Taught course

Sustainable Futures

University of Bristol · University of Bristol Law School

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) from a social sciences or law discipline. Alternatively, an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline and equivalent professional experience in areas closely related to the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

At a critical time in history, the MRes in Sustainable Futures presents an exciting opportunity to specialise in a field of research that tackles one of the most important questions facing society today - how human wellbeing can be maintained and enhanced into the future given rising populations, limited natural resources and a fragile environment.

This field, with its clear applied focus and strong strategic future-directed policy implications, has social sciences at its heart. On the programme 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 programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathways delivered by world-leading researchers from the University of Bristol, University of Bath, University of the West of England and University of Exeter.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 (MRes and PhD) and +3 (PhD) ESRC scholarships.

Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding webpages.

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MRes
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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