Global Environmental Challenges, BA

University of Bristol

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Programme overview

Forge your career and address the key global environmental challenges of our time with the Cabot Institute Masters by Research.

You don't need an environmental degree to make a lasting impact on the world. Our researchers include earth scientists, engineers, historians, chemists, geographers, psychologists, literary experts, biologists, vets, mathematicians, social scientists and international development experts. These different specialists are united by a single mission - protecting the environment and finding ways to live better on our changing planet. Collaborative approaches are urgently needed to tackle the big environmental challenges of today.

We are seeking excellent candidates for this interdisciplinary master's in Global Environmental Challenges. You will have the opportunity to focus on a 12-month research project that inspires and develops your specialism, while engaging in a training programme designed to enhance your career prospects. You will develop your skills in interdisciplinarity, collaboration, innovation, communication, and enterprise and entrepreneurship in relation to solving global environmental challenges.

Completing the programme will enhance your expertise in your chosen field or topic, with high-quality results and a wide range of transferable skills.

To find out more, including student testimonials, explore the Cabot Institute website.

Fees for 2019/20

UK/EU: full-time

Bench fees: For postgraduate research students who are not funded by UK Research Councils or (specific) UK charities, it is usual to charge a bench fee. A bench fee covers the costs of laboratory consumables, specialist equipment and other relevant costs (e.g. training) for the duration of the programme. The bench fee charged can vary considerably depending on the nature of the programme being undertaken. Details of specific bench fee charges can be provided on request and will made clear in the offer letter sent to applicants.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2019/20

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or an equivalent qualification) in a topic aligned to the research project against which you are applying.

English language requirements

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Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

This master's by research is a one-year research project supervised by an expert in your chosen field of study. You can apply for a specific research project/challenge, or propose your own research idea.

On arrival, you will meet with your supervisor(s) to develop a research plan, gaining advice and training from the Cabot Institute to help you deliver a high-quality research project.

In parallel with the research project, you will have the opportunity to take part in a unique programme of personal development and skills training designed to enhance both your research over the year and your career prospects on graduating.  

During the first month, you will learn about interdisciplinary approaches and how they could improve your research and career, become acquainted with the research community of your home school, and form strong links with your course peers. You will also gain automatic access to the Bristol Doctoral College, which grows, develops and supports our thriving community of postgraduate researchers across all research degree programmes at the University. This includes access to a choice of optional unaccredited training modules over the year to develop your research and transferable skills.

Alongside your training programme, you will have access to the Cabot Institute’s vast range of affiliates across academia and industry via networking events. These networking links and organised events will help you make unique connections with industry to improve your career prospects on graduation.


This programme is the ideal springboard, whatever your future aspirations. The challenge-led, independent research focus of the master's will provide you with a clear pathway for PhD study, equipping you with all the necessary skills to excel in further research. For those seeking employment, you’ll be ready to make an impact in the sustainability and environment sector and propel your career outside academia.

The links with affiliates of the Cabot Institute means you will be well placed to build connections with an exciting range of potential employers. Students that the Institute has worked with in the past have gone on to a variety of exceptional career paths, including NGOs, local and national government organisations, academia, research communication and start-up businesses.

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  • 51% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 33% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 14% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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