University of Bristol

Social Sciences

MRes Security, Conflict and Human Rights


Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road

Second Floor, Union Building, Queen's Road, Clifton

Bristol, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MRes Security, Conflict and Human Rights

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This programme is one of five interdisciplinary pathways that are delivered as part of the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP).

The programme recognises social scientific research on security, conflict and human rights from different disciplines, and how different approaches treat these issues. The programme moves beyond traditional approaches to security studies to complement these with wider perspectives, such as human (in)security, including domestic insecurity and violence, to develop better strategies for resolving conflicts and securing social justice.

We equip researchers with the interdisciplinary skills to impact the research, policy and practice as needed to avoid and mitigate security risks.

Programme structure

Core units

  • Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design
  • Conceptual Issues in Security, Conflict and Human Rights
  • Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences

The research training units Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences run a number of times across the faculty. Students may request to take whichever unit best fits their timetable, but requests are subject to space constraints.

Optional units

Optional units can be taken at the Universities of Bristol, Bath or Exeter. Options vary from year to year but may include the following units available at Bristol:

  • Theoretical Approaches in Security Studies
  • International Security
  • Feminisms and International Relations
  • Theories of International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Theories of Development
  • Governance, Institutions and the Global Political Economy
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • US Security Policy
  • International Human Rights
  • Sino-US Relations in Global Politics
  • East Asia and Global Development
  • Japan and East Asia: Socio-Economic Development
  • East Asia, Europe and Global Integration
  • China in Transition: Development Strategies and Reform
  • Gender Violence: International and Global Perspectives
  • Gender Masculinity/ies and International Relations


Over the summer you will complete a research-based dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from the school.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS English language 6.5 overall, minimum 6.0 in all bands or equivalent

Facts & Figures

Out State Tuition (per year): 15,500 GBP

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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