MRes Environment, Energy & Resilience (delivered collaboratively with the Universities of Bristol and Exeter)

Qualifications and durations

  • Full-time MRes (1 year)
  • Part-time MRes (2 years, allowing three months for the final dissertation*).

*At the discretion of the Director of Studies, part time students may be able to have an extension of three months (giving a total of six months for the dissertation and an overall total registration period of 27 months). Students extending into their 3rd academic year may be liable for a pro-rated continuation fee.


The Master of Research (MRes) in Environment, Energy and Resilience engages the latest critical thinking on risk management, critical infrastructure, public regulation, policy studies and the environmental sciences.

On completion of this programme, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • A critical understanding of research-based literature on environment and energy across a range of disciplines.
  • Comprehension of the relationships between theory and practice in the related fields of environment, energy and resilience.
  • Thorough and in depth understanding of key debates relating to environmental challenges, energy resource use and security, and the resilience and adaptability of human systems.
  • Detailed and comprehensive understanding of current issues in the disciplines within the theme of environment and energy studies.

The programme aims to equip students for careers as professional researchers in either academic or non-academic environments, by developing core research skills. Students will be encouraged to review and critically evaluate approaches to research and their application, and to identify and investigate their own original research questions.

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This MRes is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). It is a collaborative, interdisciplinary programme, delivered by all three universities (Bath, Bristol and Exeter), building on the research strengths of each institution through the inclusion of collaborative units (delivered jointly by the three institutions).

The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + PhD) pathway, which includes further collaborative elements with the universities of Bristol and Exeter.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of this programme, successful graduates could proceed onto an MPhil or PhD in one of several areas/departments, specifically:

If applying for an MRes + PhD (the 1 + 3 programme) applicants should indicate on the Application Form, their preferred PhD route.

Progression from the MRes to the MPhil and PhD stage is dependent on achieving an acceptable level of achievement (typically an overall average of 60% on at least the taught component of the MRes).

Programme structure

View programme catalogue for further information.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • First or 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject such as psychology, sociology, geography, policy studies, socio-legal studies and ecology.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component)
  • PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component

Further information about meeting the English requirements.

If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.


  • Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

Personal statement

Applicants should also submit a strong personal statement that provides evidence of how their academic, professional and personal experiences equip them to meet the demands of the programme, outlines their reasons for wanting to study on the programme at University of Bath, and indicates how their studies may fit with their subsequent professional/academic intentions. (Typically 500-1,000 words)

How to apply

You can must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


Potential sources of funding


We suggest you apply before the following dates if you wish to study this programme:

  • 30 June 2016 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa).
  • 31 August 2016 for Home/EU students.
  • Funding deadlines for Studentships and Scholarships


Admissions Officer
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6753

Related links


Main areas of research

For further details about individual staff research interests check out their profiles at Search for psychology in the ‘south west’ region.



The rapidly expanding Department of Psychology has a distinctive research profile and a long-standing record of cutting-edge, theoretically-informed research in applied aspects of psychology. It has a strong tradition of interdisciplinary work and collaborates with other departments in the University of Bath, local and national institutions, and international networks.

Facilities and equipment

The Department of Psychology is part of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  We currently have 300 undergraduates and 90 postgraduates in our department who benefit from:

  • an enthusiastic and approachable staff team with 21 academics, 9 administrative or technical support staff and 2 research officers;
  • a lively research environment; and
  • outstanding computing facilities;
  • regular seminar programmes establish a sense of community.

The Department of Psychology (the main foyer, Department Office and Reception Hatch) is based in building 2 South where most lecturers and support staff have offices. Student pigeonholes, assignment submission boxes and noticeboards are also in this building. Some staff and our postgraduate research students are located in 6 West (mainly level 0), 5 South (not open to visitors) and 1 West 3.12 (for MPhil/PhD queries).

International and industrial links

The Cognition, Affective Science and Technology Laboratories (CASTL) group has collaborative links with human computer interaction groups within the UK (e.g. London Knowledge Lab and The Mixed Reality Lab at Nottingham) with education groups in America (at Harvard) and with industrial partners on collaborative research projects including Sciencescope (an educational sensor design company), Vodafone and BT.

The Social and Cultural Psychology group is allied with the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment and the National Children's Bureau. All groups are supported by research grants from research councils such as the ESRC and EPSRC.

The Health Psychology group benefits from both a theoretical, methodological and applied focus and has strong interdisciplinary research links with the Department of Pharmacy (research on psychoneuroimmunology and stress, pain and pain management, well-being and quality of life) and the Department of Social & Policy Sciences (work on coping responses and substance abuse). They are supported by links with: the Royal United Hospital (RUH); Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD); Transition to School Research Project-funded by the Economic and Social Reseach Council (ESRC); the WHO Field Centre for the Study of Quality of Life (WHO-QOL) (based within the department); Wellbeing in Developing Countries Research group; Centre of Death and Society; Department for Health (incorporating the Mental Health Research & Development Unit (MHRDU), the Centre for Pain Reseach (CPR) and the Division of Sport & Exercise Science).

Careers Information

For free information about careers and postgraduate training in psychology contact:

The British Psychological Society,
48 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DR

You are strongly advised to become acquainted with the different career options in Psychology, so that you can make an informed choice about which degree programme, in which University, will best suit your interests.

Visiting the Department

The University of Bath campus is open to the public. Visitors are welcome in the Department of Psychology during the normal working week (Monday – Friday excluding Bank Holidays). Reception hours are 10 – 12 or 1.30 – 3.30 (the building is not accessible outside these hours).

If you are seeking specific information about one of our postgraduate research programmes you should e-mail the PGR Admissions Team at or telephone them on +44 (0)1225 38 6753.

The date of the next University Open Day is to be confirmed see : for further details or contact the Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1225 383019. Information on the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology programmes on offer at the University of Bath will be available at these events.