Conduct an independent environmental research project on a subject of your choosing on the Cabot Institute MSc by research in Global Environmental Challenges.

This unique programme allows you to apply for a pre-designed project or propose your own, working with expert supervisors at the University. You will work on a research project that is assessed by a thesis and viva examination, while engaging in a training programme designed to enhance your career prospects. There are opportunities to develop research skills, interdisciplinarity and communication alongside a cohort of likeminded individuals.

Completing the programme will deepen your expertise in your chosen field or topic, with high-quality results and a wide range of transferable skills. If you love research, value the flexibility of independent study and are passionate about addressing environmental issues, this programme is for you.

To find out more, including student testimonials, explore the Cabot Institute website.

Programme structure

The programme structure varies depending on the project and research methods you will employ. We recommend getting in touch with intended supervisors before applying to discuss what this may look like.

On arrival, you will meet with your supervisor(s) to develop a research plan, gaining advice and training from the Cabot Institute to help you deliver a high-quality research project.

During the first term, you will learn about interdisciplinary approaches and how they could improve your research and career, become acquainted with the research community of your home school, and form strong links with your course peers. You will also gain automatic access to the Bristol Doctoral College, which grows, develops and supports our thriving community of postgraduate researchers across all research degree programmes at the University. This includes access to a choice of optional unaccredited training modules over the year to develop your research and transferable skills.

Throughout your degree, you will meet with fellow Cabot cohort members for training and social activities, as well as opportunities to meet with the Cabot Institute MScR coordinating team to discuss your progress and needs.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a topic aligned to the research project against which you are applying. Applicants with a lower class of degree with relevant professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

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

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£8,100 per year
UK: part-time
£4,050 per year
Overseas: full-time
£26,100 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Bench fees

For postgraduate research students who are not funded by UK Research Councils or (specific) UK charities, it is usual to charge a bench fee. A bench fee covers the costs of laboratory consumables, specialist equipment and other relevant costs (such as training) for the duration of the programme. The bench fee charged can vary considerably depending on the nature of the programme being undertaken. Details of specific bench fee charges can be provided on request and will be made clear in the offer letter sent to applicants.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

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

Career prospects

This programme is the ideal springboard, whatever your future aspirations. The challenge-led, independent research focus of the master's will provide you with a clear pathway for PhD study, equipping you with skills required to excel in further research. For those seeking employment, you'll be ready to make an impact in the sustainability and environment sector and propel your career outside academia.

The links with affiliates of the Cabot Institute means you will be well placed to build connections with an exciting range of real-world stakeholders. Students that the institute has worked with in the past have gone on to a variety of exceptional career paths, including NGOs, local and national government organisations, academia, research communication and start-up businesses.

Research groups

As a Cabot Institute MScR student, you will have the opportunity to join any of our six research theme areas: Water, Environmental Change, Low Carbon Energy, Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk, Food Security, and City Futures.

These research themes focus on the major issues at the centre of the human-planetary relationship, and we encourage students to join as many as you like. Via the themes you will receive invitations to seminars and talks by leading academics, as well as the opportunity to take part in theme mingles and network with other researchers.