University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

Climate Change, Sustainability and Society (Taught)

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Course summary

Build your research skills and apply them to important topics in climate change, sustainability and society. You’ll enhance your ability analyse complex data. During this course, you’ll explore and critically analyse theories, methodologies and paradigms of research that are relevant to some of society’s most pressing concerns – including climate change and sustainability. With a focus on quantitative and qualitative research methods and approaches, you’ll gain the essential skills needed to progress your studies or become a professional researcher. Upon 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, individual and corporate responsibility
  • thorough and in-depth understanding of key debates relating to environmental challenges, and the resilience and adaptability of political and economic systems
  • detailed and comprehensive understanding of current issues across disciplines within the theme of sustainability
You’ll enhance your understanding of the techniques used in the analysis of large-scale data and how to effectively present key insights and findings. This course is designed to provide high-quality training to potential doctoral students, as well as essential research skills that are desirable in a number of private and public sector roles. It is delivered through the University of Bath alongside our partner institutions:
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Bristol
  • University of the West of England
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 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. Learn from experts in their field You’ll learn from experts in areas like climate change, sustainability and social responsibility. Their passion, knowledge and research shape their teaching to enhance your learning experience. Gain important career skills We work to provide you with the tools and support to prepare you for employment and further study. This includes advanced quantitative and qualitative research skills, and bibliographic skills; and the use of appropriate technology to undertake tasks that use these skills. Graduate prospects There is increasing demand for high-level quantitative and qualitative research skills from a wide range of private and public sector recruiters. Many firms and government departments are now committed to data-driven decision-making, making use of the increased availability of big data. This course will equip you with a hybrid skill set that combines quantitative, computing and analytical skills with an understanding of research and enquiry in the context of sustainability, climate change and social responsibility. This MRes also equips you to go into further study at PhD level.

Assessment method

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
- Project output (other than dissertation or report)

Entry requirements

You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate social sciences subject such as psychology, sociology, geography, policy studies or socio-legal studies. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English language requirements.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages:
Climate Change, Sustainability and Society at University of Bath - UCAS