the MRes is the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 (the first year is the MRes and the +3 the PhD) programme.

The MRes' emphasis on ESRC accredited research methods training, on the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation, and on the ability to think in broad theoretical and interdisciplinary terms about challenging environmental issues, provide an ideal introduction not only to academic research but also to working for environmental ministries, agencies, consultancies and NGOs or other organisations working for environmental change.

The skills of research and writing which are central to the programme are invaluable for work of this kind. Another possibility is working within government agencies, again through the development of rigorous research training skills and the ability to engage in broader social and environmental understanding.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 July 2016, although there is a mid-February deadline for funding

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

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Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 5225 Email:

University of Bristol Law School
Wills Memorial Building
Queen's Road


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