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Course content

This programme is one of five interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).

The programme recognises social scientific research on security, conflict and human rights from different disciplines, and how different approaches treat these issues. The programme moves beyond traditional approaches to security studies to complement these with wider perspectives, such as human (in)security, including domestic insecurity and violence, to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice.

We equip researchers with the interdisciplinary skills to impact the research, policy and practice as needed to avoid and mitigate security risks.

Programme structure

Core units
-Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
-Conceptual Issues in Security, Conflict and Human Rights
-Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
-Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

The research training units Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences run a number of times across the faculty. Students may request to take whichever unit best fits their timetable, but requests are subject to space constraints.

Optional units can be taken at the Universities of Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Options vary from year to year but may include the following units available at Bristol:
-Theoretical Approaches in Security Studies
-International Security
-Feminisms and International Relations
-Theories of International Relations
-International Political Economy
-Theories of Development
-Governance, Institutions and the Global Political Economy
-Foreign Policy Analysis
-US Security Policy
-International Human Rights
-Sino-US Relations in Global Politics
-East Asia and Global Development
-Japan and East Asia: Socio-Economic Development
-East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
-China in Transition: Development Strategies and Reform
-Gender Violence: International and Global Perspectives
-Gender Masculinity/ies and International Relations

Dissertation
Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from the school.

Careers

The MRes in Security Conflict and Human Rights offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Foremost, the MRes is the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 programme (the first year is the MRes and the +3 the PhD).

The programme emphasises ESRC-accredited research methods training, the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation, and the ability to think in broad theoretical and interdisciplinary terms about challenging issues. These provide an ideal introduction to academic research and to working for NGOs.

It would be of interest to anyone pursuing a career path in international security, development and conflict issues, international development departments of government, policy researchers, consultants, policy civil servants or the military.

Visit the Security, Conflict and Human Rights MRes page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

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