MRes Security, Conflict and Justice

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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
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.

The programme recognises different disciplinary social scientific research on security, conflict and justice, and how different approaches treat these issues. The programme moves beyond traditional approaches to security studies, complementing these with new perspectives, such as human (in)security more widely (including domestic insecurity and violence), in order to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice. We train researchers equipped with the interdisciplinary skills to impact the research, policy and practice needed to avoid and mitigate security risks.

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.

Please see

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

Programme structure

Core units

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
  • Conceptual Issues in Security, Conflict and Justice
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods

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

Units available at Bristol*

*Please note: these units may be subject to change each year.

  • Theoretical Approaches in Security Studies
  • International Security
  • Feminisms and International Relations
  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Theories of Development
  • Governance, Institutions and the Global Political Economy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • US Security Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • Sino-US Relations in Global Politics
  • East Asia and Global Development
  • Japan and East Asia: Socio-Economic Development
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • China in Transition: Development Strategies and Reform
  • Global Ethnicities
  • Gender Violence: International and Global Perspectives
  • Gender Masculinity/ies and International Relations


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

An upper second-class honours degree in a related field or equivalent qualification.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
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 Security Conflict and Justice 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 issues, provides an ideal introduction not only to academic research but also to working for NGOs.

This pathway would be of interest to those with career paths in international security, development and conflict issues, the Department for International Development, policy researchers, consultants, policy civil servants or the military.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Funded places: February 2016 (ESRC and Bristol funding application deadline to be confirmed)

Unfunded places: 1 July 2016

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

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) 117 331 7577 Email:

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
University of Bristol
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Bristol BS8 1TU


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