MRes Sustainable Futures

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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 requires daytime weekday attendance.
Start date September 2018

Programme overview

This programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered in partnership with the University of Bath, University of the West of England and University of Exeter.

Sustainability research asks how human wellbeing can be maintained and enhanced in the long term, given rising populations, limited natural resources and a fragile environment. This field, with its clear applied focus and strong strategic future-directed policy implications, has social sciences at its heart. It also requires a broad interdisciplinary approach and an understanding of the economics, law, politics and psychology of sustainability, as well as the geography and demographics of those affected.

Fees for 2018/19

UK/EU: full-time
£4,235 per annum
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
£2,118 per annum
Overseas: full-time
£16,300 per annum
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£9,235 per annum

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 2018/19

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 (MRes and PhD) and +3 (PhD) ESRC scholarships for this interdisciplinary pathway. The closing date for studentship applications is early February 2018.

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

Programme structure

There are four core units and a selection of optional units, which can be taken at Bristol, Bath, UWE or Exeter. Please be aware that you will be required to travel to partner institutions for some collaborative teaching. Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a tutor with relevant experience.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MRes in Sustainable Futures.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in a relevant social sciences or law discipline (or international equivalent), and/or a master's qualification. Previous or professional experience is not required.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

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

The MRes 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 environmental issues. These provide an ideal introduction to academic research and to working for environmental ministries, agencies, consultancies or 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:

The closing date for applicants wishing to be considered for ESRC funding will be early February 2018. Please check the Law School's fees and funding web page for updated information.

The closing date for non-funded places is 1 August 2018.

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

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