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Develop in-depth knowledge and skills of research methods. Prepare yourself for an academic or professional career with a focus on policy and the environment.

On completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate:

  • a critical understanding of research-based sustainability literature across a range of disciplines
  • comprehension of the relationships between theory and practice in the field of sustainability
  • 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 across disciplines within the theme of sustainability studies

The course aims to prepare you for a career as a professional researcher in either an academic or non-academic environment by developing your core research skills. You will be encouraged to review and critically evaluate approaches to research and their application, and to identify and investigate your own original research questions.

South West Doctoral Training Partnership

This MRes is recognised by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), specifically, as part of the larger South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). It can be taken as a course in its own right or if you hold an SWDTP studentship you can take the 1+3 (MRes + PhD) pathway.

If you wish to be considered for a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, then you must apply for your preferred PhD route and not the stand alone MRes. You should follow our how to apply and funding guidelines.

For those holding a 1+3 SWDTP studentship, progression from the MRes to the MPhil or PhD stage is dependent on an acceptable level of achievement.

Partner institutions

This course is delivered through the University of Bath alongside our partner institutions:


Visit the Sustainable Futures page on the University of Bath website for more details!

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