Environment, Energy and Resilience

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:48 months
StudyQA ranking:1645

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

The Environment, Energy and Resilience pathway trains social science researchers who understand the impacts of living with environmental change, the uncertainties of environmental change for energy and food security and the diverse responses needed to foster behaviours, practices and policies that promote sustainability and resilience. We welcome students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.


Research Groups The pathway draws on expertise from Schools, Institutes and Research Centres from the Univeristies of Bristol, Bath and Exeter.

University of Bristol

* School of Geographical Sciences
* University of Bristol Law School
* School for Policy Studies
* Global Insecurities Centre (Politics)
* Bristol Environmental Risk Research Centre (BRISK)
* Cabot Institute

University of Bath

* Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE)
* Centre for Research in Education and the Environment
* Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice
* Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy

University of Exeter

* School of Geography
* School of Law
* Centre for Energy and the Environment
* Energy Security in a Multipolar World research cluster


A Masters qualification (or equivalent) with appropriate research training.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


The South West Doctoral Training Centre has been allocated 41 ESRC studentships per annum to be distributed over all the available SWDTC pathways for applicants from the UK/EU. For details on eligibility see the ESRC regulations.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Officewebsite.

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