The Security, Conflict and Human Rights programme offered by the University of Bristol is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) interdisciplinary pathways delivered in partnership with the Universities of Bath and Exeter.
Globalisation has altered the security environment, and violence has shifted from organised inter-state war to protracted warfare fought by non-state actors and local militias as well as state militaries. Climate change, forced migration, gender-based violence, radicalisation, humanitarian emergencies, terrorism and WMD proliferation have - to varying degrees - been securitised by states, intergovernmental institutions and non-governmental organisations. This broadening of the global security agenda has highlighted the limits of existing local, regional and global responses to these new challenges, and although human rights are codified within international law, their implementation is often inhibited.
This PhD responds directly to these challenges and equips researchers with the interdisciplinary skills required to shape the research, policy and practice needed to prevent conflict and mitigate security risks.
Students will normally be registered in the school of their first supervisor. This may not be the school that processes your application.
The PhD in Security, Conflict and Human Rights offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Our students go on to employment in areas of academia, international security, development and conflict issues, the Department for International Development, policy researchers, consultants, policy civil servants or the military.
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Programme StructureResearch groups
- The Security, Conflict and Human Rights pathway works with research groups and centres across the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter. All students have two supervisors, who are from different institutions and disciplinary perspectives.
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- 48 months
- 84 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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The application deadline is not fixed for self-funded applications.
DisciplinesInternational Relations International Development Terrorism & Security View 14 other PhDs in International Development in United Kingdom
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An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) and a master's qualification (or equivalent).
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International19500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19500 GBP per year during 48 months.
National4565 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4565 GBP per year during 48 months.
- UK: part-time £2,283
Living costs for Bristol
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.