Research course

Environment, Energy and Resilience

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A good first degree in a social science subject, or an equivalent degree in another subject, together with substantial relevant work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This interdisciplinary pathway generally explores the interface between security, energy and the environment through engaging the latest critical thinking on risk management, critical infrastructure, public regulation, policy studies and the environmental sciences.

This pathway considers the impacts of living with environmental change and the diverse responses needed to foster behaviours, practices and policies which promote sustainability and resilience.

Recent collaborations between the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath and the Geography Department at Exeter University include the study of ecological citizenship and volunteering and public reactions to alternative energy generating sources (e.g. wind farms and tides). Other potential collaborations drawing on the strengths of the Department of Psychology include empirical studies of interventions to reduce energy consumption in the home, transport psychology, green investing and the evaluation of personal carbon trading schemes, risk perception and management challenges of environmental change around tree health and animal disease.

This is an interdisciplinary programme and whilst you will be based in the Department of Psychology, depending on the emphasis of your research, you can also draw on expertise from other departments including:

South West Doctoral Training Centre

This programme is also delivered collaboratively with the University of Bristol and the University of Exeter, as part of the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC). You will have a second supervisor based at the University of Bristol or Exeter, enabling you to also draw on those institution's resources and expertise.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four components) PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component

Fees and funding

The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School provides guidance on potential sources of funding (studentships and scholarships) for postgraduate students.

For more information visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24-36 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Administrator
+44 (0) 1225 38 5233