Forge your career and address the key global environmental challenges of our time with the Cabot Institute's MSc 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 deepen 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.

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.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

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

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£7,900 per year
UK: part-time
£3,950 per year
Overseas: full-time
£25,300 per year

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.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

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 (such as 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 be made clear in the offer letter sent to applicants.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2023/24

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

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 skills required 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 real-world stakeholders. 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.

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 graduation.

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.