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Course summary

The PhD in Security, Conflict and Human Rights is an interdisciplinary pathway. It explicitly recognises that traditional approaches to security and conflict must encompass different disciplinary perspectives on issues of human (in)security to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and protecting human rights. This programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathways delivered in partnership with the Universities of Bath and Exeter. Globalisation has altered the security environment, and violence has shifted from organised inter-state war to protracted warfare fought by non-state actors and local militias as well as state militaries. Climate change, forced migration, gender-based violence, radicalisation, humanitarian emergencies, terrorism and WMD proliferation have - to varying degrees - been securitised by states, intergovernmental institutions and non-governmental organisations. This broadening of the global security agenda has highlighted the limits of existing local, regional and global responses to these new challenges, and although human rights are codified within international law, their implementation is often inhibited. This PhD responds directly to these challenges and equips researchers with the interdisciplinary skills required to shape the research, policy and practice needed to prevent conflict and mitigate security risks. As this is an interdisciplinary PhD pathway, within your proposal you will be required to articulate, clearly and substantively, how and in what ways your proposed research is interdisciplinary in nature. You should also be aware that an offer of a place on this programme is dependent on the availability of co-supervision from two staff members from different disciplines relevant to your proposal. You are required to identify this in the 'proposed supervisor' section of your application. Students will normally be registered in the school of their first supervisor. This may not be the school that processes your application.

Assessment method

https://bristol.ac.uk/study/media/postgraduate/admissions-statements/2023/phd-security-conflict-human-rights.pdf


How to apply

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications for postgraduate study. If you study or have studied at a university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualifications, scholarships and education representatives in your country/region: bristol.ac.uk/international/countries

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master's qualification (or equivalent). See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £2332 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2332 Year 1
Scotland £2332 Year 1
Wales £2332 Year 1
Channel Islands £2332 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year. For more information, please view the programme page on our website.
Security, Conflict and Human Rights at University of Bristol - UCAS