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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

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Undergraduate applicants may use UCAS system or Common App (for all courses except medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences). International students may find country-specific admission criteria on the website. For instant, student from Russia with a Certificate of secondary education may be admitted to the Univeristy of Bristol only after foundation/bridging program, while those with International Baccalaureate/A-level degree may apply directly to undergraduate programs.

    Graduate students have to use university's website for application. All documents should be uploaded on this website and the admission decision will also be provided on the website.

    International students should provide English test results in order to apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. University of Bristol accept various tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, CAE/CPE and some others. Language requirements may depend on the type of program: they are typically higher for Art&Humanities and lower for Science programs. For instance, the highest IELTS score required (profile A) for undergraduate and graduate programs is 7.5 (7.0 in each section).

    Program requirements


    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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