MRes Security, Conflict and Human Rights

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Awards available MRes
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study may require daytime attendance
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This programme is one of five interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).

The programme recognises social scientific research on security, conflict and human rights from different disciplines, and how different approaches treat these issues. The programme moves beyond traditional approaches to security studies to complement these with wider perspectives, such as human (in)security, including domestic insecurity and violence, to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice.

We equip researchers with the interdisciplinary skills to impact the research, policy and practice as needed to avoid and mitigate security risks.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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
  • Conceptual Issues in Security, Conflict and Human Rights
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

The research training units Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences run a number of times across the faculty. Students may request to take whichever unit best fits their timetable, but requests are subject to space constraints.

Optional units

Optional units can be taken at the Universities of Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Options vary from year to year but may include the following units available at Bristol:

  • 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
  • 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 Human Rights offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Foremost, the MRes is the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 programme (the first year is the MRes and the +3 the PhD).

The programme emphasises ESRC-accredited research methods training, the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation, and the ability to think in broad theoretical and interdisciplinary terms about challenging issues. These provide an ideal introduction to academic research and to working for NGOs.

It would be of interest to anyone pursuing a career path in international security, development and conflict issues, international development departments of government, policy researchers, consultants, policy civil servants or the military.

How to apply
Application deadline:

The closing date for studentship applications is midday on 2 February 2017. The closing date for non-funded places is 1 July 2017.

International students

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

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REF 2014 results

  • 16% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 33% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 7% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

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

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School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
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