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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

MSc Energy and Society

About the Programme

The MSc in Energy and Society, in association with the Durham Energy Institute, is an innovative postgraduate programme designed to appeal across the disciplines. The programme draws on leading experts in energy studies at Durham from Anthropology, Engineering, Geography, Physics, Economics, Humanities and other departments. It is taught through intensive block-teaching, group field-study, original dissertation research and a range of optional modules designed to complement the core teaching.

The full-time course consists of two terms of teaching, during which students are introduced to the range of research questions and methods, and a dissertation, involving the design, development and implementation of an independent research project. Students work closely with academic staff and have the opportunity to become involved in active research projects.

Who Should Apply?

It will be of interest to engineers seeking to understand how and why innovations succeed or fail, to social scientists who want to improve their understanding of energy developments as well as to graduates of any discipline with an interest in today’s energy issues.

Programme Aims and Transferrable Skills

The course aims to produce highly-skilled graduates with the ability to communicate across disciplines for the sake of global environmental progress.


Graduates of the MSc will be in demand from industry, community organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and governments around the world.

"I feel equipped to go to the job market or to continue with further research as the skills acquired are highly sought after by employers, energy agencies and governments. The interdisciplinary nature of the course makes us graduates highly employable."

“Access to secure and sustainable energy is becoming one of the defining issues of our time. It is crucial that all dimensions of the issue from both the technical and societal perspective are well understood and this Masters Programme seeks to provide a truly interdisciplinary perspective. A very welcome development.”

Nafees Meah, Director of Research Councils UK (RCUK) India (former head of science at the Department of Energy and Climate Change)

"The MSc is one of a kind in the UK. It is focused around debating energy issues through different disciplines, which truly reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the energy studies.

We are taught by leading academics in the field and benefit from the cutting edge research developed in the anthropology department and in the Durham Energy Institute. The way the course is organized gives students the opportunity to research and read about topics that are relevant to their interest.

Besides that, I feel equipped to go to the job market or to continue with further research as the skills acquired are highly sought after by employers, energy agencies and governments. The interdisciplinary nature of the course makes us graduates highly employable."

Pedro Martins-Coais
MSc Energy and Society 

MSc Energy and Society

MSc Energy and Society

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