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Programme structure: Sustainable Futures (MRes) - what's running in 2021/22

Please note: It is possible that the information shown for future academic years may change due to developments in the relevant academic field. Optional unit availability varies depending on both staffing, student choice and timetabling constraints.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Design GEOGM0015 15 Mandatory TB-4
Contemporary Debates in Sustainability LAWDM0128 15 Mandatory AYEAR
Dissertation (SWDTC) LAWDM0113 60 Mandatory AYEAR
The research training units "Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences" & "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.
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0014 20 Mandatory TB-1
Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (SPS) SPOLM0015 20 Mandatory TB-1
In addition to the mandatory units and the dissertation, students choose additional units from the list below or other optional units at Bristol, Bath, Exeter or UWE by agreement with the Programme Director. Depending on the institution offering them, units may be of different credit values; the minimum volume of credit required for this programme is 180. Placements on the units below are subject to space constraints.
Research Design Methods & Skills in the Social Sciences GEOGM0035 15 Optional TB-1
Conflicted Environments: Studying environmental social movements from the grassroots GEOGM0036 20 Optional TB-2
Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography GEOGM0041 20 Optional TB-1
Global Development and Environment: History, Theory, Practice GEOGM0044 20 Optional TB-2
Environmental Law LAWDM0013 30 Optional TB-4
The Politics of (Un)sustainability POLIM0028 20 Optional TB-2
Conflict, Security and Development POLIM1007 20 Optional TB-1,TB-2
Theories of Development POLIM3018 20 Optional TB-1
The International Analysis of Poverty and Social Exclusion SPOLM1068 20 Optional TB-2
  180      

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

** For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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