Environment, Energy and Resilience

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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 20
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

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. We welcome students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Applicants may also be interested in applying for funding from the University of Bristol Scholarships and Alumni PhD Scholarships. 

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

Entry requirements

A high honours degree from a relevant discipline, and a Masters qualification (or equivalent) with appropriate research training.

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.

Research groups

The pathway draws on expertise from Schools, Institutes and Research Centres from the Univeristies of Bristol, Bath and Exeter.

University of Bristol

  • School of Geographical Sciences
  • University of Bristol Law School
  • School for Policy Studies
  • Global Insecurities Centre (Politics)
  • Bristol Environmental Risk Research Centre (BRISK)
  • Cabot Institute

University of Bath

  • Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE)
  • Centre for Research in Education and the Environment
  • Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice
  • Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy

University of Exeter

  • School of Geography
  • School of Law
  • Centre for Energy and the Environment
  • Energy Security in a Multipolar World research cluster

Key research interests

You will have two supervisor from different disciplinary perspectives and different institutions. Your supervisors convene joint meetings on a regular basis, and attend the annual one-day workshop for all pathway students.


The PhD in the Environment, Energy and Resilience offers useful preparation for related careers in the public, private or civic sectors as well as in academia. In the public sector, it will open opportunities in government departments and agencies in related areas at the international, national and local levels. In the private sector, it provides training and analytical skills of great relevance to careers in, for example, consultancy or environmental management. In the civic sector, it does so for careers in environmental NGOs or development bodies.

Staff profiles

Dr Margerhita Pieraccini, (Lecturer), conservation law and policy; Environmental law; legal pluralism and the commons.; socio-legal studies

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

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Get in touch

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 954 5225 Email: law-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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