MRes Sustainable Futures

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
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 2022

Programme overview

At a critical time in history, the MRes in Sustainable Futures presents an exciting opportunity to specialise in a field of research that tackles one of the most important questions facing society today – how human wellbeing can be maintained and enhanced into the future 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. On the programme you will develop rigorous research skills whilst cultivating a good understanding of the economics, law or politics of sustainability.

The MRes has an emphasis on practical research training, studying ESRC-accredited research methods that encourage you to think in broad theoretical and interdisciplinary terms about challenging environmental issues. You will learn how to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation.

As well as presenting a thorough introduction to academic research, the MRes offers excellent preparation for working for environmental ministries, agencies, consultancies or NGOs, or other organisations working for environmental change. Some students choose to enter the legal profession, carrying with them a broader understanding of how law operates in the context of sustainability and the environment.

The programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathways delivered by world-leading researchers from the University of Bristol, University of Bath, University of the West of England and University of Exeter.

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This programme will be covered in our International Development and Relations webinar.

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Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£4,565
UK: part-time (two years)
£2,283
Overseas: full-time
£19,500

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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 2022/23

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 (MRes and PhD) and +3 (PhD) ESRC scholarships. Information about funding and scholarships can also be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding web pages.

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 may be required to travel to partner institutions for some collaborative teaching. Over the summer you will complete a masters-level research-based dissertation, individually supervised by a tutor.

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. In exceptional circumstances, academic qualifications in non-social sciences subjects may be considered, particularly if the applicant has relevant work experience and a strong personal statement. 

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

 

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. The MRes also provides the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 programme (with three years of doctoral training following completion of this interdisciplinary Masters degree).

The MRes in Sustainable Futures is an ideal introduction to working for environmental ministries, agencies, consultancies or NGOs, or within government agencies or other organisations working for environmental change. Some students choose to enter the legal profession, carrying with them a broader understanding of how law operates in the context of sustainability and the environment.

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Expected application closure date

The closing date for non-funded places is 1 July 2022.

The closing date for ESRC studentship applications will be in January 2022, exact date to be provided when available. For further details on applying for ESRC funding, please visit the SWDTP website.

Please visit the Law School fees and funding web page for more information.

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Contact details

Admissions Team Email: law-pgr-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

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REF 2014 results

  • Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences:
  • 36% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 62% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 2% of research is recognised internationally (2*)

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

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