12 months
19500 GBP/year
4565 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Sustainable Futures programme offered by the University of Bristol is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership presents an exciting opportunity to specialise in a field of research that tackles one of the most important questions facing society today.

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In this Sustainable Futures programme offered by the University of Bristol , 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 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).

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
  • Contemporary Debates in Sustainability
  • Dissertation 
  • Environmental Politics
  • Conflict, Security and Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    4565 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4565 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK: part-time (two years) £2,283

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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