MRes Sustainable Futures
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 Sustainable Futures engages the latest critical thinking on risk management, critical infrastructure, public regulation, policy studies and the environmental sciences.
On completion of this course, 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 course 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.
This course is delivered collaboratively with the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter and the University West of England as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).
View Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information (this is the current structure of the course).
South West Doctoral Training Partnership
This course is accredited by the Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).
The MRes can be taken as a course in its own right, or as part of the 1 + 3 (MRes + PhD) pathway.
If you wish to study for both the MRes and the PhD (the 1 + 3) you should apply for the PhD but indicate on the Application Form, that you also wish to study for the MRes.
Progression from the MRes to the 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).
Typically a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent) in an appropriate subject such as psychology, sociology, geography, policy studies, socio-legal studies and ecology.
A strong personal statement (typically 500-1,000 words) that provides evidence of:
- how their academic, professional and personal experiences equip them to meet the demands of the course
- outlines their reasons for wanting to study on the course at University of Bath
- how their studies may fit with their subsequent professional/academic intentions
English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
- PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in each component
Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.
If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.
You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree.
Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.
How to apply
You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.
Potential sources of funding
This course is recognised as being part of the Sustainable Futures Interdisciplinary Pathway, in the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Details of funding opportunities to follow in October 2016.
We suggest you apply before the following dates:
- 30 June 2017 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa).
- 31 August 2017 for Home/EU students.
- funding deadlines for studentships and scholarships
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6753
Main areas of research
- Behaviour Change and Mental Health Interventions
- BioSocial, Cognitive-Affective Psychology
- Digital Behaviour and Change
- Identities in Social and Digital Contexts
For further details about individual staff research interests check out their profiles at www.findaphd.com. 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.